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Vol. LX, No. 3
February 8, 2008

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Science Fair Judges Needed

ScienceMONTGOMERY, the volunteer organization sponsoring Montgomery County, Md.’s annual junior-senior science fair, invites NIH staff to sign up to judge on Saturday, Mar. 15 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Reckord Armory at the University of Maryland, College Park. For judging categories, other details and to sign up, visit The fair presents the top projects of the county’s middle and high school students.

NIH Sailing Association Spring Open House

The NIH Sailing Association invites everyone to its open house on Thursday, Feb. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the FAES House at the corner of Old Georgetown Rd. and Cedar Ln. Would you like to learn to sail? Can you imagine being part of a group of skilled sailing instructors, enthusiasts and boat owners? The club offers instruction, sailboats for charter, racing, cruises, parties and fun. Open house is $5 at the door and includes pizza and sodas; cash bar for beer and wine, $2 each. Look for NIHSA posters and flyers around campus. For more information visit

STEP Forum on Surviving Traumatic Injury

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science in the Public Health forum on the topic, “Surviving Traumatic Injury: Improving the Odds,” on Thursday, Feb. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A. You are driving to work and, CRASH! Suddenly, you are in an ambulance on the way to the ER. The EMTs are hard at work and the shock-trauma team awaits you. In the race to save your life, will your treatment be based on the latest evidence and standards of care? Will you be brought back from the brink of death and the possibility of permanent disability? This STEP forum will highlight the state-of-the-art methods used by emergency medical personnel in saving people with life-threatening injuries. It will also cover the latest research in this area and the translation of scientific discoveries into advances in the practice of emergency medicine.

Orioles and Nationals Ticket Sale

The R&W is offering tickets to Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals baseball games. Nationals tickets go on sale Tuesday, Mar. 4 in Bldg. 31, Rm. B1W30 (outside the R&W Gift Shop) at 8 a.m. Available are 4 seats in Section 219, Row D. You may buy one set of tickets the first time through the line. After the initial line ends, you may come back through to purchase more tickets. Arrive early if you have a particular game in mind.  

Orioles tickets go on sale Thursday, Mar. 6 outside the Bldg. 31 R&W Gift Shop at 8 a.m. Available are two regular season tickets (seats behind first base—section 14BBB seats 7-8) and tickets for 13 Sunday games (4 seats behind third base—section 58MM). You must be a 2008 R&W member to purchase tickets; you can join R&W at the time you buy tickets. Membership is $7 for the year.

Symposium on Biospecimen Science, Mar. 13-14

NCI’s Office of Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research and NIH’s Office of Rare Diseases announce the Biospecimen Research Network symposium titled “Advancing Cancer Research Through Biospecimen Science,” Mar. 13-14 in Washington, D.C. The symposium will feature expert presentations and interactive discussions on topics in biospecimen science including: HER2/neu: Lessons Learned; Access to Existing Knowledge in Biospecimen Science; Research Advances in Biospecimen Science; Assessing and Qualifying Biospecimen Quality; Patient Perspectives; and Incorporating Biospecimen Science into Research and Clinical Practice. The symposium is open to the public. For more information, to register and to submit an abstract, visit

Tae Kwon Do Beginner’s Class

The NIH Tae Kwon Do School is offering a beginner’s class for adults and mature teens. New students are invited to begin classes on any Monday. Beginner classes start Apr. and July 9. The curriculum combines traditional striking arts, forms, sparring and basic aikido techniques with emphasis on self-defense. No experience is necessary. Classes 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 (6-7 p.m. Fridays and 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, optional) and will continue for about months until participants can be integrated into the regular school training. Registration fee is $50 and includes 10 weeks of beginner’s class and a uniform costs $40. Interested persons are welcome to watch regular training sessions. For information call Pam Dover, (301) 827-0476 or visit

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