Announcements

HISTORY OF MEDICINE LECTURES FOR 2014

Tuesdays, 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Lister Hill Auditorium or Visitor Center (Building 38A)
All lectures are free and open to the public.
For more information: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/happening/lectures/lectures_2014.html

The lecture series of the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) History of Medicine Division promotes awareness and use of NLM and other historical collections for research, education, and public service in biomedicine, the social sciences, and the humanities.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014: The 2014 James H. Cassedy Memorial Lecture
: ”Anatomy Acts and the Shaping of the American Medical Profession’s Social Contract,” Dale Smith (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
); NLM Lister Hill Auditorium
Tuesday, September 2, 2014: “Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection,” Julia Hallam (University of Warwick); NLM Lister Hill Auditorium
Wednesday, October 8, 2014: “Early Latin American Medicine in the NLM Collections,” Michael North (head, NLM’s Rare Books and Early Manuscripts Section); NLM Visitors’ Center
Wednesday, November 5, 2014: “Antibiotic Pasts and Futures: Seven Decades of Reform and Resistance,” Scott Podolsky (director of Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Library, Harvard University); NLM Visitors’ Center
Monday, December 1, 2014: “Surviving and Thriving: The Making of an Exhibition,” Jennifer Brier (director and associate professor, Gender and Women’s Studies/History, University of Illinois-Chicago), guest curator, “Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture.” Lister Hill Auditorium


NIH GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL FAIR

Wednesday, July 16
9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Exhibits will be open 10:00 a.m.–2:15 p.m.
Natcher Conference Center (Building 45)
Register at https://www.training.nih.gov/gp_fair

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. There will be representatives from the graduate schools, medical and dental schools, schools of public health, and other biomedically relevant programs of more than 150 outstanding colleges and universities that hope to recruit NIH trainees. There will also be workshops on getting into graduate and professional school, M.D.–Ph.D. programs, interviewing, and careers in public health, psychology, and dentistry. New this year: a diversity discussion series. A list of participating institutions can be found at the registration Web site.


EMPOWERMENT SEMINAR “THINK BIG OR STAY WHERE YOU ARE”

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Wilson Hall (Building 1)
Facilitator: Cynthia Dunn, Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Internal Revenue Services (IRS)

This seminar will provide tools for your career-development toolkits. The training will cover the importance of taking control of your career as well as the benefits of having an individual development plan, mentors, and shadowing and detail assignments. The training will also address how to identify barriers that may impede your ability to move forward in your career development and how to discover strategies for overcoming those obstacles. This event is sponsored by Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion’s Black, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and Native American Portfolios. Sign language interpreters will be provided. For more information, contact Victoria Gross (Victoria.Gross@nih.gov or 301-451-0746) or call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.


MEDICAL SCIENTIST TRAINING PROGRAM 50TH ANNIVERSARY SYMPOSIUM

Thursday, July 17, 2014
8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Masur Auditorium (Building 10)
Registration is free; for details visit: http://meetings.nigms.nih.gov/?&id=18184

For the past 50 years, the NIGMS Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) has been preparing physician–scientists to conduct both basic-science and clinical research. This symposium will mark the milestone anniversary of this premier M.D.–Ph.D. training program and will feature research talks by current and former MSTP trainees as well as remarks by NIH Director Francis Collins, Association of American Medical Colleges President and CEO Darrell Kirch, and other leaders. The symposium will also be videocast live at http://videocast.nih.gov.


FIFTY YEARS OF THE GENETIC CODE:

A Symposium to Honor the Legacy of Marshall Nirenberg

Thursday, July 31, 2014 |
8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
The New York Academy of Sciences (New York)
For details and to register (registration is not free): http://bit.ly/1ovBiCq

This symposium honors the legacy of Nobel Laureate Marshall Nirenberg (1927–2010), who spent his entire scientific career at NIH and won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1968 for deciphering the genetic code. The symposium will be held on the 50th anniversary of Nirenberg’s landmark presentation (at the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology meeting in New York, July 31, 1964) of a method to identify all 64 codons that make up the genetic code. The deciphering of the code opened a universe of opportunity in scientific and medical discoveries. The cutting-edge work of other scientists at the frontiers of today’s ongoing research resulting from the code’s deciphering will be showcased. Speakers will explore the current state of knowledge of the genetic code and the use of the many tools and principles within the field of chemistry to probe the molecules and cellular processes, the flow of genetic information from DNA to RNA to protein, as well as the broader impacts of the application of this knowledge in therapeutic areas such as cancer, Alzheimer disease, and age-related cognitive decline. A panel of experts will focus on the legal, ethical, and social considerations that surround applications of the genetic code. For more information, visit the Web site, call 212-298-8600, 
or e-mail nyas@nyas.org.


SUMMER POSTER DAY 2014

Thursday, August 7, 2014
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Natcher Conference Center (Building 45)

Come and see the summer interns’ posters and find out about their research projects at NIH and help them to practice their communication and networking skills. Investigators, staff scientists, and scientific administrators can make an important contribution to Summer Poster Day by visiting posters and engaging their authors in discussion. For more information, visit https://www.training.nih.gov/summer_poster_day.


