Luz Claudio, PhD, professor of environmental medicine and public health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, sought to understand participation of minorities in medical research in a study of parents of New York City children.
Claudio said. “Our conclusion was that minorities would participate in medical research if asked by their trusted physician, particularly if that physician is also a minority.”
A Pew Research Center study showed that there were more minority babies born in 2015. If the trend continues, minorities (African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Mixed Race, etc.) will be the majority in the US by the year 2060. Yet, the number of minorities in higher education has remained stagnant.
In the article, I was quoted as: Claudio noted that she has seen progress in terms of the numbers of minority students as well as scientists and physicians at some institutions but not at a pace in keeping with the growth of the minority population nationwide.
Dr. Luz Claudio, who trains postdoctoral students in research techniques, is one of a few minority women senior faculty members at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. She credits her achievements to the mentoring she received in the past 25 years.“A mentor is somebody who can be impartial when it comes to providing you advice,” she said. “Your needs will change throughout your working lifetime and you will need different viewpoints along the way. Ultimately, the mentee will make their own decisions.”
Writing a perfect letter of recommendation can seem intimidating, especially if you have never written one. The struggle between staying honest to yourself while trying not to destroy one’s future is always challenging. You don’t want to make things up, but you are even more unwilling to write a template-like vague, dull and unconvincing letter.
So, how can media coverage of science be improved? Research scientist Luz Claudio, Ph.D., author of How To Write And Publish A Scientific Paper: The Step-By-Step Guide, advises researchers to write their own press releases with the help of their institution's press office to get the message out. "Also, they should answer reporters' inquiries in writing rather than giving telephone interviews in order to reduce the potential for misinterpretation of results," she says in an e-mail interview.
Because of this experience, Dr. Claudio applies the same principles as a mentor for underrepresented students in science. She says all of her mentees “are expected to publish their research in peer-reviewed journals or present them in professional conferences… because the publication of a scientific research paper in a peer-reviewed journal is one of the top accomplishments that a student can have in a STEM program.”
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