NIH Director empanels working group on diversity

August 24, 2011

The initial response to the dismal news about black-white disparity in grant scores and funding is…create an advisory panel.

I have seen this reaction before and indeed served on such panels at the local institutional level.

I am not hopeful.

They have a boatload of people listed on the roster already. Going by the stats on the number of African-American PIs, this panel could easily interview each and every one of them. And make a damn good start on all the unsuccessful ones too.

I suggest they start there.

Rather than the usual hot air that never goes anywhere…

No Responses Yet to “NIH Director empanels working group on diversity”

  1. AcademicLurker Says:

    No one should be terribly surprised. “Appoint a committee to look into it” is the standard institutional non-response response to these things.


  2. Halophile Says:

    I agree that the standard, “We’ve appointed a committee to look into this problem.” seems ill-fated. (Hey, at least they’re not calling it a “Blue-Ribbon” panel.) However, I’m honestly interested in how a hypothetical NIH Director DrugMonkey would handle the situation. Will you address that in an upcoming blog post?


  3. proflikesubstance Says:

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  4. drugmonkey Says:

    Apparently the NSF does a better job?

    Disparity is still there and very consistent across years, but only a few percentage points.


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