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Vol. LXI, No. 4
February 20, 2009

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STEP Forum on Circadian Rhythm

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science for All forum on the topic “I’ve Got Rhythm, Circadian Rhythm!” on Thursday, Mar. 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

Circadian (about a day) rhythms affect your behavior and nearly every physiological process. Variations of circadian rhythms are associated with heart disease, obesity, depression and the efficacy of chemotherapy. They also affect our ability to adjust to night shift work and daylight savings time. Come to this STEP forum to learn more about circadian rhythms—what they are, what aspects of human health and disease they control and what animal and human studies have taught us. You’ll learn how we synchronize our rhythms to the day-and-night cycles in our environment, the differences and similarities among larks and night owls, how circadian rhythms affect bodily functions and how we might rely on circadian rhythms for future research in prevention and treatment.

Sailing Association Open House, Mar. 12

The NIH Sailing Association invites everyone to its open house on Thursday, Mar. 12 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, $1 each. Look for NIHSA posters and flyers around campus. For more information, visit

FARE 2010 Invites Applicants

The 16th annual Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) 2010 competition will again provide recognition for outstanding scientific research performed by intramural NIH postdoctoral fellows. FARE winners receive a $1,000 travel award to present their work at a scientific meeting. Twenty five percent of the fellows who apply will win an award.

FARE applicants must submit an abstract of their research, which will be evaluated anonymously on scientific merit, experimental design and overall quality/presentation. FARE winners are expected to present their work at the FARE 2010 awards ceremony and to serve as judges for the FARE 2011 competition.

The FARE 2010 competition is open to any NIH postdoctoral fellow with fewer than 5 years postdoctoral experience in the NIH intramural research program. Pre-IRTAs performing doctoral dissertation research at NIH are also eligible. Visiting fellows/scientists must not have been tenured at their home institute. Questions about eligibility should be addressed to your institute’s scientific director.

Applications, including abstracts, will be accepted from Feb. 23 through Mar. 25 at Winners will be announced by Aug. 15 and the travel award must be used between Oct. 1, 2009, and Sept. 30, 2010.

More information is available at the web site above. Contact a Felcom representative from your institute if you have more questions (

Night at Circus Benefits NIH Charities

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey and the R&W invite children of all ages to the 138th edition of The Greatest Show on Earth. The 12th annual Children’s Premiere Night hosted by R&W and benefiting the NIH Charities will be held on Wednesday, Mar. 18 at 7 p.m. with a free pre-show at 6. The event is a fundraiser and provides an evening of entertainment to many special-needs children in the area. Over the years, R&W has treated more than 25,000 children to the circus. The goal this year is to fill the Verizon Center with friends and family. Tickets are on sale at the R&W activities desk in Bldg. 31, Rm. B1W30 or by calling (301) 496-4600. Orders can be placed for tickets at any R&W store. Tickets include Circus Celebrity—front row/interactive seating where you become part of the show $70 (reg. $95), $45 (front row - reg. $65), $35 (first 5 rows - reg. $50), and $20 (sections 111 & 112 - reg. $28).

New Ways of Promoting NIH Jobs

The Office of Human Resources has two new ways to recruit new employees to NIH. The first targets dual-career families that are job hunting at the same time. NIH is a founding member of the newly launched Mid-Atlantic Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (MA-HERC). NIH positions are highlighted on the MA-HERC job board allowing the agency to attract applicants who have family members applying for jobs at one of the other 19 member institutions. For more information on MA-HERC, visit

OHR has also launched a job search engine on the Jobs at NIH web site ( Most jobs at NIH are advertised on USAJOBS, but there are some, in particular scientific and research jobs, that are only advertised in scientific journals, on IC web sites or through the Research and Training Opportunities web site. Because of this, scientists looking for NIH jobs had to go to multiple locations to see all of the positions available here. With the new search engine, job seekers will be able to find most NIH positions in one search.

International Art Exhibit in NIH Visitors Center
A 7-year-old leukemia patient in Istanbul, Turkey, drew this image, which is part of the upcoming VIC exhibit
This drawing is by Nazan Songural, a 13-year-old osteosarcoma patient at a hospital in Ankara, Turkey.

