Overview of NASEM and its 2018 Reports - November 19

Recorded On: 11/19/2018

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The first webinar in the AAMC/FASEB-hosted webinar series, The Impact and Implementation of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 2018 Reports on the Biomedical and Medical Workforce, will cover what NASEM is and how their research changes the tides of science, how NASEM committees of experts tackle science policy issues, and the process the committees use to create their reports. Next, the report study directors will present the key findings for each of the five NASEM reports.

This is the first part of the series “The Impact and Implementation of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 2018 Reports on the Biomedical and Medical Workforce.” If you would like information on the full series, please click here.

Layne Scherer

Program Officer; Board on Higher Education and Workforce; NASEM

Layne Scherer served as the study director for the Committee on Revitalizing Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century and is a program officer with the Board on Higher Education and Workforce at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Prior to joining the National Academies, Scherer was a science assistant at the National Science Foundation with the office of the Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources and served as an executive secretary under the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on STEM Education. Scherer earned her master’s of public policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, with a focus on education policy, nonprofit management, and quantitative analysis.

Lida Beninson, PhD

Program Officer; Board on Higher Education and Workforce; Policy and Global Affairs; NASEM

Dr. Lida Beninson is a Program Officer with the Board of Higher Education and Workforce at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She recently served as the study director for a Congressionally mandated consensus study at the National Academies, “The Next Generation of Biomedical and Behavioral Researchers: Breaking Through.” Prior to working at the National Academies, Lida served as Editor-in-Chief for The Journal of Science Policy and Governance and was a recipient of the AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award. Lida received a Ph.D. in Integrative Physiology and graduate certificate in Science and Technology Policy from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  

Ashley Bear, PhD

Senior Program Officer; Committee on Women in Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Policy and Global Affairs Division; NASEM

Dr. Ashley Bear is a Senior Program Officer with the Board on Higher Education and Workforce at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She recently served as the study director for the National Academies consensus study “Branches from the Same Tree.” Dr. Bear also works with the National Academies’ Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine on projects related to improving the retention, participation, and advancement of women in scientific, engineering, and medical careers. 

Tom Arrison

Program Director; Development, Security, and Cooperation; Policy and Global Affairs; NASEM

Tom Arrison is a program director in the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). Since joining NASEM in 1990, he has directed a range of studies and activities in areas such as research integrity, open science, international science and technology relations, innovation, information technology, higher education, and strengthening the U.S. research enterprise. Arrison earned MAs in public policy and Asian studies from the University of Michigan.

Alex Helman, PhD

Associate Program Officer with the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine; NASEM

Alex Helman is an Associate Program Officer with the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She joined the National Academies as a 2018 Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow where she worked on the recently released report “Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, Consequences in Academic, Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine”. Prior to joining the National Academies full time, Dr. Helman received a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry from the University of Kentucky.

Frazier Benya, PhD

Senior Program Officer with the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine; NASEM

Frazier Benya is a Senior Program Officer with the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM) at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Dr. Benya’s work focuses on ensuring that science, engineering, and medicine are ethical and socially responsible, both in their practice and in who gets to participate in the work. She recently served as the study director for the National Academies study “Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.” Dr. Benya earned her M.A. in Bioethics and Ph.D. in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine from the University of Minnesota.

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