We are giving back!
Training and inspiring future scientists is an important part of what we do. This year, we had 10 summer students performing research and gave amazing presentations. Drs. Brigitte Arduini, Rebecca Chowdhury, Liz Fisher, Swapna Nandakumar, and Kate Tubbesing dissected pig eyes with budding young women scientists as part of Flying Cloud Institute outreach programs, both during the school year and over the summer.
Serving on scientific committees or as part of other organizations is also an important part of the work we do as scientists to support our communities. Dr. Temple set a fantastic example for the institute this year with her many activities. She was part of the strategic oversight committee for the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), provided advice to other stem cell/regenerative medicine institutes (e.g. Gurdon Institute, the international reNEW program, the Human Developmental Biology Initiative), and she participated in the CurePSP fundraising walk in Marco Island, Florida, in addition to her many talks she presented this year. Postdocs at the NSCI followed Dr. Temple’s lead by serving in their own ways. The Capital District Postdoctoral Association (CDPA) is an organization to support and promote postdoctoral researchers across the area and has great representation from the NSCI. Dr. Kate Tubbesing is the CDPA director, Dr. Sol Toruella is the communications specialist, and Dr. Liz Fisher is the institute representative. Dr. Tubbesing was also a voting representative of FASEB’s Early Career Representative Engagement Task Force, and Dr. Fisher is President-Elect of the science communication and outreach group, CapSci.