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  1. Science Magazine recently posted an article called “A Recipe for Change: Creating a More Inclusive Academy,” which highlights the ways data, leadership, and policy can be used to transform STEM institutions into more inclusive spaces for women. The article lays out a six-point plan of “what needs to change, who should participate, and how actors outside of the academy should have direct involvement in the process.” The points are: Learn the social science research to combat bias Leaders must understand the context of their institution and be accountable for diversity and inclusion Seek external catalyzing resources, including funding agencies and private foundations Focus at the department level to change institutional culture and practices Collect and publicly share data about the change process Policy change is critical, including promotion and tenure policies The ASBMR Women in Bone and Mineral Research Committee wants to hear from you! Has your institution enacted any inclusivity initiatives? Read the full article and let us know your thoughts by posting below or on our LinkedIn group.
  2. The New York Times recently published an article, “When Teamwork Doesn’t Work for Women,” which highlights the difficulty women face in receiving the same amount of credit for research in male-dominated fields of research, such as bone and mineral research science. The article uses the field of economics to stress the obstacles women face when working with teams of male colleagues. It states, “when an economist writes a paper on her own, there is no question about who deserves the credit. The career benefit from publishing a solo paper is about the same for women as it is for men. But unlike women, men also get just as much credit for collaborative research. Unfortunately for women, research done with a co-author counts far less. When women write with co-authors, the benefit to their career prospects is much less than half that according to men.” The ASBMR Women in Bone and Mineral Research Committee wants to hear from you! Have you experienced this divide in the bone field? Read the full article and let us know your thoughts by posting below or on our LinkedIn group.
  3. The Society is sad to announce the passing of member Dr. Silvano Adami. Dr. Adami was the Director of Rheumatology at the Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Integrata in Verona, Italy. He was a friend and colleague to many, a long-time participant of the ASBMR Annual Meetings, and past contributor to the Primer on the Metabolic Bone Diseases and Disorders of Mineral Metabolism. Dr. Adami was also a founder and Past-President on the Italian Society for Osteoporosis and Metabolic Skeletal Disorders. Throughout his career, Dr. Adami provided seminal contributions to our understanding of the pathogenesis, diagnosis and therapy of osteoporosis and other metabolic bone disorders, and functioned as lead investigator of many large-scale trials on osteoporosis medications. He was a relentless advocate for implementation of programs for fracture prevention in Italy and in Europe, and a passionate, insightful, and determined clinician and researcher. Silvano was a role model and a dear friend to those who have had the privilege of working with him; his gentle smile and demeanor will be greatly missed, along with his acumen and deep knowledge. We invite you to leave a note or share a memory of Dr. Adami below.
  4. We are saddened to announce the passing of ASBMR member Claude D. Arnaud, M.D. He was a founding member of the ASBMR, its third president and past recipient of the ASBMR William F. Neuman Award, its most prestigious award. Dr. Arnaud was internationally recognized for his research in parathyroid hormone (PTH) and parathyroid hormone related peptide (PTHrp) and published more than 200 scientific papers during his 30 year career in bone research. After being a faculty member of the Endocrine Research Unit at Mayo Clinic, he came to San Francisco in 1977 to be the founding Chief of the Endocrine Research Unit of the San Francisco Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and Chief of the Endocrine Section at the San Francisco Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He had a highly productive career as a clinical and basic investigator; mentor to countless fellows, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty members; and physician in the practice of endocrinology and metabolic bone disease. Information about upcoming arrangements will be shared with Society members as soon as they are known. We extend our condolences to Dr. Arnaud’s family at this time of loss. We invite you to leave a note or share a memory below.
