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Vol. LXV, No. 19
September 13, 2013
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‘Adventures in Biology’ Seeks Speakers

Adventures in Biology, a series of evening lectures at NIH for high school students, will begin its fourth season this October and is seeking volunteer speakers from the NIH community. The program explores selected topics in biology that are not covered in the usual high school curriculum and that are chosen by the speakers. The goal of AIB is not just to present science facts, but to introduce students to the process, drama and excitement of scientific discovery. AIB is administered as a 4H program and is not sponsored by NIH, although NIH supports its educational goals. The program will take place on campus on Wednesday evenings, 6-7:30, from October through March.

Last year’s AIB sessions included talks on the Human Genome Project, human evolution, dog genes, how we hear, fruit fly development and aging. Speakers included volunteers from NIH, the Food and Drug Administration and the Smithsonian Institution. Students went on field trips to the Smithsonian and to an industrial biopharmaceutical plant.

Interested in volunteering? Contact Dr. Juhong Liu (juhong.liu@fda.hhs.gov) or Dr. Ed Max (edward.max@fda.hhs.gov) to learn more about topics planned for the course and the format for the lectures. Students interested in attending the program should contact Daniel Liu at ddl14049@gmail.com.

NIGMS To Host Symposium on Modeling Disease Spread, Sept. 23

NIGMS will host a symposium, “Modeling for Science and Policy,” on Monday, Sept. 23 to mark the 10th anniversary of its Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS), a collaborative network of scientists who use computational, statistical and mathematical models to understand infectious disease dynamics. The free event is open to all and will take place in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A. You can also watch the symposium remotely (live or later) via NIH Videocast at http://videocast.nih.gov.

The program will feature short talks by MIDAS researchers on modeling for scientific understanding, preparedness planning and health policy decision-making. Among diseases to be discussed are flu, Middle East respiratory syndrome, drug-resistant TB and MRSA. For details and to register, visit http://meetings.nigms.nih.gov/index.cfm?event=home&ID=17117.

OMB Director Pays Call on NIH

On Aug. 26, Sylvia Mathews Burwell (r), director of the Office of Management and Budget, visited NIH, getting a tour of the Clinical Center and the Children’s Inn at NIH. Present during her CC visit were (from l) Mary Fischietto, OMB program examiner; NIH director Dr. Francis Collins; Ellen Murray, HHS assistant secretary for financial resources; and NINDS director Dr. Story Landis.

On Aug. 26, Sylvia Mathews Burwell (r), director of the Office of Management and Budget, visited NIH, getting a tour of the Clinical Center and the Children’s Inn at NIH. Present during her CC visit were (from l) Mary Fischietto, OMB program examiner; NIH director Dr. Francis Collins; Ellen Murray, HHS assistant secretary for financial resources; and NINDS director Dr. Story Landis.

Photo: Ernie Branson

Grad Student Research Conference Set, Oct. 6-8

The National Graduate Student Research Conference (NGSRC) is scheduled for Oct. 6-8 in conjunction with NIH Research Festival. Conference events will be held at the Clinical Center’s newly renovated Student/Faculty Academic Center as well as at Natcher Conference Center. A total of 90 graduate students from across the U.S. will come to campus for this NIH-sponsored scientific meeting. These future leaders will have the opportunity to share their own research and learn about scientific advances being made in the NIH Intramural Research Program. NIH investigators will have the opportunity to recruit conference participants to join their research groups as postdoctoral fellows. Conference attendees will be selected competitively from an applicant pool of more than 500.

The NGSRC agenda includes career/professional development workshops, a panel of former NIH trainees discussing their career trajectories and NIH Research Festival poster sessions that give conference participants the opportunity to present and discuss their graduate research. NIH investigators and current postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to visit the posters to discuss potential collaborations and new research directions and learn first-hand about novel techniques and approaches that could enhance their investigations. For more information visit https://www.training.nih.gov/events/recurring/nih_national_graduate_student_research_festival.

NIAMS Holds Roundtable on Role of Inflammation in OA

(front, fourth from r) and staff, including Drs. Joan McGowan (front, third from l), Bernadette Tyree (front, fourth from l) and Gayle Lester (front row, third from r).

NIH grantees, clinicians and patients recently met with NIAMS leadership and staff to discuss how findings from basic, translational and clinical osteoarthritis (OA) research can be combined with recent advances in inflammation research to enhance understanding of the early processes involved in the initiation and onset of disease. The discussion prompted possible avenues for interventions to prevent or delay OA development. Part of the institute’s scientific planning process, the full-day roundtable addressed topics including the impact of inflammation, the evidence for activation of inflammation in the development of OA and the relationship of inflammation to pain and other pathogenic pathways in the disease. The group also discussed how interventions during the initial injury of a joint and the ensuing healing process might influence the later development of OA. Participants included NIAMS deputy director Dr. Robert Carter (front, fourth from r) and staff, including Drs. Joan McGowan (front, third from l), Bernadette Tyree (front, fourth from l) and Gayle Lester (front row, third from r).

APAO Donates to Children’s Inn at NIH

(from l) Laura Wong, APAO secretary; Mary Zhang; Lauren Stabert, representing the inn; Donna Wells; Shioko Kimura; Xinzhi Zhang, APAO president; and Chuan-Ming Li. The inn provides “a place like home” to more than 1,500 children and their families each year who participate in research at NIH. The NIH Asian and Pacific Islander American Organization (APAO) recently donated $500 from the proceeds of its Ethnic Food Fair to the Children’s Inn at NIH. Each year, APAO organizes this event in May on the patio of Bldg. 31 with food, performances and activities to celebrate Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. Shown at the gift presentation are (from l) Laura Wong, APAO secretary; Mary Zhang; Lauren Stabert, representing the inn; Donna Wells; Shioko Kimura; Xinzhi Zhang, APAO president; and Chuan-Ming Li. The inn provides “a place like home” to more than 1,500 children and their families each year who participate in research at NIH.


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