Graduate & Professional School Fair
The NIH Graduate & Professional School Fair will be held on Thursday, July 14 from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Natcher Conference Center. The fair provides an opportunity for NIH summer interns and postbacs, as well as other college students in the D.C. area, to prepare for the next step in their careers. More than 150 outstanding colleges and universities from across the U.S. will send representatives from graduate schools, medical and dental schools, schools of public health and other biomedically relevant programs to the fair in the hopes of recruiting NIH trainees. Workshops will be held on getting to graduate and professional school, M.D./Ph.D. programs, interviewing, careers in public health, computational biology/bioinformatics, psychology and dentistry. Exhibits will be open 9:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m. For details, visit https://www.training.nih.gov/gp_fair.
Five Honored in Safety Photo Contest
Five NIH’ers—including one who has been honored for each of the 5 years the Office of Research Services’ Division of Occupational Health and Safety has held its In-Focus! Safe Workplaces for All photo contest—were recently recognized for creative images that speak safety to viewers.
In spite of a record number of entries this year, first place was shared by ORF industrial chemist Roger Weidner’s “Hazmat” (below at left) and “Find the Difference,” (at right) a collaboration between NCI’s Dr. Amanda Vandeveer and NCI retiree Diane Poole that challenged viewers to detect subtle differences between two similar images.
Taking second place was “Carpenter Shop” by Bryan Kercher, an ORF engineering technician at Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Mont.
Finishing third, and in his fifth year as an honoree, was NCI’s Dr. Dale Lewis, whose image was titled “Laser Microscope.”
ORS director Dr. Alfred Johnson presented the awards recently at the quarterly meeting of the IC safety and health chairpersons’ committee.
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Volkow Receives Honorary Doctorate
On June 6, NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow was presented with an honorary doctorate of science from Concordia University in Montreal. She received the honor in recognition of her accomplishments in the study of drug addiction. At the convocation ceremony, Volkow addressed graduates and their families about the prescription opioid overdose epidemic. Shown above are (from l) Dr. Alan Shepard, president and vice chancellor of Concordia University; Volkow; David Johnston, governor general of Canada, who also received an honorary doctorate; and Jonathan Wener, chancellor of Concordia University.