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October 21, 2016
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Symposium, Lecture Honor NIAID’s Paul, Nov. 7 in Masur

Dr. William E. Paul
Dr. William E. Paul

On Nov. 7, NIH will honor the memory of Dr. William E. Paul, who passed away on Sept. 18, 2015, after having battled acute myeloid leukemia as well as B cell lymphoma. Paul had been chief of the Laboratory of Immunology, NIAID, beginning in 1970 at age 34 until his death.

Paul will be remembered annually through an NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series talk named in his honor. The first William E. Paul WALS lecture will be given by Dr. Laurie Glimcher at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 as part of a one-day symposium sponsored by the NIH immunology and cytokine interest groups. Other speakers include Drs. Mark Davis, Ron Germain, Harold Varmus and Anthony Fauci.

Paul’s groundbreaking contributions to the immunology field, including the discovery of interleukin-4, were demonstrated in more than 600 publications over half a century. He also played an important role in the establishment of the NIH Vaccine Research Center while he was director of the NIH Office of AIDS Research.

To register for the day-long event, visit https://ncifrederick.cancer.gov/events/WilliamPaulMemorial/default.asp.

Quartet’s 28th NIH Season Under Way

The Manchester String Quartet recently opened its 28th season at NIH. There are 7 remaining dates in the 2016-2017 season, all Mondays at 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

Future concert dates:

Oct. 24 Schubert Quintet in C Major (1828)

Nov. 21 Tchaikovsky Quartet #1 in D Major, Opus 11 (1871)

Dec. 12 Brahms Quartet in c minor, Opus 51 #1 (1873)

Jan. 23, 2017 Dvorak Quartet in E flat Major, Opus 51 (1879)

Feb. 6 A sampler of miniatures

Mar. 6 Dvorak Quartet in F Major, Opus 96 American (1893) & Ives Quartet #1 (1896)

May 1 Schoenberg Transfigured Night (1899)

The series is supported by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences. For reasonable accommodation, contact Sharon Greenwell at (301) 496-1776 or sg115f@nih.gov.

NIH’ers Staff Race Medical Tent

Annually, on the weekend after Labor Day, the Montgomery County Road Runners Club sponsors the Parks Half Marathon, which finishes in downtown Bethesda. This year’s medical tent was staffed by NIH volunteers, along with other area hospital volunteers. Shown are (from l) Dr. Stephanie Goff, Maureen George RN (department of perioperative medicine), Dr. Marjorie Perloff (NCI), Susan Redwood RN (nursing department- ICU), Karen Holcombe RN (DPM), tent director Dr. Julia Labovsky (DPM) and Martha Shepherd CRNA (DPM). “Race day was quite warm,” said George, “so the medical tent was busy. In spite of the brisk pace, the NIH volunteers enjoyed giving back to the community.”
Annually, on the weekend after Labor Day, the Montgomery County Road Runners Club sponsors the Parks Half Marathon, which finishes in downtown Bethesda. This year’s medical tent was staffed by NIH volunteers, along with other area hospital volunteers. Shown are (from l) Dr. Stephanie Goff, Maureen George RN (department of perioperative medicine), Dr. Marjorie Perloff (NCI), Susan Redwood RN (nursing department- ICU), Karen Holcombe RN (DPM), tent director Dr. Julia Labovsky (DPM) and Martha Shepherd CRNA (DPM). “Race day was quite warm,” said George, “so the medical tent was busy. In spite of the brisk pace, the NIH volunteers enjoyed giving back to the community.”

NIH Veterans Day Celebration, Nov. 9

Join military and public health service colleagues in celebrating Veterans Day on Wednesday, Nov. 9 in Kirschstein Auditorium, Natcher Bldg. from 10 to 11 a.m. The event will include a military band, exhibits from veteran-oriented and uniformed services organizations and more. All are invited. NIH veterans and families of veterans are especially encouraged to attend.

This year’s keynote speaker is Rear Admiral (ret.) Annie B. Andrews, who currently serves as assistant administrator for human resource management at the Federal Aviation Administration. Andrews’ decorated naval career spanned more than three decades and included tours of duty in the Pentagon, the Naval War College and the Naval Recruiting Command.

Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Byron Williams at williamsbj3@mail.nih.gov or (301) 496-5624 and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339). To find out more about how veterans contribute every day to the NIH mission, visit https://jobs.nih.gov/veterans/vrf.htm.

Community College Day Set, Oct. 28

Community College Day 2016 will be held on Friday, Oct. 28 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Natcher Conference Center. Hosted by the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education, the event provides community college students and faculty an opportunity to visit NIH and learn about careers/training opportunities in biomedical fields. Register at https://www.training.nih.gov.

NIH Showcases ‘Super Suit’ at White House Fashion Show

Dr. Michele A. Lobo (l), director of the Super Suits Program at the University of Delaware, and Dr. Alison Cernich, director of NICHD’s National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, show off one of Lobo’s Super Suit designs, developed with NCMRR support.

