2012 June

ATRF Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Coincides with Chamber of Commerce Centennial Gala

By Frank Blanchard, Staff Writer

U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, NCI Deputy Director for Management John Czajkowski, and SAIC Corporate Chief Executive Officer (CEO) John Jumper were joined by representatives of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce in cutting the ribbon for the National Cancer Institute’s Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF).

Genetics Research Discovered in a Bestseller

By Nancy Parrish, Staff Writer

One morning in early January, Amar Klar sat down at his computer and found an e-mail with a curious message from a colleague.

While reading a bestselling novel, The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides, his colleague, a professor at Princeton University, found a description of research on yeast genetics that was surprisingly similar to Klar’s early research. Even the laboratory in the novel was reminiscent of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where Klar had conducted his research.

Ned Greenberg: 50 Years and Counting

By Ashley DeVine, Staff Writer

Can you imagine working for the same company for 50 years? Nathaniel “Ned” Greenberg has accomplished just that, having recently received his 50-year service award from NIH, and he has no immediate plans for retirement.

“I don’t look upon my job as a chore, it’s more of an avocation than a vocation,” said Greenberg, a chemist in the Biological Testing Branch (BTB), under Branch Chief Melinda Hollingshead, DVM, Ph.D. “I am lucky that I found something that I enjoy doing.”

Frederick National Laboratory Celebrates 40 Years

By Ashley DeVine, Staff Writer

Forty years ago, what we now call the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research was born. Here are some highlights in the facility’s history.

October 19, 1971 – President Richard Nixon announced that Fort Detrick would be converted from a biological warfare facility to a cancer research center (Covert, Norman M., Cutting Edge: A History of Fort Detrick, Maryland, 1943–1993, pp. 85–87).

These Women Make a Difference in Our Lives

By Maritta Perry Grau, Staff Writer

Producing viral vectors for in vitro and in vivo studies, evaluating new technologies, organizing outreach and internal events and special programs, preparing site visit reports, helping make newcomers feel comfortable, collaborating on statistics and other projects—these are just some of the ways that the women of the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research go about their everyday work lives—and in the process, make history.

FME Carpentry Shop Keeps Facility in Good Repair

By Peggy Pearl, Contributing Writer

Did you know that what most people call the Carpentry Shop at Facilities Maintenance and Engineering (FME) is actually made up of the three crafts, woodcrafting, painting, and locksmithing?

 On any given day, throughout the Frederick National Laboratory campus, you may find shop staff utilizing an assortment of tools and a wide range of skills on projects ranging from simple maintenance to complete renovations.

Visiting Scholars Program to Attract Brightest Minds

By Walter G. Hubert, Guest Writer

National laboratories have a knack for assembling critical mass … and Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, the newest kid on the block among such recognized research and development (R&D) leaders like Los Alamos, Oakridge, Sandia, and others, is just the place to bring together the brightest minds to take on the toughest challenges in cancer and AIDS research.