Happy Holidays! For many, December is about visiting with family, overeating sweets, and convincing young children that the chimney is a viable option for entering a house. For others (like postdocs, grad students, and PIs) the final weeks of the year also stand as a reminder that more work needs to be done than there is possibly time for. May I suggest that we take a few minutes to put down the pipette and reflect on the past year—because sometimes a quiet moment of creative contemplation will spawn more progress than 10 western blots ever could.
To help you ruminate your successes as well as trials and tribulations of 2011, The NICHD Connection offers a few thought-provoking articles about science as related to life in general. You will also find a review of this year’s NICHD Division of Intramural Research achievements and an introduction to Dr. Youn Hee Jee, our new Clinical IC Representative.
Inside, Jeremy Swan discusses, through a personal account, the importance of understanding the impact of social media on modern day-to-day life. For the scientists among us whose day-to-day life includes children, Silviya Zustiak’s article about the 10 ways motherhood helps professional development may be one of the most touching pieces you read in this newsletter. Her sincere and upbeat writing focusing on the benefits of motherhood (an aspect of life that is too often viewed as a hindrance) is the perfect way to round out the year.
And don’t forget: take a little time to enjoy the season!
Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD
Please send comments, questions, or ideas to Shana.Spindler@gmail.com.