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Vol. LXVII, No. 16
July 31, 2015
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Briefs

19th Annual Free Outdoor Film Festival

The movie line-up has been announced for the 19th annual Comcast Film Festival, which will take place for 3 nights from Friday, Aug. 21 to Sunday, Aug. 23. The festival is located at the MCPS Board of Education at 850 Hungerford Dr. in Rockville. This year’s festival will be a drive-in, allowing you to watch the movie on a 52-foot-wide screen from the comfort of your car. If you wish to watch the movies on the lawn you can do that too; just bring your blanket and low chairs.

There will be amusements and games, free movies and food and drinks will be available to purchase on site. There will also be a raffle and donations to help raise funds for the NIH Charities (Friends of Patients at the NIH, the Children’s Inn and Camp Fantastic/Special Love). Volunteers—teens and adults—will be needed for one or a few nights.

This year’s films will be:

Aug. 21 How to Train Your Dragon 2 – PG

Aug. 22 Interstellar – PG-13

Aug. 23 Guardians of the Galaxy – PG-13

For details on volunteering email Katie at kcurtis.nih15@gmail.com.

Pacak Wins Endocrinologist Award

Dr. Karel Pacak

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists recently presented Dr. Karel Pacak with its Outstanding Clinical Endocrinologist Award. Pacak is senior investigator in the NICHD section on medical neuroendocrinology. He was recognized for his dedication to patient care and his knowledge of clinical endocrinology. His research involves patients with two rare tumors: pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma. Both tumors can make hormones related to the stress response. Patients with these feel anxious and have high blood pressure. Because such symptoms are common and the tumors are rare, patients may go undiagnosed for years. Pacak’s group does translational research, applying lessons from basic research to learn how to diagnose and treat patients better.



NIGMS director Dr. Jon Lorsch is among the NIH staff members who have been featured in iBiology videos. He has also answered questions from the scientific community during online Q&A sessions that iBiology periodically hosts.
NIGMS director Dr. Jon Lorsch is among the NIH staff members who have been featured in iBiology videos. He has also answered questions from the scientific community during online Q&A sessions that iBiology periodically hosts.

NIH-Funded Video Resource

Whatever your NIH role—scientist, student, writer or many others—you might be interested in iBiology (www.ibiology.org). This online collection of more than 350 free scientific videos includes research lectures on a wide range of topics plus shorter talks focusing on professional development and career advice. Many of the videos feature NIH-funded investigators and some feature NIH staff members.

Long-time NIH grantee Dr. Ron Vale of the University of California, San Francisco, started the project in 2006 to give people around the world the same kind of access to top-notch research seminars that we can experience on the NIH campus nearly every day. iBiology is funded in part by NIGMS.

In addition to watching and linking to iBiology videos, you can volunteer to be a speaker, suggest another speaker or topic or serve as an “iBioAmbassador.”

For details, visit the iBiology web site or email ibiology@ascb.org.

Children’s Inn Appoints Two to Board

The Children’s Inn at NIH recently named two new members to its board of directors: Dr. Robert J. Filippone, vice president, U.S. policy and government relations at Merck, and Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News & World Report.

Filippone and his team represent Merck in Washington, D.C., and are responsible for U.S. policy development and legislative advocacy on Merck’s key federal issues.

Kelly has led the transformation of U.S. News from a traditional print news magazine to a largely digital publishing company with a range of influential products, including the Best Colleges and Best Hospitals rankings.


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