In this month’s newsletter, Ashley Pratt, postbaccalaureate fellow in the Hoffman lab, begins a multi-part series on how to foster a successful postbac experience. Her first article broaches the topic of interpersonal relationships in the lab and workplace conflict.

Do you have a topic that you’d like to explore? I encourage fellows at any training level—from summer student to senior postdoc—to reach out with article ideas. No formal writing experience is necessary, and I will work closely with any volunteer writers who’d like to practice or polish their written communication skills.

While you’re pondering potential pitches (that alliteration was not intentional, I promise!), check out the slate of upcoming activities in the February Rep Report, announcements, and events. And don’t forget to reach if you’d like to contribute to future newsletter issues!

Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD

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