There’s something invigorating about the beginning of autumn. We trade lazy weekends at the pool for cooler days and the anticipation of academic progress. While we might regret unfinished summer tasks—like cleaning out the garage—we get to make new to-do lists….investigate a project for the new grad student; plan for the upcoming job search; or map a conference to attend this year.
This month, our articles will motivate you to make your own career lists. First, Dr. Katherine Donigan writes an “Interesting Opportunities” column chronicling her successful path to a genetics and public policy fellowship. Using her network and experiences, she developed the skills needed to stand out from over 70 applicants for the highly coveted fellowship position. If you too want to develop your network, consider expanding your online presence using tips from the “21st Century Networking: LinkedIn and Beyond” workshop, recapped by Dr. Parmit Kumar Singh.
For our more junior trainees, we introduce our two new NICHD postbac reps, Jeffery Head and Amanda Krause. They will lead a postbac orientation later this month, where they will highlight how to fully utilize your time at the NIH. This is an important event for new postbacs.
The NICHD biovisualization team is excited to begin the academic year with a new column and workshop series on data visualization. Here they will share tricks of the trade in creating superb scientific graphics.
As always, don’t forget to check out September’s announcements and events. As a bonus, we have a new submission to our “Life Outside Lab” column by Dr. Sudhir Rai. Click here to see the beautiful photo he shot while in Colorado.
Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD
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