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Vol. LXIV, No. 4
February 17, 2012

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STEP Forum on Disaster Response

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science in the Public Health forum on the topic “Disaster Strikes—Responses from NIH and Beyond…,” on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 9 to 11 a.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

Hurricanes, tsunamis, quakes and tornadoes—who is there to pick up the pieces? From Katrina to Haiti, NIH first responders and their humanitarian partners have been on the ground providing relief, acute care and long-term follow-up. Come to this forum to learn what your colleagues and others do and how you can help when the next disaster strikes.

HHSinnovates: Vote Today!

Between now and Feb. 24, you can vote for the best ideas in the HHSinnovates awards competition. Innovations from across HHS, including NIH, that improve the way we do business have been submitted and are now in the semi-final round of the competition. Based on votes cast by the HHS community, six finalists will be presented to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius; she will select the top three for recognition at an awards ceremony in the spring.

You can view the innovations submitted to HHSinnovates and cast your vote by going to  

Vote today and see what innovative ideas your colleagues have already put into practice.

NIH Rare Disease Day, Feb. 29

NIH will recognize Rare Disease Day on Wednesday, Feb. 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Patients, visitors and staff are welcome to attend presentations and participate in activities in the Clinical Center’s Masur Auditorium, supported by the NIH Office of Rare Diseases Research, the Clinical Center, other institutes and centers, the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Orphan Product Development, the National Organization for Rare Disorders and the Genetic Alliance.

Attendance is free and open to the public. In association with the Global Genes Project, all attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite pair of jeans. For more information, including details on registration and an agenda, visit

Orioles and Nationals Ticket Sale

The R&W will once again offer tickets to the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals. Orioles tickets go on sale Tuesday, Mar. 6 in Bldg. 31, Rm. B1W30 (outside the R&W gift shop) at 8 a.m. Available are two regular season tickets (2 seats behind first base—section 14BBB seats 7-8). You may buy one set of tickets the first time through the line. After the initial line ends you may come back through again to purchase additional tickets.

Nationals tickets go on sale on Thursday, Mar. 8 outside the Bldg. 31 R&W gift shop, also at 8 a.m. R&W has 2 seats in section 219, row D. The process to purchase tickets will be the same as for Orioles tickets. You must be a 2012 R&W member to buy tickets. Membership is $7 for the year and can be purchased at the same time you get tickets.

Circus Premiere Night Benefits Charities

The 15th annual Children’s Premiere Night with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will once again benefit the NIH children’s charities. The 141st edition of “The Greatest Show on Earth” comes to the Verizon Center on Wednesday, Mar. 14, hosted by the NIH R&W. A free pre-show starts at 6 p.m. and the circus starts at 7. Over the years, the event has treated more than 25,000 deserving children to the circus. R&W has a goal to fill the Verizon Center with friends and family. Tickets available include Circus Celebrity—front row/interactive seating where you become part of the show $80 (reg. $110); front row $55 (reg. $75); VIP $40 (reg. $55); section 111 & 112 (best seats) $24 (reg. $35). Purchase your ticket at the R&W activities desk in Bldg. 31, Rm. B1W30 or call (301) 496-4600. Orders can be placed for tickets at any R&W store.

Weather Info at a Touch

Weather Info at a Touch

Wondering where to go for quick information about whether NIH is open for business during inclement weather? Over on the For Employees site of the NIH home page (top right corner of the page, at, there is a weather info button at weatherinfo.htm. The first item links to OPM’s operating status and schedules page. You can tell at a glance what to do if the flakes are flying. There are other useful features at the For Employees site. On the top left, a section includes links to ITAS, Payroll Calendars, Help Desk, campus shuttle schedule, campus maps and other items. There is a Popular Links section, a searchable database of employee-related links called Browse Links and a What’s New section for news about upcoming NIH employee-related events. Bookmark these useful sites today.

NIDDK’s Yang To Give Mider Lecture

Dr. Wei Yang

Dr. Wei Yang, section chief of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, will present the annual G. Burroughs Mider Lecture at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Her talk is “Genome Integrity and Cancer Prevention: Molecular Mechanisms of DNA Repair.”

