One of the most important aspects of research, in my opinion, is scientific discourse. Movies and television tend to portray scientists as unsocialized, walled-off individuals whose focus on problem solving displaces social interaction. And sure, the gamut of personalities in science range from the quiet introvert to the boisterous extrovert, but my experience has been that chit chats at the lunch table or social gatherings at annual meetings are an important component of scientific progress. Outside the confines of targeted experiments that address specific questions, regular interactions with diverse colleagues can offer unexpected approaches into research conundrums.
The Thirteenth Annual Fellows Retreat is a day devoted to in-person communication among the NICHD fellows community. Each year, The NICHD Connection publishes a recap of the keynotes and fellow talks, each recap written by fellow postdocs, graduate students, and postbacs. This year, our volunteer writers have provided excellent coverage of the day. A big thanks to all who helped continue the tradition of documenting this important event.
With the retreat and spring in our rearview mirror, the NICHD Office of Education summer events are here, and there are plenty to attend! Please check out our July announcements and events, as well as the introduction of our newest column “The Rep Report: July 2017,” where the NICHD Fellows Committee (FelCom) representatives share information discussed at recent FelCom meetings.
Enjoy this special retreat recap issue, and cheers to an enjoyable summer!
Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD
Please send questions, comments, and ideas to Shana.Spindler@gmail.com.