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Blacks Assail NIH's `Plantation' Mentality

Minority scientists say that the agency must do more to hire, promote, and reward them in the lab and in administrative jobs BETHESDA, Md. -- The voices of black scientists at the National Institutes of Health are filled with pride, anger, and frustration. Pride in working hard at jobs that they love. Anger that there are so many obstacles in their path and so few people willing to help them. And frustration that the situation has changed little over the past 30 years and isn't likely to get b

Jeffrey Mervis
Minority scientists say that the agency must do more to hire, promote, and reward them in the lab and in administrative jobs
BETHESDA, Md. -- The voices of black scientists at the National Institutes of Health are filled with pride, anger, and frustration. Pride in working hard at jobs that they love. Anger that there are so many obstacles in their path and so few people willing to help them. And frustration that the situation has changed little over the past 30 years and isn't likely to get better for a long time to come.

Ask microbiologist and clinical researcher George Counts why he left the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle last year and took a newly created position as chief of the AIDS clinical research management branch at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and his answer touches on the close relationship he sees...

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