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A Renaissance in Programs and Communications


group photo Thank you for over 10 years of support and generosity. This is a wonderful time for Building Diversity in Science (BDIS). I am pleased to report that in 2014 we enjoyed a renaissance in programs and communications. Our organization, built on many philosophies, has as its core the belief that everyone has a unique set of talents, skills and strengths. Further, when individuals have tools to develop those talents, their ability to give back is enhanced and we all benefit. BDIS aims to equip students with powerful tools to successfully navigate academic and life challenges.

In 2014 the Board of Directors and our dedicated Advisors were challenged by our many constituents and supporters to redesign and improve our communications vehicle www.bdis.us. The newly designed site, now www.diversityinscience.org, would not have been possible without the stewardship of BDIS Board members Joy Alafia and Marsha Harrison and a generous grant from the Edward Joseph Daly Foundation.

We launched the site during our inaugural “Report to the Community”, a new signature event held on October 12, 2014 in the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building Boardroom at University of California, San Francisco. We honored June Behrendt Otto, Executive Director of the Edward Joseph Daly Foundation and Joseph Callahan, PhD, QC Associate Scientist at Genentech for their remarkable volunteer commitment and support to BDIS.

BDIS Board member Ayanna Reed welcomed guests including Thomas and Wallace Brunner, Tasha Henneman and Randell Lewis, Albina Khazan, Carrie Lee, OD, Jacob and Sherie Sorenson, and BDIS Advisor Tom Young with his wife Carolyn.

During the event, BDIS Founder and Board member Frederick Moore, PhD and Infinite Possibilities Conference (IPC) Founder and Board member Tanya Moore, PhD reported on new and ongoing initiatives—Optimizing STEM Students (OS2) and IPC. Use of UCSF’s facilities was made possible by the efforts of BDIS Board member Cory Nicholas, PhD.

In addition to this major accomplishment, BDIS advanced work on two major programs in 2014.

Optimizing STEM Students (OS2) takes a unique approach to STEM education that augments traditional STEM instruction. Dr. Fred Moore is dedicated to enhancing high school and entry-level college science and math curricula with this unique learning method. The developing tool will be advanced with pilot courses in 2015 and is attracting the interest of major funders.

group photo The Infinite Possibilities Conference (IPC) is designed to promote, educate, encourage and support minority women interested in mathematics and statistics. IPC has achieved favored status among women mathematicians as a premier event. We are honored that Oregon State University is our hosting partner in 2015. The conference dates are March 2-3, 2015.

BDIS began with a mentorship program. We introduce young people to STEM disciplines and encourage them to pursue education in STEM fields by leveraging role models and support networks. For college students, BDIS serves a vital role in providing peer-support, camaraderie, and opportunities for growth. For those working in STEM-related careers, BDIS is a resource for identifying talent and an oasis for idea sharing amongst a uniquely compiled network of peers. We have a proven model for increasing diversity in STEM fields in the U.S., inspiring more than 5,000 people to begin or complete their STEM pursuits.

Donors to our cause and volunteers help to implement our vision and increase the success of our efforts. To explore volunteer or partnership opportunities, please contact me to determine the difference our partnership can make. If you feel the passion that we do, please join us in 2015.

This promises to be a banner year!

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E. Carmen Torres

President, Board of Directors


IPC in the news

“Women In Stem” Black Enterprise

The cover story for the March 2011 issue of Black Enterprise features Tanya Moore and IPC along with other African American women blazing trails in the science and technology fields. Visit website

“Chemistry Is Hot! Meet Three Science Rock Stars” O, The Oprah Magazine

IPC is mentioned in the November 2008 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. Tanya Moore, founder of IPC, was one of 80 women selected from around the country to participate in Women Rule! a joint leadership training program between The White House Project and O, The Oprah Magazine. Visit website

“Infinite Possibilities: Conference Promotes Diversity in Statistical Mathemetical Sciences” AMSTAT News

Cover story for the January 2008 issue of the membership Magazine of the American Statistical Association. Visit website

Summer 2007 NAM newsletter View

IPC ARTICLES

Creating Infinite Possibilities View

By Tanya Moore, PhD

A Lucky Choice: Reflecting on My Time as a Grad Student in Mathematics at the University of Iowa View

By Omayra Ortega, MPH, PhD

Multiplication With Angelia View

A call to all mentors by IPC Founder Tanya Moore, PhD

The Beautiful Language of Mathematics View

By Dr. Evelyn J. Patterson


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