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Vol. LVII, No. 11
June 3, 2005

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Two 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 For more information about the program, contact Mary Ruemker at (919) 684-4056 or email Sign language interpreters will be provided. For other reasonable accommodation, phone (301) 496-1776 or email

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.

Camp Fantastic BBQ, June 14

Join the R&W on Tuesday, June 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the patio of Bldg. 31 for the 22nd annual Camp Fantastic BBQ. Tickets are $9 and include lunch from Famous Dave's, Ben & Jerry's and a chance to win $100. Tickets are on sale at all R&W stores or call (301) 496-4600. Tickets will also be available the day of the BBQ. Wear your favorite sports team apparel. This sports-themed event will be a great way to break from your work day.

Zerhouni To Join 'Kaiser Conversations on Health,' June 14

The Kaiser Family Foundation will host NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni for a "Kaiser Conversations on Health" event, featuring an interview and live webcast on Tuesday, June 14 from noon to 1 p.m. Questions will be taken from the audience and via email. The interview will touch on key issues in national medical research and policy, including research funding, new NIH conflict-of-interest and ethics rules, the fight against HIV/AIDS, racial and ethnic disparities in health, ensuring public access to published NIH-supported research, and the state of NIH-funded stem-cell research. The event will be held at the Barbara Jordan Conference Center in downtown Washington, D.C., and will be open to the public. The webcast will be available online starting at noon. Questions may be submitted in advance or during the event to To RSVP, contact Tiffany Ford, or (202) 347-5270.

Cancer Research, Regulatory Fellowships

NCI and FDA have announced the start of the NCI-FDA Research and Regulatory Review Fellowship program. The objective is to train a cadre of scientists in cancer research and research-related regulatory review so that they can develop skills that bridge the two disciplines and cultures.

NCI-FDA fellows will learn to build awareness of regulatory requirements into the early stages of medical product development and will devise strategies to improve planning throughout the research and regulatory review phases. They will also learn how to use state-of-the art knowledge and technology in the design, conduct and review of clinical trials.

The fellowships offer a unique career opportunity for participating researchers to facilitate the new age of molecular medicine. New targeted therapies and diagnostic products will demand new skills and processes that must be incorporated into the research and regulatory system. The fellowships last for 1 to 4 years, based on the training program. Fellows will work closely with mentors representing senior-level medical and scientific staff at NCI and FDA.

Candidates must have an M.D. and/or Ph.D., or an equivalent degree. They must also be either a U.S. citizen or have permanent residency status.

More information about the program, including application deadlines, can be found at

Child Care Board Seeks Members

The NIH child care board is seeking applicants. Are you interested in child care as an issue that affects work at NIH? The board advises NIH with regard to child care programs and policies and serves as an advocate for affordable, accessible and quality child care for the NIH community. You do not need to be a child development expert, just an NIH employee with an interest in this issue and a willingness to participate in the work of the board.

Members serve 3-year terms beginning in September 2005 and are required to attend 7 meetings a year. The board is currently seeking employees to fill vacancies that may occur this month.

For a description of member requirements, a calendar of meetings, information about board activities and an online application, visit Applications are due by June 10. For more information call Mary Ellen Savarese, NIH child care coordinator, at (301) 402-8180.

NIH Library Training Caters to Science

Do you want to spend less time searching yet get more targeted literature results? Find out how to search, capture and mine specific databases and research tools in eight different free classes such as Resources for Evidence-Based Medicine. For details on class content, dates, times and locations, visit

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