The NIH Record masthead graphic, part 1 of 3

April 13, 2004
Vol. LVI, No. 8

Contents graphic

Zinkernagel To Give
Dyer Lecture

NINDS Honors Career
of Thomas Chase

'Baby Blues' Common, Usually Resolve Quickly

NIH Plain Language
Awards Ceremony,
Apr. 20 in Lipsett

NIEHS Ranked Third-Best Place for Postdocs

News Briefs

New Appointments



Study Subjects Sought

Final Photo

U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health

NIH Record Archives


The NIH Record masthead graphic, part 2 of 3
The NIH Record masthead graphic, part 2a of 3, long blue bar column separator


The NIH Record

'Other Paths for Daughters'
Roundtable Examines Middle Eastern Research Opportunities for Women

By Carla Garnett

Iran native Dr. Helen Sabzevari
Imagine yourself as a teenager in science class, fascinated by a lecture describing the wonders of chemistry and biology. As various disciplines unfold before you, your mind races with possibilities: What if science is it? Might this be what I was born to do? If you are growing up in Lebanon, Iran or Iraq, however, your enthusiasm for further exploration is most likely tempered by realities: What job opportunities in science exist in my country? How far would I have to travel from home to study? And, if you're a girl in a culture that sees your potential solely as a wife and mother, the prospects for pursuing a career in science are more daunting still. Professional research seems improbable and unlikely. It should not seem impossible, though, according to the five NIH researchers — all women and all born in countries in the Middle East or North Africa — who gathered on Mar. 17 to discuss such issues in celebration of Women's History Month.
M O R E . . .

Intuition vs. Reason
Nobel Laureate Kahneman Posits Two Forms of Thought in WALS Talk

By Rich McManus

Every talk in the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS) is, of course, interesting, but some talks are more interesting than others. Dr. Daniel Kahneman's Mar. 3 lecture, which he titled "A Perspective on Intuitive Thought," was especially provocative and fun because it dealt not with biological minutiae but with phenomena common to everyday life: reading the emotions on the other end of a phone conversation, figuring out whether presidential poll results are hogwash or meaningful, deciding if a stranger on the sidewalk is a threat or harmless.
M O R E . . .