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Study: Minority Students Who Participate In Science Pipeline Program At Loma Linda University Health Report Increased Science Confidence and a Greater Willingness To Pursue Science Careers

Photo credit: www.mdc.edu

Photo credit: www.mdc.edu

Loma Linda, CA. – Sept. 30, 2014 – Minority high school and college students who take part in a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Pipeline Program at Loma Linda University Health report gains in research self-efficacy and an increased intent to take up science careers, according to a new study. The study was published on the September issue of the journal PLOS ONE (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0108497). The study is also available on with this link.

Authors on the study are Lorena Salto, M.P.H., research assistant, Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine, Loma Linda University, School of Medicine; Matt Riggs, Ph.D., professor, Department of Psychology, California State University, San Bernardino; Daisy D. Deleon, professor, Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine, School of Medicine; Carlos A. Casiano, professor, Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine, School of Medicine; and Marino De Leon, Ph.D., professor and director, Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine, School of Medicine.

Students who took part in the program express an increased willingness to incorporate research into their future careers and report more confidence in their research skills and in their ability to do science, the study said.

“We’re very excited about the findings of the study because it shows that there are concrete steps we can take to support the aspirations of minority students to succeed in these fields where they are not well represented,” said Marino De Leon, Ph.D., senior author on the study. The study highlights that exposing students to well structured summer research experiences as early as in high school can be highly effective to increase their research self-efficacy which strengthened their intent to pursue a career in science,” added Dr. De Leon.

The study, conducted by researchers from the Loma Linda University Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine and published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, suggests that early participation in such a program could help boost the ranks of underrepresented minority students in STEM fields. The study specifically reports data collected since 1997 from the high school Apprenticeship Bridge To College (ABC) and the college Undergraduate Training Programs (UTP). The study uses evidenced based intervention and reports that 67 percent of high school student participants in the ABC program, and 90 percent of those participating in the UTP are graduating with a college degree in a STEM discipline. Further 55 percent of ABC and 78 percent of UTP students are matriculating in graduate school. “These outcomes are impressive and further assessments are necessary to fully understand these data,” added Dr. Daisy De Leon.

Research internships in the Loma Linda University Summer Health Disparities Research Program are offered to promising students attending high school in the San Bernardino and Riverside counties of Southern California as well as college students attending universities nationwide in order to encourage the participants to consider careers in STEM disciplines. “The program pairs students with scientists to participate in a hands-on research project and daily career development activities. This part of the program clearly has an important effect on the students,” noted Dr. Carlos A. Casiano.

According to the study, as of 2010, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders together made up 31.1 percent of the total U.S. population, but earned only 13.1 percent of all STEM research doctorates that year.

The study was supported in part by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (grant number 5P20006988). The Loma Linda University Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine has been designated a Center of Excellence in Minority Health and Health Disparities by the NIH.

About Loma Linda University Health (LLUH)

Loma Linda University Health includes Loma Linda University’s eight professional schools, the Loma Linda University Medical Center’s six hospitals and more than 900 faculty physicians located in the Inland Empire of Southern California. Established in 1905, LLUH is a global leader in education, research and clinical care. It offers over 100 academic programs and provides quality health care to 40,000 inpatients and 1.5 million outpatients each year. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, LLUH is a faith-based health system with a mission “to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ.” Additional information about Loma Linda University Health is available online at www.lluhealth.org.

National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment to present professional networking events in Beverly Hills

LOS ANGELES, CA- The National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment, Inc. (NABFEME), an interactive women’s networking and empowerment association, will launch a series of professional networking events in the Greater Los Angeles area.

The inaugural premier networking event, The NABFEME Executive Suite will be held at the Wilshire Beverly Center Thursday, October 2 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 9465 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 300 in Beverly Hills. The mixer themed event expects to attract a number of music and entertainment industry elite. The entertainment for the evening will include Verses and Flow poets Tanya Ingram, Treesje “Treh-Zhay” Powers and Jasmine Williams.

Recognized as the nation’s most respected professional organization for women of color in entertainment, the women of NABFEME share a common desire to learn, educate and collaborate to deliver meaningful and powerful results.  The organization makes a difference through five (5) areas of service – education, mentorship, networking, sisterhood and faith.

“Networking is a critical part of building meaningful relationships in entertainment, as well as in our personal lives,” said Johnnie Walker, founder and CEO of NABFEME. “Membership in NABFEME offers opportunities for networking with some of the most successful leaders in the sports, fashion, music and entertainment industry.”

Sponsored by Healthy Fit Cuisine, Moreno BHLV and Lynn Allen Jeter & Associates, attendees will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. There is no admission.  However, all attendees are requested to RSVP to nabfemelosangeles@gmail.com. Two-hour free parking will be available at 240 Beverly Drive. For more information about NABFEME or to become a member, please visit www.nabfememember.org.


WWAM Inc. Launches It Starts At Home (I.S.A.H.)

(center left) Community organizer and Executive Director of Parents of Watts, Sweet Alice Harris, and (center right) CEO of WWAM Inc./I.S.A.H., Dr. Deborah Winn.

(center left) Community organizer and Executive Director of Parents of Watts, Sweet Alice Harris, and (center right) CEO of WWAM Inc./I.S.A.H., Dr. Deborah Winn.

By Dr. Deborah Winn

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- On Thursday, September 18, Willing Winn Associates and Mission (WWAM) Inc., launched its program “It Starts At Home” (I.S.A.H.). The launch event took place at Juanita Jones Blakely Elementary School, where there is a resource center for basic living needs and assistance for needy families and children.

Dr. Winn and Sweet Alice

I.S.A.H. was established in the memory of Dorothy J. Fielder. Fielder was not only the mother of CEO of WWAM, Dr. Deborah Winn, but a missionary, evangelist, and assistant pastor. Winn states that if it had not been for the love, protection, nutriment, and guidance from her parents, she would not be here spreading it abroad.

Stormy Jones doing a praise dance to "Take Me to the King."

Stormy Jones doing a praise dance to “Take Me to the King.”

The event kicked off with a welcome by Ramon Velasco, principal of Jones Elementary. The emcee for the afternoon was Wanda Parker. Sweet Alice Harris, community organizer and founder and executive director of Parents of Watts, made a special appearance. She spoke on working together with WWAM to get the needs met for the youth in the community, Blacks and Browns (African Americans and Mexicans) coming together as one in the city, and on the importance of political leaders.  She also posed the question of the fact on why weren’t there any political leaders present at the event.

Another speaker was the assistant police chief of San Bernardino, Eric McBride. He mentioned how he believes in the notion of “It Starts At Home” and how it should be spread abroad throughout the city because the children and parents desperately need it.

In addition, residents gave their testimonies about “I.S.A.H.” and what it meant to them, as well as what WWAM has done in their lives. They included Mrs. Rasheda Ballard, Ms. Andrea Vejar, Mr. Robert Russell, Juanita Webster (San Bernardino Parks and Recreation), and Ms. Blanca Aguirre.

WWAM  would love to give a special thanks to Stormy Jones who did a praise dance to “Take Me to the King”, and Bishop Larry Jones who did all the artwork for I.S.A.H.

Stay tuned for Juneteenth 2015 at Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino and for another appearance by Sweet Alice Harris.