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February Announcements

Congratulations to NICHD Staff Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following individuals for their recognition at the 2012 NICHD Staff Awards Ceremony held on January 18, 2012. Staff members with their respective awards:

  • Drs. Chris McBain and Meg Keil, National Institutes of Health Awards of Merit
  • Drs. Mark Stopfer and Tamas Balla, NICHD Mentor Awards
  • Dr. Alicia Armstrong, NICHD Collaboration Award
  • Administrator Becky Preston, NICHD Mentor Award
  • Administrators Ann Fox and Valerie Leftwood, Group NICHD Mentor Award

Save the Date! 8th Annual Fellows Retreat May 7 & 8, 2012.

The 8th Annual Meeting of NICHD Postdoctoral, Clinical, and Visiting Fellows and Graduate Students will be held May 7-8, 2012. This is a not-to-be-missed event, so please be sure to mark your calendars! For a sneak peak at the key speaker line-up, please see the article in this issue. For more information, contact Brenda Hanning at

Calling All Fellows of NICHDIt's Image Competition Time!

The 8th Annual NICHD Fellows Retreat will be held in May 2012, and we would like one of you lovely people to supply us with an image that represents some of the work done by us here at NICHD.

Do you have an image of your science that you would like us to use as the image for this year's retreat? The winning image, chosen by the Retreat Steering Committee, will be showcased on the retreat website, on posters, and used as the front cover of the event program.

All submissions that we receive will be used to produce a gallery of our varied imaging talents on the retreat website, so even if yours isn't chosen as the main image, your work will be displayed. Have a look at last year's submissions here ( and if you think that you have something interesting, then send it over (at the highest possible resolution) to Nicki Swan (

The deadline for submissions is February 13th. Best of luck!

Congratulations to NICHD NGSRA winners!

Congratulations to Madhav Sukumaran and Mark Ziats, recipients of the 2012 NIH Graduate Student Research Awards (NGSRAs). Great job to all Graduate Student Research Symposium participants on your posters! Please see the article for Madhav’s and Mark’s research summaries.

Dr. Gisela Storz Receives GPP Outstanding Mentor Award

Congratulations to Dr. Gisela Storz on her receipt of the Graduate Partnership Program Outstanding Mentor Award, presented at the 2012 NIH Graduate Student Research Symposium on January 11, 2012. Dr. Storz’s mentees, Maureen Thomason and Xuefeng Yin, nominated her for the honor.