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Enhancing Scientist Diversity in Plant Biology Luncheon

Michael, Dockry [1].

Enhancing Research Through Human Diversity: Reflections on human diversity and the future of the biological sciences.

Many research institutions and professional organizations are looking to enhance the diversity of their members, employees, and scientists. To do this, institutions often focus their efforts on recruitment and retention of minority employees; however, recruitment and retention efforts can prove to be difficult. In this talk I will discuss how we can foster human diversity and improve our research simultaneously. I will use examples from the literature and personal experiences to illustrate how human diversity enhances research and institutional effectiveness. I will discuss what I have learned about the value of diversity from my experiences as a student and as a professional who mentors students. I will outline some possible future scenarios for the biological sciences in regard to diversity. I will conclude by arguing that we have to shift our perspectives on human diversity to incorporate personal experiences, to view research as a service to others, and to understand that diversity fosters novel research questions, analysis, and results.

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1 - University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

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Presentation Type: Special Presentation
Session: TE12
Location: Perch/Boise Centre
Date: Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
Number: TE12001
Abstract ID:968
Candidate for Awards:None

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