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Last month I had the privilege to chat with two individuals at the NIH who care deeply about the health and well-being of our fellow population—and all NIH employees. Eva Chen, senior consultant with the NIH Employee Assistance Program, and Dr. Howard Gadlin, director of the NIH Office of the Ombudsman, shared detailed information about the goals and workings of each program. Check out this issue’s front page to learn about the numerous resources they offer to the NIH family, including stress management during life transitions, short-term counseling, and help with workplace conflicts.

Sometimes the biggest source of stress can stem from uncertainties about the future. To help fellows learn about diverse career opportunities, we’ve added another installment to our “Former Fellow Follow-up” column: Dr. Mithun Mitra shares his experience becoming an assistant project scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles. This is a great option for fellows who enjoy being at the bench and in the thick of research and protocol planning.

We round out the issue with fun Earth Day and Take Your Child to Work Day pictures in our “Life Outside Lab” column and several exciting announcements and events—including the election of our very own Dr. Alan Hinnebusch into the National Academy of Sciences!

Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD 

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