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Promoting an inclusive scientific workforce


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Marcus Lambert, assistant dean in the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences and an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, will speak to SUNY Cortland faculty and students on strategies for success in promoting a diverse scientific workforce.

Lambert will host a presentation, “Promoting an Inclusive Scientific Workforce: Factors that Affect Diversity and Equity in STEM,” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13 via Webex. Please register for the event, which is free and open to the public, online.

“The Biology DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) committee is excited to hear from Dr. Lambert how we each play a role in creating more equitable and inclusive STEM spaces,” said Theresa Curtis, professor in the Biological Sciences Department. “This change takes all of us.”

On April 1, Lambert will begin a new role as associate vice president for research strategy and operations for SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University. Lambert will also join the Downstate School of Public Health as a faculty member in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Departments.

As co-director of the Office of Student Diversity at Weill Cornell Medicine, Lambert serves more than 400 medical and 1,200 graduate students. He also directs a grant initiative funded by the National Institute of Health that strives to maximize student development among underrepresented students in the biomedical field. It aims to increase the number of underrepresented doctoral students to ultimately address the critical need of reducing racial and ethnic health care disparities.

A graduate of Howard University, Lambert holds a master’s degree in clinical epidemiology and health services research from Weill Cornell Graduate School and a Ph.D. in biomedical science from NYU Grossman School of Medicine.

Lambert has been a guest lecturer at institutions including the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Columbia University, New York University and Tulane University School of Medicine.

He was honored by the U.S. State Department as a “Generation Changer” and earned a Generation NEXT Leadership Award from the Muslim Journal. Lambert has also received an Impact Award from the United Nations and the Health and Health Disparities Award of Excellence from Howard University. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Campus Artists and Lecture Series, the Biology Club and the Premedical Club.

For more information, contact the SUNY Cortland Biological Sciences Department Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee by email.