Honoring Dr. Joe Martinez & Dr. James G. Townsel


The SEED Fund


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Dear FUN members,


We’ve seen the expression of love and gratitude for Drs. Martinez and Townsel from across the country. Because of this, we are only $20,000 short of reaching our goal of providing grantsmanship training and mentorship at the MBL to new URM PhDs. The deadline is June 30, 2019. Would you kindly consider supporting our efforts today?


(those unfamiliar with our efforts can read below)


“We are part of an initiative that seeks to honor Dr. Joe Martinez and Dr. James Townsel. Joe and Jim are internationally known neuroscientists whose laboratories were incubators for training competitive doctoral students who became part of the diverse biomedical work force. They also spearheaded efforts to expand the educational and professional opportunities available to underrepresented minority (URM) students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty. Both Joe and Jim are now retired and in poor health. One of their dreams is to create a perpetual fund to facilitate training of diverse scientists.


We have a chance to help Joe and Jim achieve this important career goal and to benefit the development of diverse neuroscientists for the foreseeable future. You can do this by making a donation to the Scholarships to Enhance and Empower Diversity (SEED). We need to raise $75,000 by 30 June 2019 to boost the SEED fund to endowment status. This will permit the SEED committee to establish and implement policies that facilitate our training goals, especially long-term mentoring and professional enrichment.”

Please donate now at this website:



Questions may be directed to Dr. Anne Etgen (anne.etgen@einstein.yu.edu), Chair of the SEED Committee.


With highest regards,

Gerald Griffin and Charles Weaver