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Vol. LXIV, No. 23
November 9, 2012

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Informatics Lecture Series Features Cooper

The National Library of Medicine Informatics Lecture Series will feature “Machine Learning of Patient-Specific Predictive Models from Clinical Data,” by Dr. Gregory Cooper on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 2 to 3 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

Cooper is a professor of biomedical informatics and of intelligent systems at the University of Pittsburgh, where he has been a faculty member since 1990. He is best known for his research on Bayesian networks, especially work on learning. The talk will demonstrate that patient-specific modeling can improve the prediction of clinical outcomes.

Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Ebony Hughes, (301) 451-8038, or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339). For more information about the event, contact Dr. Jane Ye, (301) 594-4882,

Workshop on Safety Tests for Pertussis Vaccines, Nov. 28-29

NIEHS, National Toxicology Program and Food and Drug Administration scientists will join other scientific experts from around the world this fall to consider improved methods and approaches for safety testing of vaccines that protect against pertussis. The “International Workshop on Alternatives to the Murine Histamine Sensitization Test (HIST) for Acellular Pertussis Vaccines: State of the Science and the Path Forward” will take place Nov. 28-29 at the Natcher Conference Center. Register by Nov. 16 for this free workshop at

FAES Announces Spring 2013 Courses

The FAES Graduate School at NIH announces the schedule of courses for the spring 2013 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. Advance studies in technology transfer and public health are also being offered.

Classes will begin the week of Jan. 28. Online and mail registration is Nov. 13-Dec. 28. An open house, at which registration will be accepted, will be held at the FAES Social and Academic Center on Jan. 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. Walk-in registration will be held Jan. 15-23. Tuition is $145 per credit hour and courses may be taken for credit or audit.

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

Conference on ‘Sustainable Laboratories’

The Division of Technical Resources, Office of Research Facilities is sponsoring the international 2012 conference “Sustainable Laboratories: Choosing the Right Equipment” in Natcher Auditorium, Dec. 13-14.

The conference will host experts on a variety of laboratory equipment used in biomedical research, animal facilities and health care facilities. The conference will address energy conservation applications in the laboratory in conjunction with choosing “green” equipment that is compatible with ongoing research and building operation. Participants will learn about energy-efficient technologies and solutions that are available when they purchase new or replacement equipment for their facilities.

Registration is free, but seating is limited. Online registration can be found at

Varmus Addresses NCI Town Hall Meeting

Dr. Harold Varmus

NCI director Dr. Harold Varmus (l) appeared at a town hall meeting hosted by the trans-NCI extramural awareness group (TEAG) recently at the Neuroscience Center in Rockville. He spoke on scientific priorities for NCI, the scientific program leadership committee and its role in the grant approval process, the importance of program staff as the second level of review, the need to address diseases at all levels and uncertainties in the budget for fiscal year 2013. Varmus also engaged in a question-and-answer session with the audience about scientific and financial challenges. “The extramural staff greatly appreciated the opportunity to hear from the NCI director on his vision for the institute and to address questions to him in the open forum,” said Dr. Sonia Jakowlew, a program officer in the Center for Cancer Training who chairs TEAG.

STEP Forum on HIV/AIDS, Nov. 20

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science in the Public Health forum on the topic “HIV/AIDS: Have We Conquered the Demon?” on Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon in Natcher Conference Center, Rms. E1-E2.

Optimization of HIV prevention strategies remains one of our greatest scientific challenges. This forum will present an update on HIV prevention and control as we continue toward realization of an AIDS-free generation.

Introducing HeartWalk at NIH

April Lewis

April Lewis, R&W fitness and wellness intern, stretches in front of one of the HeartWalk logos before she starts her run. Bright red HeartWalk logo stencils have been placed in 1/10-mile increments all over the NIH campus on our most traveled sidewalks. Count 10 logos and you have traveled approximately 1 mile. Whether you use the marked routes for walking, running, jogging or rolling, remember that wellness at NIH means “Taking Our Own Best Advice!” The program is sponsored by the Office of Research Services’ Division of Amenities and Transportation Services. For more details, updates, a map of the HeartWalk and information on all things wellness, go to






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