FAES Grad School Open House
Join us for the fall 2009 semester FAES Graduate School Open House on Tuesday, Aug. 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Social and Academic Center, located at 9101 Old Georgetown Rd. (across from the fire station). Raffles will be drawn for FAES Bookstore gift certificate, gift cards and five lucky students will receive a 10 percent discount on tuition. Refreshments will be served and registration for the fall 2009 semester will be accepted.
Walk-in registration begins Aug. 27-Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Bldg. 60, Rm. 236 & 237 (the Cloister) and on Monday, Aug. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. (in addition to the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. hours).
First Hotel Fair Set for Sept. 11
NIH will be hosting the first annual BPA Hotel Fair on Friday, Sept. 11 at 6701 Rockledge Dr. from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the upper parking deck behind the Rockledge II Bldg. Representatives of BPA hotels will visit from several major U.S. cities, including Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego, Durham, Chicago and the D.C. metro area. If you are scientific review officer or assist in planning and scheduling peer review meetings, this is a great way to gather information about meeting space, hotel amenities and other accommodations and to develop a network of personal hotel management contacts. Come enjoy a day filled with food, raffles and fun. Shuttles will be provided to and from this event. For details, call David Browne, (301) 496-6061.
NIAID Helps HHS Fight the Flu
|Employees (from l) Sandra Sitar, Sarah Hubka, Nina Berkowitz and Brandon Wilson from NIAID’s Vaccine Research Center prepare to welcome baseball fans to Nationals Stadium for HHS Night at the Ballpark.
Staff from NIAID’s Office of Communications and Government Relations and the Dale and Betty Bumpers Vaccine Research Center put “take me out to the ballgame” into action on July 23, to support HHS Night at the Ballpark at Nationals Stadium. NIAID joined in the department’s effort to raise awareness about influenza prevention and distributed information about NIAID-supported clinical trials of candidate 2009 H1N1 vaccines.
The ballgame festivities included the debut of a new HHS public service announcement featuring Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the Washington Nationals’ Teddy Roosevelt mascot demonstrating how to prevent spreading the flu. The secretary also delivered the ceremonial first pitch of the game.
Volunteers are needed for clinical trials of
2009candidate 2009 H1N1 flu vaccines. These studies will evaluate the safety of the vaccines and their ability to generate an immune response. For more information about studies on H1N1 vaccines conducted by the NIAID Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation nationwide network, visit www3.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2009/VTEU_H1N1.htm. For more information on seasonal influenza vaccine clinical trials sponsored by the VRC, visit vrc.nih.gov or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NLM Holds Health Disparities Conference
NLM’s Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) held its eighth annual conference, “e-Health: Bridging the Health Disparities Gap,” June 15-17 in partnership with the United Negro College Fund Special Programs (UNCFSP) Corp. and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). The meeting brought together health professionals, administrators, educators, actors and students for a series of lectures and discussions at Lister Hill Auditorium and concluded with a day-long NLM database training workshop at the University of the District of Columbia. The partnership began in 2002, to promote disease prevention and wellness at HBCUs and in their surrounding communities through the use of NLM’s online health resources. Among the speakers this year were former HHS Secretary Dr. Louis Sullivan (4th from l), who now chairs the D.C.-based Sullivan Alliance to Transform America’s Health Professions. He is joined by (from l) Dr. De Lois Powell, UNCFSP; Dr. Robyn Watson, UNCFSP; Aaron Andrews, UNCFSP president and CEO; Dr. Donald Lindberg, NLM director; Dr. Melvin Spann, former NLM associate director and current chair, UNCFSP advisory board; Dr. Steven Phillips, NLM associate director, SIS; Gale Dutcher, deputy associate director, SIS; and Cynthia Gaines, project officer, NLM.
Photo: James Charuhas
Deer Appear, Both Extramurally and Intramurally
Last spring, evidence in the form of hoof prints suggested that the campus harbored deer. In late July, a young deer (above, l) was spotted behind the Children’s Inn. On July 30, during his lunch break, Keith Richardson, a research associate in NCI’s Epidemiology and Genetics Research Program, came across a single antlered deer while walking to the Executive Plaza parking garage. On his way out, he captured the herd (above, r). “I’ve never seen 5 antlered deer at a time,” he said. “Who would have thought you could see them less than 25 miles from the White House?”
Photos: Valerie Lambros, Keith Richardson