Registration Open for Annual NICHD Fellows Meeting
Registration is LIVE at http://retreat.nichd.nih.gov. Don’t delay!
The 15th Annual Meeting for Postdoctoral, Clinical, and Visiting Fellows and Graduate Students will take place on Friday, May 31, 2019. This year’s retreat will be held at the William F. Bolger Center in Potomac, MD.
This meeting will allow you to step away from the lab for a day to network with your NICHD colleagues, participate in a career exploration session, and learn more about the recent developments in our intramural research programs.
This year’s retreat will include:
- Keynote Address by Dr. Elaine Ostrander, NIH Distinguished Investigator, Cancer Genetics and Comparative Genomics Branch, National Human Genome Research Institute
- Career breakout sessions with professionals from academe, industry, teaching, government administration, science communications, science policy, grants management, and technology transfer
- Afternoon presentation by Dr. Mark Stopfer, NICHD Senior Investigator, Unit on Sensory Coding and Neural Ensembles
- You can be a highlight at the retreat too! You can present you work during the poster session, and six fellows will be selected to give a talk from their submitted abstracts.
Don’t forget to sign up early; space is limited to 110 fellows!
Are You A Budding Photographer? Check This Out
firstname.lastname@example.org) for additional details.The NICHD Office of Education is seeking a fellow with photography experience for the upcoming fellows retreat. Your photography of the event will appear in the retreat recap issue of The NICHD Connection this summer. If you are interested, please contact Nicki Swan (
Communicate Your Research to the Public
Did you know? The NICHD Office of Communications posts intramural research findings on the institute’s social media accounts. They’re looking for fellows to discuss their work and pose for pictures in the lab, to offer a behind-the-scenes look at research. If you are interested or have biomedical art images to share, please contact Linda Huynh, PhD, at email@example.com.
If you have an accepted manuscript that is potentially newsworthy for the general public, please email the office’s press team at firstname.lastname@example.org before the paper is published. Include a copy of the manuscript and a brief, plain language explanation on why the work is important. Did you know? The NICHD Office of Communications posts intramural research findings on the institute’s social media accounts. They’re looking for fellows to discuss their work and pose for pictures in the lab, to offer a behind-the-scenes look at research. If you are interested or have biomedical art images to share, please contact Linda Huynh, PhD, at email@example.com.
If you have an accepted manuscript that is potentially newsworthy for the general public, please email the office’s press team at firstname.lastname@example.org before the paper is published. Include a copy of the manuscript and a brief, plain language explanation on why the work is important.
Responsible Conduct of Research Training for New NICHD Postdocs
“Discussion of Ethical Research Practices: Making Good Choices”
Wednesday, May 22, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
This mandatory training is for all postdocs who started after January 1, 2018.
An interactive session that promotes both self-directed and team-based learning required for all new postdoctoral fellows, through the Office of Education. Led by the Office of Education, this session will include case studies and reading assignments related to research integrity and discussions on ways to reduce risk factors.
The session will begin with a brief discussion on pre-assigned reading materials, followed by small-group, team-based learning exercises involving complex cases that promote discussions of either fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, mentoring expectations, and/or trainee responsibilities. The workshop will include good practices of data management and presentation, including lab notebook management—both physical and electronic. For additional details and to register, contact Dr. Erin Walsh at email@example.com.
DUE THIS MONTH: Genetics Policy and Education Fellowship Applications
The deadline for applications is Friday, April 19, 2019.
The Genetics and Public Policy Fellowship is designed as a bridge for genetics professionals wishing to transition to a policy career. This unique fellowship provides three separate types of policy experience: within NHGRI’s Policy and Program Analysis Branch; on Capitol Hill serving elected officials in the Legislative Branch; and at ASHG in the non-profit science advocacy sector.
The Genetics Education and Engagement fellowship program is designed for genetics professionals (or life scientists with substantial experience in genetics or genomics) who: have an advanced degree, are early in their careers, and are interested in developing and implementing genetic and genomic literacy, engagement, diversity, and/or professional development initiatives for audiences at all educational or career levels. The fellow will participate in rotations at the NHGRI and ASHG, and typically a third organization involved in genetic and genomic literacy, engagement, diversity, or professional development.
Recruiting NICHD Postdoc & Graduate Student Judges for the 2019 NIH Postbac Poster Day!
Please contact Dr. Erin Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help judge the NICHD postbaccalaureate fellows' posters in May. We would like to recruit a few postdoc and graduate student judges to visit about five posters each and attend a meeting to select the three “best poster” winners for 2019. This can be a great learning experience for both the judges and postbac trainees!
Postbac Poster Day will take place on Thursday, May 2, at the Natcher Conference Center (Building 45) from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information about the event, please visit https://www.training.nih.gov/postbac_poster_day.
Save the Date: Next NICHD Fellows Advisory Committee Meeting
Thursday, May 2, 3 – 4 p.m.
The committee meets monthly to exchange ideas and informally discuss ways we can enhance and tailor the training experience within the NICHD intramural. Please contact Dr. Erin Walsh at email@example.com if you are interested in joining the group.