NCI To Host Immunology Conference, Oct. 4-5
The National Cancer Institute’s Center of Excellence in Immunology is sponsoring the annual conference “Frontiers in Basic Immunology: 2012,” on Oct. 4-5 in Masur Auditorium and Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10.
The conference will host leaders in the field of basic immunology. The program includes recent advances in the field and will provide a forum for discussion on the current understanding of basic immunological mechanisms. Participants will learn about the latest findings in lymphocyte biology and signaling, adaptive and innate immune responses and immunity and disease.
Registration is free, but seating is limited. The deadline for abstract submission is Aug. 17. Online registration and instructions for abstract submission can be found at http://web.ncifcrf.gov/events/Immunology2012.
Safety Award Accepts Nominations
The Mission First, Safety Always Award, presented by the Office of Research Services’ Division of Occupational Health and Safety, showcases NIH personnel who have demonstrated leadership, innovation and involvement in their organization’s safety culture and promoted safety in the workplace. Nominations can be submitted at www.ors.od.nih.gov/sr/dohs.
Nominate a colleague who has demonstrated safety leadership, with practical examples in two or more of the following areas: leadership attributes that set the nominee apart from his or her peers; starting and/or leading a successful safety initiative; engaging peers and transforming the safety culture of the organization; promoting safety as an important part of your program; working to correct unsafe or unhealthful workplace conditions or hazards.
Nominations are open until 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 1. If you have questions, email ORSSafetyDay@mail.nih.gov or send written questions to NIH, OD, ORS, DOHS (Attn: NIH Mission First, Safety Always Questions), Bldg. 13, Rm. 3K04, 13 South Dr., MSC 5760, Bethesda, MD 20892-5760.
NIH Sailing Association Open House
The NIH Sailing Association will hold an open house on Sunday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Selby Bay Sailing Center in Mayo, Md. Explore your interest in learning to sail and discover opportunities for sailing with NIHSA. There will be demonstration sails for adults in the club’s 19-ft. Flying Scot sailboats. This is a good chance to preview the boats and meet the members. Directions can be found at www.recgov.org/sail. The open house includes snacks and drinks for $5 per person. Look for posters and flyers around campus for more information.
Camp Fantastic BBQ Pleases Crowd, Raises Funds
Bumped one day forward due to rain, the 30th annual Camp Fantastic BBQ drew some 400 attendees on June 13, including spirited volunteers (from l) McKenna Murray, Robert Proctor and Nicole Fleck. The event raised $4,000, or enough to send about 6 kids to the week-long August camp for children with cancer. A silent auction held simultaneously was the best yet, according to organizers from NIH’s Recreation & Welfare Association, drawing participants from Frederick as well as the main campus. Items up for bid included a Wii, a vacation getaway, electronics, golf certificates and event tickets. A deejay also entertained customers at the midday lunch held on the Bldg. 31A patio.
Photo: David Browne
Graduate School Fair Set for July 20
The Office of Intramural Training & Education invites summer interns and postbacs to the NIH Graduate & Professional School Fair on Friday, July 20 at the Natcher Conference Center and Lister Hill Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exhibits will be open from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
The fair will provide an opportunity for NIH students from the Washington, D.C., area to prepare for the next step in their careers by exploring educational programs in the biomedical sciences. More than 100 outstanding colleges and universities will be sending representatives from their graduate schools, medical and dental schools, schools of public health and other biomedical programs to the fair.
The event will also include career and professional development workshops. More information can be found at https://www.training.nih.gov/gp_fair.
Who Says ‘No Free Lunch?’
As a reward for finishing first—for the seventh year in a row—in rate of participation in Bike to Work Day, NIH commuter cyclists who registered for the event were treated to a free lunch of pizza, salad, cookies and cold drinks June 20 at Natcher Bldg. cafeteria. On hand to recognize the feat were (above, from l) R&W President Randy Schools; Office of Research Services director Dr. Alfred Johnson; Tom Hayden, associate director, program and employee services, ORS, and acting director of the Division of Amenities and Transportation Services; Dr. Diane Bolton of the NIH Bicycle Commuter Club and Nicholas Ramfos, director of Commuter Connections. NIH had 591 registered participants in BTWD on May 18.
