BUFFALO, N.Y. – “Anything’s Possible!”
will be the resounding message of University at Buffalo alumnus
Clifton A. Poodry, PhD, in presentations he will make geared to
students and the public at UB on June 24.
Poodry will address students in UB’s Collaborative
Learning and Integrated Mentoring in the Biosciences Undergraduate
Program (CLIMB UP). CLIMB UP provides undergraduate students from
diverse groups from institutions throughout the U.S. with the
support they need to adapt and thrive in summer research at UB and
guides them toward graduate and professional careers in the
At 11:30 a.m. in 144 Farber Hall on UB’s South Campus,
Poodry will advise the CLIMB UP students about how best to begin to
navigate their own paths in science.
At 4 p.m. in Butler Auditorium (150 Farber Hall) he will give
the Inaugural Celebration of Inclusiveness in Medicine and Science
Lecture: Strategies to Increase Workforce Diversity and
Inclusiveness. A reception will follow.
Both talks are free and open to the public. For press
arrangements, please contact Ellen Goldbaum at 716-645-4605 or
Margarita Dubocovich on-site.
Poodry will discuss his background as a native of the Tonawanda
Seneca Indian Reservation in Western New York and how he went on to
receive bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UB’s
Department of Biological Sciences. In 1999, he received an honorary
doctorate from UB. Currently, he serves as the director of division
training, workforce development and diversity at the National
Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National
Institutes of Health (NIH).
“Dr. Poodry has reached a very high level of success in
his career. Hearing from such a role model could empower these
students to reach for the unimaginable in science and
beyond,” says Margarita Dubocovich, PhD, senior associate
dean for inclusion and cultural enhancement in the UB School of
Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and founder of CLIMB UP.
Dubocovich, who chairs the Department of Pharmacology and
Toxicology in the medical school, also directs the Initiative for
Maximizing Student Development funded by NIGMS.
Poodry was elected twice to the Board of Directors of the
Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in
Science, and was the recipient of the Ely S. Parker award for
lifelong accomplishments in science and contributions to the
American Indian community. Prior to joining NIGMS, Poodry had a
22-year teaching and research career in cell biology and
developmental genetics at the University of California, Santa
Poodry’s area of expertise includes science education and
issues pertaining to American Indian participation in genetic
research. He has authored over 40 scientific papers and book
More than 20 students affiliated with CLIMB UP and other UB
summer research and graduate programs will attend Poodry’s
talk. CLIMB UP students were selected from a national pool of more
than 200 applicants. Their housing and student living expenses are
funded by UB and national organizations. Each CLIMB UP student is
assigned a UB faculty mentor -- a scientist doing externally funded
research -- with whom they work on a specific research project that
they are expected to complete and present on by the end of the