Dr. Yvette Pittman Named Director of DIR Office of Education
Congratulations to Dr. Yvette Pittman on her appointment as Director of the NICHD Division of Intramural Research (DIR) Office of Education!
Dr. Pittman, former postdoctoral fellow of Dr. Thomas Dever’s laboratory, served as the Associate Director of the DIR Office of Education from 2013 to 2016 and the Acting Director since the end of 2016.
When Dr. Pittman first joined the DIR Office of Education, she shared the following sentiment with The NICHD Connection:
Even though I enjoy performing experiments and analyzing data, my transition to the Office of Education best fits with my interests and values, as it will give me the platform to positively affect the academic and professional development of young scientists … I take great pride in my service to the scientific community, being able to provide fellows with valuable resources that contribute to their success. I look forward to a career where I can combine my love for science and education.
And she’s done just that! Congratulations, Dr. Pittman, on this fantastic achievement!
Weinstein Lab Fellows Among Winners of FASEB 2017 BioArt Contest
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) hosts an annual BioArt competition “to share the beauty and breadth of biological research with the public by celebrating the art of science,” according to the FASEB website. The Weinstein lab’s microscopy image of Fluorescent Granular Perithelial cells, in close association with the blood vessels that surround an adult zebrafish’s brain, earned a winning spot in the 2017 BioArt contest. The team members behind the winning image include Marina Venero Galanternik, Daniel Castranova, Tuyet Nguyen, and Brant M. Weinstein. Congratulations all! (Click image to enlarge.)
Calling All Fellows of NICHD—It's Image Competition Time!
The winning image, chosen by the Retreat Steering Committee, will be showcased on the retreat website, on posters, and used as the front cover of the event program. Also, to highlight everyone’s imagery, all submissions we receive will be used to produce a collage posted on the 2018 retreat website. You can always take a look at the image submissions from previous years at http://retreat.nichd.nih.gov.
In addition to image resolution and quality, selection criteria include the relevance to our institute’s mission and artistic view of the image. All submissions (at the highest possible resolution) should be sent to Nicki Swan (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday, January 19, with a brief caption for the image.
At right, last year's winning image by Dr. Jiangnan Luo, Lee lab (click to enlarge).
NICHD Fellows Advisory Committee: Seeking New Members!
The Office of Education formed an advisory committee in 2016. 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 participation in training activities
- Expose fellows to various careers in science
- Identify teaching opportunities
- Identify internal and external research funding mechanisms
- Establish a structure for sharing scientific and career resources within the institute
The committee meets once a month on Thursdays, from 3 to 4 PM. Our first few meetings for 2018 are January 11, February 8, and March 8.
Don’t miss this opportunity to serve your intramural NICHD community. Please contact Dr. Yvette Pittman at email@example.com if you are interested in joining the group.
AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Summer Fellowship
Applications open October 16 - January 15!
From the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship website:
This highly competitive program strengthens the connections between scientists and journalists by placing advanced undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate level scientists, engineers and mathematicians at media organizations nationwide. Fellows have worked as reporters, editors, researchers, and production assistants at such media outlets as the Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, WIRED, and Scientific American.
For 10 weeks during the summer, the Mass Media Fellows use their academic training in the sciences as they research, write and report today's headlines, sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to non-specialists. Participants come in knowing the importance of translating their work for the public, but they leave with the tools and the know-how to accomplish this important goal.
For additional information about the program visit aaas.org/mmfellowship.
Save the Date: February 22, NIH Graduate Student Research Symposium
The 14th Annual NIH Graduate Student Research Symposium will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2018, 9 AM – 4 PM at Natcher Conference Center. The daylong event includes:
- Keynote address from Dr. Eric Betzig, Nobel laureate and group leader at Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
- Elevator pitch competition
- Student talks
- Poster presentations of dissertation research
- Presentation of the annual Outstanding Mentor Awards
- The annual GPP graduation ceremony
- NIH Graduate Student Research Awards (NGSRAs)
See you there!
A New and Improved Orientation Session for NICHD Postdocs and Graduate Students—Launching Your Training Experience
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