New Learning Opportunity: Coursera Licenses Available through OITE

Have you been wanting to learn a new topic, earn a certification, or just brush up on a topic you haven’t studied in a while?!? Coursera is an online learning platform offering courses on a large variety of topics. The Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE) has purchased a large number of Coursera Course Licenses, providing access to courses in data science, informatics, biomedical sciences, scientific writing, and more. These licenses include access to almost the entire Coursera catalog at: https://www.coursera.org/browse.

Complete the online application to indicate your interest in participating in the NIH Learning Program @Coursera and please indicate your trainee level (postbac, student, postdoc/fellow) under the section titled “career status.” There are a limited number of licenses available. If a license is not available, you will be placed on the waitlist and receive contact when a license becomes available. Accounts that are inactive will be reassigned to the next person on the waitlist.

For questions about the licenses, please contact Dr. Phil Ryan at ryanp@mail.nih.gov.


Interested in Taking an FAES Course for Your Professional Development?

The Office of Education will sponsor several NICHD fellows and graduate students to enroll in a career/professional development course or workshop through the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) for the spring 2023 semester. Course information can be found in the FAES 2022–2023 course catalog.

If you are interested, please contact Ms. Katherine Lamb (katherine.lamb@nih.gov) at least four weeks before class begins. It is important that you discuss this with your mentor and that he/she is supportive of your participation.


AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Summer Fellowship

Applications due January 2!

From the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship website:

“This highly competitive program strengthens the connections between scientists and journalists by placing advanced undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate level scientists, engineers, and mathematicians at media organizations nationwide. Fellows work as journalists at media organizations such as National Public Radio, Los Angeles Times, WIRED, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and NOVA…

…For 10 weeks during the summer, the AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows collaborate with media professionals at radio and television stations, newspapers, and magazines. As part of their job, the scientists and their journalist-hosts strive to make science news easy for the public to understand.”

For additional information about the program visit aaas.org/mmfellowship.


Save the Date: Building a Positive Online Personal Brand Using LinkedIn

Wednesday, January 11, 1–2 p.m.

For those of you interested in creating or improving your LinkedIn page, this webinar will provide guidance on leveraging this platform for developing your professional online brand. You will dive deep into which parts of a profile to focus on and how to customize your profile to your career area(s) of interest. Ms. Lauren Celano will discuss:

  • Strategies for highlighting your background and experiences as a compliment to your resume
  • How organizations use LinkedIn to identify talent for open positions and which sections are most important
  • How to use the job preference features to inform internal and external recruiters about what you’re looking for

To register, please email Ms. Katherine Lamb (katherine.lamb@nih.gov). The Zoom link will be circulated a few days prior to the event.


NIH UNITE: Ending Structural Racism (ESR) Activities

The NIH UNITE initiative was established to identify and address structural racism within the NIH-supported and the greater scientific community. 

The ESR Intranet includes various resources like the Toolkit, Newsletter, FAQs, and other information. UNITE Milestones and Progress and the Co-Chairs Corner (public ESR webpages) are other avenues to stay informed on UNITE efforts.