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Vol. LVII, No. 8
April 22, 2005

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STEP 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 Sign language interpreters will be provided. For other reasonable accommodation, contact Travis Earles at (301) 496-1550 or For more information on the lecture, visit

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

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 Christian Fellowship.

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 (301) 435-2345.

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

Consensus Conference on Graft vs. Host Disease

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

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 follows:

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 or contact Pauline Irwin, or Kent Bemberger,

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

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 Winners will be announced by the end of September 2005.

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