Spring Research Festival Features Visit from FCPS Superintendent

By Ashley DeVine, Staff Writer; Photos by Richard Frederickson and Joe Meyer, Staff Photographers
People discussing research at a poster.

Eliza Davis (right), an NCI at Frederick student intern, discusses her scientific poster with Terry Alban, superintendent, Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS), and Mike Markoe, deputy superintendent, FCPS.

One of the highlights of the 19th annual Spring Research Festival (SRF), held May 4–7, was a visit from Terry Alban, Ph.D., superintendent of Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS), and Mike Markoe, deputy superintendent, FCPS.

They toured the event on May 7, talking to researchers and students about their posters. “Dr. Alban was very interested in hearing what the Werner H. Kirsten students were presenting at their posters,” said Andrea Frydl, public affairs specialist, Office of Scientific Operations, NCI at Frederick. “Many WHK students are also FCPS students, some of whom Dr. Alban and Dr. Markoe knew personally.” Alban tweeted (@FCPSMDSuper) photos and information about four of the students whose posters she visited during the tour.

On May 6 and 7, the SRF featured more than 200 posters describing the scientific research of the partner agencies of the National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research (NICBR), the sponsor of the event.

The week of events also included the NICBR Scientific Symposium on May 4, which was open to all postdoctoral fellows, postbaccalaureates, technical staff, and graduate students working for NICBR partner agencies. Twenty-six researchers spoke about topics such as the molecular characterization of cancer, cancer treatment and target discovery, and new therapeutic tools.

The NICBR Research Collaboration Forum on May 5 invited speakers who had worked on a collaborative project between two or more NICBR partners at Fort Detrick. This year’s collaborations spanned the spectrum of biological research, and talks were given on dengue virus, Middle East respiratory syndrome, and human papillomavirus. Each of the presenters was a winner of last year’s Scientific Interaction Subcommittee (SIS) collaborative project award program. The award program provides up to $10,000 to each winner to use toward scientific research materials. After the collaboration forum, the NICBR partners hosted a special afternoon Ebola Virus Mini Symposium, in which speakers described research related to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

More than 20 researchers provided brief overviews of their SRF posters at the Poster Blitz on May 6.

On May 6 and 7, the Spring Research Festival featured more than 200 posters describing the scientific research of National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research partner agencies.Rebecca Matthews, Werner H. Kirsten student intern (right), was filmed by reporter Mallory Sofastaii as part of a WHAG-TV video highlighting the Spring Research Festival. Lanessa Hill, public affairs specialist, U.S. Army Garrison, provides some media coaching.Scientific poster presentations and exhibits were part of the Spring Research Festival.Spring Research Festival, 2015Spring Research Festival, 2015Spring Research Festival, 2015Spring Research Festival, 2015Spring Research Festival, 2015Spring Research Festival, 2015Spring Research Festival, 2015Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) Superintendent Terry Alban speaks to NCI at Frederick student intern Dominique Brown about Brown’s poster.Spring Research Festival, 2015(From left) Terry Alban, superintendent, FCPS; Mylen Perez, NCI at Frederick student intern; Mike Markoe, deputy superintendent, FCPS; Jim Cherry, scientific program director, NCI at Frederick; and Marsha Nelson-Duncan, education specialist, NCI at Frederick.Craig Reynolds (center), associate director, NCI, greets Mike Markoe, deputy superintendent, FCPS, as Markoe toured the Spring Research Festival. Also pictured are (from left) Jim Cherry and Marsha Nelson-Duncan.Spring Research Festival, 2015Spring Research Festival, 2015Spring Research Festival, 2015Spring Research Festival, 2015Spring Research Festival, 2015James Crowe, director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, was the keynote speaker at the Scientific Symposium, sponsored by the National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research, on May 4.Defne Bayik, NCI, presenting at the Scientific Symposium, sponsored by the National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research, on May 4.Nadia P. Castro, NCI, presenting at the Scientific Symposium, sponsored by the National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research, on May 4.Valerie Huse, USAMRIID, presenting at the Scientific Symposium, sponsored by the National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research, on May 4.James Crowe presenting at the Scientific Symposium, sponsored by the National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research, on May 4.Elizabeth Andrews, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases, presenting at the the Research Collaboration Forum, sponsored by the National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research, on May 5Troy Kemp, Leidos Biomedical Research, presenting at the the Research Collaboration Forum, sponsored by the National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research, on May 5.Bert Gold, NCI, presenting at the the Research Collaboration Forum, sponsored by the National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research, on May 5.Joanna Sztuba-Solinska, NCI, presenting at the the Research Collaboration Forum, sponsored by the National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research, on May 5.Vicki Jensen, National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center, providing opening remarks at the Ebola Virus Mini Symposium, sponsored by the National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research, held May 5.James Noah, National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center, presenting at the Ebola Virus Mini Symposium, sponsored by the National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research, held May 5.Randy Shoepp, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases, presenting at the Ebola Virus Mini Symposium, sponsored by the National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research, held May 5.Luis Branco, Zalgen Labs, presenting at the Ebola Virus Mini Symposium, sponsored by the National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research, held May 5.Moderator Julie Dyall, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Integrated Research Facility, presenting at the Poster Blitz on May 6.Rami Doueiri, NCI, presenting at the Poster Blitz on May 6.

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