It’s Eff, En, Ell

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By Ken Michaels, Staff Writer

The other day, in a discussion about implementing new branding standards for the name change to Frederick National Laboratory, Frank Blanchard, our public affairs director, related to me that he had recently been asked, “So how exactly do I pronounce FNL?” His answer was, “Eff, en, ell.” Why? Because FNL is not an acronym.

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Porter Takes Reins of the FNL Green Team

Portrait of Melissa Porter

Melissa Porter, Administrative Manager, Office of Scientific Operations

Courtesy of the FNL Green Team

Melissa Porter, who recently joined the staff of Craig Reynolds, Ph.D., director, Office of Scientific Operations, as administrative manager, has stepped forward to lead the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNL) Green Team in its efforts to promote a “green” work environment. “I am excited to lead the FNL Green Team and have been impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment of the FNL Green Team,” Porter said.

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The Employee Diversity Team Needs You!

Uncle Sam pointing his finger.

By Andrea Frydl, Guest Writer

The Employee Diversity Team (EDT) is looking for bright, talented, and committed Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNL) employees—both government and contractor—who want to share in the team’s mission.

EDT’s mission is to create opportunities, sponsor activities, and develop outreach and educational initiatives to:

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CRADAs: They're Not Just for NCI Anymore

Two hands shaking.

By Karen Surabian, Thomas Stackhouse, and Jeffrey Thomas, Contributing Writers, and Bruce Crise, Guest Writer

Advancing scientific discovery is increasingly dependent on diverse and innovative partnerships, and the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) is an essential tool for establishing partnerships. CRADAs allow a federal laboratory to enter into collaborative research and development (R&D) projects with outside parties (commercial or nonprofit).

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Student Intern Lands Top Prize in National Science Competition

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Sam Pritt, left, with Michael Reitermann, a member of the Siemens Foundation Board of Directors. Courtesy of Sam Pritt

By Ashley DeVine, Staff Writer

Student intern Sam Pritt’s interest in improving geolocation led him to develop a project that won a top regional prize at the Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology in November.

Pritt was awarded a $3,000 college scholarship, and he competed in the national competition in early December.

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Senator Mikulski Notes Exciting Endeavors at ATRF

A group of people sitting around a table.

The tour group takes a break for conversation at the ATRF. From Left: Barry Gause, M.D., Dave Bufter, Atsuo Kuki, Ph.D., Harold Varmus, M.D., and Senator Barbara Mikulski.

By Andrea Frydl and Kristine Jones, Guest Writers, and Ken Michaels, Staff Writer

On October 10, U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski and Congressman Chris Van Hollen, both from Maryland, toured the Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF), accompanied by NCI Director Harold Varmus, Chief Technology Officer Atsuo Kuki, and other FNL leaders.

Mikulski toured several Maryland scientific and biotechnology organizations recently, and the ATRF was on her list of places to visit.

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