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March 10, 2017
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Pi Day Events Include Lecture by MIT’s Berger, Mar. 14 in Porter Bldg.

NIH will mark the occasion of Pi Day, Tuesday, Mar. 14, with a series of events celebrating the intersection between the quantitative and biomedical sciences. Pi Day is an annual international celebration of the irrational number Pi, 3.141592...

MIT’s Dr. Bonnie Berger is guest speaker at Pi Day.
MIT’s Dr. Bonnie Berger is guest speaker at Pi Day.

A highlight will be a lecture by Dr. Bonnie Berger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, titled “Mathematics of Biomedical Data Science,” from 1 to 2 p.m. in Rm. 620/630 of the Porter Bldg. The last two decades have seen an exponential increase in genomic and biomedical data, which are outstripping advances in computing power. Extracting new science from these massive datasets will require not only faster computers; it will require algorithms that scale sublinearly in the size of the datasets.

Berger is the Simons professor of mathematics at MIT with a joint appointment in computer science. After beginning her career working in algorithms at MIT, she was one of the pioneer researchers in computational biology and, together with the many students she has mentored, has been instrumental in defining the field. She continues to lead efforts to design algorithms to gain biological insights from recent advances in automated data collection and the subsequent large data sets drawn from them. She has received numerous honors, including election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

View the full NIH Pi Day program at https://nihpiday.nih.gov/index.html.

Management Intern Program Unlocks New Career Paths

Have you heard of the NIH Management Intern (MI) Program? This is a highly competitive, 2-year career-development program for current NIH employees. MIs come from a variety of job backgrounds, including both scientific and administrative fields. Recent MIs have joined the program from positions as diverse as intramural program specialist, police officer, contract specialist, high-voltage electrician and extramural support assistant.

MIs rotate through different administrative career fields to gain invaluable insight into NIH while contributing to the work of the agency through targeted assignments and challenging projects. After 2 years and upon completion of the program, MIs transition into an administrative-management career in one of many areas throughout NIH.

Although the hiring freeze has also frozen recruitment of MIs, you can learn more about the program, including how to contact MI program staff or current MIs or hear about future program dates by visiting https://trainingcenter.nih.gov/intern/mi/.

FAES Announces Endocrinology Course

The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences at NIH is holding its 2017 Endocrinology Review and Update Course Sept. 11-15. The course will prepare participants for the American Board of Internal Medicine endocrinology certification and recertification examinations.

The class will provide details on how to evaluate and apply new treatments in the diagnosis of endocrine disorders and to identify the risks and benefits of each treatment. The course will provide case studies as examples of examination questions. Participants will learn cost-effective approaches to clinical, laboratory and radiologic diagnosis of endocrine disease with emphasis on recent advances.

The week-long review will cover presentations and problem sets from experts in the field. Speakers include Dr. Francesco Celi of VCU Medical Center, Dr. Beverly Biller of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Electron Kebebew of NCI and Dr. Kristina Rother and Dr. Lee Weinstein, both of NIDDK.

Participants can earn up to 37 CME (continuing medical education) credits. Registration is required. Visit https://faes.org/events/endocrinology-board-review-and-update-course-2017.

New Members of NLM Board of Regents

The National Library of Medicine board of regents welcomed three new members at its recent meeting. They are:

Jane Blumenthal, associate university librarian for health sciences and director of the Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan. A past president of the Medical Library Association, she has more than 30 years of experience in information and library services.

Dr. Eric Horvitz, managing director and technical fellow at Microsoft Research. His research focuses on principles of machine intelligence and leveraging the complementarities of human and machine reasoning.

Dr. Gary Puckrein, executive director of the National Minority Quality Forum in Washington, D.C., which strengthens efforts to use evidence-based, data-driven initiatives to eliminate premature death and preventable illness for racial and ethnic minorities and other special populations. He created and launched Minority Health Today, which served clinicians practicing in minority communities.

NLM director Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan (c) and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy (second from l) welcome new board of regents members (from l) Dr. Eric Horvitz, Jane Blumenthal and Dr. Gary Puckrein.
NLM director Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan (c) and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy (second from l) welcome new board of regents members (from l) Dr. Eric Horvitz, Jane Blumenthal and Dr. Gary Puckrein.

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