This February is quite a month. While you flex your mental muscles at the bench, Olympic athletes go for gold, and Super Bowl hopefuls battle it out on the field. In fact, NICHD fellows have a lot in common with professional athletes. Our careers are a culmination of small victories. Every experiment, just like every game, adds to our know-how and inches us toward an ultimate goal. We may not ski miles a day or skate with unmistakable grace, but at the end of the day, we all do what we do because we love it. Professional athletes strive to break world records and test the limits of the human body, while we strive to break through the boundaries of human knowledge and expand the limits of reality.
Inside this issue, you’ll read about NICHD graduate students’ own award-winning research and the career decisions of a former fellow, Dr. Maya Lodish, who first joined team NIH as a 16-year-old high school student. Jeremy Swan rounds out the issue with a graphic design article about drawing DNA, found in “The Arts” column. And as always, don’t forget to check out the announcement and events section—two fellowship applications are now available!
Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD
Please send questions and comments to Shana.Spindler@gmail.com.