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NINR Summer Program Graduates 18

At the Summer Genetics Institute (SGI), an intramural training program sponsored by the National Institute of Nursing Research, 18 nurses (9 faculty in schools of nursing and 9 doctoral students), completed an intensive 8-week molecular genetics research training program on July 30. The program provides a foundation in genetics for use in clinical practice and the research laboratory. Since the program began in summer 2000, 84 students from nearly every state in the union and many major universities have completed the program. Graduates earn 12 hours of doctoral-level credit from Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies. Says NINR's Dr. Mindy Tinkle, "Participants take away a rich learning experience. The program enables graduate students and faculty to develop or expand their research capacity and enables advance practice nurses to develop and expand their clinical practice in genetics."

Quinn-Patton To Discuss Randomized Controls

Dr. Michael Quinn-Patton will address the "Debate About Randomized Controls as the Gold Standard in Evaluation," on Tuesday, Sept. 14 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Natcher auditorium, balcony C. Randomized experiments have been viewed as the gold standard in research. However, in real world evaluations, they are not always either possible nor even desirable. Quinn-Patton, former president of the American Evaluation Association, is currently on the faculty of the Union Institute and University. Sponsored by NCI and the NIH Office of Evaluation, the seminar will review the strengths and weaknesses of randomized experiments in evaluation and present rigorous alternatives for dealing with issues of attribution and generalizability.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Joanna S. Fowler on Sept. 8; her topic is "Translational Neuroimaging in Drug Research." She is senior chemist and program director, Center for Translational Neuroimaging, Brookhaven National Laboratory.

On Sept. 15, Dr. Joan S. Brugge will present, "Morphogenesis and Oncogenesis in 3D Epithelial Cultures." She is professor and chair, department of cell biology, Harvard Medical School.

The WALS talks mark their 10th year on campus in October.

For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Hilda Madine, (301) 594-5595.

NIH Chamber Singers Auditions

The NIH Chamber Singers are seeking a bass and a soprano to round out its merry band of troubadours. In September, the group will begin rehearsing for its December concert. If you are interested in joining the Singers, contact Susan Hauser at for details.

Tae Kwon Do Beginner's Class

The NIH Tae Kwon Do School is offering a beginner's class for adults and mature teens starting Sept. 15. The curriculum combines traditional striking arts, forms and sparring with emphasis on self-defense. No experience is necessary. Class will meet in the Malone Center (Bldg. 31C, B4 level, next to the NIH Fitness Center) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and will continue for about 2 months until participants can be integrated into the regular school training. Dues are $40 per quarter and a uniform costs $30. Interested persons are welcome to watch regular training sessions. For information call Andrew Schwartz, (301) 402-5197 or visit

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