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Vol. LIX, No. 17
September 7, 2007

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The lead story in the Aug. 10 issue of the NIH Record stated incorrectly that the new Gateway Center at NIH has Montgomery County's first "green" roof. The county school system actually installed a retro-fitted green roof on Northwood High School in 2005. NIH's green roof is still believed to be among the first original green roofs installed in the county.

Medicine for the Public Lectures Begin Oct. 2

The Clinical Center will present its annual series of lectures on health topics on four Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The talks are free and open to the public.

  • Oct. 2—Alcohol Use Disorders: Old Insights, New Treatments, Dr. Markus Heilig, clinical director, NIAAA
  • Oct. 9—The Prevention of Cervical Cancer by Vaccination and Other Means, Dr. Douglas Lowy, chief, Laboratory of Cellular Oncology, NCI
  • Oct. 16—From Childhood Blindness to Age-related Macular Degeneration: Genes, Eye Disease, and Prospects for Therapy, Dr. Paul Sieving, director, NEI
  • Oct. 30—Good Pain, Bad Pain: New Advances in Pain Mechanisms and Treatments, Dr. Michael J. Iadarola, chief, neuronal gene expression section, NIDCR.

The Medicine for the Public series was established in 1978. For more information call (301) 496-2563 or visit

Photography Competition Set, Oct. 9

All are invited to enter the NIH Camera Club's annual open photography competition on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 6:15 p.m. The competition will be held in the community room at the Classic Hyatt Residence, 8100 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. The entry fee is $2 per image and up to 4 images can be submitted per category. Categories are black-and-white prints, color prints and color slides. Prizes will be awarded to top winners.

The Camera Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month (September-June) at 7 p.m. at the Classic Hyatt Residence. A guest speaker shares photographic expertise and images and judges club members' photos on topics such as travel, architecture or experimental photography. Joining the Camera Club is a great way to improve your photography and meet friendly people. The club is an R&W-sponsored organization. For more information contact Margaret at or visit

Symposium on HIV/AIDS Research, Nov. 1-2

The Center for Cancer Research is sponsoring a symposium Nov. 1-2 titled HIV/AIDS Research at the National Cancer Institute: A Record of Sustained Excellence, in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. It will celebrate the achievements in HIV/AIDS research by former and current NCI scientists, as well as future developments in the effort to combat HIV/AIDS. Sessions will include AIDS malignancies, HIV virology and molecular pathogenesis, immunology/immunopathology, vaccines/immunotherapy, epidemiology, and drug development/resistance. A poster session will also highlight NCI intramural research. Registration is free and can be completed online at For more information, contact Karen Kochersberger at or (301) 228-4027.

Meeting on Cancer and Inflammation, Oct. 9-10

The National Cancer Institute will hold a meeting on Cancer & Inflammation Oct. 9-10 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Topics include innate resistance and cancer, colon and prostate cancers, skin cancers, cancers with an infectious pathogenesis and the inflammatory tumor microenvironment. Registration is free and can be completed at For more information contact Karen Kochersberger at or (301) 228-4027.

Women's Health Scientific Exchange Set, Sept. 14

The women's health special interest group will host a scientific exchange on Friday, Sept. 14 in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1. The guest speaker is Dr. William F. Crowley, Jr., professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of the reproductive endocrine unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. The event features a History of Medicine Lecture, "Changing Models of Biomedical Medical Research or Interregnums are Tough for Young Investigators," cosponsored by the Office of NIH History, from 11 a.m. to noon. A networking break/lunch follows from noon to 1:15. From 1:15 to 2:15 p.m., the Griff Ross Memorial Lecture, "New Genes that Control Reproduction in the Human," will be presented, cosponsored by the NICHD Reproductive Biology and Medicine Branch. For sign language interpretation, contact Vicki Malick at

  In a photo from Dr. Russell Taylor’s presentation, a surgeon at Johns Hopkins controls a “snake robot” using master controllers from a DaVinci surgical robot. He is observing the robot through stereo endoscopic video on a head-mounted display.
  A couple of raccoons were spotted across from Bldg. 1 on a recent evening and a quick-thinking photographer suggested they "might deserve equal billing (ha ha) to the geese," whose pictures the Record has published in past issues. A brown fox has also been spotted patrolling the wooded buffer along Cedar Ln. If you chance across the fox and snap a photo of it, please forward to us.

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