On behalf of the NICHD fellows, I wish a fond farewell to Dr. Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, as she retires from the NICHD and transitions her work to the Janelia Research Campus (also known as Janelia Farms). Her work is nothing short of inspirational. She pushes the boundaries of live cell imaging, offering a never-before-seen peek into the inner workings of the cell. For a peek into the mind of the scientist, Dr. Lippincott-Schwartz has graciously offered her thoughts on several topics important to the fellow population, including creativity, mentorship, and scientific rigor.
Scientific rigor. These two words are something I’ve always assumed to be “assumed” in science. The idea that experiments should be controlled properly, that all variables should be taken into consideration, and that biological and chemical reagents should be validated seems like a no-brainer. But if you’re going to apply for a grant, don’t make that assumption! New NIH guidelines for grant applications require that applicants address these aspects of scientific rigor directly. To learn more about the new grant guidelines, see our handy infographic.
We also have the latest NICHD Exchange quarterly meeting recap, with up-to-date scientific evidence regarding periviable births, several new fellow introductions, a fellow and her dog in the “Life Outside Lab” column, and many—many—March announcements and events, including the first “Responsible Conduct of Research” training for new postdocs at the end of the month.
Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD
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