Life is hectic. Between feeding the dog, remembering to take out the trash, and the occasional call to Mom, many of us attempt to squeeze every useful minute out of the day. Sometimes we forget to slow down, to put our fast-paced endeavors into context. That’s why we’ve themed this issue “Scientist as Scholar.” The very word “scholar” pulls you into the depths of suspended time, floating in a sea of words penned by philosophers, scientists, and minds of past. Researchers all need to be scholarly every now and then, taking a moment to step away from the bench, or computer, to draw on knowledge from the past as you contemplate what your work means for the future.
Each article this month points to the scholarship of NICHD scientists. I won’t hide my excitement with this issue. Dr. Igor Dawid’s generous Q&A with the newsletter is one of my favorites we’ve published. A senior scholar himself, he offers several words of wisdom for NICHD trainees.
We certainly couldn’t have scholars without publications. Dr. Pushpanathan Muthuirulan discusses the secrets behind getting published in her recap of Dr. Chris McBain’s recent workshop on the topic. And because we rely on a peer review system, the entire process would fail if not for the efforts of scientific reviewers. Dr. Sudhir Kumar Rai, a regular contributor to The NICHD Connection, describes his experience as a scientific reviewer and editorial board member in our “Interesting Opportunity” column.
In the spirit of this issue, I ask you to email me your favorite article or book (fiction or nonfiction) to Shana.Spindler@gmail.com, and we’ll publish your responses in a future month. Come on, let’s see what we discover from each other, a bunch of scientist-scholars.
Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD
Please send questions and comments to Shana.Spindler@gmail.com.