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April 21, 2015

Detail opportunity with the NIH IRP communications office

Are you interested in transitioning to a career in science communications, science education, or science policy?  If so, please consider undertaking a detail in the Office of Communications in NIH's Office of Intramural Research.  We are the ones behind The NIH Catalyst, the website at, the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series, the NIH Research Festival, and other trans-NIH affairs.  We also oversee the Office of NIH History. Past detailees have establish a new career paths at university-based communications offices, the journal Nature, and within NIH. Duties:

  • Be trained in a variety of writing styles and get introduced to the spectrum of scientific communications careers. 
  • Participate in event planning, connecting with and hosting speakers at the NIH. 
  • Participate in high-level administrative meetings
  • Potential to also spend your detail in the Office of NIH History learning about archiving, museum collections, and exhibit design.

Now, before you get too excited, note that we don't have any money.  For this detail to work, you need to make an arrangement with your PI to spend time with us instead of with him or her.  A full-time arrangement works best, but past detailees have successfully split time between the lab and science communication.  If interested, please send me an e-mail message explaining why.  Christopher Wanjek,

Show us your puppy dog eyes

Scientists have discovered that when dogs gaze into our eyes, they activate the same hormonal response that bonds us to human infants. We want to see your puppy dog eyes! Recreate this cover pose External Link with your dog and send us your photo for the chance to be published online in Science, get your pup’s face on a (fake) Science cover, and win a Science swag bag!
How to enter:
Recreate the above cover pose and send your photos to, or post them to @sciencemagazine on Instagram and Twitter using the tag #upwardfacingdog by 27 April!
In submitting your image(s), you agree to the User Submissions terms within our Terms and Conditions, which are online here External Link.
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The NIH Library has acquired a one-year enterprise-wide license for EndNote through December 31, 2015.  This license allows anyone directly associated with NIH to download and/or upgrade to the latest X7 edition of EndNote. 

What is EndNote X7? EndNote version X7 is a reference management tool for finding, downloading, and organizing citations in a searchable database to make writing manuscripts and managing CVs easier:·      

  • Import references from online databases such as PubMed, Scopus, and Web of Science
  • Create bibliographies and share with up to 14 colleagues, anywhere in the world
  • Synchronize citations, attachments, reference groups, and annotations between PC, Mac, web, and iPad (free, updated app for iPad coming soon)
  •  Download, store, and organize article PDFs
  • Format and insert references in MS Word-based manuscripts using the top 6,000 journal reference format styles

When you download the software, you will receive EndNote X7. Downloading requires NIH authentication and administrative rights to your NIH computer. After downloading, you may need to upgrade to the latest release.

The NIH Library strongly encourages everyone currently using EndNote to upgrade to this latest edition before December 31, 2015 to streamline support and training needs.  

Training and Support

EndNote X7 users can access NIH Library training and support via

SCIENTIFIC EDITING FROM FEB Do you have a scientific document that needs editing? If so, the NIH Fellows Editorial Board (FEB) offers all NIH and FDA fellows a free, fast, and confidential scientific document-editing service.  An all-volunteer Board composed of NIH fellows, the FEB edits various documents such as manuscripts, book chapters, and grant proposals for grammar, form, and clarity. The editors also review essential elements pertinent to the document, such as figures and figure legends. Editors do not comment on scientific merit. Authors generally receive written feedback in 10-12 business days.   For more information, submission requirements, and to submit a document, please visit the NEW FEB website at:


NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH RESEARCH WINTER/SPRING INTERNSHIPS: Gain experience in health research, communication, and policy. Minimum commitment of 12 hours per week for 12 weeks, unpaid. Read more.

Mentors Needed for Summer Program

Looking for mentors for the Bnos Yisroel Bridge Program (BYBP), an academic partnership between Bnos Yisroel High School in Baltimore, MD and the NIH. The participants in the program are primarily 11th and 12th grade girls who will need mentoring as they explore the world of science. This is a great opportunity to be a role model for the next generation of women scientists 

NON-lab mentorship. The duties of a mentor are to help the students learn how to:

  • Focused on a scientific topic of their choice.
  • Perform literature searches in PubMed
  • Read and understand scientific articles
  • Prepare a poster for NIH SIP Poster Day on their topic or project
  • Prepare for SIP Journal Club sessions: read the assigned literature and prepare PPT slides.

These duties will be carried out in cooperation and consultation with the program's organizer Daniel Edelman, PhD, National Cancer Institute. Mentoring will start in late May or early June 2015 and it is anticipated that no more than three hours per week will be required (although that might increase closer to Poster Day, August 6th). The BYBP will end August 7th, 2015.  Interested parties should submit a short essay (~100 words) describing their passion for mentoring in the sciences especially towards young women. Accepted essayists will be invited to a short interview with Dr. Edelman. Please send essays via email to: