CICATS CEO Dr. Cato T. Laurencin is featured in the following piece published in Diverse Issues in Education.
“WASHINGTON—Concerned with the disparities in the medical field, experts and university administrators gathered in the nation’s capital this week to strategize on solutions.
The two-day National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine workshop titled, “The Growing Absence of Black Men in Medicine and Science: An American Crisis,” convened on Monday and Tuesday to address low Black male enrollment in American medical schools.
Attendees included faculty and university administrators as well as personnel from nonprofits and accrediting agencies. “There’s a commonality in the belief that we have to attack this issue from a number of different standpoints,” Laurencin said.“Hopefully we can come up with things that are brave and bold,” said Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, a distinguished professor at the University of Connecticut and chair of the planning committee for the workshop.
A report published in June and co-authored by Laurencin shows declining numbers of Black males in medical schools since the 1970s.” To read the rest of the article click here.
The Innovation and Inventorship Science Cafe took place on Friday, September 29th at the Lyceum in downtown Hartford. Facilitated by Dr. Lakshmi Nair, a panel consisting of Dr. Greg Gallo, Dr. Mostafa Analouri, and Mr. Paul Parker discussed their roles in the process of innovation and invention at UConn, as well as the programs and services available in their offices. Over 60 faculty members, researchers, students, engineers, clinicians, and staff attended the event. Through engaging conversation and audience questions, the Science Cafe was well-received and generated positive feedback from attendees.
The event was made possible through the support of the CICATS faculty and staff, the Office of the Vice President for Research at UCONN, and especially, The Kavli Foundation.
In the May 8 edition of the Hartford Business Journal, staff writer John Stearns highlighted the CICATS Science Cafe concept and how it played a role in funding the research of Dr. Pramod Srivastava.
Science Cafes, which are hosted by CICATS’ Core Interest Groups, are informal events designed to engage the public with interactive discussions in the topic area of the host CIG, and increase opportunities for collaborative research. To learn more about CIGs or Science Cafes, please click here or contact Dr. Kevin Lo.
Here’s the full article from the Hartford Business Journal.
Three directors from two of CICATS’ Core Interest Groups: Women’s Cancer Consortium Core Interest Group (CIG) and the Personalized Immunotherapy CIG: Dr. Pramod Srivastava, Dr. Susan Tannenbaum, and Dr. Molly Brewer, are part of the world’s first personalized genomics-driven ovarian cancer vaccine clinical trial. Recruitment for the trial, which will take place at UConn Health, has begun and will be led by Dr. Tannenbaum. Dr. Srivastava, who is the director of the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at UConn Health, invented the groundbreaking vaccine, and Dr. Brewer and Karen Metersky, APRN, will serve as co-investigators.
To read more about this exciting announcement, check out the original article on UConn Today.
Update: Additional coverage includes a cover story from the May 8 edition of the Hartford Business Journal.
The 2nd Annual S.T.E.A.M Career Expo is coming up on Saturday, April 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Martin Luther King School in Hartford. Hosted by the Urban League of Greater Hartford Young Professionals (ULGHYP), the career expo offers girls and boys in grades 5-12 opportunities to participate in a variety of fun, hands-on exhibits and learn about the many types of careers they can pursue in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M).
Live music, healthy snacks, and lots of fun are on tap for the day, and we hope you can join us! Please feel free to print the flier for sharing or display.
For more information, please contact Janice Castle at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Linda Barry at email@example.com.
The Kavli Foundation has announced it will renew and increase its investment in the “Kavli BRAIN Coffee Hour” program hosted by CICATS. Also called Science Cafes, these programs are led by CICATS’ Core Interest Groups and are designed to engage the public and generate interactive discussions. Spurred by CICATS’ initial success, the grant from The Kavli Foundation will ensure that the cafes will continue and expand in the pursuit of advanced scientific knowledge and research.
The full announcement is available on the UConn Foundation website.
CICATS has announced it is currently accepting applications for the second cycle of the M1 Mentorship Award. Open to full-time faculty from UConn Health or UConn Storrs, the deadline to apply is Friday, March 10, 2017.
Created in 2015, the M1 Mentorship Award aims to develop a cadre of accomplished mentors who will participate in creating an academic environment to elevate mentorship to a discipline with consistently high standards and practices. The M1 Award provides support to successful research-funded faculty to serve as mentors in developing the next generation of research scientists. The M1 Award is specifically targeted towards developing a sustainable academic pipeline to increase underrepresented minority students among the pool of academic scientists. Besides providing individual mentorship, recipients of the award will be involved in the development of mentorship programs at the University of Connecticut encompassing each level of educational training (middle school, high school, undergraduate, graduate, and junior faculty).
The M1 Award is a three year program. Funding will cover up to 25%, to a maximum of $40,000, of a faculty’s full-time salary appointment. Awards will provide protected time for mentoring activities, including mentorship of individual students as well as participation in the development and execution of various mentorship initiatives. In addition, up to $10,000 will be allocated to the development of new and innovative initiatives focused on student-related activities that promote their academic growth and increase the number of students in the pipeline. M1 Award recipients are required to attend at least one mentorship conference per year and to participate in further training in the art and science of mentoring minority students. Renewal of the M1 Award is subject to an annual program performance review and availability of funding. The M1 Award will not be renewed at the end of the three-year period.
- Full-time faculty from UConn Health or University of Connecticut Storrs campus
- Documented history of successful research funding (National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other sources)
- Evidence of extensive mentoring experience
For more information on the M1 Mentorship Award including how to access the online application, please visit the M1 Request for Application web page: http://cicats.uconn.edu/m1-rfa.
Application deadline: Friday, March 10, 2017