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Vol. LXI, No. 6
March 20, 2009
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STEP Forum on Body Image

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science for All forum on the topic “Your Body or Your Life: Healthy and Unhealthy Body Image” on Thursday, Apr. 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Neurosciences Center, Rms. C and D.

Have you ever asked, “Does this make me look fat?” We constantly evaluate our physical selves, and how we think others see us, though perhaps with different ideals in mind. Body image—positive or negative—affects us all, regardless of gender, age or ethnicity. Unhealthy body image can lead to behaviors that have serious consequences. This STEP forum will explore individual, societal, cultural and especially gender differences that influence body image. Come and learn what current research tells us about developing a healthy body image.

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 http://felcom.od.nih.gov/subcommittee/fare.aspx. 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 (http://felcom.od.nih.gov/members.aspx).

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 career. A list of speakers and exhibitors will be posted on http://felcom. od.nih.gov/subCommittee/vfc/index.aspx and disseminated via email at a later date. This event is sponsored by Fogarty International Center and the Office of Intramural Training and Education.

NIH Marks ‘NanoWeek’ Apr. 7-10

Nanotechnology shows promise in fields ranging from disease prevention and diagnosis to novel methods of therapy. In addition, nanotechnology provides tools for improved understanding of molecular and cellular behaviors. Several institutes, including NCI, NHLBI, NIBIB and NIEHS have also established research programs in nanotechnology. To learn what’s going on in the field, attend NanoWeek Apr. 7-10. NanoWeek will consist of several events including review presentations from program directors and extramural investigators on Apr. 7 in Natcher Auditorium, starting at 8:30 a.m.; research presentations and laboratory demonstrations from intramural investigators; and a 2-day joint NIH/IEEE workshop on nanomedicine. For more information contact Dr. Karen Peterson, (301) 451-0707.

NIH Training Center Holds ‘Preview Day’

The NIH Training Center will hold Preview Day on Tuesday, Mar. 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Natcher Bldg., balcony C. The free event will feature 30-minute previews of popular Training Center courses—stay for one or sample them all. Topics include Scientific and Technical Writing, Media and Message Training and Microsoft Office 2007. For more information visit www.trainingcenter.nih.gov or email Liz Rowe, rowel@mail.nih.gov.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series—held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10—features Dr. Alfred Wittinghofer, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology in Dortmund, Germany, on Mar. 25, speaking on “The Universe of GTP-binding proteins: un tema con variationi.”

On Apr. 1, Dr. A. James Hudspeth will address, “Making an Effort to Listen: Mechanical Amplification by Myosin Molecules and Ion Channels in Hair Cells of the Inner Ear.” He is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at Rockefeller University’s Laboratory of Sensory Neuroscience.

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

Art on Display at Visitors Center

Drawing of a bear. “The Day I Will Never Forget…,” an international art exchange exhibit, sponsored by Tracy’s Kids Art Therapy Program, is on display in the Nobel Laureate Exhibit Hall at the NIH Visitors Center in Bldg. 45 through the end of April. The exhibit contains 203 works of art created by pediatric hematology-oncology patients and family members at hospitals and clinics in the U.S., Jordan, Israel, Egypt and Turkey. The collaboration of the Middle East Cancer Consortium, HHS, NIH and NCI inspired this exhibit. Tracy’s Kids, a non-profit organization affiliated with Georgetown University Medical Center’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, is a program of the Prevent Cancer Foundation. 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 Bldg. 45.
Katie Chapman, 9, a patient at Georgetown University Hospital, writes,“This was the day I got my favorite bear of all time. I was 3 years old when I got her. She goes through everything I go through: radiation, procedures, transplant and surgeries.”

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