Anna La Torre grew up in Campdevanol, a small village quite close to the Pyrenees in Catalonia. She attended the University of Barcelona where she received a degree in Biology. She was introduced to the world of Developmental Neurobiology as an undergrad by virtue of Dr. Jesus M. Ureña’s generous mentoring at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona). She joined the Neurobiology Ph.D. program at the University of Barcelona under the co-mentorship of Dr. Ureña and Dr.
The National Science Foundation began supporting ADVANCE initiatives in 2001, and has awarded over $130M in funding for a variety of programs. The most significant efforts seek to create permanent institutional transformation.
Professional disciplinary groups allow members to meet, engage, and share knowledge. This effort is particularly important to foster supportive, collaborative networks among scientists from under-represented groups.
We have compiled multiple publicly available databases of the published research related to NSF ADVANCE program efforts to increase diversity in STEM education and the STEM labor force. These include the literature on implicit bias, mentorship and other topics.
Balance is real challenge facing many faculty, particularly women with children. The perception (and reality) of the inflexibility and rigor of an academic career is one cause for the lack of diversity in STEM disciplines.