By Megan Sampley, PhD
The NICHD Fellows Committee met on October 12 to discuss issues and concerns of the postdoctoral community, as well as new ways to promote greater unity of the postdoctoral fellows within NICHD. In the wake of these discussions, we have several new ideas and would like your feedback.
We are excited to announce that our brown bag lunch series continues on November 1 at 12 p.m. in building 31, room 2A48, with a tutorial from Jeremy Swan and Nicki Jonas on how to set up our NICHD wiki pages. The NICHD Fellows wiki will provide a forum to network and host online discussions about matters that affect us as postdocs in NICHD.
The annual NICHD Fellows Retreat will once again be held at Airlie Center (pending approval) on May 7 and 8. The steering committee, tasked with planning the upcoming retreat, has held several meetings and is currently selecting keynote speakers. Please join us for the next planning session if you are interested in helping with this outstanding event.
The committee also discussed annual progress reports between mentors and postdocs. Part of our discussion focused on the apparent lack of formal dialogue between many mentors and mentees to clearly define the expectations, progress, and goals of the postdoc on at least a yearly basis. Tell us what you think! Do you feel that your current relationship with your mentor clearly defines your expectations and progress? Look for upcoming announcements from the committee or Brenda Hanning.
Also, several postdocs have expressed interest in setting up an NICHD sports club, including basketball, soccer, and running. Please drop us an email if you are interested in joining one of these groups!