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Vol. LXII, No. 17
August 20, 2010

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NIH Named Top Supporter of HBCUs

The National Institutes of Health was recently named one of the 2010 Top Supporters of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). NIH was selected for this recognition based on a survey completed by the deans of 14 HBCU engineering programs, minority-serving institutions and the corporate-academic alliance Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering. The institutions invited to participate in the survey were: Alabama A&M University, Florida A&M University, Hampton University, Howard University, Jackson State University, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Prairie View State University, Southern University A&M, Tennessee State University, Tuskegee University, Virginia State University and the University of the District of Columbia.

Principles of Clinical Research Class

Registration for the 2010-2011 “Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research” is now open. The course will run from Oct. 18 through Mar. 9, 2011. The deadline for registering is Oct. 8. Classes will be held on campus on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 5 to 6:30. There is no charge for the course but purchase of a textbook is suggested. A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course, including a final exam. For more information or to register, visit or call (301) 496-9425.

FAES Offers Course in ‘Art Songs’

The class “Art Songs: Chamber Music with Words” will be co-presented this fall by the FAES Graduate School and Strathmore. The course will explore art songs as chamber music for voice and piano, covering European and American repertoire from the classical period to the 20th century. In each session, the songs will be performed live in the original languages, both as examples during the lecture and as an uninterrupted performance following the lecture. Lectures will discuss the lives and times of the composers and poets, as well as the particular songs. For questions about course content, call Suzanne Epstein at (301) 897-5463 or email For registration and further information, call FAES at (301) 496-7976 or visit

FAES Grad School Open House, Aug. 23

The fall 2010 semester FAES Graduate School Open House will be held on Monday, Aug. 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the FAES Social and Academic Center, 9101 Old Georgetown Rd. (across from the fire station). Raffles will be drawn for FAES Bookstore gift certificate, Visa gift cards and 5 lucky students will receive a 10 percent discount on tuition. Refreshments will be served and registration for the fall 2010 semester will be accepted.

Walk-in registration will be accepted Aug. 25-Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Bldg. 60 (the Cloister), Rm. 236 & 237 and on Aug. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. (in addition to 10 a.m.-4 p.m. that day).

Workshop on Metabolomics Technology Set for Sept. 17, Masur Auditorium

The National Center for Research Resources and the Office of Intramural Research will sponsor a 1-day symposium designed to share the latest advances in metabolomics technologies. “State of Metabolomics Technologies in Translational Research” will be held Friday, Sept. 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Submit a poster or register an exhibit by Aug. 27. Space available on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition, limited webcasting slots may be provided for those not able to attend in person. Register for the event by Sept. 2 at For more information contact Dr. Padma Maruvada at (301) 435-0784 or

Minority High School Students Visit NIH
Visiting Hispanic students enjoy a tour led by Dr. Robert F. Hoyt, Jr., (l) chief of NHLBI’s Laboratory of Animal Medicine and Surgery.
NIH hosted visits by three groups of minority high school students from all over the country this summer. The Youth Initiative in Biomedical Research included tours of the National Library of Medicine and the Clinical Center, lab visits, workshops on NIH training/internship opportunities and scientific presentations relevant to each group. The program, sponsored by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, included participants from all of NIH’s institutes and centers and the Office of the Director. It focused on three populations: Native Americans (who visited June 24-25), Hispanics (July 12-13) and African Americans (June 21-22). In the photo above, visiting Hispanic students enjoy a tour led by Dr. Robert F. Hoyt, Jr., (l) chief of NHLBI’s Laboratory of Animal Medicine and Surgery.

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