Congratulations to Our 2019 NICHD Mentors of the Year
The intramural scientific program of NICHD established two mentoring awards in 2008, to recognize individuals who have served as exceptional mentors to trainees in the institute.
At the NICHD Intramural Scientific Retreat on September 16, 2019, two mentorship awards were given (one investigator and one fellow). Please join us in congratulating the following 2019 Mentors of the Year:
NICHD Fellow Mentor of the Year: Dr. María Queralt-Martín, nominated by postbac William Rosencrans.
NICHD Investigator Mentor of the Year: Dr. Alan Hinnebusch, nominated by postdoc Suna Gulay, PhD.
NICHD Annual Postbac Course: Professional Development and Career Exploration
Postbaccalaureate fellows are important to our NIH scientific workforce, and NICHD currently has about 70 postbacs conducting both clinical and basic science research in one of our intramural laboratories. When postbacs leave the NIH for professional school or other endeavors, we want our postbacs to have had an enriched research experience while feeling excited about their chosen career paths.
The course runs over lunchtime on Mondays, from 12 to 1 p.m., in Building 31, Conference Room 2A48 (A-wing, 2nd floor).
This unique, 8-week course is available for all NICHD postbacs, and the intent is to create a comfortable environment within a small group of peers to help postbacs improve analytical skills as scientists while expanding their knowledge of biomedical research and its relevance to human health.
This course focuses on postbac professional development: learning how to present science, exploring different career trajectories, ethical research practices in the lab, and interviewing for both medical and graduate school. Postdocs and clinical fellows within the institute will lead discussions designed to engage postbacs in the scientific rationale of a project, methodologies, and its significance to the field. A well-known public speaking coach, who has worked with our fellows for several years, will lead two modules on improving science communication skills and preparing for professional school interviews.
Schedule of Upcoming Topics
Interviewing for Professional School, Scott Morgan
Speaking About Science, Scott Morgan
Meet the Scientist: Clinical Research, Dr. Fady Hannah-Shmouni
Topics will also include Life as a Primary Care Physician, and additional Meet the Scientist sessions with speakers working in industry and basic science research. Stay-tuned for the final schedule, which will be announced by email soon.
If you are interested in joining the class, please email Dr. Erin Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org. The group will be limited to 25 students to allow maximum participation and interaction with the instructors. All participants must attend at least seven of the nine classes.
NICHD Fellows Advisory Committee: Seeking New Members!
The Office of Education formed an advisory committee in 2016, and 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 the participation for training activities
- Expose fellows to various careers in science
- Identify teaching opportunities and internal and external research funding mechanisms
- Establish a structure for sharing scientific and career resources within the institute
The advisory committee will also steer the 16th Annual NICHD Fellows’ Retreat, to be held in Spring 2020.
This includes developing the agenda/program, inviting speakers, reviewing abstracts, selecting fellow/student presenters, and moderating some of the sessions—it’s a great service opportunity, plus you’ll get to be part of the team that plans our biggest annual event for fellows!
Don’t miss this opportunity to serve your intramural NICHD community.
The committee meets once a month on Thursdays, from 3 to 4 p.m. Our Fall dates are listed below:
- November 7
- December 5
Please contact Dr. Erin Walsh at email@example.com if you are interested in joining the group.
Responsible Conduct of Research Training for New NICHD Postdocs
“Discussion of Ethical Research Practices: Making Good Choices”
Wednesday, November 6, 1 – 3 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Statistical Support Services from NIH Library
The NIH Library is pleased to introduce statistical support services for NIH staff and selected HHS agencies. These new services, managed by the Library’s Data Services team, feature statistical consulting and training. They complement a suite of statistical software tools, which the Library provides onsite.
- One-on-one consultations
- Assistance with statistical aspects of research design (experimental, prospective, or retrospective)
- Data analysis, reporting, and graphics
- Interpretation of results
- Editing support on the statistical methods section of journal submissions
- Published material review on validity of study design, statistical methods and/or interpretation of results
Submit a request for a statistics consultation on the Library's website.
Training and Tools
The NIH Library offers free classes on statistics and data services. The statistics training classes focus on statistical principles and the use of software for the analysis, design and interpretation of research investigations. See the Library’s full training calendar for more information on all classes and to register.
For more information, contact Paul Juneau, Biostatistician.
Applications Now Being Accepted for the 2020 NCI Technology Transfer Ambassadors Program (TTAP)
This hybrid training/mentoring immersion program offers postdoctoral fellows the opportunity to augment their current research activities with 5-8 hours/week hands-on training in biomedical invention development, commercialization, and entrepreneurship.
The TTAP was developed at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Technology Transfer Center, which services the technology transfer needs for NCI as well as 9 other institutes.
An informational session will be held on Wednesday, October 16, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Building 37, room 2041/2107.
More information about the program is contained in the attachment and can also be found at https://techtransfer.cancer.gov/aboutttc/ambassadors. Questions can be directed to TT_Ambassadors@mail.nih.gov.
If you are interested in joining the TTAP, download the application from the website and return with the requested materials to TT_Ambassadors@mail.nih.gov by Monday, December 9, 2019.