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June 29, 2018
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July 18
11th NIH Graduate & Professional School Fair

The 2018 NIH Graduate & Professional School Fair will be held on Wednesday, July 18 from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Natcher Conference Center. The fair provides an opportunity for NIH summer interns (especially those in college) and postbacs, as well as other college students in the D.C. area, to prepare for the next step in their careers by exploring educational programs leading to the Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., M.D./Ph.D. and other graduate and professional degrees. More than 200 colleges and universities from across the U.S. are sending representatives of their graduate schools, medical and dental schools, schools of public health and other biomedically relevant programs in hopes of recruiting NIH trainees.

The day will also include workshops on getting to graduate and professional school; M.D./Ph.D. programs; interviewing; and careers in public health, computational biology/bioinformatics, psychology and dentistry. Exhibits will be open from 9:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

A list of institutions planning to attend and registration information can be found at https://www.training.nih.gov/gp_fair.

July 11
Taljaard Speaks in Disease Prevention Series

Dr. Monica Taljaard

The Office of Disease Prevention will hold a Mind the Gap webinar with Dr. Monica Taljaard about stepped wedge cluster randomized design. It takes place at 11 a.m. on July 11.

The presentation will explain the unique characteristics of the stepped wedge cluster randomized design and its implications for sample size calculation and analysis and discuss its strengths and weaknesses compared to traditional designs.

Taljaard is a senior scientist in the clinical epidemiology program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and associate professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa. She has a Ph.D. in epidemiology and biostatistics from Western University and her main research interests are in the design, analysis and ethics of cluster randomized trials.

She will accept questions during the webinar via WebEx and Twitter. Use the hashtag #NIHMtG.

To register visit https://nih.webex.com/nih/onstage/g.php?MTID=ea32481d1330dfa1395a42633f2603441.

Fogarty’s Glass Receives Carter Humanitarian Award

The 2018 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award was presented to Fogarty International Center director Dr. Roger Glass (c) by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) on May 10. Glass was recognized for his “lasting contributions to improving children’s health worldwide, including novel scientific research for the prevention of gastroenteritis from rotaviruses and noroviruses.” Also shown are NFID president Dr. Walter Orenstein (l) with Dr. Mathuram Santosham of Johns Hopkins University, who nominated Glass for the award.
The 2018 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award was presented to Fogarty International Center director Dr. Roger Glass (c) by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) on May 10. Glass was recognized for his “lasting contributions to improving children’s health worldwide, including novel scientific research for the prevention of gastroenteritis from rotaviruses and noroviruses.” Also shown are NFID president Dr. Walter Orenstein (l) with Dr. Mathuram Santosham of Johns Hopkins University, who nominated Glass for the award.


NIDA Staff Receive Awards from CPDD

Dr. Ivan Montoya Dr. Kenzie Preston
NIDA honorees Dr. Ivan Montoya and Dr. Kenzie Preston

NIDA Division of Therapeutics and Medical Consequences acting director Dr. Ivan Montoya has received the J. Michael Morrison Award from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), the oldest and largest organization in the world dedicated to advancing a scientific approach to substance use and addiction disorders.

The award is given every other year for outstanding contributions in the area of scientific administration related to substance use and addiction disorders research. The award is named after J. Michael Morrison, a well-liked and respected pharmacologist and research official at NIDA.

CPDD also honored Dr. Kenzie Preston, senior investigator and chief of NIDA’s Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Research Branch, with the Marian W. Fischman Lectureship Award. It was established in 2001 to recognize the contributions of an outstanding woman scientist in drug abuse research and named in memory of Fischman, a respected leader in drug abuse research and an outstanding scientist.

Montoya and Preston were recognized at the CPDD annual meeting on June 10 in San Diego.

Interested in Learning How to Sail?

The NIH Sailing Association (NIHSA)

The NIH Sailing Association (NIHSA), an R&W-supported club, offers a Sailing Basic Training course for NIH employees, contractors, fellows, patients and NOAA employees. The summer course will be offered from July 10 to Sept. 21. For details, visit www.nihsail.org/training/.

The in-class sessions are held on campus; the onboard sessions are held at Selby Bay on the South River near Edgewater, Md. Participants must be able to provide or arrange for their own transportation to both the in-class and onboard sessions.

If you are interested in the course and would like more information, email nihsabasictraining1@gmail.com. If you are an experienced sailor and would like to charter NIHSA boats, contact us about joining the club and doing a check-out sail.

NIHSA is always looking for experienced volunteers to help with both in-class and onboard instruction.

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