NIH GUIDE, Volume 21, Number 7, February 21, 1992

P.T. 42, II



National Institutes of Health

The Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH), Office of the

Director, National Institutes of Health, will hold a public hearing on

March 2 and 3, 1992, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in Wilson Hall,

Building 1, National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike,

Bethesda, Maryland.  The purpose of this hearing is to accept public

testimony from individuals and organizations interested in the subject

of recruitment, retention, re-entry, and advancement of women in

biomedical careers.

This testimony will be used to help the members of the ORWH Planning

Task Force on Women in Biomedical Careers (the Task Force) to frame the

issues and develop the agenda for an ORWH-sponsored workshop to

formulate recommendations to increase the recruitment, retention, re-

entry, and advancement of women in biomedical careers to be held on

June 11 and 12, 1992, in Bethesda, Maryland.  Task Force members will

be present at the public hearing to accept testimony.

The number of women admitted to health professional schools and into

doctoral and post-doctoral programs is increasing.  Yet, the numbers of

women in leadership positions in biomedical careers (such as tenured

professors, departmental chairs, deans, senior scientists, and

principal investigators) are not commensurate.  Barriers to entry and

advancement continue to exist.  Training grants and fellowships often

do not take into account a woman scientist's family responsibilities

and assumption of non-traditional roles, which often occur at crucial

times in her scientific career.  Minority women, in particular, often

are not presented with opportunities to prepare themselves for

scientific and/or academic careers during critical stages in their

education.  The "glass ceiling" effect, a situation in which women are

promoted to within close proximity of major leadership positions but

infrequently attain these positions, continues unabated.  New ways to

retain and advance women in these careers must be identified and


All sessions are open to the public.  However, seating is limited and

will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  Testimony for the public

hearing should be confined to comments relating to recruitment,

retention, re-entry, and advancement of women in biomedical careers.

Due to time constraints, only one representative from each organization

will be allowed to present oral testimony.  Each presentation must be

limited to five to seven minutes.

A letter of intent to present such testimony should be sent by

interested individuals and organizations to the attention of

Ms. Margaret Pickerel of Prospect Associates (see address below).  The

letter of intent to present testimony and three written copies of the

testimony, including a brief description of the organization, must be

received by Prospect Associates no later than 5:00 p.m. (EST) on

February 26, 1992.  The date and time at which the letter of intent is

received at Prospect Associates will establish the order of

presentation at the March hearing.

Written testimony received after that date and time will be accepted,

but may not be included in the materials available to the Task Force

members at the March 2 and 3, 1992 hearing.

Organizations wishing to provide only written statements may send three

copies of their statements to the address below by February 26, 1992,

no later than 5:00 p.m. (EST).  All written testimony received by that

date will be made available to Task Force members prior to the March

meeting.  Testimony received after that date will be sent to Task Force

members, but may not be available at the March meeting.


Ms. Margaret Pickerel

Prospect Associates

1801 Rockville Pike, Suite 500

Rockville, MD  20852

Telephone:  (301) 468-6555

FAX:  (301) 770-5164


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