Whoo, I just got my first invitation to participate in an NIH review panel. I'm super excited! It'll be happening towards the end of my so-far-scheduled maternity leave, and it will be interesting to see whether that makes it more or less stressful to focus on (compared to when I'm back in business on campus)... It's also a field I'm really interested in, and a type of grant I'm relatively (in my junior investigator inexperience) experienced with. That will make it easier to not feel like a noob, although I am sure I still will. Should be fun!
I am incredibly lucky to have been hired by a department who wants to let me do my 'unfocused' science. They especially like that I don't do any one thing in particular. BONUS! We'll see how it all turns out over the next 5-7 years.
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