NICHD Postdoc Dr. Arup Chakraborty Places Third in TmT Competition
During the fourth annual Three-minute-Talk (TmT) competition on June 29, thirteen intramural postdoctoral fellows and graduate students from NICHD, NHGRI, and NIDCR competed to be the first-, second-, or third-place winners. The NICHD finalists and top three winners will receive travel/training support and their talks will be professionally produced for a video clip.
Our very own Dr. Arup Chakraborty, a postdoctoral fellow in the DePamphilis lab, impressed the judges with his research talk. His wonderful presentation and clear slide earned him third place among all of the 2017 TmT speakers.
Congratulations to Dr. Chakraborty and to all of our NICHD TmT finalists:
- Miranda Broadney (Clinical Fellow, Yanovski)
- Afrouz Anderson (Postdoc, Gandjbakhche)
- Neda Sadeghi (Postdoc, Basser)
- Hadis Dashtestani (Graduate Student, Gandjbakhche)
You all did an awesome job!
The 2018 Fellows Retreat Planning: An Opportunity Awaits!
You are invited to serve on the Steering Committee for planning the 14th Annual Meeting for postdoctoral, clinical, and visiting fellows and graduate students. Please send a quick note to Dr. Yvette Pittman (email@example.com), NICHD Office of Education, to express your interest.
The group builds the program for the meeting, invites speakers, reviews abstracts, selects fellow/student presenters, and moderates some of the sessions, among other responsibilities. It's a great opportunity to sharpen your soft skills while working in a team to plan this annual spring event!
We hope to start our monthly, one-hour meetings in October.
NICHD Fellows Advisory Committee: Seeking New Members!
The Office of Education formed an advisory committee in 2016, and we are seeking several more dedicated members to help us develop and initiate academic support programs for the institute. Both domestic and visiting fellows are needed. We want to achieve a broad representation, culturally and academically, so we can address the needs of all our trainees at NICHD. The committee meets monthly to exchange ideas and informally discuss ways we can enhance and tailor the training experience within the NICHD intramural program.
Some potential topics for our committee are how to:
- Increase the participation for training activities
- Expose fellows to various careers in science
- Identify teaching opportunities and internal and external research funding mechanisms
- Establish a structure for sharing scientific and career resources within the institute
Don’t miss this opportunity to serve your intramural NICHD community.
The committee meets once a month on Thursdays, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Our Fall dates are listed below:
- September 14
- October 12
- November 9
- December 7
Please contact Dr. Yvette Pittman at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining the group.
SAVE THE DATE: NICHD DIR Scientific Retreat
Monday, September 25, 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Lipsett Auditorium and adjacent FAES Terrace
Please mark your calendars for the NICHD DIR Scientific Retreat. We strongly encourage all intramural researchers—PIs and lab members—to attend as we celebrate our achievements and spark new collaborations.
The retreat will be held on a single day, starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m. Apart from an exciting line-up of talks, every lab will have the chance to present at least one poster.
Showcase your work for the 2nd annual NICHD intramural image competition: DIR is looking for scientific images that represent an interesting piece of data in an aesthetically pleasing way. All entrants will be displayed during the retreat poster session, and the top five will each have two minutes to explain the science behind the image during the retreat. In addition, the image judged as best will win a prize. So be on the lookout for a captivating image to submit.
Details for online poster registration, and instructions on how to submit to the image competition will be forthcoming, along with the finalized agenda.
Please plan to step away from your labs and join us for what is shaping up to be an exciting retreat!
SAVE THE DATE: NICHD Postbac Orientation Session & Pizza Lunch
Wednesday, September 27, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Building 31, room 2A48
Our institute has approximately 50 postbacs conducting both clinical and basic science research. We would like to bring our postbacs together to meet each other and introduce the volunteer and training opportunities on campus. Learn about:
- ICU simulator rounds
- The annual postbac course
- Genetics clinic shadowing
- Children's Inn volunteer opportunities
- And more!
The NICHD Office of Education aims to enrich fellows’ NIH experience with career development, outreach, and social activities. If you would like to attend this informational event, please contact Dr. Yvette Pittman at email@example.com.
Science Policy Group Open for Applications, Due Sept 1!
Are you a fellow or trainee interested in science policy? The NIH fellow-run Science Policy Discussion Group (SPDG) hosts discussions on a wide range of topics in science policy with stakeholders from different sectors (government, NGOs, Think Tanks, etc.). SPDG members acquire topic-specific policy knowledge, hone discussion skills, and meet key players in the science policy world. More information, including past discussion topics, can be found at https://www.training.nih.gov/spdg.
Meetings run 4-5 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month (October–June). Meetings are divided between discussions of member-selected topics/readings and hosting guest speakers with science policy related careers and experience.
Applications should be submitted by Friday, September 1st at 5:00 PM EST.
If you are placed on a wait-list, you will still have access to all monthly reading material and online discussions. Many members are admitted to SPDG who were initially on the wait-list, as active members take new jobs in science policy or elsewhere.
This experience has helped several NICHD fellows in the past. For example, see the September 2013 "Interesting Opportunity" column. For application instructions and submission, please visit https://www.training.nih.gov//sas/_20/1207/Science_Policy_Group_2017 (login required).