Forum on Nanotechnology
The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will
present a Science for All forum on the topic, "Nanotechnology:
Promise and Potential," on Tuesday, Apr. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30
p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.
NIH is moving to invest considerable new resources in nanomedicine
research and development. What exactly is nanotechnology, and how
is it being applied to problems in medicine today? Do the potential
benefits of nanoscale materials outweigh the possible risks? This
STEP forum will explore the current status and future directions
of nanomedicine. Participation
Mirkin Lectures in Nano Series
Dr. Chad A. Mirkin, George B. Rathmann professor of chemistry,
professor of medicine, professor of materials science and engineering
and director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology
at Northwestern University, is the next featured speaker in NCI's
Nanotechnology Seminar Series. The lecture will take place Tuesday,
Apr. 26, from 3 to 4 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.
Mirkin has pioneered the use of biomolecules as synthons in materials
science and the development of nanoparticle-based biodiagnostics.
Many of the concepts and materials developed within his laboratories
are now the basis for commercial detection and lithography systems.
The presentation will be webcast at http://videocast.nih.gov.
Sign language interpreters will be provided. For other reasonable
accommodation, contact Travis Earles at (301) 496-1550 or email@example.com.
For more information on the lecture, visit http://nano.cancer.gov/events_nanotech_seminar_series.asp.
Plain Language Awards Given, Apr. 27
NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni and author Judith Viorst will
celebrate the power of clear writing at the fifth annual NIH Plain
Language Awards ceremony on Wednesday, Apr. 27, at 2 p.m. in Lipsett
Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. All staff are welcome to join this tribute
to colleagues whose works best exemplify clear and concise writing.
Sign language interpretation will be provided. To request other
reasonable accommodation, call (301) 496-1461. For more information
about the plain language initiative, visit http://execsec.od.nih.gov/plainlang/index.html.
Day of Prayer Marked May 5
Congress established the annual National Day of Prayer as the
first Thursday in May. This year's observance at NIH will be held
May 5, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the lawn in front of Bldg. 1. All
people of any faith are invited to pray for the goodwill of the
country and its leaders. The event is sponsored by the Noontime
Sickle Cell Anemia Outreach Event
The Clinical Center and NHLBI sickle cell clinical research team
are hosting a sickle cell anemia outreach event aimed at communicating
information about the disease, symptoms and complications, diagnosis
and treatment. Representatives from the team will share information
and answer questions on the latest medical knowledge, scientific
advances and current research efforts on sickle cell disease. New
therapies will also be presented.
The free event takes place Saturday, Apr. 23 from 10:30 a.m. to
2 p.m. in the CRC first-floor atrium. For more information call
FNIH Offers Free Subscriptions
Beginning with the Mar. 31 issue, more than 1,200 subscriptions
of Nature have been provided for free to the intramural
research laboratories at NIH, courtesy of the Foundation for the
National Institutes of Health.
Each copy of the Mar. 31 issue was accompanied by a letter from
Charles A. Sanders, chairman of the FNIH board. "We hope that this
and future issues of Nature will be received as a small
token of the appreciation that directors, donors and staff of this
foundation have for the dedicated intramural researchers of the
National Institutes of Health," he wrote. "The same spirit that
animates your efforts gives life to the work of the foundation
in support of your research mission, but it is you who are indispensable
for its realization. So, from us to you, thank you."
NIH Hosts Environment Workshop
The 4th annual Environmental Workshop, sponsored by HHS and including
the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce and Transportation, will
be held in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A, on May 3-4 from 8
a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The theme is "Environmental Management
System (EMS)... Tying It All Together." The workshop is free. Registration
is on a first-come, first-served basis, and should be done by Apr.
26. Contact Michelle Coley at (301) 496-3537 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consensus Conference on Graft vs. Host
A 1-day consensus development conference has been planned to
bring together clinical researchers, industry, academia, patients
and government agencies to discuss criteria for clinical trials
in chronic graft-vs.-host disease. The meeting will focus on developing
definitions and tools for conducting clinical trials in chronic
GvHD, outlining current standards of care and identifying directions
for future basic and clinical research.
Scheduled for June 6, the conference will be the culmination of
a year-long effort by the hematology-oncology transplantation community
and related medical subspecialties to create guidelines that allow
rapid conduct of clinical trials in chronic GvHD.
The conference is sponsored by NCI, NHLBI, the Office of Rare
Diseases, the Health Resources and Services Administration and
the Department of Defense. For more information, including registration
details, visit http://www.palladianpartners.com.
Wednesday Afternoon Lectures
The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake
day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr.
Diane Mathis on Apr. 27, addressing "Transcriptional Control of
Immunological Tolerance." She is head, section on immunology and
immunogenetics, Joslin Diabetes Center, and professor of medicine,
Harvard Medical School.
For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Hilda
Madine, (301) 594-5595.
STRIDE Program Now Recruiting
The NIH Training Center announces the 2005 STRIDE Program, a
3-year program designed to provide employees with an opportunity
for career change and advancement, and help NIH meet its staffing
needs. STRIDE provides a combination of on-the-job training, academic
courses and short-term courses to prepare individuals for placement
in targeted professional positions.
To be eligible, you must be employed at NIH under a career-conditional
appointment for at least 1 year. The deadline for submission of
applications is May 27.
Information sessions, held from 11:30 a.m.-12: 30 p.m., are as
Apr. 28 Rockledge 2, Rm. 9100/9104
May 4 Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 7
May 12 Executive Plaza South, Rm. 8
For more information visit http://learningsource.od.nih.gov/stride.htm or
contact Pauline Irwin, email@example.com or
Kent Bemberger, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tae Kwon Do Beginner's Class
The NIH Tae Kwon Do School is offering a beginner's class for
adults and mature teens starting May 2. 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 http://www.recgov.org/r&w/nihtaekwondo.html.
Health Communications Forum, May 9
The 2005 NIH Health Communications Forum will be held on Monday,
May 9 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Natcher Conference Center.
Last held in 1999, the forum is a 1-day professional development
seminar for NIH staff, fellows and interns working with health
communications, health education, public liaison activities, media
relations and patient recruitment and retention. The goals are
to: highlight current trends and practices in health communications;
discuss the application of current marketing and health communications
research to NIH outreach activities; and stimulate dialogue and
collaboration among NIH professionals in related disciplines.
FARE 2006 Abstract Competition
The 12th annual Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE)
2006 competition will again provide recognition for outstanding
scientific research performed by intramural postdoctoral fellows.
Winners of FARE will each receive a $1,000 travel award to use
for attending and presenting their work at a scientific meeting.
One-quarter of the fellows who apply will win an award.
Fellows who apply to FARE submit an abstract of their research,
which will be evaluated anonymously on scientific merit, originality,
experimental design and overall quality/presentation. The travel
award must be used between Oct. 1, 2005 and Sept. 30, 2006.
The FARE 2006 competition is open to postdoctoral IRTAs, visiting
fellows and other fellows with fewer than 5 years total postdoctoral
experience in the NIH intramural research program. In addition,
pre-IRTAs performing their doctoral dissertation research at NIH
are also eligible to compete. Visiting fellows/scientists must
not have been tenured at their home institute. Questions about
eligibility should be addressed to your institute's scientific
director. Fellows are asked to submit their application, including
abstract, electronically now through Apr. 29 via http://felcom.nih.gov/FARE.
Winners will be announced by the end of September 2005.
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