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Vol. LXII, No. 19
September 17, 2010

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Seminar on Aquatic Animal Care, Use

A seminar titled “Aquatic Animal Care & Use – What You Need to Know About Research and Management of Zebrafish & Xenopus at the NIH” will be held Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. The two-part seminar includes a morning session on Management and Husbandry Practices of Aquatic Species at NIH and an afternoon session on Research Uses of Aquatic Species at NIH. For information and registration, visit or contact Dr. Lauren Davidson, (301) 402-0947,

Symposium on Animal Welfare and Research

Modeled after the first symposium on animal welfare and scientific research in 1984, a 2-day symposium, “Recognizing 25 Years of Improving Animal Welfare, Advancing Science,” is being cosponsored by NIH. The event recognizes the achievements of 2½ decades of biomedical research conducted under the U.S. Government Principles, the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the Animal Welfare Act and Regulations.

On Oct. 25, leading veterinarians and animal welfare experts will discuss advances in housing facilities, institutional animal care and use committees, education and training and veterinary care. The program will include both the history of animal welfare policy in the U.S. and discussion of ideas for future development. An evening session will include the keynote address, “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants,” by Dr. Charles McCarthy, who was instrumental in developing federal regulations for the protection of human and animal research subjects.

On Oct. 26, national policy experts and leading biomedical researchers will focus on the contributions of animal models to human and animal health. Topics include advances in global infectious disease research, development of medicines and devices for humans and animals, genetic vulnerabilities associated with cancer and aging and understanding depression, schizophrenia and autism.

The symposium will be held at the Bethesda North Marriott. A program and registration information can be found at For more information, email or phone (301) 496-7163.

NIH Institute Relay, Sept. 23

The 27th NIH Institute Challenge Relay will be held in front of Bldg. 1 on Thursday, Sept. 23, starting at 11:30 a.m. The relay consists of teams of five runners, each of whom runs a ½-mile loop around Bldg. 1. All institutes, centers, divisions and contractors are invited to enter as many teams as they wish. Each team must have men and women runners with at least two runners of the same sex (you can have a team of two females-three males or three females-two males). The team with the fastest five runners will have their names inscribed on the Allen Lewis NIH Memorial Trophy located at the Bldg. 31 Fitness Center. There is a $10 entry fee per team. Group leaders should email Kallie Wasserman at with team name and participants. Volunteers are also needed; call the R&W office at (301) 496-6061 or email Wasserman if you would like to help.

OITE Hosts Community College Day, Oct. 1

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education will host the 2010 Community College Day on Friday, Oct. 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Natcher Conference Center. Community college students and faculty will visit campus to learn about careers and training opportunities here. For details and to register, go to

NICHD Convenes Autism Workshop

NICHD deputy director Dr. Yvonne Maddox (l) and NICHD director Dr. Alan Guttmacher.

Autism spectrum disorder can be difficult to diagnose, particularly in medically underserved racial and ethnic minorities. In consultation with the NIH autism coordinating committee, NICHD recently convened a workshop to help identify methods for diagnosing the disorder in widely diverse populations, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and younger age groups. Dr. Catherine Lord (c), director of the University of Michigan Autism and Communication Disorders Center, provided an overview for attendees on current diagnostic methods. With Lord are NICHD deputy director Dr. Yvonne Maddox (l) and NICHD director Dr. Alan Guttmacher.

HHS Mentoring Program Recruits for October

Permanent federal employees interested in serving as mentors and mentees across the NIH community are invited to join the NIH October 2010 cohort of the HHS Mentoring Program. Program components include senior-to-junior and peer-to-peer mentoring, online application and matching system, mentor-mentee online orientation, 1-year mentoring relationship and professional development activities. For more information, visit

Research Festival Set, Oct. 5-8

This year’s NIH Research Festival is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 5-Friday, Oct. 8. It kicks off on Oct. 5 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 with the opening plenary session “DNA Unwound: The Path from Characterization to Treatment of Rare and Common Genetic-based Disorders.”

After that, events move to Natcher conference center, where there will be a poster session from noon to 2 and symposia from 2 to 4 p.m. At 4:15 there will be a FARE Awards ceremony and reception.

Wednesday features more concurrent symposia, more poster sessions and special exhibits on resources for intramural research, all in Natcher. On Thursday, in Bldg. 10 and on the parking lot behind it, there will be the annual Technical Sales Association exhibit, which extends into Friday.

Friday features the symposium “Neurobiology: A Tribute to Marshall Nirenberg,” in Masur Auditorium from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. At 3 p.m., a memorial service honoring Nirenberg’s career will be held in Lipsett Amphitheater.

For more details about the festival, visit or follow

NIH Marks ‘America Recycles Day’

America Recycles Day occurs annually on Nov. 15. This year, the Division of Environmental Protection, ORS, wants your participation in a recycling competition, pitting building against building.

The accumulation of mixed paper and commingled recycling will be tracked throughout the month of October and the results will be announced during the week of Nov. 15. Buildings will be judged on reduction of solid waste generated and increase in materials recycled. The building with the largest decrease in solid waste as compared to October 2009 data will win the title of Waste Minimization Extraordinaire. The Grand Champion honor will go to the building with the highest recycling rate. Each contest will have a winner announced in the office and laboratory building category.

DEP and various institute/center green teams will set up tables with information about the competition. For details and to view recycling data from October 2009, visit If you have further questions, call DEP at (301) 496-7990. Also, look for other events your IC green teams may be hosting for the occasion.

NIDA Poster Session Culminates Summer Internship Program

Jonathon Farzanfar Kelsey Vargas
On Aug. 3, 46 summer interns at NIDA’s Intramural Research Program presented their research findings in an afternoon poster session. This past summer, students (including Jonathon Farzanfar at left and Kelsey Vargas at right) worked directly with an intramural scientist on a research project, gaining hands-on research experience that they are unlikely to encounter in college or high school. Poster topics included cellular and behavioral studies of cocaine and methamphetamine, receptor binding studies of opioid ligands, the role of glutamatergic neurons in dopamine circuits and studies of resting-state functional brain connectivity. Students participated in one of two programs: the NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research or the Recruitment & Training Program for Underrepresented Populations. For information about the NIH program, contact Dr. Stephen Heishman ( and for the Underrepresented Populations program, contact Dr. Jean Lud Cadet (

Car-Free Day, Sept. 22

On Wednesday, Sept. 22, NIH will join the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments in celebrating the third annual Car-Free Day. This is an international event that encourages people to get around without using their car, highlighting bicycling, mass-transit, walking and alternative modes of transportation. DATS will issue transit funds for this event. If you accept the challenge to be car-free on Sept. 22, you can obtain up to $20 in Metrocheks (paper fare cards) from the Employee Transportation Services Office. You can use Metrocheks on the Metro subway or add them to your SmarTrip card for bus rides. DATS will also provide a SmarTrip cards to the first 50 employees that sign up. To apply for these funds you will have to come to Bldg. 31, Rm. B3B04 by Monday, Sept. 20.

To learn more about Car-Free Day and make a pledge to go car-free, visit and click on “Pledge to be Car-Free.” Current Transhare members and contractors are not eligible for this offer.

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Outdoor Film Festival Enjoys Successful Run

Two young children take a moment for a photo with KC, the mascot of the NIH Federal Credit Union. The festival proved to be a popular event for local teenagers and families looking for an inexpensive, fun and relaxing evening.
The Comcast 14th annual free Outdoor Film Festival went on for seven of the eight scheduled nights, as it turned out that what was Up in the Air on Aug. 18 was rain. The best turnouts were for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Valentine’s Day. The event, which also included food sales and a raffle, helped raise money for the NIH Children’s Charities. This year’s festival, which attracted an estimated 14,000 people, took place on the grounds of the Universities at Shady Grove rather than at Strathmore, which is under construction. “Even with a location change and crazy weather patterns, the community still came out to support a great cause and enjoy some blockbuster hits,” said Kallie Wasserman of R&W. At left, two young children take a moment for a photo with KC, the mascot of the NIH Federal Credit Union, who was a hit with people of all ages. Above, the festival proved to be a popular event for local teenagers and families looking for an inexpensive, fun and relaxing evening.

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