By Suna Gulay, PhD
As the current NICHD Basic Sciences Representative, I represent NICHD postdoctoral fellows at the NIH-wide Fellows Committee (FelCom) meeting every month. Do you have a concern or question that you want brought up at the next meeting? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
FelCom is discussing the possibility of connecting NIH fellows on social media platforms (in a way similar to the ClubPCR for young NIH scientists). This could be a place to learn about NIH and D.C. area social and career events, find housing, sell items, and gather information quickly. I will update you on future developments, but please feel free to join the conversation.
We have a variety of events and opportunities for all NIH fellows this month:
- February 9: D.C. Area Postdocs Networking Event at Buffalo Billiards, Washington, D.C. The Visiting Fellows Committee organizes this event with Georgetown and George Washington Universities’ postdoc associations. Stay in the loop and learn about future events through Fellow-L and VFC-L listservs.
- February 13: The FelCom Career Development Subcommittee will have a panel on Careers in Science Writing and Editing. Learn more about this and future events through OITE Upcoming Events webpage.
- The FelCom Service and Outreach Subcommittee is advertising Science Communication Volunteer opportunities for NIH fellows, through the Capital Area BioSpace (CABS) community. CABS is dedicated to support public engagement with science through public talks, hands-on science, and participation in biology research projects. They are looking for NIH fellows who would like to give a guest talk to their meet-up group, help teach or lead a hands-on science workshop or class, or help mentor science projects. All areas of biology/biomedical research are welcome. Contact Beth Tuck, co-founder of CABS, at Elizabeth.email@example.com for more information. Their annual general meeting is coming up on February 25, 2 PM, at Nova Labs in Reston, Virginia. They regularly meet in the Bethesda area as well, so please contact them to learn more and to volunteer.