The theme of the July issue can be summed up in one word: opportunity. As an NICHD fellow, you have access to a variety of activities and programs to supplement your research with valuable career development experiences. Our summer interns have an outstanding lineup of workshops, seminars, and educational events to attend, and all fellows can enjoy the regular offerings from the NICHD Office of Education and the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE).

Dr. Lauren Walling gives us a closer look at one impactful opportunity she pursued during her postdoctoral fellowship. In our “Interesting Opportunity” column, she shares her experience completing a detail in the NICHD Office of Education. Detailing is a way fellows can experience a specific scientific career field, such as science administration, during their fellowship years. For Dr. Walling, her detailing experience gave her the important insight she needed before making a major career shift.

For postdoctoral fellows who are interested in leadership opportunities, please check out our announcement in this month’s Rep Report. We are seeking a new basic science Fellows Committee (FelCom) representative. This is a great opportunity to interact with fellows from other Institutes and Centers while planning important programs around campus. If you’d like to learn more about serving as a representative, or completing a detail with the Office of Education, please contact Dr. Erin Walsh (

We have a lot going on this summer, so don’t forget to check out the July Announcements and Events for all of the opportunities that pique your interest. Enjoy!

Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD

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