How often do you learn something new? As a scientist, you probably learned something new this morning—like your protein of interest doesn’t do anything you thought it did, and you’ll have to start over on a new hypothesis, and how are you going to tell your PI, and what about that poster you were supposed to make for that conference next month, and…oops, I digress. But you get the point. Science is the business of learning something new.
In line with this thought, we follow up with former fellow Dr. Valerie Virta, scientific editor with the National Library of Medicine. Her job is to learn about wide-ranging topics so that she can review and analyze systematic reviews for inclusion in PubMed Health. Check out Dr. Payal Ray’s Q&A with Dr. Virta to learn about this unique career opportunity.
For our less-experienced trainees who are learning something new by the hour, postbac Ashley Charest introduces the JoVE Science Education Database, a useful resource that provides a visual way to explore unfamiliar laboratory techniques and topics. Senior researchers may like it too if they plan to incorporate a new research method into their work. Thanks to a subscription purchased by the NIH Library, you can explore the database free of charge—just use your NIH email account to login.
Even the November announcements and events are about learning something new. The Individual Development Plan (IDP) workshop with Dr. Yvette Pittman on November 16 will help you learn something about yourself, an important first step when considering career options. For postdocs who recently joined our institute, the NICHD postdoc orientation is—you guessed it!—a meeting to learn something new about the resources and opportunities available to you as an NICHD fellow.
Now go, read, and at the risk of sounding redundant, learn something new!
Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD
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