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Message from the Chancellor – June 18, 2020

Office of the Chancellor

June 18, 2020

Dear Washington University community,

When I wrote to you last week, I promised I would come back this week with three things: 1) A plan for engagement within our university community, starting this month; 2) Concrete actions geared toward addressing systemic racism and its toll on our Black communities; and 3) A plan for how we will organize ourselves to partner more deeply with our St. Louis community.

I will address these items shortly, and please bear with the length of this message, but these topics merit a substantive response. First, I would like to again thank the many students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members who have contacted me to share serious concerns about our campus community and our role in St. Louis, as well as your ideas for how we can do better, and how we can demonstrate not just through what we say, but what we do, that we believe, unequivocally, that Black lives matter. The thoughtful work and list of demands from a coalition of Black students, the efforts of Student Union, and other collective messages that have been sent to our university leadership team and me, along with conversations we have had with students, faculty, and staff, have helped us place a critical lens on understanding the acute needs of our Black community, and identify paths forward for us to pursue racial equity collectively.

Our path forward includes challenges that we wholeheartedly embrace. To get this right in the long run requires time for thoughtful consultation and planning. The kind of enduring transformation that is called for and necessary here will require each of us to play a vital role, and it is critically important that we do this work together – establishing a clear vision of an equitable future, identifying the specific steps we need to take, and holding ourselves accountable to our commitments. We need to engage in deep dialogue and action planning, both within the university and in close partnership with the St. Louis community. To lay the foundation for the work ahead of us, I am committing to the following actions.

· Create space for meaningful engagement and dialogue. Our first, immediate step will be to very intentionally create a centered space for our Black community and develop intentional spaces for our campus community to come together virtually this summer to engage in candid conversations on our action steps and engagement strategies that are community-informed. We are not asking you to figure out how to solve our problem; however, we do need to include your voice and your experiences to inform a lasting change process that will integrate your insight and ideas.

Within the next week, we will share plans with our students for a Black Student Community Conversations with University Leadership series. This series will include time for university leaders, including myself, to engage in small group conversation with student leaders; a Designing Community Engagement Forum; and a student town hall, which I will facilitate. We will share details about these events, as well as opportunities to convene faculty and staff for similar dialogues, by email and on the Diversity and Inclusion website within the next week.

Establish an Equity and Inclusion Council. Our success will depend on collaboration across all parts of the university and among students, faculty, and staff. To help align priorities with resources, track progress, and guide this important work, we will create an Equity and Inclusion Council, comprising students, faculty, and staff. Establishing the council will provide a sustainable structure for prioritizing and implementing the important recommendations of our Commission on Diversity and Inclusion, which submitted its action plan in 2017. The council will serve as a convening body that creates and maintains collective and representative voice, alignment, and accountability for our institutional commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. It also will monitor and provide annual reports on relevant metrics to provide accountability and transparency into the work and track our progress. The council will have representation from all schools and senior administration, as well as members-at-large. The council will submit its first report to the Board of Trustees in advance of the December board meeting.

Reimagine campus safety in partnership with our students. It is vitally important that all members of our university community, especially our Black students, faculty, staff, and visitors, feel safe and have access to appropriate resources to support their security and well-being. We commit to engaging in an open and transparent review process, inclusive of and in consultation with our Black student leaders, to study our approach to safety, and to ensure that we have the right structures in place to keep our community safe. It is imperative that the Washington University Police Department meets the highest standards of trust and accountability, and that it provides avenues for open communication and feedback. WUPD prioritizes community partnership and professionalism, and will be a crucial participant in this review process. We will begin engaging with our students to develop this process before the start of the fall semester.

· Invest in our people and programs. Nothing is more important to us as a university than the people in our community. We must take this opportunity to redouble our efforts to ensure that we are supporting every individual who studies, teaches, or works on our campuses with the resources they need in order to succeed. We are especially called at this moment to focus our attention on our Black students, faculty, and staff, along with other underrepresented groups, to deepen our capacity for supporting their success. We will commit additional financial and human resources to recruiting and hiring a more diverse faculty, and to supporting the important work of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and Diversity; Center for Diversity and Inclusion; Academy for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement; and other related initiatives and programs.

