TH E   N I H    C A T A L Y S T     S E P T E M B E R  –  O C T O B E R   2008


Upcoming Events

Anita B. Roberts Lecture with Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz

Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz will give a seminar entitled "Emerging Fluorescence Technology for the Analysis of Protein Localization and Organelle Dynamics" on October 30 at 11:30 a.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10.

The presentation is the fifth lecture in the Anita B. Roberts Lecture Series: Distinguished Women Scientists at NIH, sponsored by the NIH Women Scientist Advisors Committee and Office of Research on Women's Health announces. The series highlights outstanding research achievements of women scientists in the NIH Intramural Research Program.

Lippincott-Schwartz uses live cell imaging approaches to analyze the spatio-temporal behavior and dynamic interactions of molecules in cells. These approaches have helped to change the conventional "static" view of protein distribution and function in cells to a more dynamic view that integrates information on protein localization, concentration, diffusion and interactions that are indiscernible from protein sequences and in vitro biochemical experiments alone. Lippincott-Schwartz's projects cover a vast range of cell biological topics, including protein transport and the cytoskeleton, organelle assembly and disassembly, and the generation of cell polarity. Analysis of the dynamics of fluorescently labeled proteins expressed in cells is performed using numerous live cell imaging approaches, including FRAP, FCS and photoactivation. Most recently, her research has employed photoactivation localization microscopy, or PALM, which enables visualization of molecule distributions at high density at the nano-scale.

This seminar series is dedicated to the memory of Anita B. Roberts, chief of the NCI Laboratory of Cell Regulation and Carcinogenesis from 1995 to 2006. Prior to her death in 2006, Roberts was a research leader at NIH for 30 years. She was a pioneer in the field of carcinogenesis, autoimmune disease and wound healing, specifically contributing to much of our current knowledge of the transforming growth factor-β. Her published work is among the top 50 most-cited research papers, and she is the second most-cited female scientist in the world. This lecture series honors her role as an exceptional mentor and scientist.

Behavioral and Social Scientists Unite on November 12

The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) and a trans-NIH planning group are organizing a first-ever NIH-wide retreat for behavioral and social scientists, on November 12, 2008, at the Natcher Conference Center. Organizers expect over 300 attendees from across NIH. Confirmed speakers include NIMH Director Tom Insel, NIDA Director Nora Volkow and NIH Deputy Director Raynard Kington.

The goals of this brain-storming retreat include social networking and the sharing of common goals, as well as a discussion about scientific opportunities and what might lie ahead for this community as it applies innovative research and improves collaboration.

The retreat opens with a welcoming address at 8 a.m. by OBSSR Acting Director Christine Bachrach, followed by a Town Hall Meeting, "A Framework for the Future of BSS at NIH," and various breakout sessions throughout the day.

Registration deadline is Nov. 6. More information available at, or contact Dana Sampson of the OBSSR at


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