NCI at Frederick Employees Sew for Cancer

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Annie Rogers, Basic Research Laboratory, Center for Cancer Research (CCR), holds a completed pillowcase.

By Carolynne Keenan, Contributing Writer

The R&W Club Frederick hosted a sewing party on Feb. 18 to give employees a chance to help sew pillowcases for children hospitalized for illnesses and cancer treatments. The nonprofit organization ConKerr Cancer provides the pillowcases to children across the country.

Melissa Porter, administrative manager, Office of Scientific Operations, NCI at Frederick, and vice chair of the R&W Club Frederick, said the event went well. While the turnout was lower than expected, 27 pillowcases were completed, she said.


Behind the Scenes, Animal Caretakers and Technical Staff Contribute to High-Quality Research

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By Frank Blanchard, Staff Writer; photos by Frank Blanchard and Richard Frederickson, Staff Photographer

Each day at 6 a.m. the lights pop on inside 18 buildings on the NCI at Frederick campus, illuminating the residential quarters for thousands of research mice. For the mice, it’s the end of their nocturnal day.  For their caretakers, however, the day has just begun.


Using Globus GridFTP to Transfer and Share Big Data

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Sucheta Godbole (left), bioinformatics analyst III, CCR Sequencing Facility Bioinformatics Group, consults with Mark Wance (seated), network architect, Information Systems Program (ISP), and Jeff Rife, systems administrator, ISP, on using the Globus GridFTP service.

By Ashley DeVine, Staff Writer, and Mark Wance, Guest Writer; photo by Richard Frederickson, Staff Photographer

Transferring big data, such as the genomics data delivered to customers from the Center for Cancer Research Sequencing Facility (CCR SF), has been difficult in the past because the transfer systems have not kept pace with the size of the data. However, the situation is changing as a result of the Globus GridFTP project.


Scientists Discover New Possibilities at Scientific Investigators Retreat

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Jim Cherry, Ph.D. (center), tries out the Oculus Rift device, which is being used by ABCC to develop virtual research capabilities. Assisting him (from left) are Raul Cachau, Ph.D., and Yanling Liu, Ph.D., ABCC. 

By Nancy Parrish, Staff Writer; photos by Richard Frederickson, Staff Photographer

Scientists who attended the 2015 NCI Intramural Scientific Investigators Retreat on Jan. 13 had a chance to discuss research results with other investigators from across the National Cancer Institute. And this year, they could also explore new possibilities for the future of their research.


Winter Weather Tips: Understanding Alerts and Staying Safe this Season

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Claudette Gallant, Public Domain Pictures

By Jenna Seiss and Kylie Tomlin, Guest Writers, and Ashley DeVine, Staff Writer

Maryland residents face the possibility of dangerous winter weather each year—from icy conditions to frigid temperatures. You may be familiar with the different types of winter weather alerts issued by the National Weather Service (NWS), but do you know what each alert means?  


R&W Club Frederick Sews for Kids

Two women with pillowcases

Marsha Nelson-Duncan (left), Education Outreach specialist, Office of Scientific Operations (OSO), holds a sewn pillowcase, and Melissa Porter, administrative manager, OSO, displays a variety of fabrics that will be used during the R&W Club Frederick sewing party on Feb. 18.

By Carolynne Keenan, Contributing Writer

Sewing enthusiasts of all skill levels are invited to attend a sewing party hosted by the R&W Club Frederick on Feb. 18. Stop by the Building 549 Café Room between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to sew for a cause: help the club make pillowcases for ConKerr Cancer, a nonprofit organization that supports children in hospitals across the country.