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Newsmakers: Natalia E. Morone and Kaleab Z. Abebe

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Kaleab Abebe and Dr. Natalia Morone, are co-directors of the Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity Program, or CEED, at the University of Pittsburgh. CEED won a Chancellor’s Affirmative Action Award for 2014.

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Noteworthy: Morone and Abebe are co-directors of the Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity Program, or CEED, a University of Pittsburgh effort honored with a Chancellor's Affirmative Action Award for 2014. The fellowship program, which began in 2008, encourages diversity and underrepresented minorities in academic medicine and health sciences.

Background: Thirty-five people have completed CEED, which offers 12 months of professional and research development work. At least 80 percent have continued with academic careers. The program includes networking, mentorship opportunities and lessons in writing grant applications.

Morone

Age: 50

Residence: McCandless

Education: Bachelor's degree in biology from Barnard College, 1986; doctor of medicine from Michigan State University, 1993; master's in clinical research from Pitt, 2005.

Quote: “This program really provides a very solid foundation so they can understand the environment in which they can succeed with research careers.”

Abebe

Age: 33

Residence: Edgewood

Family: Wife, Alyssa Abebe; daughter, Hannah, 4, son, Noah, 2.

Education: Bachelor's degree in mathematics from Goshen College, 2003; master's in statistics from Pitt, 2006; doctorate in statistics from Pitt, 2009.

Quote: “Making sure that all walks of life, all folks from different backgrounds, are ensured this type of mentoring success, I think, is critical. In general, it only benefits our environment, our society.”

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