NIH'ers Named to American Academy
Two NIH scientists are among 196 new fellows and 17 new foreign
honorary members elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The 213 men and women are leaders in scholarship, business, the
arts and public affairs. The academy's 225th class of new members
was named Apr. 26 in Cambridge, Mass., headquarters of the AAAS.
The NIH fellows are Dr. Nancy Goldman Nossal, chief, Laboratory
of Molecular and Cellular Biology, NIDDK, and Dr. Anita Bauer Roberts,
chief, Laboratory of Cell Regulation and Carcinogenesis, NCI.
New members are nominated and elected by current AAAS members.
Nossal's nomination was in the class Biological Sciences, biochemistry
and molecular biology section. Roberts is within the same class,
but in the medical sciences (including physiology and pharmacology),
clinical medicine and public health section.
The induction ceremony is Oct. 8 in Cambridge.
Breast Cancer Is Topic of GM Conference
Some of the world's foremost researchers will present their latest
findings on breast cancer at this year's General Motors Cancer
Research annual scientific conference, June 14-15. NIH investigators
and staff are invited to attend the conference, which starts at
8:30 a.m., June 14, in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. There is no
advance registration or attendance fee required. Additionally,
the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series on June 15, at 1 p.m., will
feature presentations by each of the winners of the 2005 General
Motors Cancer Research Awards.
To obtain a copy of the conference agenda, visit http://www4.od.nih.gov/gmcr/.
For more information about the program, contact Mary Ruemker at
(919) 684-4056 or email email@example.com.
Sign language interpreters will be provided. For other reasonable
accommodation, phone (301) 496-1776 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salutaris Presents 'Noons-in-June'
This year, the NIH Salutaris employee group will celebrate the
9th annual Noons-in-June lecture series by welcoming Dr. John Corvino.
He teaches philosophy at Wayne State University in Detroit, where
he specializes in ethics. He is editor of Same Sex: Debating
the Ethics, Science, and Culture of Homosexuality. Corvino
is also a regular contributor to Between the Lines, Michigan's
GBLT weekly. He will speak on "Born or Made — and What's
the Difference?" on Friday, June 10 between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
in Bldg. 40, Conf. Rm. 1201-1203.
For more information, contact Glenda Keen, (301) 496-5089. For
the Federal Relay, contact 1-800-877-8339. Sign language interpreters
will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation
should contact Carlton Coleman at (301) 496-2906.
Chemical Spill Empties Building
A sulfuric acid spill at an NIH-leased facility at 5625 Fishers
Lane in Rockville sent 300-400 workers, mostly NIH'ers, out of
the building May 17. The accident was cleaned up within several
hours and employees returned to work. Two people were transported
to Suburban Hospital with inhalation injuries and were later released.
Two others were treated at the scene, said John Dattoli, acting
associate director, Security and Emergency Response, ORS.
The incident occurred when a contractor was delivering a 55-gallon
drum of sulfuric acid to an acid tank located in a basement mechanical
room. Liquid spilled onto the floor and a cloud of vapor formed.
The Montgomery County Fire Department responded to the scene first
at 9:40 a.m., assisted by the NIH Fire Department. Hazardous materials
teams mopped up the spilled acid with absorbent pads and flushed
the area with water. Initial cleanup took about 3 hours, with more
extensive cleaning scheduled for the following weekend. Authorities
were investigating residual chemicals in the acid tank to determine
what incompatible materials created the reaction that caused the
spill. They also want to determine how much material was spilled.
Workers were readmitted to the building around 12:30 p.m.
"Even though this was an unfortunate accident, it is an excellent
example of how the cooperative efforts of ORS, ORF and Montgomery
County can be utilized to effectively address accidents at NIH
off-campus facilities," said Gary Hess, NIH fire chief.
FEW Holds Meeting, June 14
The next meeting of Federally Employed Women is Tuesday, June
14, from noon to 1 p.m. in Bldg. 10, Conf. Rm. 3-1608. There will
be a presentation by David H. Lamp of First Command Financial Planning.
Wednesday Afternoon Lectures
The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake
day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10-features Dr. Jonathan
Sprent on June 8, speaking on "Subsets of Memory CD8+ Cells." He
is professor, department of immunology, Scripps Research Institute,
La Jolla, Calif.
On June 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Masur, the General Motors Cancer
Research Foundation Laureate Lectures will be held, introduced
by Dr. Samuel Wells, Jr., president of the GM Cancer Research Foundation
and professor of surgery at Duke University Medical Center. Winners
of the Sloan, Kettering and Mott cancer research prizes will lecture.
For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Hilda
Madine, (301) 594-5595.