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Outreach Opportunities and Events

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NCI Scientists in the Community seeks to benefit students and teachers in the greater Washington, D.C. area.  We also seek to help NCI participants gain additional skills in program management, teaching, mentoring, and leadership.  Volunteers are welcome to participate in a scheduled event or participate in an ongoing opportunity with flexible days and times.  Please email ncisc@nih.gov to sign up today!

Volunteers are responsible for signing up for the events as they occur, participating in any necessary meeting and/or training(s) prior to the event, and arriving in a timely manner. For events that occur during work hours, please talk to your supervisor and make sure you have their full support before attending.

If you are running late or need to cancel attendance at an event, please contact the program coordinator as soon as possible. Repeated tardiness or cancellations will result in termination from the program.

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Upcoming Events

February 13, 2020 - Lunch and Learn: Wheaton HS

A "lunch and learn" seminar is an opportunity to share your research and your career path with students during lunch.  This month’s speaker is NCI postbac and iCURE scholar Kimberly Meza.  A "lunch and learn" seminar is an opportunity to share your research and your career path with students during lunch.

Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 5:30 – 9:00pm: New Carrolton, MD

The Patriots Technology Training Center is looking for volunteers to serve as a team mentor, score keepers, or competition judges for its 10th Annual Biomedical Competition and Banquet Dinner.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Theresa at Theresa@patriots-ttc.org or 240-534-9418.

March 18, 2020 – Lunch and Learn: Wheaton HS

A "lunch and learn" seminar is an opportunity to share your research and your career path with students during lunch.   A "lunch and learn" seminar is an opportunity to share your research and your career path with students during lunch.

Saturday, March 21, 2020: FDA White Oak Campus

The Montgomery Area Science Fair Association is looking for category judges for Science Montgomery science fair at the FDA White Oak campus.  Please follow the link for more information and to register as a judge.

Friday, March 27 – Saturday, March 28, 2020: Frederick, MD

The 39th Annual Frederick County Science and Engineering Fair is currently looking for judges!  This regional science fair will take place on at Tuscarora High School in Frederick.  For more information, please contact Colleen Beall at colleen.beall@fcps.org.   

Thursday, April 2, 2020 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm: Redland MS

Volunteers are needed for Science Night on at Redland MS.  Last year, we hosted 4 tables (each with a different activity) which went very well.  We would like to host 4 tables/activities again, but we need your help!  Please email me (chanelle.case@nih.gov) for more details and to sign up.  We will have a meeting to run through the activities, make assignments, and prepare you for the fair two weeks prior the fair.

Friday, April 24 – Sunday April 26, 2020: Washington Convention Center

Volunteers are needed for the NCI booth at the USA Science and Engineering Festival.  Every other year, the NIH institutes host booths to encourage K-12 students and teachers in STEM.  This year, we will be hosting a fun activity where students will have to create a device (out of craft and kitchen materials) that can separate cancer cells (pinto beans) from healthy cells (lima beans).  We need volunteers to help manage the booth in 3-4 intervals on the indicated days. We will have a meeting to run through the activity and prepare you for the activity two weeks prior the festival.  If you are interested in participating, please respond to this email (chanelle.case@nih.gov).

Past Events

Lunch and Learn: Wheaton HS (November 20, 2019)

A "lunch and learn" seminar is an opportunity to share your research and your career path with students during lunch. This month’s speaker will be Jarrett Johnson, Ph.D. A "lunch and learn" seminar is an opportunity to share your research and your career path with students during lunch.

Nation’s Capital Girl Scout Expo: Dulles Expo Center (November 2, 2019

We are looking for volunteers to help out at our booth during each of these 3-hour blocks: 9am-12pm; 12pm-3pm; 3pm-6pm. Theme: How we use animal models in research and give them a taste of histology and cell biology.

Lunch and Learn: Wheaton HS (October 17, 2019)

Dr. Jarrett A. Johnson is a current Cancer Prevention Fellow in the Genomic Epidemiology Branch (GEB) of the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Johnson is currently working with other scientists in his branch to examine the psychosocial and sociocultural factors related to prostate cancer outcomes in men of African descent across the continuum of care.

6th  Annual Science Day (October 10, 2019)

Demonstrate how scientists treat cancer with middle and high school students from 11am – 2pm in Natcher.  Through this hands-on-activity, students will learn that if cancer cells are not removed completely during testing, a tumor may grow exponentially and become more challenging to eliminate. If you would like to participate, please contact Chanelle at ncisc@nih.gov.

Science Communication Workshop: Poolesville High School (September 26, 2019)

Held an open Q&A session with the senior classes to assist them in writing their scientific papers and help them prepare for research competitions.

Journal Club: Poolesville School (September 10, 2019)

A demonstration of both the journal club leader and discussant with the class.  The article for session was “Specific transcription factors distinguish umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells from fibroblasts.”

Journal Club: Poolesville High School (September 3, 2019)

A presentation introducing the concept of a Journal Club is and why it is important.  Provide background information and high school journals for students to use as a reference.

Ongoing Opportunities

These opportunities are ongoing with flexible days and times. If you are interested in participating, contact us.

Curriculum Development: Learning Undefeated Activities

Learning Undefeated curriculum includes laboratory activities appropriate for a variety of classes ranging from basic biology and chemistry to AP biology and environmental science. All activities are focused on problem-based learning with real-world applications that align with Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and Maryland Science Content Standards. Activities include common bioscience techniques such as DNA extraction and agarose gel electrophoresis, and relevant themes such as alternative fuels, bioengineering, and crime scene investigation.

Lunch and Learn Seminar Series: Wheaton High School

A "lunch and learn" seminar is an opportunity to share your research and your career path with students during lunch. There is no requirement for a specific background, but you will get to share the details of how you arrived at your current position. You will have 30-40 minutes to discuss when/how you decided to become a scientist, your path to NIH, as well as any advice you may have for a high school student interested in becoming a scientist. For this opportunity, the timing will be dependent on your schedule and you are responsible for coordinating with Wheaton after the initial sign-up.

Journal Club: Poolesville High School

A journal club was developed for the juniors at Poolesville High School.  Although students will be meeting on the weekly basis, NCI-SC will check-in with the students on a monthly basis (one Friday a month) to manage the progress of the students.

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