2016 HU Diversity Seminars to focus on Inclusion, Health Equity and Training

Fred Hutch’s Hutch United (HU) will host two distinguished seminar speakers on Thursday, March 24th as part of HU’s annual Diversity Seminar program, which is designed to elevate diversity-related discussions. This year Dr. Carol Brown and Dr. Marcus Lambert, both … Continue reading 2016 HU Diversity Seminars to focus on Inclusion, Health Equity and Training

Grad student Biswajit Paul receives Best Oral Presentation award at SACNAS conference

Fred Hutch graduate student Biswajit “Bish” Paul received the award for the “Best Oral Presentation in Cell Molecular Biology” at the annual meeting of the Society for Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, or SACNAS, held last month in Washington, D.C. SACNAS is the second largest conference for minority scientists in the US. Bish is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the Molecular & Cellular Biology Program, an interdisciplinary program offered through Fred Hutch and the University of Washington in partnership with the Institute of Systems Biology and Center for Infectious Disease Research. He works in the laboratory of Dr. Hans-Peter … Continue reading Grad student Biswajit Paul receives Best Oral Presentation award at SACNAS conference

External link to ‘Why is Science so Straight?’ — Interesting NYT Opinion Piece

‘Why is Science so Straight?’ — Interesting NYT Opinion Piece

In his New York Times opinion piece, Manil Suri, a professor of Mathematics at University of Maryland, brings some light to a question that has been a topic of interest within Hutch United: Can we identify data that demonstrate that lesbian, gay, … Continue reading ‘Why is Science so Straight?’ — Interesting NYT Opinion Piece

International Science

Hutch United is hosting a Spring Workshop on Mentoring International Trainees on May 28th, 2015. In anticipation, here I share some reflections on the international nature of science and a preview of what Andrea, Erin, Terry and the rest of the team are preparing for discussion at the workshop. One of the most rewarding and unique experiences of working as a scientist is the opportunity to work with others who hail from all corners of the world. It’s not uncommon to have more than four or five different countries represented within a single lab. A huge plus of having international colleagues is the … Continue reading International Science

Faking it

The first time I noticed the lack of diversity in the sciences was as a young graduate student as I listened to a seminar and noticed that I was one of only a few people of color in a full auditorium. I distinctly remember feeling both intimidated and conspicuous. I’m sure I wasn’t the only new graduate student who felt intimidated. It was common feeling among everyone in our class, regardless of color. We had even learned there was a name for what we were feeling, ‘impostor syndrome.’ The thing forme was that the feeling of being an impostor wasn’t … Continue reading Faking it

Why is diversity in the workplace so important?

Diversity in the sciences is a topic that is close to my heart and something I keep coming back to over and over. It’s not something we strive for just in the sciences but probably all work places. I’ve always taken it as a given that diversity is a good thing without feeling the need to justify it. But, why is diversity so important in the workplace? What diversity means to me For me, diversity refers to cultivation and celebration of ideas from and individuals from different ethnic, national, social, economic, political, physical, mental and sexual (orientation and identification) backgrounds … Continue reading Why is diversity in the workplace so important?