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NIDCD Partnership Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary at Cloisters Event

Photos by Bill Branson

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders recently marked the 10th year of its student research training Partnership Program with a reunion celebration. Themed "Advancing Diverse Students in Research — A Decade of Accomplishments in Science, Mentoring and Training," the day-long agenda featured a keynote address, a roundtable discussion and reports of many happy returns by former participants. Several key organizers and program graduates discussed the early days of the partnership and offered insights from their experiences.

One of more than a dozen current and former program participants, Jose Gurrola, a third-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University and NIDCD research trainee, offers a slide presentation about his current project.

The event's panel included (from l) NIH deputy associate director for communications Dr. Marin Allen, Dr. Liza Cariaga-Lo of Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Valerie Petit Wilson of Brown University, Dr. Nicolas Linares-Orama of the University of Puerto Rico and Dr. Melvin Webb of Clark Atlanta University.

Also on the panel were (from l) Dr. Jennifer L. Bloom of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Kelly Drew of the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, Linda Nelson of Morehouse College and Dr. Tom Allen of Gallaudet University.

Allison Kelliher (l), an Alaskan Native medical student at the University of Washington and former research trainee at NIDCD, and Drew reflect on benefits of the institute's 10-year Partnership Program.

At the poster session, partnership program manager Kay Johnson Graham (r) confers with Maritza Rivera, a current NIDCD research trainee.

Above, left Dr. Pamela Scott-Johnson of Morgan State University and (right) former NIH'er Dr. Jay Moskowitz, who now serves as vice dean for research at Penn State University's College of Medicine, discuss guiding students toward science careers.

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