The NIH Record

May 20, 1997
Vol. XLIX, No. 10

Kafatos Gives
Fogarty Lecture

Pittman Lecture Set,
June 4

NIH Offers Flood Relief
to Dakotans

Lectures on Learning Disabilities, June 10

News Briefs




Study Subjects Sought

U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health

NIH Record Archives

Ear of Experience Keeps the Peace
Robinson Auditions Role of
Ombudsman at NIH

By Carla Garnett

John Doe, a postdoc in the NIH Laboratory of Experimental Genius, has troubles. His scientific mentor and lab chief, Dr. Jane Smith, has recently published a well-received paper based on an idea Doe mentioned at the coffee machine a few months ago. The way Doe sees it, the idea was clearly his, but the paper was entirely hers. Doesn't seem right to him that she's taking credit for someone else's concept, but what can he do? Should he approach her about it, initiating a confrontation that would probably strain the mentor-protégé relationship and ultimately threaten his research post? Should he just keep quiet and simmer on the inside? Either way, the deck seems stacked against him, with her holding all the cards -- and his career -- in her hands.
M O R E . . .

Scientists Capture Endocrine
Tumor Gene

By Sharon Ricks

Sunita Agarwal stepped into Rm. 9C216 in Bldg. 10 at 7 a.m. on Jan. 21 ready to hunt. It didn't matter that the morning was still dark or that the temperature outside was near freezing. The visiting associate was anxious to search for the gene that plagues families with tumors of the parathyroid, the pituitary and the islet cells in the pancreas. She had no idea that the day would bring an end to 3 years of exploration for NIDDK's Metabolic Diseases Branch nor that its accomplishments would be published in the Apr. 18 issue of Science. She was just eager to get started.
M O R E . . .