Deep into the Maryland autumn, trees become a canvas for rich shades of reds, oranges, and yellows surrounded by the last remnants of summer green. The warm hues scattered throughout fall foliage are easy to take for granted, as colorblindness yields this colorful display ineffective. But it’s not just fall leaves that are difficult to see for those who are colorblind. The standard colors in scientific figures might yield data unreadable too.
In honor of our annual arts-themed issue, we focus on “Creating Scientific Figures with Color in Mind,” a feature article by our new Postbac Rep, Katie Wendover. Katie interviews our very own graphic designer Nicki Swan to learn about color choices in data publishing and how those choices might affect the reader.
Joining Katie as a new NICHD Postbac Rep is Ariel Lucas Eraso, introduced here. We are looking forward to having both Katie and Ariel represent our active postbac community. In addition to our new postbac reps, we are excited to welcome our new NICHD Basic Sciences Institutes and Centers Representative, Dr. Anshika Jain. Check back next month to learn more about Dr. Jain as she transitions into her new role.
While you’re enjoying all of the autumn colors, don’t forget to browse this month’s many events hosted by the NICHD Office of Education, OITE, and NIH Library in the November announcements and events. With this extensive combination of resources available, you are sure to complete your NIH training with flying colors!
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