In addition, the deans of each of our schools are developing school-based strategies to address racial equity. Our new provost Beverly Wendland will officially assume her role at the end of this month, and when she arrives, she will work closely with the deans on these plans, which will include significant opportunities for engagement with students, faculty, and staff, a strong emphasis on inclusive pedagogy, and our role in the St. Louis community.

Recommit ourselves to diversity in hiring and contracting. In its 2017 report, the Commission on Diversity and Inclusion called for a renewed commitment to recruiting, hiring, and supporting diverse faculty through a variety of initiatives, including pipeline work, and that we similarly refocus our efforts to promote greater diversity and inclusion among our staff. While we have made progress, we can and must do more. Similarly, we also must reaffirm our commitment and expand our Supplier Diversity Initiative, which identifies viable opportunities at the university for qualified diverse enterprises and helps to sustain these companies over the long term. I am asking Executive Vice Chancellor Hank Webber, Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Legail Chandler, and Vice Chancellor for Operations and Technology Transfer Dedric Carter to ensure that the university has implemented best practices with regard to equity and diversity in recruitment and professional development of our staff, and to develop a best-in-class minority contracting program. This work is to be done by the end of the 2020 calendar year. New policies and approaches will be shared with the St. Louis community, and metrics will be shared and published annually by the Equity and Inclusion Council.

· Build a world-class research program on race. We have a formidable faculty doing pioneering research on race, and we are aggressively building on this strength in numerous ways. We will continue to support our Department of African & African-American Studies, which has long been at the forefront of our research and learning on systemic racism against Black people. We have accelerated our launch of the university’s Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity from this fall to this summer, and look forward to the center’s announcement of The Colors of COVID-19 research initiative, as well as research working groups, grants, a working paper series, and connecting faculty working on race across the disciplines to collaborate and co-create.

Further, I am announcing a Danforth Campus-wide cluster hire of 12 new faculty members doing world-class research on the many manifestations of race in our society, including disparities, the history and meaning of race, and how best to tackle structural racism. True to our mission, we will be translating our faculty’s work not only into the broader world, but right here on our campus, by creating new courses and opportunities for our students to learn, engage, and help design our new racial future.

· Engage more deeply with St. Louis and strengthen our investment in regional efforts to combat racial inequities. St. Louis is home to exceptional organizations and individuals leading the fight against racial inequity. They are on the front lines of this vital work and we are committed to their success. As one step in more deeply engaging in St. Louis, we are making an initial contribution of $250,000 to the Racial Healing + Justice Fund, a community-designed fund that invests in the community based on guidance from residents who are directly affected by racial inequity. In addition, we commit to contributing a total of $100,000 over two years to Invest STL, an organization that seeks to support the equitable redevelopment of St. Louis neighborhoods that have experienced decades of systemic disinvestment. A particular focus of our support will be the neighborhood development north of Delmar Boulevard.

We will also establish a task force this summer to help us shape our WashU Compact, a commitment between us and the greater St. Louis region as we look to strengthen our community partnerships and impact. This group will include members of our university community, as well as representatives from St. Louis community organizations. Our first step will be to engage in a deep listening and dialogue process with our campus and with our St. Louis community, to examine the ways we can become a stronger partner in St. Louis, and envision, together, what real collaboration can look like moving forward.

We stand ready to make additional contributions – both financially and by working side by side – and know this will require strong, collaborative, enduring relationships. We are eager to move forward, but know we must take a deliberate and thoughtful approach if we are to achieve success together. This is what it means to be with St. Louis.

