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Vol. LXVI, No. 18
August 29, 2014
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Briefs

‘Adventure in Science’ Seeks Teachers

Adventure in Science (AIS), a nonprofit science education program for children, is planning its 22nd year at NIH and is looking for volunteer teachers. The program, which meets on Saturday mornings October through March in Bldg. 10, is designed to show 8- to 11-year-olds the fun of science using hands-on activities—from building (and launching) model rockets to dissecting frogs.

AIS teachers are mostly volunteers from the NIH community, from postdocs to institute directors. This is a great opportunity to exercise your teaching skills with an enthusiastic audience. You can volunteer for only one Saturday or for several. More information about teaching in AIS can be found at www.adventureinscience.org in the section “About Us.”

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Vathani Arudchandran (Arulvathani.Arudchandran@fda.hhs.gov), Udayan Guha (udayan.guha@nih.gov) or Ed Max (edward.max@fda.hhs.gov). Enrollment is currently full for children in the program beginning in October. Registration for the following year’s program will open next spring and will be announced on the web site.

AIS instructor Rebecca Burgess demonstrates the procedure for staining one’s own cheek cells.

Above, AIS instructor Rebecca Burgess demonstrates the procedure for staining one’s own cheek cells. Below, Farhoud Faraji (l) and Kyle Newby examine the DNA Kyle has prepared from his own cells.

Photos: Da Zhao

Farhoud Faraji (l) and Kyle Newby examine the DNA Kyle has prepared from his own cells.

NIDDK Program Offers ‘Step Up’

Participants from NIDDK’s Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) stand together during the program’s annual campus visit. STEP-UP seeks to increase participation of students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research on a national basis. The 2014 cohort includes 11 Native American students—more than any other year.

Participants from NIDDK’s Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) stand together during the program’s annual campus visit. STEP-UP seeks to increase participation of students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research on a national basis. The 2014 cohort includes 11 Native American students—more than any other year.

Photo: Ernie Branson

ORWH Offers Online Sex/Gender Science Class

The Office of Research on Women’s Health announces its third course in the Science of Sex and Gender in Human Health series. Learn how differences between women and men influence disease manifestation, treatment and outcome. This is the newest CME/CNE/CPE course offering in a series developed by ORWH in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Women’s Health. The series, designed primarily for researchers, clinicians, educators and students in medical, pharmaceutical and nursing schools, is offered online at no cost and is open to the public. Learn more at https://sexandgendercourse.od.nih.gov/.

International Career Event Scheduled, Sept. 9

The 9th International Opportunities Expo and career event, sponsored by the visiting fellows subcommittee of the NIH fellows committee (FelCom), is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 9 in the FAES Education Center, Bldg. 10 from noon to 4:30 p.m. Fellows can meet and network with science and technology representatives to explore research, funding and international careers. Representatives from embassies, funding agencies and globally minded science and health organizations will be on hand to answer questions. For more information, visit https://www.training.nih.gov/international_expo_2014.

Pediatric Sibs Go Behind the Scenes

The 7th annual Sibling Day, held at the Clinical Center and the Children’s Inn, offered brothers and sisters of pediatric patients a behind-the-scenes look at medical research. Hands-on activities took place in the operating room, mock MRI scanner and in a lab setting, along with therapeutic games and art and music activities at the inn.

The 7th annual Sibling Day, held at the Clinical Center and the Children’s Inn, offered brothers and sisters of pediatric patients a behind-the-scenes look at medical research. Hands-on activities took place in the operating room, mock MRI scanner and in a lab setting, along with therapeutic games and art and music activities at the inn. The event is a collaborative effort and helps to provide siblings of pediatric patients special recognition for the important role they play in their siblings’ lives as part of the health care team.

Photo: Maria Maslennikov


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