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January 27, 2004 • Volume 1 / Number 4 E-Mail This Document  |  Download PDF  |  Bulletin Archive/Search  |  Subscribe

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NCI Notes

NCI-Frederick Wins Community Service Award
NCI-Frederick, the institute's satellite campus facility located at the Fort Detrick U.S. Army base in Frederick, Md., recently won one of the first ever "Live Here-Work Here" awards from the Frederick County (Maryland) Chamber of Commerce. The community service award for local employer organizations was made in recognition of NCI-Frederick's student exchange programs for elementary schools and high schools in the county. During the 2002-2003 school year, the Elementary Outreach program involved 87 NCI volunteers working with 3,446 students at 24 elementary schools, providing expertise and equipment not usually available in grade school classrooms. NCI-Frederick's Student Intern Program provides high school students with hands-on lab experience with the basic methods used in cancer research. Since the inception of the program in 1989, 286 Frederick County high school students have completed the program and have gone on to attend college to pursue careers in science and medicine.

NCI's POET Gains Feedback on Cancer Education Materials
NCI's Office of Education and Special Initiatives (OESI) has launched Partnership Organization Evaluation Tools (POET), an online system to enhance evaluation of NCI's cancer education materials that are used by outside organizations. Partner organizations are provided promotional materials such as fliers, drop-in ads and promotional blurbs (in addition to NCI publications that are publicly available) to help disseminate information to their members. Partners also have secure access to survey questionnaires in order to provide process and outcome data to NCI related to the delivery of the cancer education materials. POET has greatly enhanced the evaluation of NCI's education materials, which previously were assessed based solely on "bounce back" postcards and the quantity of publications distributed. Through partners' input, several education programs have grown. For example, both technical assistance and culturally appropriate Spanish materials are being added to the "Clinical Trials Education Series." Organizations interested in becoming education partners can request information from ncipoetinfo@mail.nih.gov or leave a message at 301-594-8992. NCI publications are also available at http://cancer.gov.

New Staff at Center for Strategic Dissemination
Jill Bartholomew returned to NCI as deputy director of the newly formed Center for Strategic Dissemination in mid-January. She had been on detail to the Department of Health and Human Service's Administration on Aging. Previously, she was deputy director of the NCI Office of Communications.

Prior to joining NCI, Bartholomew helped launch the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy's National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign and served as director of Armed Forces Military Recruitment Advertising and Market Research.

Jill Bartholomew Also in the Center for Strategic Dissemination, Lenora Johnson is now director of the NCI Office of Education and Special Initiatives (OESI). She had served as acting director of OESI for the past year. She led the office through a strategic planning and reorganization process for the purpose of better positioning OESI to partner with NCI's divisions and centers in advancing the institute's mission of eliminating the suffering and death due to cancer by 2015. Lenora has nearly 20 years' experience as a public health educator focused on translating complex health messages to diverse lay and professional audiences.

NCI's CARRA Program Accepting Applications
NCI's Office of Liaison Activities (OLA) is recruiting a limited number of new members for the Consumer Advocates in Research and Related Activities (CARRA) program. The program facilitates the involvement of consumer advocates in NCI activities by providing a ready-and-waiting pool of prescreened advocates to NCI staff. Qualified applicants should be a cancer survivor or patient, or a family member of a cancer survivor, or have more than 3 years' involvement in cancer-related activities.

OLA is targeting recruitment of new CARRA members to specific disease areas where there is currently a lack of extensive representation. Therefore, OLA is seeking applicants who have experience with leukemia, melanoma, or bladder, brain, gastrointestinal, liver, lung, stomach/esophageal, or testicular cancers. OLA also strongly encourages applications from minorities in each of these areas.

Applications for new members are due by April 30, 2004. The application is available online. All interested advocates should visit http://la.cancer.gov/carra/announcements.html to apply.

For more information about CARRA, visit http://la.cancer.gov/carra/.