Reaffirm our support for causes that advance equity. While the actions above reflect steps we will take as an institution through our own resources, it’s important to acknowledge that we also have an opportunity – and responsibility – to take a stand on issues that are driving systemic structures on the local, state, and federal level. We have taken an institutional position in strong support of Medicaid expansion in Missouri, and believe that this is one of the most significant initiatives that will have a major, positive impact on the health and well-being of people in our region. No one should have to choose between health care and caring for themselves and their families. This has been brought into sharp and painful focus by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has illuminated the tremendous disparities in health outcomes for people of color, particularly in the Black community. Other causes that we must continue to keep in our sights are supporting a living wage for our regional workforce, including our own commitment to bring our minimum wage to $15 per hour for all regular employees and basic services contractors; and encouraging complete participation in the 2020 U.S. Census, which determines government funding for schools, hospitals, and other vital programs in the region.

I want to reiterate that the steps outlined here are only the first in our long-term strategy to transform the way Washington University actively pursues racial equity, on our campuses and in St. Louis. And I am firmly committed to this process. We have already begun work on several of the items outlined above, and will continue to move them forward in the days and weeks ahead. Your feedback and participation are vitally important and I want to encourage each of you – students, faculty, and staff – to join the effort and participate to help us become the community, and the St. Louisans, that we aspire to be.

Sincerely,

Andrew D. Martin
Chancellor

andrewdmartin.wustl.edu

Juneteenth and collective progress

Douglas Flowe on emancipation, current protests and the moment the nation truly becomes free.

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DBBS: Statement on #ShutdownSTEM

Dear DBBS Community,

We are inspired by the sentiment of #ShutdownSTEM, hence we are aligning our Division with its aims and participating. As we highlighted in the letter to our community last week, we are committed to centering anti-racist policy and work. We fully support our DBBS community participating in this action. Should students, faculty, or staff need support in advocating for their participation in observing this day, we are here for you.

To lead by example, DBBS staff will be encouraged to engage with the resources listed below. In addition, DBBS staff have been asked to cancel all meetings in order to read, reflect and consider the actions they will take in solidarity. Our Division will also share information on social media to educate and reaffirm our commitment to anti-racist policy and work. We recognize that this is just one day; being committed to this work will take more than 24 hours of education or advocacy. We will need to commit to this work moving forward and we stand firm in our effort to do so.

We encourage the wider DBBS community to engage with these educational and mental health resources as well. This is a moment to center how we will, as individuals, preserve momentum gained in this movement to affect systems and our communities.

We ask that you continue to engage with DBBS as we develop and implement a robust strategic plan to meaningfully address diversity, equity, and inclusion in our spaces. We hope the learning and progress gained from this day is not lost and continues, as we know this work will never truly be done until all systems of oppression and domination are changed.

In Solidarity,
Robyn, Cami, Joel, and Rosie

Educational, Community, and Support Resources

We recognize there may be paralysis in not knowing what to do at this time. We want to highlight some recommendations and resources that you can use. While this is not an exhaustive list or checklist, this is a place to start:

As a note in a movement for justice and equity, we recognize this means there will be a diversity of tactics and we must support and center those most directly affected by these issues. Supporting and centering the movement can take many different shapes and forms- there is no one way to do this work given we all have differing limits, boundaries, and traumas we carry with us. This means we will intentionally take care to not put others in harm’s way with our actions, especially those who are most vulnerable. Similarly, we should work to support those in leadership who are affected by these issues. Those of us with privileges should shoulder risks and burdens when others cannot. Talk to people who are in the fight with you. The stronger our community is the more difficult it is to divide us.

If you would like to get involved with protest taking place in the St. Louis community, please refer to these resources:

  • Expect Us page: Expect Us is for organizers to connect with others and build bridges with the St. Louis community
  • Resist STL page: Resist STL utilizes their social media pages to aggregate resistance in St. Louis

 

Coping with COVID: Mental well-being resources for faculty, staff, postdoc’s, fellows and residents

Spotlight Article on OUTmed in Next Steps in Derm

OUTmed was the spotlight article in Next Steps in Derm.

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WUSM OUTmed marched in the Pride St. Louis parade on June 30th. The Department of Medicine was an Equality sponsor of Pride this year.