Dr. Michele A. Lobo (l), director of the Super Suits Program at the University of Delaware, and Dr. Alison Cernich, director of NICHD’s National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, show off one of Lobo’s Super Suit designs, developed with NCMRR support. The modified onesie is a lightweight “exoskeleton” to help boost upper body movement in children with developmental difficulties. Lobo and Cernich featured the Super Suit during the White House Design for All Showcase in September. The event was a fashion show that celebrated inclusive design, assistive technology and prosthetics. Cernich, who gave the closing remarks, announced the launch of the NIH Research Rehabilitation Plan.


Next Protocol Navigation Lecture, Oct. 24

The IRP Protocol Navigation Training Program Seminar Series will host a lecture to be held Monday,
Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. The program is a trans-NIH effort to
develop resources and tools and to provide training for intramural staff and contractors involved in
protocol development, writing, coordination and management. Shirley Rojas from NIH’s Office for Human
Research Protections will present “Reliance Agreements and NIH Human Research Protections Program
Requirements for Collaborative Research.” For more information, contact Marcia Vital, (301) 451-9437,
vitalm@mail.nih.gov.

NIGMS To Host ‘Cell Day’ Web Chat
Dr. Michele A. Lobo (l), director of the Super Suits Program at the University of Delaware, and Dr. Alison Cernich, director of NICHD’s National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, show off one of Lobo’s Super Suit designs, developed with NCMRR support.
NIGMS director Dr. Jon Lorsch (c) and institute staff members answer questions from students during Cell Day.

PHOTO: SOMA CHOWDHURY

On Thursday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., NIGMS will host Cell Day. This interactive web chat, focused on the cell, is geared toward middle and high school students but open to all. During last year’s event, 23 NIGMS scientists fielded more than 300 questions about cell biology, biochemistry, research careers and related topics. To learn more about Cell Day, view past transcripts and register for the event, see www.nigms.nih.gov/cellday.








Workshop Details Pathways to NIH Leadership

In partnership with the NIH Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the NIH Training Center, the NIH chapter of the Federal Asian Pacific American Council will host a leadership training workshop in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10, on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. The purpose is to increase awareness of NIH leadership training opportunities and encourage participation in career development and advancement.

The workshop features presentations on three NIH leadership programs (mid-level, senior and executive) followed by a keynote speech on communication and leadership development by Dr. Belinda Seto, deputy director of the National Eye Institute. The workshop is open to all NIH employees with leadership aspirations.

It will be live-streamed at https://videocast.nih.gov. Registration is free and available at https://respond.niaid.nih.gov/conferences/PathwaystoNIHLeadershipWS/Pages/default.aspx.

Individuals who need sign language interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Tyrone Banks at (301) 496-6301 or bankstc@mail.nih.gov or call the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

For more information, contact Dr. Trinh Ly at tly@niaid.nih.gov or Dr. Jian Yang at jian.yang@nih.gov.

NOV. 2
UW’s Mooney To Speak at NLM
Dr. Sean Mooney

The next talk in the National Library of Medicine Informatics Lecture Series, titled “Interpretation of Human Genomes and Identification of Impactful Variants Using Biomedical Informatics,” will be given by Dr. Sean Mooney, professor, department of biomedical informatics and medical education and chief research information officer, UW Medicine, University of Washington, on Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Lister Hill Center Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

Whole exome and whole genome sequencing is continuing to challenge researchers with a wealth of genetic variants of unknown disease effects. Mooney’s group is investigating genomic and proteomic attributes that describe genetic variants in human genome sequences and then using those attributes to predict pathogenic variants that affect protein structure and function, mRNA processing and translation and transcriptional regulation. His team has built the MutPred suite of tools for discovering and characterizing pathogenic and pharmacogenetic variants from whole genome sequencing. Mooney received his B.S. with distinction in biochemistry and molecular biology in 1997 from the University of Wisconsin. He received a Ph.D. in 2001 at the University of California, San Francisco, and then an American Cancer Society John Peter Hoffman fellowship at Stanford University.

Falk Gives Astute Clinician Lecture

Dr. Ronald Falk will give the Astute Clinician Lecture as part of the NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series on Nov. 2 at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. He will present “Perspective on Autoimmunity: A View from the ANCA Vasculitis Looking Glass.” Falk is an internationally recognized physician-scientist whose lifelong career has been the study of autoimmune kidney disease and antineutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibodies, or ANCA, vasculitis. For more than three decades, his research has led to a deeper understanding of the causes and conditions that may lead to the development of ANCA vasculitis. Falk graduated from Dartmouth College and earned his medical degree from the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is currently the Nan and Hugh Cullman eminent professor and chair of the department of medicine at UNC.

The annual Astute Clinician Lecture, established in 1998 through a gift from the late Dr. Robert W. Miller and his wife, honors U.S. scientists who have observed unusual clinical occurrences and opened an important new avenue of research. Sign language interpretation can be provided. For information or accommodation, contact Jacqueline Roberts at (301) 594-6747 or robertsjm@mail.nih.gov, or call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.
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