Black in Cancer
Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory) talks about D&I in STEM with Black in Cancer co-founders, Dr. Henry J. Henderson III, PhD, a trained cancer biologist, and Sigourney Bell, a PhD student at the Cancer Research UK Institute. Founded in 2020, Black in Cancer was designed to strengthen networks and highlight Black excellence in cancer research and medicine. Through active mentorship and cancer awareness, this organization aims to increase the representation of Black people in cancer-related fields, whilst empowering their communities in cancer education.
Dr. Henry Henderson is a trained cancer biologist and health-promotion advocate. He earned his B.S. (2013) from Southern University and A&M College and his Ph.D. (2019) in Integrative Biosciences from Tuskegee University, where he studied the role of a neural cell adhesion molecule in breast cancer. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship in translational tumor biology in the division of Hematology/Oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where his research focused on understanding non-small cell lung cancer and improving therapeutic strategies targeting oncogenic mutations in the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase domain with a particular focus on mechanisms of sensitivity and resistance to agents used in clinical practice. Additionally, he served as an FDA-AACR Oncology Educational Fellow and is currently a hematology/oncology medical science liaison for Black in Cancer.
Sigourney Bell is a graduate student at the University of Cambridge. She earned her Bachelor’s in Human Physiology from the University of Leeds and then went on to work for both Pfizer and AstraZeneca in Neuroscience and Oncology respectively. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D., with her research centering on developing novel models and therapeutics for pediatric brain tumors, more specifically supratentorial ependymoma. Outside of her research, Sigourney is passionate about scientific outreach and encouraging the next generation of Black students into pursuing STEM subjects.
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Join Thermo Fisher Scientific and actor Kunal Nayyar as we explore Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) in the scientific community. In the “This is How I Science” video series, Kunal will be interviewing some of the most brilliant young scientific minds to learn how they "science", the challenges and the obstacles that they face, and what it feels like to be underrepresented in the scientific community.
Meet the featured scientists of “This is How I Science,” and learn more about the subject of Diversity in STEM.
Dr. Korie Grayson
Kunal discusses diversity in STEM with Dr. Korie Grayson, a biomedical engineer, chemical engineering researcher, and a diversity advocate in STEM.
How do you "Science"? We want you to hear about your research, work or career, and your experiences in the science community. Post your ideas, photos, and videos using the hashtag #ThisIsHowIScience, and together we can promote diversity, inclusion, and awareness in the STEM and scientific communities.
Inspiring scientific innovation and diversity in STEM
Through our D&I initiatives, we are creating an environment where differences are truly valued, authenticity is a state of being, and everyone feels like they belong. Fostering this type of environment is critical not only for empowering our colleagues to do their best work, but to also ensure our workforce represents the world around us.
Some of Thermo Fisher Scientific’s many D&I initiatives include:
- The Just Project—a partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to help ensure that students, faculty, and staff can access testing so they can continue their important work during this pandemic.
- D&I Recruiting Council—relationships with selected external diversity-focused organizations to recruit top talent from underrepresented ethnic groups (in the United States), such as African-Americans and Hispanic-Latinos.
- Longer-term initiatives—5-year D&I strategy focused on fostering organizational culture, reinforcing and enhancing our systems and processes to support D&I; creating personal accountability for D&I
Supporting STEM education
Our signature STEM education programs connect students and colleagues through hands-on and team-based activities that highlight our technologies, make connections to careers in STEM, and inspire the next generation of great scientists, engineers, thinkers and leaders.
- Innovation Nation—provides Thermo Fisher colleagues with presentations, lab materials and instructions to guide students through a variety of hands-on and digital activities which inspire the future generation, teach about our company, our technologies and how our company impacts the world.
- STEM Design Challenge—a project-based learning program that creates a framework to allow Thermo Fisher colleagues to host local engineering design competitions. It offers students an opportunity to work in teams and prototype a solution to a specific challenge while incorporating Twenty-first Century Learning Skills.
- STEM-Credible Kit Program—offers Thermo Fisher colleagues an opportunity to learn about our Practical Process Improvement (PPI) business systems while packing kits containing personal protective equipment. These kits are then donated to local schools or non-profits in need to be used by students in STEM activities.
- Career Connections—an adaptive series of youth activities which align classroom-based STEM learning with Thermo Fisher careers and leverages our diverse, global colleagues to promote real-world skills.