WUSM OUTmed participated in the Pride St. Louis parade on June 30th. The Department of Medicine was an Equality sponsor of Pride this year.

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Transgender Spectrum Conference 2019 – Call for Proposals due May 17th

Transgender Day of Remembrance – November 20th

Transgender Memorial Garden of St. Lois
1470 South Vandeventer Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110
6:30pm

The Transgender Day of Remembrance, also known as the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, is observed annually on November 20 as a day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia and to draw attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community

STL LGBTQIA+ Community join our Trans Community as we come together for healing and remembrance of those siblings we have lost to fatal violence, not only in 2018 but previous years as well. As we come together in community, voices of trans individuals will be heard in speech and in song. Join us at the Transgender Memorial Garden, a place of unity and tranquility to reflect and honor those lost.

After the ceremony there will be a candlelight march through the streets of The Grove STL to show our visibility, letting our voices be heard and to show that we are not going to be erased through violence. Everyone should bring a candle, a battery operated candle or flashlight to “shine the light” on the violence that is besets our trans siblings.

As we march through The Grove we ask patrons of businesses, restaurants and bars to join in our march as we pass by.

The march will end at the PrideCenter where we can continue healing and being in community. Refreshments will be available.

Questions about the ceremony, march or repass or volunteer opportunities should be directed to Christa Lou Cunningham at Christa.Cunningham@stlmetrotrans.com

Damon Runyon Physician-Scientist Training Award Application Deadline: Monday, December 3, 2018

Damon Runyon Physician-Scientist Training Award Application Deadline:

Monday, December 3, 2018

Physician-scientists who are both clinically trained and expert researchers are essential to the successful translation of scientific discovery into more effective patient therapies. They have the unique capacity to blend their insights from treating patients and working in the laboratory in a way that enables and accelerates medical advances. However, the pipeline of physician-scientists is dwindling. The decline in this vital cadre of cancer researchers is occurring at a time when cancer research holds the greatest promise of improving survival and quality of life among cancer patients. A growing shortage of physician-scientists means that major laboratory research discoveries will progress to patient application ever more slowly. If the shortage continues unabated, some may not reach patient application at all, thus presenting a crisis in cancer.

In an effort to confront the crisis arising from a growing dearth of physician-scientists, Damon Runyon encourages more physicians to pursue research careers through a program designed to recruit outstanding U.S. Specialty Board-eligible physicians (MDs only) into cancer research careers by providing them with the opportunity for a protected research training experience under the mentorship of a highly qualified and gifted mentor after they have completed all of their cancer clinical training.

The goals of the program are to:

• transform these individuals into the highest quality physician-scientists, capable of conducting research that has the potential to transform the diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention of cancer.

• eliminate the financial disincentive to entering this career path.

The award will provide up to $460,000 over four years in financial support for the award recipient. In addition, the Foundation will retire up to $100,000 of medical school debt still owed.

The application deadline for the 2019 Physician Scientist Award is Monday, December 3, 2018. Detailed information about the award, eligibility criteria, application guidelines and forms are available on the Foundation’s website, https://www.damonrunyon.org/for-scientists/application-guidelines/physician-scientist.

If you have any questions, please call the Foundation at 212-455-0520.

Growing up transgender The Washington University Transgender Center helps families navigate the complex world of gender identity

Growing up transgender

The Washington University Transgender Center helps families navigate the complex world of gender identity

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Upcoming Voter registration event – October 6th

Wash U linguist analyzes American dialects, discrimination

John Baugh is the Margaret Bush Wilson Professor in Arts and Sciences at Washington University. As a cultural anthropologist, linguist and psychologist, he studies black language and dialects. His new book “Linguistics in the Pursuit of Law” explores how his research on black language has played out in court cases on discrimination and other issues.

