Original Articles


At the 2014 ScienceOnline conference, the scioDiversity session set out to identify and to address the pathologies surrounding privilege and how they impact the accessibility of STEM education.

A graduate student developed a rubric evaluating candidates for research-intensive faculty positions.

A lack of diverse storytellers harms the future of science, justice, and equality. How do we fix it?
I’m a small woman: only about 5 feet tall and a hundred pounds. And my features are eclectic. My nose? I can never decide if it’s the Sanchez nose I inherited from my Mexican side or the droopier nose, from my Japanese. But more than what I look like, I’ve been sure of who I am: a woman who loved science.


Alberto I. Roca, Ph.D.

Broad communication via social media can bring attention to science and more importantly to the scientist. Recognition leads to more resources and opportunities. Unfortunately in this contest, the challenges are magnified against minorities. Here I provide examples about how social media can be used to diversify the sciences for the benefit of those underrepresented minorities in STEM

Querida Familia. We need to talk. We want you to understand why Black lives are so important to us and hope you will join us in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Matthew R. Francis

Those of us who speak science for a living have to face a difficult unfortunate truth — people tend to listen mostly to others they think are part of their own group.

Cynthia-Lou Coleman

My first daughter broke through a chunk of the glass ceiling in November - a tribute to her passion and persistence - and an important event tucked in the shadow of National Native American History month.


Alberto I. Roca, Ph.D., C. Coleman

Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the doyenne of political communication. She said political orientation is often related to what folks think about science.

Barbra A. Rodriguez

Science journalists who speak to the more than half a billion Latin Americans living in 33 nations share challenges with global counterparts. However, they often contend with added roadblocks to reaching audiences and enhancing their professional development.

By Barbra A. Rodriguez and Alberto I. Roca

At a July gathering of researchers in Houston, TX, a postdoctoral fellow from Johns Hopkins shared with new friends how disorienting it was to be from a family of non-scientists during graduate school.


Irene Park

How does the DNA fit into the nucleus? To answer that question, Baylor College of Medicine geneticist Erez Lieberman Aiden and his team are investigating how genome remains functional in spite of being packed into such tight space.

Diana Crow

On October 29, 2016, in a building built by missionaries on Apache land, a Mexican science journalist named Emiliano Rodríguez Mega asked a question: Why are we still talking about diversity? The short answer is: Science writing still does not represent the diversity of the people that it serves.


Alberto I. Roca, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral scholars are the primary candidate pool for open faculty positions especially in the STEM disciplines at research universities. Mentoring minority postdocs will create a talent pool for recruiting future faculty of color. We will describe our MinorityPostdoc.org website, DiverseScholar Doctoral Directory, and professional development & advocacy activities that are directed toward diversifying the professoriate. We also present the results of our diverse postdocs survey revealing the demographics of our faculty candidate pool.


Alberto I. Roca, Ph.D.
These comments draw attention to the needs of underrepresented postdocs. Postdoctoral scholars, not students, are the primary candidate pool for open faculty positions especially in the STEM disciplines. Most federally-funded STEM diversity interventions promote diversifying the professoriate as their program’s goal. However, intervention activities only target the beginning of the training “pipeline” (from K12 up thru the doctoral graduate student stage) thereby leaving these student alumni exposed to vulnerabilities during their postdoctoral training.


Alberto I. Roca, Ph.D.

Welcome to the first printed issue of DiverseScholar, a collection of original articles published online on my web portal MinorityPostdoc.org and soon on their own web portal DiverseScholar.org. This is a dream come true for me.

Cassandra Brooks and Alberto I. Roca

Every year thousands of students, professionals, and professors gather at the annual conference of SACNAS: the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.


Alberto I. Roca, Ph.D., David G. Taylor, Ph.D.

The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals held an Out to Innovate career summit, a first-of-its-kind event for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender professionals in the scientific and technical workforces.

Alberto I. Roca, Ph.D.

Ethnic minorities are underrepresented among faculty in academia. This situation motivates interventions that promote minority students to pursue a doctoral degree. However, the postdoctoral population is the actual talent pool for a faculty search especially in the STEM disciplines.

Alberto I. Roca, Ph.D.

In 2000, the National Academies' Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (COSEPUP) published a report which attempted to address issues of particular importance to postdocs who were members of underrepresen