INTERNATIONAL EXPO 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
NIH FAES Education Center (Building 10)
For more information: https://www.training.nih.gov/international_expo_2014

The 9th International Opportunities Expo and career event, sponsored by the Visiting Fellows Subcommittee of the NIH Fellows Committee, focuses on opportunities for postdoctoral fellows and graduate students interested in pursuing international science careers. Meet and network with science and technology representatives to explore research, funding, and international career opportunities. Representatives from embassies, funding agencies, and globally minded science and health organizations will be on hand to answer questions and promote their programs and resources. Whether you are searching for a job or at the beginning of your training, the expo provides the opportunity to gather the information that can help you prepare for your international career.


NIH LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE

Wednesday, September 10
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
NIH Library (Building 10)
Check for event updates: http://nihlibrary.nih.gov/Pages/openhouse_2014.aspx

Library staff are excited about the upcoming open house because we truly are “Your Partner in Research.” Mark your calendar now because you will not want to miss a single demonstration of new technology and services that can help you accomplish more and do it faster and better. Check the Web site often because we will add the schedule of offerings such as hands-on three-dimensional printing, bioinformatics software demonstrations, tips for getting published, and presentations by vendors and our expert staff. See you soon.


WALS RETURNS IN SEPTEMBER

Most Wednesdays, 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Masur Auditorium (Building 10)

The 2014–2015 Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS) starts September 3 with Andrew Feinberg, M.D., M.P.H. (director of the Center for Epigenetics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine). The 2014–2015 schedule is coming together and, when completed, will be posted at http://wals.od.nih.gov.


INTRAMURAL AIDS TARGETED ANTIVIRAL PROGRAM (IATAP)

Application launch date: August 1, 2014
Application deadline: September 16, 2014

In this era of tightened budgets, it’s nice to know that one funding source remains viable. The review committee for the IATAP program will consider new research projects for FY2015 and FY2016. Proposals should be concerned with the development of targeted antivirals for HIV, structural and functional studies of HIV proteins, or closely related areas in the molecular and cell biology of HIV. Please note that the program’s funds are intended to encourage development of new projects by investigators who may not otherwise work in these areas and are not meant to fund existing AIDS research activities normally carried out by your institute. For more information, contact IATAP Scientific Director William Eaton (eaton@helix.nih.gov or 301-496-6030) or Jackie Roberts (robertsjm@od.nih.gov or 301-496-1921).


NIH RESEARCH FESTIVAL

September 22–24, 2014

FAES Academic Center (Building 10)

Masur Auditorium (Building 10)

Find out what’s going on in NIH research: Attend lectures, minisymposia, poster sessions, the vendor tent show, and more during this week-long festival. For more information and schedules, visit http://researchfestival.nih.gov or contact Jacqueline Roberts at 301-594-6747 or robertsjm@od.nih.gov.

POWERFUL PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLIC SPEAKING

September 12, 2014
9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
6001 Executive Blvd., Rockville, Md.
Registration required; tuition: $570

Conveying information in a concise and compelling manner is critical, particularly for scientists. You can have outstanding research prowess, exceptional critical thinking, a lengthy list of publications, and an impressive C.V.; however, as you aim for success as a leader in your field, either as a supervisor of others or as a thought leader, you must continually work to sharpen and enhance your communication skills to give you that competitive edge. Having strong communications and interpersonal skills, some would argue, is critical to accomplishing scientific pursuits. Presenting your research effectively and building and influencing relationships are also essential hallmarks of communications in influencing the world around you, building your leadership skills, and becoming a scientific thought leader. The best way to sharpen your public-speaking and presentation skills is by practicing and taking courses to enhance your existing communications skills. The NIH Training Center (NIHTC) offers this course to help scientists and others enhance their communications skills and learn to convey information in a concise and compelling manner. In this experiential workshop, which is limited to 12 participants, you will practice your skills, learn techniques for reducing anxiety, and receive guidance on how to organize, prepare, and practice for presentations. In addition, you will explore how to effectively address audience questions, handle hostile or distracting audience members, and increase your confidence in public speaking at small and large meetings. You will be videotaped and your performance critiqued by the coach and your fellow participants in a supportive and safe learning environment. You will also receive a copy of your videotaped presentation. For more information and to register, visit http://trainingcenter.nih.gov/ShowDetails.aspx?cidv=NIHTC4006-FY14 or contact the NIHTC at 301-496-6211 or training1@od.nih.gov. Other NIHTC workshops include “Handling Difficult Conversations,” “Successful Conflict Resolution,” “Managing Up: Communicating with Your Boss,” and “Managing Effective Meetings.” For a complete catalog of trainings, visit http://trainingcenter.nih.gov/Default.aspx.


FAES GRADUATE SCHOOL

Fall Term Registration: July 15–September 5, 2014
Late Registration until September 30
For information and to register: www.faes.org/grad or registrar@faes.org

The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) Graduate School offers more than 120 undergraduate- and graduate-level courses, most of which are held in the evenings on the main NIH Bethesda campus. Courses are credit-bearing and are in such fields as biochemistry, bioinformatics, biology, chemistry, epidemiology, genetics, immunology, mathematics, medicine, microbiology, pharmacology, public health, statistics, technology transfer, toxicology, MCAT Review, GRE, English as a Second Language, boot camp for university teaching, and more. FAES also offers advanced studies in public health and in technology transfer. Courses are open to the NIH community, other federal employees, and the general public. Tuition: $150-$450 per course. For class schedules and other details, visit www.faes.org/grad, or e-mail registrar@faes.org, or call 301-496-7976. The FAES office is located in Building 10, Room 1N241 (close to Masur Auditorium).