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Vol. LXI, No. 5
March 6, 2009

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FARE 2010 Invites Applicants

The 16th annual Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) 2010 competition provides 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. Applications, including abstracts, will be accepted 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 (

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

Nuland To Give First Straus Lecture

On Tuesday, Mar. 10, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine will hold the inaugural Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland, author and clinical professor of surgery at Yale University, will speak on “Chinese Medicine, Western Science and Acupuncture.” The lecture begins at 2:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, and is followed by a poster session and reception in the southeast patio. All are invited to attend. It will also be videocast on


In the Feb. 20 issue of the NIH Record, we reported that the “deconstruction” of Bldg. 37 earned NIH a “Beyond Green” award. Bldg. 37 still stands, and was recently renovated. It was Bldg. 36 that fell tidily to the demolisher’s art.

Wellness Series Lecture, Mar. 17

On Tuesday, Mar. 17 from 1 to 2 p.m., the NIH Wellness Series comes to the Bldg. 31 cafeteria with a lecture titled, “Spring Forward: Mind-Body Skills for Work and Home.” Presented by Dr. Barbara Moquin, senior nurse specialist at NCCAM, the lecture explains ways to incorporate mind-body relaxation and energizing skills into your work and home life. Topics will include: relaxation breathing, therapeutic music and mindfulness meditation (with dark chocolate).

Future topics in the series will address line dancing, stress reduction, meditation and more. For a full list of topics and locations, contact Chris Gaines at (301) 451-3631. Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals who need other reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Gaines and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

Two Named to AAM Governing Board

Two NIH scientists are among six new members elected to the board of governors of the American Academy of Microbiology. They are Dr. Susan Gottesman, co-chief of NCI’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology and chief of its biochemical genetics section, and Dr. Louis Miller, chief of NIAID’s Malaria Vaccine Development Branch. The board sets strategic direction for the academy, ratifies election to fellowship, develops new topics for colloquia and establishes new programs and initiatives. The scientists’ 3-year terms begin July 1.

International Opportunities Expo, Apr. 2

The NIH visiting fellows committee invites all NIH fellows and graduate students to participate in the 6th International Opportunities Expo on Thursday, Apr. 2 at the Natcher Conference Center from 12:30 to 4 p.m. The expo provides an opportunity for fellows to obtain information on research, grants and job opportunities available overseas and in their respective home countries. Fellows will be able to network with science and technology representatives and establish valuable contacts for the next step in their scientific careers. Last year, the expo was a success and featured science and technology representatives from government and the private sector. A list of speakers and exhibitors will be posted on and disseminated via email at a later date. The event is sponsored by Fogarty International Center and the Office of Intramural Training and Education.

Hopkins’ Sidransky Kicks Off NIDCR Series

On Wednesday, Mar. 18 at 2:30 p.m., Dr. David Sidransky will speak on the molecular detection and staging of cancer in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. His talk is the first of the 2009 NIDCR Seminar Series “From Basic Research to Therapy—The Latest Frontier.”

Sidransky’s work is focused on the molecular basis of cancer, including head and neck cancer, with particular emphasis on the molecular alterations of premalignant lesions and the development of diagnostic tests for early cancer detection.

He is a professor of otolaryngology, oncology, pathology, urology and cellular and molecular medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He is also director of head and neck cancer research at the JHU Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center as well as a principal investigator at JHU’s Head and Neck Cancer SPORE, or Specialized Program of Research Excellence.

If you wish to meet with Sidransky during his visit, contact Dr. Nadya Lumelsky at (301) 594-7703 or

Sign language interpretation will be provided. For more information, or for reasonable accommodation, contact Mary Daum, (301) 594-7559, and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

Next Wednesday Afternoon Lectures Set

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series—held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10—features Dr. Jeffrey Peters, professor, Penn State department of veterinary and biomedical sciences, on Mar. 11, speaking on “Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptors (PPARs) as Molecular Targets for the Treatment and Prevention of Diseases.”

On Mar. 18, Dr. Christine Jacobs-Wagner will address, “Exploring the bacterial internal organization: Cell polarization and cytoskeleton-dependent cell morphogenesis.” She is the Maxine F. Singer associate professor at Yale University and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.

For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Sarah Freeman, (301) 594-6747.

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