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NPA Appoints Two Diversity Officers

Tuesday, October 24, 2017  
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October 24, 2017

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) Board of Directors has appointed Claire Horner-Devine, Ph.D., and Caleb McKinney, Ph.D., as Diversity Officers. The Diversity Officers serve as the public faces of diversity postdoc issues for the NPA, and as primary advisors for the Board of Directors, staff, and committees. Horner-Devine and McKinney take over the duties of J. Marcela Hernandez, Ph.D., whose term ends this year. The NPA thanks her for her service.


Claire Horner-Devine, Ph.D., is co-founder and co-director of three national programs designed to accelerate and improve the career advancement of early career women and researchers from underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), including WEBS, LATTICE and BRAINS. She is also the founder of Counterspace Consulting, which creates professional development and leadership opportunities for professionals in STEM fields with a focus equity, inclusion and diversity. Horner-Devine received her doctorate degree in biological sciences from Stanford University and worked as a faculty member in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington for almost a decade. She has extensive experience in education, equity and professional development, and a significant focus of her current work is at the national scale with professional development programs for early career scientists from underrepresented groups in STEM. Horner-Devine also has experience as an environmental consultant for a private firm and as a program officer for The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.


Caleb McKinney, Ph.D., graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in biology and a minor in applied economics and management. He then completed a doctorate degree in microbiology from New York University. During his postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, he served on several training committees and managed a cadre of professional development programs for postdoctoral research fellows. At Georgetown University Medical Center, McKinney leads the Office of Career Strategy and Professional Development (CSPD), the Biomedical Graduate Education (BGE) career center, which offers a full suite of resources, programs, and services that are dedicated to enhancing the career development needs of its biomedical graduate students and postdoctoral research fellows.

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