If there were a common theme among NIH fellows, I’d argue that it would be that they always try their best. People walk with a purpose on campus. Perhaps it boils down to the numerous coffee shops and overused coffee pots, but NIH fellows have a simple goal—to improve the health and wellness of our community through the advancement of scientific knowledge—and they are determined to reach it. They are, in other words, the best that they can be.
All fellows know that the success of their research depends on how well the experiments are controlled. The ideal experiment will take into account all possible variables to avoid misinterpretation of data. On this issue’s front page, Dr. Anthony Hickey covers a recent article published in Nature Methods that questions how well current rodent-based publications record an important variable in the methods section. You might be surprised to learn what that variable is.
If you decide to establish your own lab some day, surrounding yourself with a good team of people will help your lab run at its optimum. Drs. Yvette Pittman and Prasanna Satpute-Krishnan provide a thorough recap of the recent workshop “Building an Effective Team: Interview and Hiring Practices in the Sciences.” They provide valuable tips for the interview process during the formation of your own research group.
But not all of our fellows are about to start their own labs. Even though they are early in their research careers, some of our most junior trainees are proving that they are aiming for the top. Check out some of the latest award-winning research from our NICHD postbac fellows, followed by a long list of NICHD Fellows Award for Research Excellence recipients!
Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD
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