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NIH director hits the high notes about science

How to you inspire young people to go into science? If you're the head of the NIH, you sing to them! NIH Director Francis Collins demonstrates.

Tags: Federal Drive , management , Francis Collins

Tuesday - 10/05/2010, 10:00am EDT
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NIH issues $20 billion CIO-SP3 RFP

The GWAC is focused on providing health IT services along with other general technology functions. Vendors must have specific health IT capabilities to bid on the contract. NIH said a small business RFP of the contract will be issued soon.

Tags: contracting , OFPP , GWAC , CIO-SP3 , IT services , health IT , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 09/21/2010, 07:10am EDT

Grants Support Biomedical Research in Space

The National Institutes of Health has awarded the first new grants under the Biomedical Research on the International Space Station (or BioMed-ISS) initiative, a collaborative effort between NIH and NASA. Using a special microgravity environment that Earth-based laboratories cannot replicate, researchers will explore fundamental questions about important health issues, such as how bones and the immune system are weakened.

The National Laboratory at the International Space Station provides a virtually gravity-free - or microgravity - environment where the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie human diseases can be explored.

Scientists will conduct their experiments in two stages. The first is a ground-based preparatory phase to allow investigators to meet select milestones and technical requirements. The second is an Space Station experimental phase. That will include preparing the experiments for launch, working with astronauts to conduct them on the Space Station, and then performing subsequent data analyses on Earth.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology Report , NASA , Scott Carr

Tuesday - 09/14/2010, 11:59am EDT

Commerce's Locke promises changes

A new advisory council will provide Commerce and other agencies with ideas for how the government can help push federally-funded technologies into the commercial marketplace. Locke said his agency will do its part by speeding up the patent process to one year and get certain grant funding out in 30 days. Commerce also is working with NIH and NSF on the i6 Challenge where $12 million is available for companies to commercialize technologies.

Tags: technology , Gary Locke , Aneesh Chopra , Rahm Emanuel , Ginger Lew , White House , Commerce , National Economic Council , National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrep , NSF , PTO , Mike Morse , Mike Crow , Tom Albert , Holden Thorp , Steve Case , Mary Sue Coleman , University of North Carolina , AOL , University of Michigan , Madrona Venture Group , Arizona State University , innovation , i6 Competition , entrepreneurship , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 09/08/2010, 07:24am EDT
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Pentagon has best transportation options for feds

Federal News Radio asked you which agency has the best transportation and parking options as part of our Best of the Federal Government series. The results are now in.

Tags: Best of the Federal Government , DoD , NASA , NRC , NGS , Pentagon

Friday - 09/03/2010, 05:30pm EDT

Weakest link in federal hiring is at the start

In federal hiring, officials always have to strike a balance: fill the job as quickly as possible, while looking for the right candidate from as big a pool of applicants as possible. A new report suggests evaluating candidates is the weakest part of the entire hiring process.

Tags: management , pay and benefits , OPM , hiring reforms , Partnership for Public Service , Joshua Joseph , Christine Majors , DoE , Brian Costlow , ODNI , Elizabeth Kolmstetter , employee assessments , Max Cacas

Friday - 08/27/2010, 07:39am EDT
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Groundbreaking Joint Regenerative Procedure Tests Well

Using a cutting edge process to form new joints inside the body, a team of researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health has successfully regenerated rabbit joints. The experiment demonstrates that it's possible to grow dissimilar tissues, like cartilage and bone, taken entirely from the host's own cells. The regenerative procedure is performed by stimulating previously irreparable organs or tissues to heal themselves. Three-dimensional structures made of biocompatible and biodegradable materials in the shape of the tissue, are infused with a protein to promote the joint's growth. The approach sidesteps several problems that are typically encountered in trying to transplant cells that are grown externally, such as tissue rejection. Future work could replace arthritic joints in animals and ultimately in arthritis patients who need total joint replacement.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , health , Scott Carr

Monday - 08/09/2010, 02:27pm EDT

NIH providing satisfaction on the web

Four federal websites meet or exceed the private sector's highest score. How? Why? We ask Joyce Backus at NIH.

Tags: Federal Drive , technology , health information , best practices , Joyce Backus , customer satisfaction

Friday - 07/30/2010, 09:46am EDT
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Scientists Find HIV-Fighting Antibodies

Scientists led by the National Institutes of Health have discovered antibodies that will prevent most HIV strains from infecting human cells. Two potent human antibodies have been found to stop more than 90 percent of known global HIV strains from infecting human cells in the lab. Scientists have even demonstrated how one of the disease-fighting proteins is able to do it. They found the antibodies using a novel molecular device that homes in on the specific cells that make antibodies that fight HIV. According to the scientists, the antibodies could be used to design improved HIV vaccines, or could be further developed to prevent or treat HIV infection. Moreover, the method used to find the antibodies could be used to find therapeutic antibodies for other infectious diseases.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , HIV , Scott Carr

Wednesday - 07/21/2010, 02:25pm EDT

Thumbs up for NIH's Science in the Cinema

NIH hosts a free film festival designed to promote public understanding of science, health, and medicine. Films with a medical science theme are screened, and an expert on the subject provides a commentary and leads an audience question-and-answer period. Bruce Fuchs, Director of NIH's Office of Science Education, tells us about it.

Tags: Federal Drive , Science in the Cinema , management , mission

Tuesday - 07/20/2010, 09:31am EDT
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