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Vol. LXIV, No. 20
September 28, 2012

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Graduate Student Research Conference To Be Held, Oct. 9-10

The National Graduate Student Research Conference will be held at the Natcher Conference Center and Lister Hill Auditorium on Oct. 9-10, in conjunction with the NIH Research Festival.

The conference agenda includes career/professional development workshops, a panel of former NIH trainees discussing their career trajectories and NIH Research Festival poster sessions where participants present their graduate research. For more information visit

NIH Camera Club Holds Contest

The annual open competition of the NIH Camera Club will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Five Star Premier Residences, 8100 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase.

Categories include monochrome prints, color prints, color slides and digital images. Entry fee is $2 per image and individuals may enter up to 3 images in each category. There will be cash prizes for the winning images. Instructions for submission can be found at For more information, contact Jordan Snyder at

The Camera Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month (September-June) at 7 p.m. at the Five Star Premier Residences. A guest speaker shares photographic expertise and images and judges photos on topics such as travel, architecture or experimental photography. Joining the Camera Club is a great way to improve your photography, learn about new equipment and techniques and meet friendly people. The Camera Club is an R&W-sponsored organization.

OITE Hosts Community College Day, Oct. 19

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education will host Community College Day on Friday, Oct. 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Natcher Conference Center and Lister Hill Auditorium. The event will provide community college students and faculty an opportunity to visit the campus and learn about careers and training opportunities in biomedical and health care fields. For registration and more information visit

Camp Fantastic Marks 30th Year

Carline Wu, Mackenzie Fortuna, Lindsey Brown, Sophia Dirie and Kelly Hipple Omar Garcia reels in the Big One

A record 112 youngsters recently attended Camp Fantastic, a summer camp for kids with cancer held each August since 1983, with many NIH patients as participants. Above at left, campers (from l) Carline Wu, Mackenzie Fortuna, Lindsey Brown, Sophia Dirie and Kelly Hipple strike a dramatic pose at the camp, located near Front Royal, Va. This year’s camp featured highlights from the past three decades including the Great Snipe Hunt, Bonkers Olympics and an appearance by four of the 1983 charter campers, who attended a memorial tree planting. Above at right, NIH patient Omar Garcia reels in the Big One during the camp’s annual Bruce Bernard Fishing Derby. The National Cancer Institute provides medical support for the camp and the NIH R&W Association assists with administrative and fundraising support.

Combined Federal Campaign Kicks Off, Oct. 4 on Bldg. 1 Lawn

national campaign—“Give Hope" logo

The 2012 NIH Combined Federal Campaign kicks off on Thursday, Oct. 4, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., under tents in front of Bldg. 1. Everyone in the NIH community is invited to attend the event, which will adopt the theme of this year’s national campaign—“Give Hope.”

The kick-off will highlight several charities and feature a number of speakers including NIH director Dr. Francis Collins and Dr. Richard Hodes, director of the National Institute on Aging, which leads the campaign this year for NIH. Dr. Mark Bergel, founder of A Wider Circle, a local organization providing basic necessities, will talk about how employees’ generosity is put to good use. He will be joined by representatives from more than 30 charities, who will be available to share information about their work with communities and individuals in need. The program will be led by Patrick Shirdon, NIA associate director of management.

Lunches will be available for purchase from popular local restaurants, caterers and food trucks including Funnel Fare, Go Fish, Kona Ice, Ledo’s, One 3 Five Cuisine, Thatsalata!, the Slider Barron and Smokey D’s Grilling & Catering.

For more information about the kick-off, the CFC campaign and how to support your favorite charities, visit or contact your keyworker. Join in giving hope to the millions of people, animals, wildlife, natural resources and more served by the NIH CFC.

Research Festival Set, Oct. 9-12

The 2012 NIH Research Festival, the showcase for the NIH Intramural Research Program, will be held Oct. 9-12. The theme is “The NIH at 125: Today’s Discoveries, Tomorrow’s Cures.”

The opening plenary session is Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. It will feature dynamic “TED-style” talks by NHLBI director Dr. Gary Gibbons, Dr. Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz of NICHD and Dr. Ron Germain of NIAID. This will be followed by an even more dynamic “talk” by the late Joseph Kinyoun. The plenary concludes with a history panel discussion with NCI director Dr. Harold Varmus, Dr. Judy Rapoport of NIMH and Dr. William Paul of NIAID, moderated by the Office of NIH History.

Then the action moves to the Natcher Conference Center for posters and concurrent symposia. Other treats this year include a biovisualization exhibit. In 2012, NIH celebrates its quasquicentennial as we trace our roots to Kinyoun’s 1-room Laboratory of Hygiene established in 1887. See the full schedule at

CFC Kick-Off Breakfast, Oct. 10

Eurest Dining Services, in partnership with the Office of Research Facilities and the Office of Research Services, invites you to have a big breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 10 in celebration of the 2012 Combined Federal Campaign kick-off. Between 7 and 9:30 a.m., Eurest will donate 10 percent of total sales to NIH charities. The more you order, the more Eurest donates. So come fill up your plates, get your coffee mugs ready and support CFC. Participating cafeterias and other Eurest Dining Services include: Bldgs. 10 (B1, ACRF and Au Bon Pain in the CRC), 31, 35, 40 (Cyber Café) and 45. For more information, contact Marisa Sheelor at (301) 402-0926.

Fawn Asks Mom, ‘Got Milk?’

young fawn nursing from its mom the fawn is sated and lip-lickingly pleased
NIDDK’s Dr. Eleanor Hoff came across a doe nursing a fawn (above, l) recently. At right, the fawn is sated and lip-lickingly pleased. These photos were taken along the path across the street from Bldg. 1 that leads down the NIH stream and the parking lot in front of Bldg. 21, she said. “Well, it is now fawn season on campus…I was privileged enough to witness a young fawn nursing from its mom—the first time I’d seen that in all the years I’ve been watching the deer at NIH,” she said. “This doe was lucky to just have the one—I saw another doe recently trailing triplets! The deer are another sweet part of life here.”

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