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Have you ever wondered how a news agency can run a science story the exact same day the scientific publication is released? No, science writers are not given a complex paper, a lot of coffee, and told to write quickly. Media coverage of a scientific publication requires a bit of behind-the-scenes planning—among the media, press offices, journals, and sometimes even with the scientists themselves. All this to say, to effectively promote your own work, it may help for you to know about the science communication pipeline.

Linda Hyunh, PhD, science writer in the NICHD Office of Communications, graciously agreed to a Q&A with The NICHD Connection to chat about the ins and outs of promoting scientific studies. Learn about the importance of promoting your work, how there can be same-day articles when studies are published, and what to do when your own manuscript has been accepted for publication.

For any fellows who have an interest in the science of science communication, there’s a new NIH Scientific Interest Group (SIG) called the NIH Science of Science Communication (ScioSciComm) SIG, which “plans to focus specifically on the scientific design and evaluation of science communication.” Membership is open to all interested individuals within the NIH. The next meeting will be a journal club on misinformation and disinformation in the context of science communication. To receive details about upcoming events, join the listserv via https://list.nih.gov/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A0=SCIOSCICOMM.

We wrap up this communication-themed issue with a congratulations to our 2023 Fellows Award for Research Excellence recipients, all of whom effectively communicated their research to a panel of judges, and several important funding announcements and career development activities to check out this month. Enjoy the rest of your summer, and we’ll see you in the Fall! 

Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD

This newsletter is for NICHD fellows and by NICHD fellows. We want to hear from you! Please send your questions, comments, and ideas to our editor at shana.spindler@nih.gov.