Read and listen to interview:  http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wash-u-linguist-analyzes-american-dialects-discrimination#stream/0

Report addresses national shortage of physician-scientist trainees

Report addresses national shortage of physician-scientist trainees –  Recommends standardized curriculum, tracking graduates

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NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices for July 20, 2018 (The NIH Guide TOC)

Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices

NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts
July 20, 2018
Table of Contents (TOC)
Web Version

Notices

  • HHS Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Contract Solicitation (PHS 2019-1) Now Available
    (NOT-OD-18-209) Office of the Director, NIH
  • Updated Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity
    (NOT-OD-18-210) Office of the Director, NIH
  • NIH Implementation of the Burden-Reducing Provisions of the 2018 Common Rule
    (NOT-OD-18-211) Office of the Director, NIH
  • Delayed Enforcement and Short-Term Flexibilities for Some Requirements Affecting Prospective Basic Science Studies Involving Human Participants
    (NOT-OD-18-212) Office of the Director, NIH
  • Notice of Information: Initiative for Collaborative Research Between Investigators in the USA and in Norway
    (NOT-AI-18-049)
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for NCCIH Supplements to NCATS CTSA Programs for Scholars Pursuing Complementary Health Research Career Development (Admin Supp; Clinical Trial Optional)
    (NOT-AT-18-014)
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
  • Notice of Change of Requirements for PAR-18-218, “Strategic Alliances for Medications Development to Treat Substance Use Disorders (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)”
    (NOT-DA-18-018)
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Notice of Change of Requirements for PAR-18-219, “Grand Opportunity in Medications Development for Substance-Use Disorders (U01 Clinical Trial Optional)”
    (NOT-DA-18-019)
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Data Coordinating Center for the HEALing Communities Study: Developing and Testing an Integrated Approach to Address the Opioid Crisis (UM1)
    (NOT-DA-18-025)
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Research Site for the HEALing Communities Study: Developing and Testing an Integrated Approach to Address the Opioid Crisis (UM1)
    (NOT-DA-18-026)
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Notice of Correction to Letter of Reference Receipt Date in RFA-DA-18-019 NIDA Avant-Garde Award Program for HIV/AIDS and Drug Use Research (DP1, Clinical Trial Optional)
    (NOT-DA-18-028)
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Notice of Early Application Receipt Date for PAR-18-854, Time-Sensitive Obesity Policy and Program Evaluation (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (NOT-DK-18-019)
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    National Cancer Institute
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research
    Office of Disease Prevention
  • Notice of Clarification for PAR-18-844-Investigator Initiated Research in Computational Genomics and Data Science (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (NOT-HG-18-010)
    National Human Genome Research Institute
  • Notice of Clarification to PAR-18-843: Investigator Initiated Research in Computational Genomics and Data Science (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (NOT-HG-18-011)
    National Human Genome Research Institute
  • Notice of Information: Change in Letter of Intent Due Dates for PAR-18-747 “Addressing the Challenges of the Opioid Epidemic in Minority Health and Health Disparities Research in the U.S. (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)”
    (NOT-MD-18-007)
    National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • Notice of Information: Change in Letter of Intent Due Dates for PAR-18-745 “Addressing the Challenges of the Opioid Epidemic in Minority Health and Health Disparities Research in the U.S. (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)”
    (NOT-MD-18-008)
    National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Notice Regarding New Applications for PAR-15-352: Occupational Safety and Health Training Project Grants (T03)
    (NOT-OH-18-010)
    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Requests for Applications