  5. View the original article here. Share your thoughts below! The Power of an Organizational Focus on Women In today’s global marketplace, diversity of thought and leadership is increasingly becoming a strategic imperative. As associations look to grow and evolve, successful ones are embracing different types of people, cultures, generations, ideas and thinking to attract new members, increase the perceived value of existing members, gain new perspectives and build a pipeline of passionate leaders. Dr. Teresita Bellido and her efforts as a long-time member of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) perfectly exemplify this point. Almost 25 years ago, Bellido was finishing her Ph.D. in Argentina and preparing to move to the United States, where she would work as a scientist focused on advancing research for bone and mineral diseases such as osteoporosis. For Bellido, joining ASBMR, the world’s largest association of researchers who focus on bone and mineral research, was high on her professional must-do list. She believed membership would be critical to building her network and advancing her career. “I wanted to be the best scientist that I could be, and I wanted to be with the best professionals in my field,” she said about her initial motivation to join ASBMR. So she joined. And despite its various offerings (i.e., annual meeting and scientific training), Bellido described her first 10 years with ASBMR as average and uneventful in regards to mentoring and career development. “I did have mentors, and they were very passionate about science. But, they were men. Beyond the science, we did not have much in common. When I first started, there were not a lot of activities or opportunities for women.” Although Bellido did not know it at the time, the ASBMR board of directors had recognized and was acting on the very dilemma that she was experiencing. In what had historically been a male-dominated field of research, the composition of the board and association leadership was likewise oriented primarily to men. Additionally, member feedback affirmed that the association’s existing program portfolio was not fully addressing the unique needs of female members such as Bellido. Driven by proactive leadership and a sincere commitment to act on member feedback, the ASBMR board established a strategic objective: Invest in Our Future by Positioning Members for Success. One of its supporting tactics was to create a Women in Bone and Mineral Research Committee. The committee was charged with mentoring women for career advancement and academic promotions, navigating career and family issues, and promoting women for recognition within the scientific community. Bellido joined the new committee. And, in short order, her membership experience with ASBMR began to transform. Mentorship opportunities continued. But this time, she was mentored by as many as 10 other female scientists on the committee who could better connect with Bellido’s personal experiences. “It is not because we are more or less talented,” Bellido said. “It is because we bring a different perspective. Women are resourceful and look for alternative ways to have careers. Beyond their passion for science, as women, they are able to give me something more. They tell me that I can do anything that I want in this field of research. And they have either done it before me, or they are doing it with me now. They give me encouragement, advice and perspective I would not receive otherwise. They are like a family." Empowered by the ASBMR board, the Women in Bone and Mineral Research Committee began to set several mentoring and development goals, including: Mentor women for other ASBMR committees and other leadership positions. (Bellido is one of them. She served as chair of the Education Committee from 2004-07 and on the ASBMR board from 2008-11. She is now chair of the Women in Bone and Mineral Research committee.) Nominate more women for esteemed scientific awards. Identify female leaders to serve as speakers, moderators and session chairs at the ASBMR Annual Meeting. Select and mentor one woman per year from an emerging country to fully take advantage of ASBMR scientific networking. Develop and maintain a blog and web page that serves as a resource for information related to women’s careers in biomedical science. Organize a female-focused function at the ASBMR annual meeting to drive member value. (Several years ago, the Women in Bone and Mineral Research Committee organized an event called “speed networking,” where younger women scientists could interact with senior scientists from around the world. The program was so successful that young male scientists in ASBMR asked to participate in a similar networking, which led to such an opportunity for both women and men held by ASBMR last year.) After a decade of momentum — most recently led by Bellido — ASBMR’s commitment to address the needs of its women members is bearing fruit. More women are joining ASBMR than they were 10 years ago when the committee was first established. Today, about 60 percent of ASBMR members are male and 40 percent are female. Even more encouraging, however, is that half of ASBMR’s current board is comprised of women and although only seven women have served as president of ASBMR since it was founded in 1979, five have served in the position during the last 10 years. Bellido is so thankful for her experience with ASBMR that she now — as a senior scientist — is passionate about giving back. In addition to her drive to develop and mentor women, she is now also motivated to leverage the diversity of cultures, experiences and backgrounds of ASBMR’s international members — both women and men. Approximately half of ASBMR’s 4,000 members live outside of the United States. On behalf of ASBMR, Bellido recently travelled to China to foster new relationships with young scientists — and prospective ASBMR members — at several universities. “Science is global by definition,” Bellido said. “And, like science, diversity is about embracing new perspectives. ASBMR's goal is to be global. So that means we need to be fully engaged with our international members, too. In the next 10 years, we need to do for them what we’ve already started to do for our women.” As an experienced board member, Bellido has three suggestions for associations that are willing to take an honest look at their commitment to the diversity of their members: Ask a simple question at a board meeting: Does the makeup of the board mirror the makeup of the association’s membership? "A good board must represent its members. If it is not proportionate, then the board should address it. We women feel like we have a voice and now an advocate at ASBMR,” Bellido said. Conduct a member needs assessment. “It takes honest people to be working on boards,” Bellido said. “So, ask your members what they need from the association and whether they are getting it. Put everything on the table, prioritize what matters most to the members and then go after it.” Establish committees to implement the plan. As ASBMR did, establish committees with leaders who are passionate for change and empower them to go after your strategic priorities one by one. Had ASBMR’s board not made a commitment 10 years ago to embrace and empower the diversity of its women members, Bellido might still describe her membership experience as uneventful. Even worse, she may have left the society in search of another organization that provided Bellido and her peers with a voice and empowered them to lead. Instead, ASBMR positively impacted Bellido and countless other women within the organization and profession.