I had the privilege last month to chat with Drs. Henry Levin and Parmit Singh about their work on Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)-1. Their recent study, published in the November 2015 issue of Genes & Development, establishes a foundation for understanding where HIV-1 inserts into the genome, and why. It’s one of those papers that makes you a little giddy as you read, because it’s a piece of work that is—dare I say it—groundbreaking. Check it out in our first “Hot Off the Press” article of 2016.
Our next feature article, a piece on the “Becoming an Effective Scientist” course for postbaccalaureates, is a great read for NICHD fellows at all levels of training. Dr. Afrouz Anderson, course director for the 2015 series, expands upon the course benefits for both postbac students and postdoctoral instructors. In an environment with limited teaching opportunities (compared to a four-year university setting), the “Becoming an Effective Scientist” course is a unique opportunity within the NICHD to hone those pedagogical skills.
Both of these articles deserve your attention, so I won’t steal any more of your time here. But before I go, a friendly reminder to take a look at the February announcements and events, including info about the 2016 fellows retreat (with a very cool key speaker reveal), several fellowship opportunities, and upcoming NICHD workshops—do take advantage!
Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD
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