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Vol. LXIV, No. 2
January 20, 2012
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Briefs

STEP Forum on Tomorrow’s Scientists

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present an Administrative Strategies forum on the topic “Tomorrow’s Scientists: Will They Be Prepared in 2050?” on Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

New epidemics, new sources of energy, new interventions—who will meet future challenges? Our children and our children’s children; but will they be ready? Only if we engage them and maintain their interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Come join us as we examine the role of NIH, educators and the public in training scientists for the 21st century.

Magazine Lauds Two NIH-Bred Diets

Two diets created by NIH topped U.S. News & World Report’s second annual ranking of the best diet plans overall. Taking first place for the second year in a row was NHLBI’s DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet, followed by the heart institute’s Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) diet.

In its Jan. 3 edition, the magazine rated 25 popular diets, using a panel of 22 experts in diet and nutrition who rated the regimens based on 7 categories including ease of use and effectiveness in promoting weight loss.

“DASH was developed to fight high blood pressure, not as an all-purpose diet,” said the magazine. “But it certainly looked like an all-star to our panel of experts, who gave it high marks for its nutritional completeness, safety, ability to prevent or control diabetes and role in supporting heart health. Though obscure, it beat out a field full of better-known diets.”

Your Guide to Lowering Your Blood Pressure with DASH is available for download at www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/hbp/dash/new_dash.pdf; a 6-page summary can be downloaded at www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/hbp/dash/dash_brief.pdf.

TLC, according to U.S. News, “is a very solid diet plan created by the National Institutes of Health. It has no major weaknesses, and it’s particularly good at promoting cardiovascular health. One expert described it as a ‘very healthful, complete, safe diet.’ But it requires a ‘do-it-yourself’ approach, in contrast to the hand-holding provided by some commercial diets.”

To download Your Guide to Lowering Your Cholesterol with TLC, visit www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/chol/chol_tlc.pdf.

Volunteer to Tutor English at NIH

The Volunteer Program for English Proficiency (VPEP) at NIH is looking for tutors to lead beginner-level classes. Teaching is both low-stress and fun and provides an opportunity to share and interact with NIH housekeeping staff motivated to learn English.

Volunteer instructors do not need to have teaching experience or know another language; they just need a desire to reach out and help. All teaching materials and training will be provided. The only requirement is a commitment to teach class during one lunch period every week. The classes are currently held Monday to Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Bldg. 31 and in the library of Bldg. 10. The program hopes to recruit new volunteers for these sites and also to expand to other buildings on campus and at other NIH sites. If interested, contact Maria G. Hessie (mhessie@niaid.nih.gov) or Rob Rivers (robert.rivers@nih.gov) for more information.

Symposium Addresses Glycoscience, Clinical Practice

The NCI-funded Alliance of Glycobiologists for Detection of Cancer and Cancer Risk will host a symposium on Tuesday, Jan. 24, titled “Interfacing Glycoscience with Disease and Clinical Practice.” It will take place at Natcher Conference Center from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The symposium will highlight key developments in how sugars are used to make complex structures critical for many functions in life. Presentations will emphasize the many ways glycans and their binding proteins influence fundamental biological processes and how these discoveries are advancing medicine.

No advanced registration is required. For an agenda, visit http://glycomics.cancer.gov/meetings-events/20120124. For more information, contact Karl Krueger at (301) 594-1044 or email NCIGlycomicsAlliance@mail.nih.gov.

MIT’s Berger To Give Pittman Lecture, Feb. 1

Dr. Bonnie Berger

Dr. Bonnie Berger, professor of applied mathematics and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and associate member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, will present the annual WALS Margaret Pittman Lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Her topic is “Computational Biology in the 21st Century: Making Sense Out of Massive Data.”

Berger’s major areas of research have been in applying mathematical techniques to problems in molecular biology. In particular, she has focused on four areas: comparative genomics, protein structural motif recognition and discovery, molecular self-assembly and mis-assembly, and functional genomics.

The Pittman Lecture, begun in 1994, is given by a researcher dedicated to advancing and improving the careers of women scientists.

When Nature Is the Painter

When Nature Is the Painter

Is it wrong to find beauty in deterioration? There are a number of fire hydrants on campus where the default artist has become time itself. Sun, cold and moisture work more relentlessly than any virtuoso; what we call “weathering” produces a pleasing variegation in color and texture. Which hue came first on these sun-bitten canisters? We know to whom the final strokes belong.

Photo: Rich McManus











 


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