Entries by Natalie Henkhaus

Plant scientists call for renewed focus on empowerment of trainees

Preparing graduate students and postdocs for diverse careers Changes in the workforce are challenging academia to prepare scientists to be adaptable and adept at communicating across boundaries. To meet these demands, the Plant Science Research Network (PSRN, plantae.org/PSRN) is shifting the focus to enable trainees to take ownership of their training experiences. “Since President Lincoln […]

How Women, Companies and Organizations Are Closing the Gender Gap

Today, women earn significantly more master’s degrees than men, and in a diversity of fields. Nonetheless, women continue to face challenges to higher education, and remain under-represented in a number of industries. Thankfully, many schools and organizations recognize these trends and are taking steps to address them. Learn more about the state of women in […]

Bringing scientific rigor to issues of diversity

In 2014, Hannah Valantine became the first chief officer for scientific workforce diversity at the National Institutes of Health. Her charge is to diversify the biomedical research workforce “by developing a vision and comprehensive strategy to expand recruitment and retention and promote inclusiveness and equity throughout the biomedical research enterprise,” according to the NIH press […]

Talking inclusion and diversity

“Poet and activist Audre Lorde said, “In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth.” She also said, “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences.”” “Although scientists say they want full equality, they […]