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PHILADELPHIA, April 8, 2016—Imagine doctors treating life-threatening diseases by matching medical care to your genetic code. Or lowering your blood pressure with medication specifically tailored to your genetic background.
Such scientific breakthroughs would constitute a seismic shift in society as we know it, laying a foundation for precision medicine, an approach that enables health-care providers to tailor treatments and prevention strategies to the unique characteristics of the individual.
On April 22nd, Community College of Philadelphia will host a scientist who has been a leader in the National Institutes of Health Human Microbiome Project (HMP). Karen E. Nelson, Ph.D., led the first team ever to publish the human microbiome paper, and later became president of the renowned J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI). An African American woman, her story is featured in the College’s spring edition of Pathways and she will be the keynote speaker at an 8AM breakfast at the Center for Business and Industry (CBI), Room C2-5. The CBI is located on the corner of 18th and Callowhill streets.
Dr. Nelson also will speak with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) majors at the College following the breakfast. JCVI provides internships to community college students near its facilities to help diversify and strengthen the STEM talent pipeline.
According to a 2015 “STEM Solutions” report compiled by U.S. News & World Report, half of the workers who go into STEM fields start at community colleges. At Community College of Philadelphia, the Center for Science and Engineering Education is preparing STEM graduates to fill in-demand positions in Philadelphia.
In the new edition, Pathways, the College’s regional workforce development publication, also profiles some of the College’s most distinguished STEM graduates; and illuminates the ways that science and
math programs bolster workforce quality, and provide a better quality of living for us all. Area scientists, CEOs, educators, and researchers have been invited to the breakfast.
In the article, Dr. Nelson addresses the changing role of scientists who, increasingly, are taking on the role of societal do-gooders and game-changers. Twenty years after Nelson entered the industry, she still stands out as a woman and a person of color. While research shows that at least 8 million of the jobs available to college graduates in 2018 will be in STEM professions, there is a shortage of minorities and women in those careers.
“The industry needs the students as much as the students need pathways to these stimulating, game-changing jobs,” Dr. Nelson says. “There are people out there with brilliant minds, and we need them all in the STEM field.”
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