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(TWD) in August. The division supports a variety

of research training, career development and

diversity-building activities at the undergraduate

through faculty levels. As director, Gammie will

oversee these programs and lead strategic planning

for the division, including optimizing approaches

to address scientific workforce needs. She will also

play a role in similar activities across NIH and

among other federal and nonfederal agencies and


Gammie is currently a senior lecturer in molecular

biology at Princeton University. In addition, she

directs the university’s Program for Diversity and

Graduate Recruitment in Molecular and Quan-

titative Biology and its Summer Undergraduate

Research Program in Molecular and Quantitative

Biology. She is also an associate clinical member

at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Gammie’s

research focuses on understanding how defects in

DNA mismatch repair lead to cancer.

Gammie earned a BA in biology from Reed

College and a PhD in molecular biology from

Oregon Health Science Center.

The acting director of the new center is

W. Fred


, PhD, who has served as chief of the

TWD’s Capacity Building Branch since 2013 and

as director of the IDeA program since 1998.

For more information about the Center for

Research Capacity Building, visit www.nigms.nih.


Congressional Fellowship

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“As a long-time BPS member (my first meet-

ing was as a grad student in 1987), I am deeply

honored to represent the Society as the inaugural

Congressional Fellow,” noted Wadkins. “I am

hopeful that my time in Washington will prove

beneficial to other BPS members and the overall

scientific community in the United States.”

The Society’s leadership decided to offer the fel-

lowship in recognition that public policy increas-

ingly impacts scientific research, and basic science

literacy is increasingly needed to develop respon-

sible policy. Through the fellowship, the Society’s

leaders hope to provide a bridge between scientists

and policymakers. This is also what Wadkins

hopes to accomplish while in Washington. Wad-

kins said that while his interest in politics began

as a child when his father served in the Mississippi

Legislature, his motivation to get involved was

sparked by the 2010 US mideterm elections. “It

struck me that many who were elected in that

wave were not making policy decisions based on

sound science. When I saw the advertisement for

the BPS Congressional Fellowship, it sounded like

exactly what I wanted to do, which is to be a voice

for science’s role in US public policy.” Wadkins

is hoping that his own background, growing up

in the South and attending a public university,

will allow him to relate personally to many of the

members currently serving in Congress, and help

him gain their trust in providing scientific input

on policy matters.

Wadkins plans to return to Ole Miss after his year

on Capitol Hill. He hopes he will take back with

him a greater understanding of how to most effec-

tively communicate to elected officials the benefits

of science to the economy and quality of life in the

US. He will be providing periodic updates for

the Society newsletter—so stay tuned!

Interested in using your science skills

to inform science policy?

Interested in spending a year

working on Capitol Hill in

Washington helping develop policy?

Apply to be the 2016-2017

BPS Congressional Fellow!

Application deadline:

December 15, 2015


for additional information.