By Suna Gulay, PhD
firstname.lastname@example.org—see below!As the current NICHD Basic Sciences Institutes and Centers Representative, I represent NICHD postdoctoral fellows at the Fellows Committee (FelCom) meeting every month and share the latest news with you here. Do you have a concern or question that you want brought up at the next meeting? Contact our new NICHD Rep Dr. Anshika Jain at
Changes to the FAES fellows’ health insurance kick in on November 1, 2019, with important changes to in-network healthcare costs. The deductible decreases from $250 to $125 for individuals and from $500 to $250 for families. The out-of-pocket maximum decreases from $2500 to $1500 for individuals and from $5000 to $3000 for families. Maternity-Delivery & Facility Services fees decrease from deductible + 5% co-insurance to deductible only.
FelCom discussed the new anti-harassment training. Please remember to complete this by November 15. Concerns were raised about the whistle-blower portion of the training, as the related video was found to be discouraging. The Office of Intramural Research, represented by Dr. Charles Dearolf, is aware of the inaccuracies and planning to improve this section in new versions of the training.
Holidays are a great time to give back to the community! FelCom’s Social and Outreach Subcommittee has bi-monthly activities planned. Please email Dr. Rosario Jaime-Lara to volunteer at or learn more about any of the following events:
- Children’s Inn Activities
- Thanksgiving Goodie Bags (November 21)
- Prepare Family Dinner (January 16)
- Origami (March 19)
- Manna Food Drive Family Box Packing
- December 19
- February 20
- April 16
Dr. Anshika Jain (email@example.com) from the Rouault Lab is taking over as the new NICHD Basic Science IC Rep for FelCom, as I am moving on to the next stage in my career. Congratulations to Anshika and a hearty THANK YOU to all NICHD trainees and employees, the readers of the Rep Report, all contributors to The NICHD Connection—especially our Editor in Chief Dr. Shana Spindler, graphic designer Nichole Swan, and Dr. Yvette Pittman, Dr. Erin Walsh and Carol Carnahan of the Office of Education—for a most excellent postdoctoral training experience!