“The day I will never forget…,” an international art exchange exhibit, is on display in the Nobel Laureate Exhibit Hall at the NIH Visitors Center in Bldg. 45 through the end of April. This collaborative effort, sponsored by Tracy’s Kids Pediatric Art Therapy Program, NCI and the Middle East Cancer Consortium (MECC), contains works of art created by pediatric hematology-oncology patients and family members at hospitals and clinics in the U.S., Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Turkey. Tracy’s Kids is a non-profit organization affiliated with Georgetown University Medical Center’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. MECC began in 1996 with NCI assistance and has as its members Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority and Turkey. The Visitors Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is located in the lobby of the Natcher Bldg.

Orioles and Nationals Ticket Sale

Baseball season is just around the corner and R&W will once again be offering tickets to the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals. Orioles’ tickets will go on sale Tuesday, Feb. 24 in Bldg. 31, Rm. B1W30 (outside the R&W Gift Shop) at 8 a.m. Available tickets will include two regular season tickets (2 seats behind first base – section 14BBB, seats 7-8) $35 (reg. $40) - Yankees & Red Sox games $45 (reg. $55) and 13 Sunday games (4 seats behind third base – section 58MM) $45 (reg. $50) - Yankees & Red Sox games $55 (reg. $70). 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 additional tickets.

Nationals’ tickets will go on sale Thursday, Feb. 26 at 8 a.m. R&W has 4 seats in section 219, row D. Tickets are $47.50 each – games vs. the Boston Red Sox (6/23-6/25) are $55 (reg. $60). All remaining tickets not sold in the morning will be available to purchase through any R&W store. You must be a 2009 R&W member to buy tickets. Membership is $7.

Baseball Opening Day Auctions

The R&W will hold a silent auction via email for the Baltimore Orioles 2009 home opener vs. the New York Yankees. R&W has two tickets in section 14BBB. The opening bid for the pair will be $110 ($55 per ticket) and bidding will be done in increments of $5. The email auction will begin Tuesday, Mar. 3 at 8 a.m. and end Thursday, Mar. 5 at 3:30 p.m.

There will also be a silent auction via email for the Washington Nationals 2009 home opener vs. the world champion Philadelphia Phillies. R&W has 4 tickets in section 219, row D that will be sold as sets of two. The opening bid for each pair will be face value, $120 ($60 per ticket) and bidding will be done in increments of $5. The email auction will begin Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 8 a.m. and end Thursday, Mar. 12 at 3:30 p.m. If you are interested in participating in the auctions, email and note which one(s).

Stadtman Symposium Set, Apr. 29

Earl Stadtman
“The Stadtman Symposium—A Gathering to Honor Earl” will be held Apr. 29 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. Stadtman will be remembered for his contributions to the scientific program of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The symposium will be based on the “Stadtman tradition” with emphasis on science and also bring his trainees together to pay tribute to him. Speakers include two Nobel laureates, Drs. Michael S. Brown and Stanley B. Prusiner; the former CEO of Merck, Dr. P. Roy Vagelos; and Dr. Elizabeth Nabel, NHLBI director.

Stadtman was among the best-known researchers at NIH and a pioneer in the study of fatty acids, amino acids and free radical production. During his 50-plus-year career at NIH, he represented the best the intramural program has to offer: an unwavering dedication to research as well as to the training of others, which included two Nobel Prize winners, 10 members of the National Academy of Sciences and several leaders of industry. His own long list of awards includes the National Medal of Science, the highest honor that can be given a scientist in the United States.

Decked Out in Red, To Support Heart Health

Ladies support American Heart Month by wearing red to work

These ladies supported American Heart Month by wearing red to work on Feb. 6, to bring attention to the ravages of heart disease in women. All members of NICHD’s Management Service Branch, they are (standing, from l) Marsha Gorham, Marlene Taulton, Tracy Springer, Jacqueline Lancaster and Angela Green. Seated is Linda Stephens.


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