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Summers of Discovery Participants Enjoy Annual Picnic

By Eddy Ball
July 2008

On June 18, the Summers of Discovery Class of 2008 participants and mentors gathered for the program's traditional rite of summer at the Annual Picnic on the patio outside the NIEHS Cafeteria. The simple, but seasonal, fare included hamburgers and hot dogs with sides of coleslaw and potato and pasta salad.

Summers of Discovery interns and mentors collected in front of the Rall Building for their group photo. Coordinator Charle League is shown in blue sitting in the center of the front row.

Summers of Discovery interns and mentors collected in front of the Rall Building for their group photo. Coordinator Charle League is shown in blue sitting in the center of the front row. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

The picnic takes place at the peak of activity for the students, some of whom have been at NIEHS since late May. In the weeks ahead, interns will be able to attend lectures by Matrix Biology Group Principal Investigator and Clinical Research Unit Staff Clinician Stavros Garantziotis, M.D., July 2; Reproductive Medicine Group Principal Investigator Carmen Williams, M.D., Ph.D., July 9; Calcium Regulation Group Principal Investigator and 2007 Scientist of the Year Jim Putney, Ph.D., July 16; and Epidemiology Branch Chief and Sister Study Principal Investigator Dale Sandler, Ph.D., July 23.

The 2008 Summers of Discovery Annual Poster Session will showcase the work of interns on July 30. Although there are events scheduled in August, the poster session marks the beginning of the participants' exodus, as they move on to the Fall semester at their high schools and colleges.

Photographer Steve McCaw was on site to take a group photo of the young scientists and their mentors as they took a break from food and fellowship to record this important event in their summer experience at NIEHS.



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