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Science on the Move, via MobileLab

The Boston University School of Medicine's MobileLab took biomedical science for a spin to Capitol Hill recently. Parked curbside at the Russell Senate Office Bldg., this 40-foot-long, fully equipped, state-of-the-art biotechnology laboratory on wheels gave members of Congress and their staffs an opportunity to experience science first hand. Graduates of Montgomery County schools, who were also NIH research interns, demonstrated to congressional visitors the importance of science education. Each year, MobileLab travels across the country to approximately 30 middle and high schools that lack the resources necessary to teach students modern-day science. Through MobileLab, teachers and students learn the latest molecular biology concepts and research techniques. MobileLab extends the reach of the Boston-based CityLab Program, which is funded by the National Center for Research Resources' Science Education Partnership Award Program. NCRR also partially funds MobileLab.

NIH Invites Community to Forum

For the third year, NIH will invite the public to campus for "Share the Health: An Exposition of Health Resources from NIH to Its Neighbors." Sponsored by the Office of Community Liaison, it will be held Saturday, Oct. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Natcher Conference Center. Featured will be free health-related information, lectures (including one by NHGRI director Dr. Francis Collins) and screenings, as well as activities for children. To learn more, contact Terry LaMotte of Palladian Partners, (301) 650-8660 or visit the web site at http://health.info.nih.gov/forum2000.

Klausner Addresses Summer Trainees

The first annual summer Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) director's lecture was presented on July 13 by NCI director Dr. Richard Klausner. Under the guidance of CRTA preceptors, pre-baccalaureate, baccalaureate and graduate students acquire training in basic clinical, biomedical or behavioral research relating to human health.

NCI director Dr. Richard Klausner discusses his presentation with student Jane Yoon.

The Office of Diversity and Employment Programs assists in the recruiting of some of the outstanding students who participate in this program. Klausner's lecture was sponsored by ODEP in order to give the students an opportunity to interact with the director and gain a better understanding of the overall mission of NCI and how their laboratory experiences enhance that mission.

The lecture was an acknowledgement of a shift in the way of thinking about and approaching cancer research for NCI. More and more, the focus is on the wiring diagram of the cancer cell and the pathway of its development. The shift also includes movement from empirical therapy in cancer research toward a targeted therapy approach. NCI funds 60-plus centers that are instrumental in guiding cancer research in this new direction.

Students show off front and back of commemorative T-shirts.

The lecture was widely attended by both students and their preceptors. It concluded with a question and answer period, followed by an informal reception in the visitor center.

Visit NIH Pavilion at Black Family Reunion

The National Institutes of Health will be represented at the 15th annual National Black Family Reunion Celebration 2000 to be held Sept. 9-10 by the National Council of Negro Women on the Washington Monument grounds. The reunion, one of the oldest and best known gatherings of African American families and reportedly the largest in the country, attracts more than 500,000 people. All are welcome to attend this event and admission is free. As part of its outreach efforts to address health disparities affecting the nation, NIH has reserved a pavilion to educate the public about its commitment to conduct and support research that will result in good health for all people. NIH's logo will be prominently displayed on the exhibit, and printed in the souvenir activity schedule and other promotional materials. For more information, call Michael Chew, 402-3681, or Levon Parker, 496-5332.

NIH Ski Club Returns from 'Down Under'

Thirty members of the NIH Ski Club enjoyed 3 weeks in Australia, New Zealand, and the Cook Islands, July 12-Aug. 2. "Australia was fantastic, the downhill skiing was wonderful in New Zealand, and the beach was most relaxing in the Cook Islands," noted member Bob Bingaman. The trip included numerous day tours, including one of the 2000 Olympic Village in Sydney. The next adventure planned for the NIH Ski Club is a trip to Zermatt, Switzerland, and London, England, Mar. 9-20, 2001. More information about the journey will be available in the R&W Newsletter shortly.

Transplantation Branch Welcomes Twins

Dr. David Harlan, head of the NIDDK/Navy Transplantation and Autoimmunity Branch, welcomes two sets of identical twins on a visit to the organ/tissue transplant research unit in the Clinical Center. Mollie Singer (second from l), who has type 1 diabetes, is joined by her mother Jackie Singer (l), 11-year-old twin sister Jackie, and aunt, Mollie Miller. Harlan's group, together with the department of transfusion medicine's cell processing unit, is planning a small clinical trial in islet transplantation for adults with type 1 diabetes. If the results are promising, researchers hope to design future trials to include children.

Renewal of NIH Parking Permits

NIH General Parking Permits for campus employees whose last names begin with S and T will expire on the last day of September 2000. In order to obtain a new permit, an employee must visit the NIH Parking Office in Bldg. 31, Rm. B3B04. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Remember to bring a valid NIH identification card, driver's license and vehicle registration certificate. For more information, call 496-6851.

Find ORS Services on the Web

The Office of Research Services has just completed a total revision of its web site. Now, finding information about the services ORS provides to the NIH community will be much easier and faster thanks to expanded search functions on the new web site at www.nih.gov/od/ors/. Come by and check it out.

Farmers Market Open Through October

Just a reminder that the county Farmers Market at parking lot 41B remains open, Tuesdays from 2 to 6 p.m., through the end of October. Vendors sell locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables.


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