  • Research Innovations for Scientific Knowledge (RISK) for Musculoskeletal Diseases (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (RFA-AR-19-013)
    National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
    Application Receipt Date(s): April 9, 2019; January 9, 2020 by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates. No late applications will be accepted for this Funding Opportunity Announcement.
  • Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Faculty Diversity in Biomedical Research (K01 Independent Clinical Trial Required)
    (RFA-HL-19-025)
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): October 10, 2018, February 11, 2019, October 10, 2019, February 11, 2020, October 9, 2020, February 11, 2021, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.
  • Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Faculty Diversity in Biomedical Research (K01 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (RFA-HL-19-026)
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    Application Receipt Date(s): October 10, 2018, February 11, 2019, October 10, 2019, February 11, 2020, October 9, 2020, February 11, 2021, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.
  • BRAIN Initiative: Data Archives for the BRAIN Initiative (R24 Clinical Trial Optional)
    (RFA-MH-19-145)
    National Institute of Mental Health
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
    National Eye Institute
    National Institute on Aging
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    Application Receipt Date(s): September 27, 2018 and September 6, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.
  • BRAIN Initiative: Standards to Define Experiments Related to the BRAIN Initiative (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (RFA-MH-19-146)
    National Institute of Mental Health
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
    National Eye Institute
    National Institute on Aging
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    Application Receipt Date(s): September 27, 2018 and September 6, 2019 by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.
  • BRAIN Initiative: Integration and Analysis of BRAIN Initiative Data (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (RFA-MH-19-147)
    National Institute of Mental Health
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
    National Eye Institute
    National Institute on Aging
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    Application Receipt Date(s): September 27, 2018; March 7, 2019; September 6, 2019; March 6, 2020; September 9, 2020; March 4, 2021 by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.
  • Pilot Projects Investigating Understudied G Protein-Coupled Receptors, Ion Channels, and Protein Kinases (R03 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (RFA-RM-18-021)
    Office of Strategic Coordination (Common Fund)
    Application Receipt Date(s): October 26, 2018? by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date. No late applications will be accepted for this Funding Opportunity Announcement.

Program Announcements

  • Diet and Physical Activity Assessment Methodology (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (PA-18-856)
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
    National Cancer Institute
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.
  • Advancing Research Needed to Develop a Universal Influenza Vaccine (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (PA-18-858)
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply or Month(s) Day(s), Year(s), by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.
  • Advancing Research Needed to Develop a Universal Influenza Vaccine (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (PA-18-859)
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply or Month(s) Day(s), Year(s), by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Interactions: Unintentional Injuries and Overdoses: Epidemiology and Prevention (R03 – Clinical Trial Optional)
    (PA-18-861)
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Interactions: Unintentional Injuries and Overdoses: Epidemiology and Prevention (R21 – Clinical Trial Optional)
    (PA-18-862)
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Interactions: Unintentional Injuries and Overdoses: Epidemiology and Prevention (R01 – Clinical Trial Optional)
    (PA-18-863)
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.
  • Diet and Physical Activity Assessment Methodology (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (PAR-18-857)
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    National Cancer Institute
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
    National Institute of Nursing Research
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply
  • Immune Response to Arthropod Blood Feeding (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (PAR-18-860)
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): October 15, 2018, June 14, 2019, February 14, 2020, October 15, 2020 Applications due by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.
  • NEI Vision Research Epidemiology Grant (UG1 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (PAR-18-864)
    National Eye Institute
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.
  • Pre-Application: Research Innovation for Scientific Knowledge (RISK) for Musculoskeletal Diseases (X02 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (PAR-18-865)
    National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
    Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): October 4, 2018;July 3, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date. No late applications will be accepted for this Funding Opportunity Announcement.

DOM Employee Spotlight on Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Arinda Nenninger

Introducing EPC Spotlight! Each month, we’ll highlight one of our wonderful Emergency Preparedness Coordinators (EPCs).

This month’s EPC spotlight is Arinda Nenninger with Internal Medicine. Arinda is an EPC rock star and has partnered with EM on several initiatives.

Arinda says that “being an EPC is an important role at the university. I educate my coworkers on emergency preparedness and help to keep them safe. Being prepared can reduce risk, fear and injury. I have implemented preparedness tips I’ve learned via the EPC program at home as well! I have an emergency supply of extra clothes, food, water and medications for my family.”

Washington University students are working closely with staff at Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls

Hawthorn InvestiGirls program makes college feel ‘more real’

Washington University students are working closely with staff at Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls in north St. Louis to help students succeed academically and introduce them to new experiences.

