NIH Inches Forward To Boost Ranks Of Black Scientists

Minorities at the agency work largely on their own to help their peers land high-level science jobs BETHESDA, Md.--Ron King wants to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease. But King, an intramural research fellow in the laboratory of molecular biology at the National Institutes of Health's National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, thinks that it's even more important to encourage other blacks to enter science fields. That's why he takes precious time out from his work in the lab

Jeffrey Mervis
Dec 9, 1990
Minorities at the agency work largely on their own to help their peers land high-level science jobs

BETHESDA, Md.--Ron King wants to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease. But King, an intramural research fellow in the laboratory of molecular biology at the National Institutes of Health's National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, thinks that it's even more important to encourage other blacks to enter science fields. That's why he takes precious time out from his work in the lab to visit local high schools, invite students onto the NIH campus, and talk at national meetings of minority students.

"This is what will change the future," he says simply about his vol- unteer recruiting efforts. "It's just something that I have to do if I want to be able to look at myself in the mirror every morning."

King is one of a handful of black scientists on the NIH...