Best Collaborative Publication Announced during Spring Research Festival Week

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Kamal Saikh, Ph.D., left, and David Waugh, Ph.D., were winners of the 2012 competition for best collaborative publication among NICBR partners.

By Nancy Parrish, Staff Writer

The winner of the 2012 competition for the best collaborative publication was announced on May 7, as part of the lead-up to the Spring Research Festival sponsored by the National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research (NICBR) and the National Cancer Institute at Frederick on May 8 and 9.

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FNLCR Set to Launch Full-Scale Assault on Ras

Ribbon structure

H-Ras structure PDB 121p ribbon showing strands in purple, helices in aqua, and loops in gray. Also shown are the bound GTP analog and magnesium ion. Image from Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ras_subfamily

By Frank Blanchard, Staff Writer

Armed with an array of leading-edge technologies, scientific and technical expertise, and the full backing of the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI’s) scientific advisers, the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR) is preparing to launch a full-scale attack against an intractable problem:  the cancer-causing family of Ras genes.

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Digging Up Local History

Archaeological dig lecture

Volunteers listen to archaeologist Roy Brown discuss how to haft a rock by attaching a bone or stick to a rock, making a tool. Brown’s talk was one of the lunchtime lectures held during the dig. Photo courtesy of Susie Culler.

By Carolynne Keenan, Contributing Writer

In the beginning weeks of summer, Recreation and Welfare (R&W) Club Frederick members experienced a once-in-a-lifetime activity: an archaeological dig in Walkersville, alongside Charlie Hall, Ph.D., Maryland state terrestrial archaeologist.

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Green Team Recognized with HHS Green Champion Award Honorable Mention

Members of the Green Team

Several members of the NCI at Frederick Green Team holding their HHS Green Champion Award honorable mention certificates. Back row, from left, Dolores Winterstein, Melissa Porter, Denise Shelley, and Cheryl Bowman. Front row, from left, Linda Brandenburg and Eckart Bindewald. Not pictured: Thomas Schneider, Howard Young, and former members Chelsey Jahn and Melissa Lambert.

Courtesy of the NCI at Frederick Green Team

The NCI at Frederick Green Team received a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Green Champion Award honorable mention in June for the team’s plant swap initiative, begun in October 2012. 

“The Green Team has been doing a great job this past year, and it is wonderful that their efforts have been recognized by the HHS through the Green Champion Awards,” said Craig Reynolds, Ph.D., director of the NCI Office of Scientific Operations (OSO). 

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New Website Helps You Find What You Need

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The NCI TTC’s redesigned website provides an inviting, user-friendly environment.

By Karen Surabian, Contributing Writer

The National Cancer Institute’s Technology Transfer Center (NCI’s TTC) recently launched a redesign of its website. New graphics, color scheme, and updated features provide a user-friendly environment for finding information related to technology transfer at NCI.

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NICBR-Sponsored Spring Research Festival Set for May 8 and 9

Ant in gravel

The fungus-growing ant, Apterostigma dentigerum, is the theme of this year’s Spring Research Festival. Courtesy of Michael Poulsen.

By Ashley DeVine, Staff Writer

For the first time, the Spring Research Festival (SRF), scheduled for May 8 and 9, will be sponsored by all of the agencies that are part of the National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research (NICBR).

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