Reminder: Medical Surveillance Forms Must Be Up-to-Date

Doctor and patient review a report together.

Nurse Practitioner Deborah Schuchardt (right) reviews a recent lab report with Shyam Sharan, a participant in the Medical Surveillance Program.

By Theresa Bell, Guest Writer​

If you work in a laboratory, or you have contact with animals or animal materials, you work with human biomaterials or infectious agents, or you are exposed to radiation or other hazards in your day-to-day duties, you should be enrolled in the appropriate medical surveillance program.

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Working Out Works for Shawn Kelly

Shawn Kelly exercises on an elliptical machine at the ATRF

Shawn Kelly lost 20 pounds after 11 months of working out at the ATRF Wellness Center. He is shown here on one of the elliptical trainers at the Center.

By Nancy Parrish, Staff Writer

When Shawn Kelly found out last year that he had high blood pressure, he was determined to do something about it. Luckily for Kelly, an instrumentation technician III, Facilities Maintenance and Engineering, he works at the Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF), where he can take advantage of the gym there, known as the Wellness Center.

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New, More Authentic Model for AIDS Will Accelerate Studies

Jeff Lifson, M.D., director of the AIDS and Cancer Virus Program

Jeff Lifson, M.D., director of the AIDS and Cancer Virus Program

By Frank Blanchard, Staff Writer, and Jeff Lifson, Guest Writer

Researchers are working to develop a more authentic animal model of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and AIDS that is expected to speed up studies of experimental treatments and vaccines.

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Creating Start-up Companies around NCI Inventions

Driving Innovation in Breast Cancer (Breast Cancer Startup Challenge) graphic.

By Karen Surabian, Thomas Stackhouse, and Rose Freel, Contributing Writers, and Rosemarie Truman, Guest Writer

The National Cancer Institute (NCI), led by the Technology Transfer Center (TTC),  the Avon Foundation, and The Center for Advancing Innovation have partnered to create a “first-of-a-kind” Breast Cancer Start-up Challenge.

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New Hires at the National Cancer Institute at Frederick

NCI, Leidos, and DMS logos.

Forty-nine people joined the facility in September and October 2013.

The National Cancer Institute welcomes…

Aamir Akram
Clarissa Alexander
Robert Buckheit
Brian Chan
Kelly Dempsey
Christopher Descalzi
Ahmed Fahim
Devikala Gurusamy
Jaewoo Hong
Rhushikesh Kulkarni
James Shaum
Dionysios Watson
Yuheng Xi
Yi Xiang
Thomas Zengeya

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A Few Words about Words

Oil painting of William Shakespeare.

William Shakespeare, 1564–1616, playwright, poet, actor, wrote “Hamlet” between 1599 and 1602 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamlet).

By Ken Michaels, Guest Writer

In Shakepeare’s play “Hamlet,” Polonius inquires of the prince, “What do you read, my lord?” Not at all pleased with what he’s reading, Hamlet replies, “Words, words, words.”1

I have previously described the communication model in which a sender encodes a message and then sends it via some channel (or medium) to a receiver, who decodes the message and, ideally, understands what was sent. Surely the most common way of encoding a message is in choosing the most appropriate words for the listener or reader.

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