By Jason Riley
Dear NICHD Fellows,
Welcome to Committee Corner, our monthly opportunity to fill you in on committee resources and to ask for your help making NICHD a top place for fellows.
First, let me explain this feature of the newsletter: the Committee Corner column will update fellows on committee activities, appeal for your participation to continuously improve fellow resources and plan events at the NICHD, and inform you about anything—well—committee-ish. That being said, we still need a few more hands to accomplish all of the committee's goals—social events, a website, the newsletter, and so on. In fact, if there is something you think we should be doing for you, we'd appreciate your input at our meetings. If you are interested in taking part in the committee (very small time commitment for a very nice line on your resume/CV), please email me at email@example.com, and I will invite you to the next meeting.
To the purpose of this month's corner then! We plan to initiate a resource database for NICHD. We would like to assemble a list of equipment around the institute to document the range of resources we have in each of our labs, which might be available for use by other groups. In times of thrifty budgets, it behooves us as fellows to help out in every way we can. So I urge each of you to discuss with your section, program, or branch chiefs the equipment and facilities that you have which could be used by others at NICHD.
Once you have identified your resources, please let me know via email with a name of the equipment, brand, model number, and any details that another potential user might need. Once I have enough information, I will establish a database that will be uploaded to our committee website in excel format. Eventually, fellows will be able to update it themselves! In the meantime, we will collect all information by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best regards from me and the committee. See you at The Burger Joint, if not before!