T H E   N I H    C A T A L Y S T      M A Y  – J U N E   2003


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Howard Young


1. Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

2. Never burn your bridges, especially if you pursue science as a career.

3. You can go anywhere you want if you look serious and carry a rack of microfuge tubes.

4. Take your work seriously, but not yourself.

5. The last person who left the lab will be the one held responsible for everything that goes wrong.

6. Your background and circumstances may have influenced what you are, but you are responsible for what you become.

7. Only work with people who like chocolate.

8. If you keep your standards high, people will always find a place for you.

9. When the lottery hits $100 million, get everyone in the lab to put in a dollar apiece (and only a dollar) and buy a pool of chances. You will have a million dreams.

10. A pat on the back is only a few centimeters from a kick in the pants.

11. Treat the administrators and administrative assistants whom you deal with well, for if you take care of them, they will take care of you.

12. Everything in moderation except love, understanding, and the number of experiments you do for your supervisor.

Howard Young’s parting points—culled and adapted, he says, from a variety of sources—delivered at a May reception to outgoing and incoming high school students at the NCI–Frederick Cancer Research Center student intern program (see The NIH Catalyst, July 1997). Young, a senior investigator in the Laboratory of Experimental Immunology who has overseen the student program since its inception 14 years ago, says he’s handing the program over to a "younger scientist" —Warren Johnson, in the Laboratory of Genomic Diversity—with whom the teenagers may feel more comfortable. Young just started a mini-sabbatical in France, where he will learn the latest mass-spec technology and study the effects of oral interferon on the innate immune system. He’ll be back in the fall. Asked to provide the Catalyst with a photo to replace the small blurry one we had available, Young said the only thing better than a small blurry photo would be no photo at all.

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Michael Gottesman
Deputy Director for Intramural Research, OD

John I. Gallin
Director, Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center, and Associate Director for Clinical Research

Lance Liotta
Chief, Laboratory of Pathology, NCI


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Fran Pollner

Shauna Roberts

Nicole Kresge
Masashi Rotte



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David Davies, NIDDK
Dale Graham, CIT
Hynda Kleinman, NIDCR
Elise Kohn, NCI
Susan Leitman, CC
Bernard Moss, NIAID
Michael Rogawski, NINDS
Joan Schwartz, NINDS
Gisela Storz, NICHD


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