OMBís Akamigbo Visits NIH
|NIH welcomed Dr. Adaeze Akamigbo (at left, c), the new associate director for health programs at the Office of Management and Budget, on Aug. 28. NIH director Dr. Francis Collins greeted her and her assistant Sarah Haile. The group met with other NIH officials in the Clinical Center’s medical board room before touring the laboratory of Dr. Louis Staudt (at right), director of NCI’s Center for Cancer Genomics, who briefed the group on precision medicine in lymphoid malignancies.
Touring the lab of NCI’s Dr. Louis Staudt (r) are (from l) Dr. Adaeze Akamigbo, associate director for health programs at the Office of Management and Budget, HHS senior program analyst Mitchell Goldstein, Collins and senior staff scientist Dr. Art Shaff of NCI’s Lymphoid Malignancies Branch.
Photos: Ernie Branson
Cornhole Becomes ‘Olympic’ Sport
On Aug. 27, the NIH Division of International Services (DIS) played cornhole (above) on the lawn near the Bldg. 31B entrance during their lunch break. Immigration specialist Katie McLaughlin, one of the organizers, said the game was part of a bi-weekly effort called the “DIS Olympics” to encourage teamwork and physical activity. Another organizer, operations coordinator Valerie Martini, said past “Olympic” events have included a basketball free-throw shooting contest and a bocce ball game.
A week later, on Sept. 3, the sport was Frisbee horseshoes, which took advantage of two things: the green, flat grass outside DIS doors, and generous shade provided by Bldg. 31 on a 90-degree day.
Photo: Eric Bock
Global Health Interest Group Holds Annual Symposium
The NIH global health interest group’s annual symposium is set for Thursday, Oct. 15 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. in Natcher Conference Center, Balcony B. The theme is the “Impact of Climate Change on Global Health.”
Weather and climate play significant roles in people’s health. Warmer average temperatures or increases in the frequency/severity of extreme weather events induced by climate change could increase the number of weather-related illnesses and deaths and affect border security over key resources. Join a discussion on how climate change affects all of us. Register at http://bit.ly/1OsKmab.
NLM Announces First Lindberg & King Lecture
The National Library of Medicine will host the first annual Donald A.B. Lindberg & Donald West King Lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The inaugural lecture, which honors recently retired NLM director Lindberg and former NLM deputy director of research and education King, is titled, “Integrating Multi-scale Data for Biomedical Discovery and Clinical Implementation.” It will be given by Dr. Russell Altman of Stanford University. Altman’s primary interests are in the field of bioinformatics. He is particularly interested in the analysis of protein and RNA structure and function, both in an individual problem-centered manner and on a functional genomic scale. He currently serves as a member of the advisory committee to the NIH director.
NIH Community College Day Set
The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education will hold Community College Day 2015 on Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Natcher Conference Center. This event will provide community college students and faculty an opportunity to visit the NIH campus and learn about careers and training in biomedical and health care fields. To register and for more information visit www.training.nih.gov.
NIGMS To Host Cell Day Web Chat
On Thursday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., NIGMS will host Cell Day 2015, a web chat targeted to middle and high school students but open to all. Students from around the country will be able to ask NIGMS scientists questions about cell biology, biochemistry, research careers and other related topics. To join the live chat or get additional information about Cell Day, see http://nigms.nih.gov/cellday.