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Sloan Receives NIH Underrepresented Individuals in Science Supplement and Samuel DuBois Cook Society Award

December 10, 2013

Roketa SloanDurham, NC — Roketa Sloan, a graduate student in the Duke University Program in Genetics and Genomics (UPGG) and the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center, has received an NIH Underrepresented Individuals in Science Supplement. Sloan works in the laboratory of Sue Jinks-Robertson, PhD, Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology. Sloan's current research focuses on investigating genomic instability induced by the chemotherapeutic Camptothecin in budding yeast.

The NIH Underrepresented Individuals in Science program, originally announced in 1989, was established to address the need to increase the number of underrepresented minority scientists participating in biomedical research and the health related sciences. Although the NIH currently provides opportunities for miniorities through traditional research grant programs and special initiatives supported by various components of the NIH, this need has remained. The NIH has continued its efforts to establish a diversified workforce by increasing the number of individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups actively participating in biomedical research. In addtion, in recent years, it has become increasingly clear that there is a serious health care disparity among minority groups in this country. The NIH recognizes the need to expand research opportunities for minority scientists to help eliminate health disparities.

Sloan was also recently selected to receive a 2014 Samuel DuBois Cook Society ("Sammie") Award, which will be presented at the annual dinner and awards ceremony on Tuesday, February 18th at the Washington Duke Inn.

The Cook Society was founded in 1997, to recognize the contributions of the first African American professor hired and tenured at Duke University. The Society was intended to be an instrument of social engagement and change, and seeks to recognize members of the Duke community who reflect in their work or academic pursuits, the objectives to which Dr. Cook dedicated his professional life--to improve relations among personals of all backgrounds, and help to foster a sense of community. 

In addition, Sloan is president of the Bouchet Society. The Bouchet Society hopes to further strengthen the efforts of underrepresented minority graduate students in achieving their career goals in science research and education, and to encourage values that will promote diversity and inclusion in the sciences in honor of its namesake Dr. Edward Alexander Bouchet, the first African American to earn a PhD from an American university.

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