A week of talks, panels and discussions seeks to counter an impression “that this talent pool just does not exist.” By Katherine J. Wu, Sept. 28, 2020, 5:00 a.m. ET
To help tackle the lack of diversity and representation in science, Chemical Engineering’s Kishana Taylor and her co-organizers are hosting the first Black in Microbiology week, a unique program highlighting Black scientists and their contributions to the field of microbiology. By Adam Dove, Sept 29, 2020
Afrotech | The Black In Micro Conference Aims to Highlight the Contributions of Black Scientists in Microbiology
The Black In Micro conference starts Sept. 28 and runs until Oct. 4, 2020. Black In Micro is a virtual event that “seeks to highlight the contributions of Black scientists to microbiology-related fields across all career stages—from undergraduates to tenured faculty and industry professionals,” explains one of the conference’s leaders, Chelsey Spriggs, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Michigan. By Colleen Williams, Sept 29,2020
Kishana Taylor works in the field of virology. In this mSphere of Influence article, she reflects on the personal impact of “Racial health disparities and COVID-19 – caution and context” by Merlin Chowkwanyun and Adolph L. Reed, Jr. (N Engl J Med 383:201–203, 2020, https://doi.org/10.1056/NEJMp2012910) and “A hypothesis is a liability” by Itai Yanai and Martin Lercher (Genome Biol 21:231, 2020, https://doi.org/10.1186/s13059-020-02133-w) and how it became part of the mission for Black In Microbiology Week. By Kishana Taylor, Sept 30, 2020
Sept 30, 2020
In a year of racial tumult, Black scientists are uniting for visibility and action.
Lisa Winter Nov 16, 2020
Ari and Kishana, two of the founders of Black in Microbiology, join TWiV to discuss the goals of the organization, then we review pauses of J&J and Lilly COVID-19 vaccine trials, preclinical studies of Regeneron’s SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibody cocktail, reinfection of a patient in Nevada, and listener questions.
October 15, 2020
Ariangela J. Kozik studies the respiratory microbiome as it relates to asthma. In this mSphere of Influence article, she reflects on how two papers, “Time’s up to adopt a biopsychosocial model to address racial and ethnic disparities in asthma outcomes” (E. C. Matsui, A. S. Adamson, and R. D. Peng, Allergy Clin Immunol 143:2024–2025, 2019, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaci.2019.03.015) and “Health disparities and the microbiome” (K. Findley, D. R. Williams, E. A. Grice, and V. L. Bonham, Trends Microbiol 24:847–850, 2016, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tim.2016.08.001), shape her approach to human microbiome research. By Ariangela J. Kozik, Sept 30, 2020
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October 22, 2020
“It was time to create the community we’ve been missing.”Ari Kozik
September 30, 2020