Bolton, who helped organize NIH’s observation of BTWD 2012, expresses her appreciation to attendees, who enjoyed their meal courtesy of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
Photos: Sally McHugh, Rich McManus
Winning ‘Bio-Art’ Images Displayed at NIH
The laboratory-based scientific images of NIH grantees are being featured this summer
in an art exhibit at the Visitor Center in Bldg. 45. The Federation of American Societies
for Experimental Biology (FASEB) selected the winning images in its Bio-Art competition.
Each image includes a 100-word statement in layman’s language explaining its
significance. FASEB believes the images are an important, yet underutilized, resource
in the scientific community’s effort to engage and educate the public and policy makers
about biomedical research. The image above (l) shows a biomaterial scaffold used to
generate replacement cartilage. It was produced by Frank Moutos and Farshad Guilak,
NIAMS grantees at Duke University Medical Center. At right is a micrograph taken by
Douglas B. Cowan, an NHLBI grantee at Harvard Medical School. It shows cells called
myoblasts attached to spherical microcarriers, which allow the growth of adult stem
cells that have been isolated from skeletal muscle. The image was produced in the course
of studies aimed at creating artificial “stem cell factories.” Three of the 10 winning
images are on display in Bldg. 45. Other Bio-Art winners will rotate through both Bldg.
45 and exhibit space in the Clinical Center later this summer.
NCI, Local Cancer Centers Host Community Health Expo
NCI will host a Community Health Expo—Our Families, Our Research, Our
Future on Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Bldg.,
1 Veterans Pl., Silver Spring, Md. The expo is co-sponsored by NCI’s Center to
Reduce Cancer Health Disparities and Center for Cancer Genomics, Georgetown
Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, George Washington University Cancer
Institute, Howard University Cancer Center and Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel
Comprehensive Cancer Center, in partnership with several other national and
community health organizations.
The goal of this family-friendly, free event—geared to those living in the national
capital area of Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia—is to heighten
awareness of how to live a healthy lifestyle and prevent cancer. The event is
unique in that activities, information and resources will be tailored to racially
and ethnically diverse communities, which experience higher-than-average incidences
and death rates from breast, colon, lung and prostate cancers.
The expo will feature a variety of hands-on exhibits that promise to be educational
and appealing to adults and children alike. Attendees will have the
opportunity to listen to scientists present a behind-the-scenes look at cancer
biospecimen research, obtain information on research participation, get free
health screenings, watch healthy cooking and fun physical activity demonstrations,
learn about prevention and treatment of cancer and other diseases and
check out a Youth Science Fair. Scientists and physicians will also be available to
answer questions and offer guidance about careers in science and health.
For more information, contact Dr. Mary Ann Van Duyn at MaryAnn.VanDuyn@
nih.gov or (301) 496-8589, or visit www.cancermeetings.org/expo2012.
FAES Announces Fall 2012 Courses
The FAES Graduate School at NIH announces the schedule of courses for the fall 2012 semester. The majority of the evening classes sponsored by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences will be given on the NIH campus.
Courses are offered in biochemistry, bioinformatics, biology, biotechnology (daytime courses), chemistry, immunology, languages, medicine, microbiology, pharmacology, statistics, technology transfer, alternative medicine, GRE and courses of general interest. Certificates in technology transfer and public health programs are also being offered.
It is possible to transfer credits earned towards degree work at other institutions with their approval.
Classes will begin the week of Sept. 10. Online registration is now through Aug. 17 and mail registration ends Aug. 17. Walk-in registration will be held Aug. 27-Sept. 5 and at an open house at the FAES Social and Academic Center on Aug. 21 from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuition is $145 per credit hour and courses may be taken for credit or audit. Courses that qualify for institute support as training should be cleared with supervisors and administrative officers as soon as possible. Both the vendor’s copy of the training form (SF-182) and the FAES registration form must be submitted at the time of registration.
Catalogs are available in the graduate school office in Bldg. 60, Suite 230; the Foundation Bookstore in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1L101; and the business office in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1C18. To have a catalog sent, call (301) 496-7976 or visit www.faes.org.