Student Intern Lands Top Prize in National Science Competition

Two men holding an award.

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.


Senator Mikulski Notes Exciting Endeavors at ATRF

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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.


Robert Blumenthal: More than 40 Years at FNL

Portrait of Robert Blumenthal

Robert Blumenthal, Ph.D., retired in May 2012 after more than 40 years at NCI; he served as director of the Center for Cancer Research Nanobiology Program during his last seven years at FNL.

By Carolynne Keenan, Guest Writer

Robert Blumenthal, Ph.D., is a nanotechnology and cell membrane expert at Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNL)—just as you would imagine someone with more than 40 years of experience in biomedical research would be.

Blumenthal started his career as a principal investigator (PI) at NCI in Bethesda, but since 1997, he has called FNL (formerly NCI-Frederick) his home.


FNL: Marking the First 40 Years

Facility sign with map.

This sign (photo taken circa 1991) shows the facility’s name when it was the Frederick Cancer Research Facility; this name change occurred in December 1981.

By Carolynne Keenan, Guest Writer

Forty years ago, a single act by former President Richard Nixon created what we now know as the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNL) at Fort Detrick. What began as a small facility with a staff of about 20 people in the early 1970s grew into the multi-facility, nationally distinguished laboratory for cancer research that it is today.


Water-Cooled Data Center Packs More Power Per Rack

A man with network racks.

The network racks in the foreground house all of the Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide Area Network hardware. The fiber cables from the 17 ATRF LAN closets, the storage systems, and the servers are fed through the overhead cable trays into the network racks and connected. The racks in the background contain 2 petabytes of tier-two and -three disk storage.

By Frank Blanchard and Ken Michaels, Staff Writers

Behind each tall, black computer rack in the data center at the Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF) is something both strangely familiar and oddly out of place: It looks like a radiator.

The back door of each cabinet is gridded with the coils of the Liebert cooling system, which circulates chilled water to remove heat generated by the high-speed, high-capacity, fault-tolerant equipment.


New Location Improves Efficiency

Two women talking.

Jennifer Troyer (left), a senior scientist in the Laboratory of Molecular Technology, consults with Courtney Silverthorn, an IP specialist, in the atrium of the ATRF. The SAIC-Frederick IP Office often works with scientists from the Advanced Technology Program.

By Nancy Parrish, Staff Writer

The physical proximity of the SAIC-Frederick Intellectual Property (IP) Office to the NCI Technology Transfer Center (NCI-TTC) is one of the many benefits of being at the Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF), according to Courtney Silverthorn, Ph.D. Being in one location “has increased the effectiveness of both informal communication and formal meetings. We have already brainstormed solutions for several issues in the hallway during an informal chat,” said Silverthorn, an SAIC-Frederick IP specialist.