I personally know how difficult it can be to balance work life and family life, especially as the parent to a newborn. For many weeks, dirty diapers and late night feedings take precedence over anything remotely productive. When it's time to return to work, it can be a difficult adjustment. On this issue's front page, you will find Silviya Zustiak's very informative article covering the wealth of resources for parents at the NIH.
To keep that growing family funded, eventually we all need to complete our graduate or postdoctoral studies and find a job. Some fellows may go the tenure route while others will venture into industry or policy. If you've ever considered science communication, take a look at the Former Fellow Follow-up column. Here, Kris Langlais interviews Kenna Shaw, a former NICHD fellow who now serves as the Scientific Projects Manager with the National Cancer Institute in the Office of Cancer Genomics. In this position, she works to improve how scientists communicate science to the public and to each other. For those fellows who choose to remain in the lab, Jason Riley recaps the latest Research Ethics Lunchtime Discussion about the ethics of recusal, a must for anyone who will serve as a reviewer.
February is packed with great events, so don't forget to check them out!
Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD