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Vol. LXIII, No. 5
March 4, 2011

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Author Skloot To Give Rall Lecture

Rebecca Skloot

The annual J. Edward Rall Cultural Lecture is titled “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” and will be given by Rebecca Skloot, an award-winning science writer whose articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine and others. The talk will be held Monday, Mar. 14 from 10 to 11 a.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

Skloot’s debut book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks became an instant New York Times bestseller. It won the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize and the Wellcome Trust Book Prize and was named Best Book of 2010 by and a Best Book of the Year by Entertainment Weekly, O, The Oprah Magazine, the New York Times and numerous others. It is being translated into more than 20 languages and adapted into a young adult book and an HBO film produced by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball.

Skloot has worked as a correspondent for NPR’s Radiolab and PBS’s NOVA scienceNOW and is guest editor of The Best American Science Writing 2011. She has taught at the University of Memphis, the University of Pittsburgh and NYU.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Once Masur hits capacity, people will be directed to Lipsett Amphitheater for overflow seating.

An online simulcast of the lecture will be available at For more information, contact Sarah Freeman at (301) 594-6747 or

STEP Forum on Pain Management, Mar. 22

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Current Controversies in Medicine forum on the topic “I Haven’t Got Time for the Pain—Is It Ever That Simple?” on Tuesday, Mar. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon in Rockledge II conference center, Rm. 9112-9116.

Many diseases, syndromes and conditions cause chronic and acute pain that affect quality of life. Pain is the most common reason people seek treatment; however many people still experience pain unnecessarily. Join us for this informative forum to learn about the latest breakthroughs in traditional and non-traditional options for the treatment and management of pain.

Alternative Testing Panel To Meet

The National Toxicology Program Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods, which is headquartered at NIEHS, is convening an international peer review panel Mar. 29-30 in the Natcher Conference Center. The panel will evaluate results from an international validation study of an in vitro test method using a human cell line to detect endocrine-disrupting compounds. The meeting is free and open to the public. Register by Mar. 15 at

Women’s History Month Program Set, Mar. 16

NIH’s annual Women’s History Month observance will be held on Wednesday, Mar. 16 from 11 a.m. to noon in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1. This year’s theme is “Our History is Our Strength.” NIH deputy director for extramural research Dr. Sally Rockey will be the keynote speaker. She will share information on her career trajectory, how she became interested in extramural research administration and reflections on the impact of women in science at NIH.

NIH Golf Association To Begin Play

The NIHGA is an 18-hole co-ed league that welcomes golfers of all skill levels to play in a friendly, competitive environment. Play occurs mid-week at a different nearby course approximately every second week beginning in April. The NIHGA currently has 6 teams of about 25 players each. The league plays 8 stroke play events, followed by a double-elimination team match play tournament of up to 7 outings. Handicaps are maintained by the league. Play in any or all of the outings at some of the best golf courses in the Maryland/Virginia area, as your schedule permits. And enjoy the benefit of mid-week, group-outing prices, usually in the $50 range. There are prizes for longest drive and closest-to-the-pin at every event. The year is capped off with a scramble that includes golf, cart and dinner as well as trophies and other prizes. For more information about the league, including the 2011 schedule, see or contact Howard Somers at

Circus Night Benefits NIH Children’s Charities

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will bring the 140th edition of “The Greatest Show on Earth” to Verizon Center on Wednesday, Mar. 23. The 14th annual Children’s Premiere Night, hosted by R&W and benefiting the NIH Charities, begins with a free pre-show at 6 p.m. followed by the main event at 7. Tickets are on sale at the R&W activities desk in Bldg. 31, Rm. B1W30 or by calling (301) 496-4600. Orders can be placed for tickets at any R&W store. Tickets available include Circus Celebrity—front row/interactive seating where you become part of the show $80 (reg. $110), front row $53 (reg. $75), VIP $39 (reg. $52), section 111 & 112 (best seats) $24 (reg. $35).

Intramural Training Directors Hold Summit
Intramural Training Directors Hold Summit

The NIH intramural training directors committee, chartered by NIH deputy director for intramural research Dr. Michael Gottesman, held its first summit recently at the Lawton Chiles International House on campus to develop recommendations on training the scientific workforce of the future. Through monthly meetings and annual summits, the committee supports the training mission of the Intramural Research Program by examining and developing training policies on timely and important topics.

Branch Provides Emotional Support to Patients, Caregivers

The diagnosis of a brain tumor elicits many different and sometimes difficult emotions, not only for the patient, but also for members of the patient’s family who are affected by the disease. To help patients and their caregivers cope, the National Cancer Institute’s Neuro-Oncology Branch (NOB) has expanded its emotional support services to include a combined patient/caregiver group, a caregiver-only group and a patient-only support group.

The NOB brain tumor support group provides an environment and an opportunity for patients, families and friends to express their feelings and learn new ways to manage all aspects of this disease. Each group meets monthly. Neuro-Oncology Branch patients who are interested in joining a group can contact Nancy Garren at (301) 496-6380 or email her at for more informatio

NCI Launches Interactive Cancer Control Community of Practice

On Feb. 23, the National Cancer Institute launched Research to Reality (R2R) on the Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. portal. R2R is an online community of practice that links cancer control practitioners and researchers, providing opportunities for discussion, learning and the sharing of evidence-based practices, resources and tools. The R2R community facilitates partnerships and strengthens collaborations among individuals and organizations engaged in cancer control and prevention. R2R has several interactive features, including monthly cyber-seminars, discussion forums, featured partners, community profiles and an events calendar. To join the community and the conversation or to learn more, visit

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