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Registration is Now Open: 2018 Mid-Career Minority Faculty Leadership Seminar

The Office of Faculty Affairs is again offering to assist WUSM underrepresented minority mid-career faculty members who wish to attend the AAMC Mid-Career Minority Faculty Leadership Seminar. The OFA will reimburse the base registration fee ($1700.00) for up to two WUSM faculty members.  This support is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you intend on applying to the AAMC, please contact Kim Vaninger (vaningerk@wustl.edu or 747-0808).

Please see the link below for further program and application information.  Please note, the application requires a letter of support from your Chair, Division Chief or Dean.  The application deadline is April 18, 2018

Application information

The AAMC is Now Accepting Applications for the Mid-Career Minority Faculty Leadership Seminar Now!

AAMC Mid-Career Minority Faculty Leadership Seminar
June 14-16, 2018
Washington D.C.

This seminar will help you to:
Assess your professional development goals and identify actionable strategies and tools for promotion and tenure.

Develop key professional competencies in academic leadership.

Enhance your leadership skills in the areas of communication, team building, change management and work/life balance.

The AAMC is accepting applications through Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 5:00 pm EST.

Physician’s call to action: Compassionate medicine

Physician’s call to action: Compassionate medicine
Barbara Lutey assesses patients’ medical, social, emotional health in determining care

 

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Forum for Women in Medicine boosts female physicians, trainees

The Forum for Women in Medicine was formed by Rakhee K. Bhayani, MD, an associate professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The group for female trainees in the Department of Medicine offers workshops and talks on topics such as work and life balance and gender bias.

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Andwele Jolly named a 2018 Eisenhower Fellow

Andwele Jolly, DPT, a business director in the Department of Medicine has been named a 2018 Eisenhower fellow.

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Dr. Kara Sternhell-Blackwell recognized with Gloria Anzaldúa Advocacy at Intersections Award

Dr. Kara Sternhell-Blackwell received the Gloria Anzaldúa Advocacy at Intersections Award at the 10th Annual WUSTL James L. Holobaugh Honors Ceremony, on November 7, 2017. This award recognizes an individual who shows great commitment to advocating at intersections of LGBTQIA* identities, as well as illuminating and supporting the diversity of individuals within LGBTQIA* communities.

 

NIH FOA: Simulation Modeling and Systems Science to Address Health Disparities (R01)

NIMHD is leading a collaborative research effort at the National Institutes of Health with several NIH Institutes and Centers to fund highly innovative and promising research that develops and evaluates simulation modeling and systems science to understand and address minority health and health disparities. Potential topic areas could include but are not limited to:

  • Models to explore mechanisms and pathways of health disparities at multiple socioecological levels
  • Predictive models to improve clinical care coordination and integrate patient-centered health services for minority and health disparity populations
  • Simulation modeling to identify and verify the most appropriate population-specific screening or detection strategies for chronic disease prevention
  • Simulation modeling to identify and verify the most appropriate population-specific evaluation and treatment strategies for chronic diseases that disproportionately affect disparity populations
  • Models to inform improved multilevel and multifactorial randomized controlled, comparative effectiveness, and pragmatic intervention designs aimed at addressing health disparities
  • Simulation modeling and systems science to improve implementation and dissemination of evidence-based primary care practice in rural and underserved communities
  • Simulation modeling using big data and information technology for national and local disparity surveillance and monitoring

This FOA provides support for up to 4 years for research planning, execution, and follow-up activities. The research must focus on one or more minority or health disparity populations.

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University invites faculty, staff, trainees, and students to participate in the second Diversity Engagement Survey

Dear Washington University Community,

The university fully embraces diversity as fundamental to institutional excellence. As stated in the Chancellor’s message, the university invites you to participate in the second Diversity Engagement Survey to help us measure and assess inclusion in the university community.

The 40-item diversity survey will take approximately 10 minutes. Your responses are confidential. The survey is being administered by the independent third-party organization, DataStar. The university will only receive aggregate data reports from DataStar. In providing open and honest feedback, you will assist us with how to best structure our diversity and inclusion efforts.

You may take the Diversity Engagement Survey at: https://www.edatastar.com/des/wustl/wusm.htm

The survey tool will remain open for approximately three weeks, closing in mid-November.

