At the end of September, I helped my son with a school project. His teacher asked him to make a timeline of ten significant moments in his life. Looking over his shoulder, I expected to see a list of the national parks we visited, or our major moves cross-country with the military. But that’s not what he chose to include. Instead, he described a long Pokémon game with his friend, the soccer game his team won, and a family Thanksgiving dinner at our house. I tried to explain, gently, that the teacher wanted big, significant moments, like fun vacations or starting at a new school. He looked up, and with the sincerity only a child can have, he said: “But mom, these are the significant moments.”
Maybe sometimes we should all think like a child, where the significant moments aren’t the big events we count down to, but the daily interactions during the days we’re counting. The NICHD Office of Education strives to foster frequent, meaningful moments in the intramural fellows’ community.
For our NICHD postbacs, please meet your new postbac rep, Katie Wendover. As a second-year trainee, she is excited to share the knowledge she gained during her first year at the NICHD and welcomes any comments or questions from the postbac community.
For our postdocs, the NICHD Office of Communications is using social media to highlight the work of NICHD women. Check out the article to see some of their first posts. We also have the October Rep Report by Dr. Suna Gulay, where you can stay up-to-date with NIH Fellows Committee activities—a great way to connect with the NIH-wide postdoc community.
To round out this community-focused issue, we have three fun additions to our Life Outside Lab column: the September Fellows Social Networking get-together, the NICHD DIR & DIPHR Scientific Retreat, and a Storz lab ax-throwing outing! To find more upcoming events, check out the October announcements from the NICHD, OITE, and—new this month—the NIH Library.
If we haven’t met yet, I look forward to connecting with you at the next event!
Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD
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