Yang’s research focus is the study of mutagenic processes in genomic DNA. She is particularly interested in DNA recombination, repair and replication. Her group specifically examines the molecular mechanisms involved in mismatch repair, translesion DNA synthesis and V(D)J recombination.

The Mider Lecture is presented by an NIH intramural scientist in recognition of his or her outstanding contributions to biomedical research. The lecture series was established in 1968 in honor of the first NIH director of laboratories and clinics.

NIH-Duke Training Program in Clinical Research

Applications are being accepted for the 2012-2013 NIH-Duke Training Program in Clinical Research. The program is designed primarily for physicians and dentists who desire formal training in the quantitative and methodological principles of clinical research. Courses are offered at the Clinical Center via videoconference. Academic credit earned by participating in this program may be applied toward satisfying the degree requirement for a master of health sciences in clinical research from Duke University School of Medicine. The degree requires 24 credits of graded course work plus a research project for which 12 units of credit are given. The program is designed for part-time study, allowing the student to integrate the program’s academic training with his or her clinical training.

Applications are available via email from Benita Bazemore in the Clinical Center’s Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education at Additional information regarding coursework and tuition costs is available at

Enrollment in the program is limited. Interested individuals should inquire with their NIH institute/center regarding funding for participation in the program. Email queries about the program may be addressed to The deadline for applying is Apr. 15. Successful applicants will be notified by July 1.

OMAR Is Assumed into ODP

Owing to organizational changes in the NIH Office of Disease Prevention, the resources, staff and key activities of the Office of Medical Applications of Research (OMAR), located in ODP, were combined with ODP, its parent office, as of Jan. 10.

According to a note from NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, “This strategic organizational change will help to strengthen ODP’s leadership and coordination of the NIH disease prevention research activities while realizing considerable operational efficiencies. NIH Consensus Development Conferences are expected to be held less frequently and, when held, will focus on topics of highest impact and public health importance.”

Two OMAR activities will continue under ODP leadership: Medicine in the Media course and Medicine: Mind the Gap seminar series. The NIH Consensus Development Conference: Diagnosing Gestational Diabetes Mellitus, sponsored primarily by NICHD, will be held on Oct. 27-29. State-of-the-Science conferences will no longer be conducted.

If you have questions or comments about the changes, contact Dr. Paul Coates, acting director, Office of Disease Prevention (

Coyote Decoys Appear on Campus

Coyote Decoys Appear on Campus

In an effort to manage the goose population on campus, coyote decoys have been placed strategically to scatter the untidy creatures. This decoy was seen on the Bldg. 1 lawn on Jan. 31. No telling where he’ll turn up next.

Photo: Laura Stephenson Carter

Sailing Association Open House, Feb. 23

The NIH Sailing Association invites everyone to its open house on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the FAES House at the corner of Old Georgetown Rd. and Cedar Ln. Explore your interest in learning to sail and discover all the opportunities for sailing with the NIHSA. There will be information about 6-week basic training classes, the club’s racing program and social activities offered by NIHSA. A fee of $5 at the door includes pizza and snacks. Cash bar for beer and wine. Look for NIHSA posters and flyers around campus. For more information, visit

Trent Lectureship Features Vogelstein, Feb. 29

Dr. Bert Vogelstein

The 10th annual Jeffrey M. Trent Lectureship in Cancer Research will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29 in Natcher Bldg.’s Kirschstein Auditorium. The presenter is Dr. Bert Vogelstein, Clayton professor of oncology and pathology and director of the Ludwig Center for Cancer Genetics & Therapeutics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He also is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. His topic is “Cancer Genomes and Their Implications for Basic and Applied Research.”

Vogelstein was the first researcher to elucidate the molecular basis of a common human cancer. His work on colorectal cancers forms the paradigm for much of modern cancer research, with profound implications for diagnostic and therapeutic strategies in the future.

Vogelstein attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with distinction in mathematics. He obtained his medical degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and performed his residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Following his clinical training, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, focusing on the development of new approaches to study human cancers.  

Vogelstein has received numerous awards recognizing his pioneering studies on the pathogenesis of human cancers. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. According to the Institute for Scientific Information, Vogelstein is currently the most highly cited scientist in the world.

NHGRI established the Trent Lectureship in 2003 to honor its founding scientific director.

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