A new year is upon us. January has always been one of my favorite months. The clearance of winter solstice summons longer days, optimism for a good year abounds, and…the in-laws have gone home. In all seriousness though, the turn of the calendar really does seem to brighten the atmosphere with sentiments of a fresh start.
I have a New Year’s resolution of my own for The NICHD Connection. I’d like to inject a bit more science into the newsletter—we haven’t run a “Hot Off the Press” column in quite some time. If any fellows have a recent publication or paper coming out in the near future, I urge you to contact us so that we may feature you in this publication. We happen to have an incredibly multidisciplinary institute, and wonderful collaboration opportunities may arise from this type of communication.
In the spirit of beginning a new year, we are running articles that look ahead. First, Jeffery Head continues his “Thoughts of a Postbac” column with a compelling piece on research training in the current fiscal climate and measures we can take for a successful future. This unique article gives insight into the perspective of younger trainees when funding is stressed.
Second, in line with the published NICHD Scientific Vision to “change the predominant model for data use to one of open access,” Dr. Yvette Pittman discusses her thoughts on the current model of scientific publishing. She offers an argument that open-access publishing is imminent and that the time to start the discussion is now.
Finally, for those of you who are looking to expand your training in the coming years, check out the articles by postdoctoral fellows Dr. Mithun Mitra and Dr. Payal Ray detailing two of the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) certificate programs. Dr. Mitra reviews the certificate in Public Health, while Dr. Ray recaps a certificate in Technology Transfer.
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, and productive year!
Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD
Please contact us with questions, comments, ideas, or recent publications at Shana.Spindler@gmail.com.