Four proposals were selected from a pool of 30 applications. A committee surveyed Cornell students and faculty from both campuses in order to make their final decisions on the recipients of $250,000 in grant money.
Weill Cornell Medicine plans to use $2.7 million in funding to address the shortage of underrepresented minorities in the healthcare professions. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, 1,410 African-American men applied to medical schools in 1978. Forty years later, that number has dropped to 1,337. Earlier this summer, Weill received a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration in order to establish a Diversity Center of Excellence. The Center of Excellence, will function under the Cornell Center of Health Equity, which is a research initiative that analyzes health disparities and solutions to various stigmatized conditions.
Your body is teeming with bacteria. Recent studies estimate that 39 trillion bacterial cells live in and on the human body, with over 1,000 species living in your gut alone. To put that in perspective, the average human body has only about 30 trillion human cells. But don’t worry — having all that bacteria is a good thing! The bacteria inside of you, also known as your microbiota, are essential to your health.