Thank you for your participation. Your unique perspectives and valuable input will help the university continue to build a diverse and welcoming community.

Sincerely,
Legail Poole Chandler
Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
Washington University in St. Louis

Message from the Department of Medicine regarding the Stockley decision

Dear Faculty, Staff, Trainees and Students:

Last Friday, a verdict of not guilty was announced in the case of Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer who was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith. We are only three years out from the social tumult that followed the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson. While we may have made some progress in promoting effective, community-based policing and have engaged in meaningful cross-cultural dialogue about race-relations in St. Louis, we have had insufficient time to resolve the systemic issues of poverty, social fragmentation and racial distrust that have plagued our region. Unfortunately, it was just a matter of time before another tragic event unroofed the past emotional wounds from Ferguson and other events that have occurred across the U.S. The impact of this verdict is likely felt in many different ways by members of our community. Among some there is palpable anger, even frank rage, while among others memories of uncertainty return and a sense of alienation may arise as they grapple with the decision against a background of current and historical social injustices which have been made worse by the recent upsurge in hate speech and demonstrations that have spurred acts of violence.

 We do not have a choice about the verdict that was rendered. We do, however, have control over how we personally and institutionally move forward. We know that public safety is on the minds of many in our community. It is important for all members of our community to know that they are respected, valued, and safe and a vital part of creating a positive culture on our campus. Our state and local government officials and religious leaders have been public about their preparations to ensure everyone’s safety. Our university, city, and county law enforcement and emergency teams have been working overtime to ensure that travel remains safe and accessible to and from Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM).

Now more than ever, we as a community must work hard to promote equity and justice for all and to ensure safe and inclusive environments at work and in the community. Chancellor Mark Wrighton and Dean David Perlmutter have called for peaceful, constructive, and meaningful actions toward addressing social inequity in our region. We must take the time to listen and understand each other’s backgrounds, emotions, viewpoints and concerns and create safe spaces for dialogue.

At the School of Medicine, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion has scheduled Perspective Dialogue Circle sessions for anyone who wishes to take time to reflect, learn, and discuss ways to promote change and healing. Additionally, we have resources such as our Department of Medicine Office of Inclusion and Diversity, our WUSM Office of Diversity and Inclusion, our Office of Diversity Programs, and our WUSM Human Relations (HR) consultants for those who need more information.

We hope we can emerge from these turbulent times more inclusive, respectful and empowered to stimulate change and healing. We will continue to provide additional information as it becomes available. If you have concerns or need assistance please feel free to contact one of us as well.

Sincerely,

Victoria J. Fraser, MD
Adolphus Busch Professor and Chairman
Departmnt of Medicine

Will Ross, MPH, MD
Associate Dean for Diversity
Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine

Joseph Pangelinan, PhD, LPC
Director of Cultural Awareness and Diversity
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine

Message from Chancellor Wrighton regarding the Stockley decision

To our Washington University community,

We learned just moments ago that the judge in the murder trial of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley has rendered his decision. I am sure the decision is painful and disturbing for many. I do not know everything that was considered by the judge, but I am struggling with the outcome myself and what it means for our region. The judgment ends a legal proceeding. Nevertheless, what must carry on is our resolve – as individuals and as a community – to use the killing of Anthony Lamar Smith and other similar tragic incidents as channels for working together to overcome the divisions in our region. There is a lot of healing to do. It is my hope that the emotional jolt from today’s decision brings peaceful and constructive movement forward. And I hope for demonstrable, meaningful action in addressing the deep-seated issues, disparity and social inequity in our region. We are as determined as ever to work toward that goal.

I recognize that this may be a difficult time for you on a personal level and I want to remind you that we have resources available to support our students on the Danforth and Medical Campuses, and our faculty and staff. Additionally, we will be organizing opportunities for our community to come together for reflection about the challenges we continue to face as a university community and as a St. Louis region.

Sincerely yours,

Mark S. Wrighton
Chancellor