I love the PhD comic from May 2018 (see below). You know that feeling. When the lab or office is quiet. And you finally have time to scoot yourself next to the sunshine filled window, slump back in your chair with a mug of coffee, and read the two thousand articles piled high on your desk—or scattered across your computer desktop in no discernible order whatsoever, where every file name looks like “pbio1929578.pdf” and you spend the next two hours renaming files before reading a…I digress.
Hopefully one of those items on your “to read” list is this issue of The NICHD Connection, because it contains a generous helping of advice from the 13 career panelists who attended the 15th Annual Fellows Retreat on May 31, 2019. Gain inspiration from the panelists’ responses to common questions asked during the retreat, and then learn about July’s opportunities to further your own career from the NICHD Office of Education and the NIH-wide Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE).
Cheers to a relaxing summer break, when you can finally get your work done.
Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD
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PhD Comics transcription
Panel one: "What most people think academics to all summer"
A woman sits outside in an Adirondack chair with a glass of wine, arms raised, shouting, "Yay! No work!"
Panel two: "What most academics actually do"
The same woman sits at a desk piled high with paperwork, arms raised, shouting, "Yay! I can finally work!"