Angela Byars-Winston, PhD, associate professor, General Internal Medicine, has been selected to serve a three-year term on the Board of Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW) of the National Academy of Sciences.
The BHEW provides U.S. government, academic and industry leaders with analyses and recommendations designed to inform action and set strong public policy on issues in higher education and the workforce. Grounding its work in a foundation of data analysis, the board analyzes issues in higher education that affect the nation’s ability to meet national goals in science and engineering. It also seeks to connect higher education with the science and engineering labor market, enhance careers and education of doctoral scientists and engineers, and improve participation of underrepresented groups in science, medicine, and technology.
“This is a terrific honor and an incredible opportunity to help inform and direct national policy and funding priorities for Congress, and subsequently NIH and NSF,” said Dr. Byars-Winston.
Twelve scholars currently serve on the board. Dr. Byars-Winston’s nomination arose from her understanding of the value of higher education, knowledge of the changing nature of the science and engineering workforce, and deep commitment to excellence, equity and diversity.
Dr. Byars-Winston’s research focuses on improving the effectiveness of mentoring to diversify the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce. Recently, the National Institutes of Health awarded a four-year, $1.4M grant to Dr. Byars-Winston and colleagues Christine Pfund, PhD, researcher, School of Education, and Janet Branchaw, PhD, assistant professor, School of Education, to investigate the role of diversity awareness in mentoring relationships. Dr. Byars-Winston is also a member of a national team funded by the National Institutes of Health to set up a national research mentoring network (NRMN). The White House has named Dr. Byars-Winston as Champion of Change for her research efforts to diversify science fields.