And just like that, the final few months of the year are upon us. The long, humid days of summer morph into shorter—but oh so pleasant—days of fall. Pumpkin products pepper local markets, foreshadowing holiday feasts with friends and family. And in just a few short weeks, everything seems to shift.

In line with this seasonal change, this month’s newsletter highlights some of the transitions that can occur as a science professional.

First, former NICHD fellow Dr. Mallory Smith describes her decision to leave academic research in pursuit of a science policy career. Read about her role as a science policy manager for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, a position that inspired her to join Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center as the Assistant Director of Foundation Relations.

Next, in a piece by Ms. Katherine Lamb Brooks, program coordinator in the NICHD Office of Education, fellows across several training stages share highlights from their NICHD training experiences. This is an inspirational set of reflections by trainees who are about to take the next step in their professional development.

As you encounter your own points of transition during your scientific training, you’ll find many opportunities for support around NIH. Check out the Rep Report and October announcements and events to find those that are happening now and in upcoming months!

Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD

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