FAES Enhances Bio-Trac Program, Drops Prices
The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences is expanding its Biotechnology Laboratory Training Program to better serve the needs of NIH trainees.
The former Bio-Trac program, now called BioTech, has been incorporated into FAES’s training and conference department. FAES has cut prices by 50 percent for NIH fellows, postbacs and postdocs and looks forward to enrolling more trainees from all NIH institutes.
FAES also now offers scientific management training classes including: 3-Day Scientific Management/Supervisory Training; 3-Day Project Management for Scientists; and 3-Day Leadership Skills for Scientists classes. Each is aimed at helping scientists develop their management and business skills for the biotechnology industry.
NIH trainees and professionals wishing to register for any FAES training class may enroll at www.faes.org. Click on the Training/Conferences banner or contact the FAES training department at (301) 496-7975.
NIEHS Hosts IOM Workshop on Exposures, Obesity, Mar. 2-3
NIEHS will host the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research and Medicine workshop “The Interplay Between Environmental Exposures and Obesity.” It will be held Mar. 2-3 at NIEHS in Research Triangle Park, N.C., and will be webcast for those unable to attend in person.
Speakers will make links between exposure to environmental chemicals and increased incidence of weight gain, glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, inflammation and aspects of metabolic syndrome in animal models and human studies. Closing panels will discuss opportunities for new research and possible policy actions to address exposure to chemicals associated with the development of obesity. For more information and to register, visit www.iom.edu/Activities/Environment/EnvironmentalHealthRT/2015-MAR-02.aspx.
Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Accepts Applications
NIGMS’s Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) program is accepting applications through Mar. 17. PRAT fellows conduct research in scientific areas within the NIGMS mission while in an NIH intramural research program (IRP) lab. Before applying, applicants must identify a potential preceptor in the NIH IRP and develop a research proposal.
PRAT fellows receive 3 years of stipend support and additional benefits such as health insurance, a travel allowance and professional development training activities, including a monthly seminar series designed specifically for the fellows.
For more information about the program, see www.nigms.nih.gov/Training/Pages/PRAT.aspx or contact Jessica Faupel-Badger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NIH Philharmonia Donates to NIH Charities
|The NIH Philharmonia recently presented a check for $10,000 to NIH Charities from generous audience donations. Holding the outsize contribution are Nancia D’Alimonte, conductor and music director, and Randy Schools, president of the NIH Recreation & Welfare Association.
Garcia-Cazarin Named To SACNAS Board
Dr. Mary L. Garcia-Cazarin, scientific advisor at the Office of Disease Prevention’s Tobacco Regulatory Science Program, began service on the board of directors of the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science on Jan. 1. Based in Santa Cruz, Calif., SACNAS is a national nonprofit organization with an over 40-year history of fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano & Native American scientists—from college students to professionals—to attain advanced degrees, careers and positions of leadership in science. Prior to taking her ODP post in May 2014, Garcia-Cazarin was an American Association for the Advancement of Science science and technology policy fellow in the Office of Dietary Supplements, where she performed portfolio analyses of dietary supplements and botanical ingredients, with a focus on identifying research gaps.
Rare Disease Day Event Set, Feb. 27
Rare diseases affect an estimated 25 million people in the United States. On Friday, Feb. 27, NIH will recognize Rare Disease Day with activities to raise awareness about these diseases, the challenges patients face and the importance of research collaborations. Sponsored by NCATS and the Clinical Center, the free event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Speakers include Congressman Leonard Lance (R-NJ), co-chair of the Rare Disease Caucus; NIH director Dr. Francis Collins; NCATS director Dr. Christopher Austin; and CC director Dr. John Gallin. The day also will feature tours; posters and exhibits; and presentations on successful team and community building, the critical role of technology transfer and strategic alliances and NCATS’s Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network advances. Visit https://events-support.com/events/NIH_Rare_Disease_Day to view the agenda and register. Follow the event on social media at #RDDNIH.