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Vol. LXVII, No. 13
June 19, 2015
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Briefs

Grad, Professional School Fair Set, July 15

The NIH Graduate & Professional School Fair will be held on Wednesday, July 15 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Natcher Conference Center. The fair provides an opportunity for NIH summer interns (especially those in college) and postbacs, as well as other college students in the D.C. area, to prepare for the next step in their careers by exploring educational programs leading to the Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., M.D./Ph.D. and other graduate and professional degrees. More than 150 colleges and universities from across the U.S. will send representatives of their grad schools, medical and dental schools, schools of public health and other biomedically relevant programs to the fair in the hopes of recruiting NIH trainees.

The day will also include workshops on getting to graduate and professional school, M.D./Ph.D. programs, interviewing and careers in public health, psychology and dentistry. Exhibits will be open from 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

A list of participating institutions planning to attend and registration information can be found at https://www.training.nih.gov/gp_fair.

Julius Presents Daly Memorial Lecture

On May 27, NIH hosted the 6th annual John Daly Memorial Lecture featuring Dr. David Julius (r) of the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. His lecture, “TRP Channels and Pain: From Physiology to Atomic Structure,” discussed the power of natural products to reveal the molecular mechanisms behind how we feel, sense and touch. The lecture is given in memory of Dr. John Daly, a noted natural products chemist and pharmacologist at NIDDK. Presenting Julius with a plaque of appreciation is NIDDK senior investigator Dr. Ken Jacobson.

On May 27, NIH hosted the 6th annual John Daly Memorial Lecture featuring Dr. David Julius (r) of the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. His lecture, “TRP Channels and Pain: From Physiology to Atomic Structure,” discussed the power of natural products to reveal the molecular mechanisms behind how we feel, sense and touch. The lecture is given in memory of Dr. John Daly, a noted natural products chemist and pharmacologist at NIDDK. Presenting Julius with a plaque of appreciation is NIDDK senior investigator Dr. Ken Jacobson.

Photo: Saibal Chakraborty

Musicians Entertain at Children’s Inn

Musicians from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performed for families at the Children’s Inn at NIH on May 28, prior to the families attending the BSO: Tribute to John Williams concert later that evening at Strathmore Music Center. The event was sponsored by the XA Project, a non-profit charity named in memory of 9-year-old Xavier Atienza.Inspired by Xavier’s extraordinary life and spirit, his father Dr. Audie Atienza, a senior behavioral scientist at the National Cancer Institute, created the XA Project to provide opportunities for children facing life-threatening illnesses and their families to experience the wonder, beauty and joy of dance, theater, music and other artistic performances.

Musicians from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performed for families at the Children’s Inn at NIH on May 28, prior to the families attending the BSO: Tribute to John Williams concert later that evening at Strathmore Music Center. The event was sponsored by the XA Project, a non-profit charity named in memory of 9-year-old Xavier Atienza.Inspired by Xavier’s extraordinary life and spirit, his father Dr. Audie Atienza, a senior behavioral scientist at the National Cancer Institute, created the XA Project to provide opportunities for children facing life-threatening illnesses and their families to experience the wonder, beauty and joy of dance, theater, music and other artistic performances.

A Colorful Encounter at the Inn

Families at the Children’s Inn at NIH had a surprise visit from Orchid, a 7-foot tall purple crayon, on May 22. The visit was one of the stops on a 3-week, 13-city “Splash of Color” road trip. In each city, Crayola Experience showers a child or a group of children with a big dose of color and creativity in an effort to inspire kids who need it most. Enjoying Orchid’s visit to NIH are Jacob and Liam Sneed (age 2) from Eunice, La.

Families at the Children’s Inn at NIH had a surprise visit from Orchid, a 7-foot tall purple crayon, on May 22. The visit was one of the stops on a 3-week, 13-city “Splash of Color” road trip. In each city, Crayola Experience showers a child or a group of children with a big dose of color and creativity in an effort to inspire kids who need it most. Enjoying Orchid’s visit to NIH are Jacob and Liam Sneed (age 2) from Eunice, La.

StoryCorps Trailer Visits Campus

You’ve got to admit it, there’s something about an Airstream trailer—particularly when it’s parked on the sidewalk in front of the Clinical Center—that speaks of passages, journeys, arrivals. This trailer belongs to StoryCorps, a national oral history project that returned to campus this spring (they were also here last December) to tape sessions of NIH’ers in conversation with one another. The iconic aluminum trailer served as a collection point for stories May 27-29 and June 4-6. Among those seen signing up for sessions: NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci and NIAID deputy director Dr. Clifford Lane.

You’ve got to admit it, there’s something about an Airstream trailer—particularly when it’s parked on the sidewalk in front of the Clinical Center—that speaks of passages, journeys, arrivals. This trailer belongs to StoryCorps, a national oral history project that returned to campus this spring (they were also here last December) to tape sessions of NIH’ers in conversation with one another. The iconic aluminum trailer served as a collection point for stories May 27-29 and June 4-6. Among those seen signing up for sessions: NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci and NIAID deputy director Dr. Clifford Lane. To learn more, visit www.nih.gov/about/storycorps/.

Photo: Rich McManus


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