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Vol. LXII, No. 13
June 25, 2010

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FAES Announces Fall Courses

The FAES Graduate School at NIH announces the schedule of courses for the fall 2010 semester. The majority of the evening classes sponsored by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences will be given on the NIH campus.

Courses are offered in biochemistry, biology, biotechnology (daytime courses), chemistry, immunology, languages, medicine, microbiology, pharmacology, statistics, technology transfer, alternative medicine, MCAT, GRE and courses of general interest. A technology transfer certificate program is also being offered.

It is possible to transfer credits earned to other institutions for degree work, with their approval.

Classes will begin the week of Sept. 13; mail registration ends Aug. 20. An open house will be held Aug. 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the FAES Social and Academic Center, 9101 Old Georgetown Rd.; walk-in registration will be accepted then and also Aug. 25-Sept. 3. Tuition is $145 per credit hour and courses may be taken for credit or audit. Courses that qualify for institute support as training should be cleared with supervisors and administrative officers as soon as possible. Both the vendor’s copy of the training form (SF-182) and the FAES registration form must be submitted at the time of registration.

Catalogs are available in the graduate school office in Bldg. 60, Suite 230; the Foundation Bookstore in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1L101; and the business office in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1C18. To have a catalog sent, call (301) 496-7976 or visit

NIH Graduate & Professional School Fair, July 8

The Office of Intramural Training & Education invites summer interns and postbacs to participate in the NIH Graduate & Professional School Fair on Thursday, July 8 at the Natcher Conference Center and Lister Hill Auditorium from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The fair will provide an opportunity for NIH summer interns (especially those in college), NIH postbacs and college and university students from the Washington, D.C. area to prepare for the next step in their careers by exploring educational programs leading to the Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., M.D./Ph.D. and other graduate and professional degrees.

A list of institutions planning to attend and registration information can be found at

OBSSR Hosts ‘Controversies in Clinical Trials’

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research’s summer institute on randomized clinical trials involving behavioral interventions, OBSSR is hosting Controversies in Clinical Trials, a satellite symposium of the 11th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine Aug. 2-3 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. The event will cover several issues of importance for behavioral clinical trials. For more information, including registration, visit

Organ Donation Support Group Forming

Betty Garrison, staff assistant in the Office of the Director at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, found out more than 30 years ago that she had a genetic form of chronic kidney disease. She knew she would need a kidney transplant in the next 25-30 years, but that seemed like a long way off.

Today, she is not only taking steps to prepare herself for dialysis and a possible transplant, but also wants to help other NIH employees who may be in a similar situation.

“I’ve seen that I am not the only employee here at the NIH who is waiting for a transplant,” Garrison said. “There are a number of employees who are on dialysis. I would like to see more information distributed to employees regarding organ donation and thought that it might be helpful to have a support group set up.”

If you or someone you know is interested in joining the organ donor support group, contact Garrison at or (301) 402-0496.

Chemical Bottles Can Be Recycled

Did you know that almost all empty glass and plastic chemical bottles in the lab can be recycled? This includes all containers that previously contained chemicals (liquid or solid), buffer and saline solutions and other miscellaneous products. These bottles can be collected for recycling by contacting the NIH Chemical Waste Services (CWS) contractor at (301) 496-4710. The contractor can also deliver small plastic totes that may be used to accumulate numerous empties to minimize the number of collection requests. All empty bottles and totes are to be stored in the labs, not in the aisles or in hallways. Empty containers that previously contained infectious or radioactive material will not be accepted and should be disposed of according to the NIH Waste Disposal Guide.

Empty chemical containers can only be recycled through the CWS contractor. Do not place empty chemical containers in commingled recycling bins or trash cans labeled “Disposable Labware & Broken Glass Containers.”

Contact the Division of Environmental Protection at (301) 496-7990 if you have any questions about the recycling program.

NIEHS Hosts Collins During N.C. Visit

Dr. Francis CollinsNIEHS staff extended a warm welcome to NIH director Dr. Francis Collins during a recent 2-day visit. He toured labs and the Clinical Research Unit at NIEHS and gave presentations to an all-hands meeting of employees and to members of the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council. “You are a very important part of the National Institutes of Health,” he told employees, “and I hope you know just how much the work you do, the science you’re invested in, is a central part of our vision.” Collins also visited Clinical and Translational Science Awards programs at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received his medical degree.

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