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DCEG Summer Fellows Recognition and Poster Event

December 2012 - Linkage Newsletter

by Kristin Kiser, M.H.A., M.S.

The 2012 DCEG Summer Fellows Program welcomed 34 students, ranging from high school through doctoral level. The program’s culminating event was the annual DCEG Summer Fellows Recognition and Poster Event, which celebrated the accomplishments of summer fellows during their stay (generally 8 to 10 weeks) in DCEG. This year’s event, organized by Kristin Kiser, M.H.A., M.S., fellowship coordinator in DCEG’s Office of Education (OE), featured 19 student posters and gave summer fellows the opportunity to display their research projects and discuss them with DCEG staff. The recognition program included career presentations by DCEG postdoctoral fellows Charles C. Chung, Ph.D., Laboratory of Translational Genomics (LTG), and Cher Dallal, Ph.D., Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch (HREB). Many of the students also presented their work the following day at the NIH Summer Student Poster Session.

Throughout the summer, Jackie Lavigne, Ph.D., M.P.H., Chief of OE, and Ms. Kiser hosted weekly orientations for new arrivals. In addition, the NIH Office of Training and Education offered a wide variety of lectures given by NIH scientists as well as workshops targeted for summer students, such as tips on writing applications for graduate or medical school.

DCEG fellows also shared their experiences with summer students as individual mentors and in group activities. For the third summer in a row, Sarah E. Daugherty Weller, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Hannah P. Yang, Ph.D., Sc.M., both of HREB, along with Brandy Heckman-Stoddard, Ph.D., M.P.H., from the NCI Division of Cancer Prevention, organized and hosted a four-session Journal Club for Summer Fellows in Cancer Epidemiology: Etiology, Prevention, and Policy. Participants in the club discussed scientific topics, such as new discoveries, and subjects from current events, such as public reaction to media reports of scientific advances.

The official summer program application process has begun. Students interested in applying for 2013 summer fellowships with DCEG are encouraged to learn more about DCEG research and to complete a short summary application at http://dceg.cancer.gov/fellowships/summerprogram. Students should then visit the NIH Summer Program site at https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/sip  to complete the full online application.

Posters and Projects by 2012 DCEG Summer Fellows

Jibby Ayo-Ani, The Madeira School
Variation of radiation dose reduction through mA modulation in different manufacturers
Mentor: Choonsik Lee, Ph.D., Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB)

Dawn Comstock, Gustavus Adolphus College
Identifying rare genetic variants in familial Waldenström macroglobulinemia
Mentor: Lynn R. Goldin, Ph.D., Deputy Chief of the Genetic Epidemiology Branch (GEB)

Lauren Hurwitz, Johns Hopkins University
EPAS1 germline variants and modification of HIF-2α protein expression in ccRCC tumor tissue microarray
Mentor: Lee E. Moore, Ph.D., Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch (OEEB)

Steve Kemgang, Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Greenbelt
Sequencing of cancer susceptibility regions of Chr.8q24 gene desert

Mentor: Stephen J. Chanock, M.D., Chief of the Laboratory of Translational Genomics (LTG) and Director of the NCI Cancer Genomics Research Laboratory

Catherine Kennedy, University of Maryland, College Park
Functional characterization of the
NR5A2 genomic locus in association with pancreatic cancer risk
Mentors: Laufey Amundadottir, Ph.D., and Jinping Jia, Ph.D. (both of LTG)

Erik Koritzinsky, Cornell University
The impact of the HIV epidemic on U.S. trends of Kaposi sarcoma, 1992-2009
Mentor: Meredith Shiels, Ph.D., M.H.S., Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch

Eunah Lee, Richard Montgomery High School
Establishment of a library of normalized and weighted CT dose index for organ dose calculations for CT patients
Mentors: Stephanie Lamart, Ph.D., and Choonsik Lee, Ph.D. (both of REB)

Wayne Liu, Johns Hopkins University
Thyroid cancer risk and radioactive iodine from atomic bomb tests in the U.S. between 1951 and 1962
Mentor: Alice J. Sigurdson, Ph.D. (REB)

Joseph Lowry, Georgia Southern University
Validity of self-reported prostate cancer recurrence: An analysis from the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, & Ovarian (PLCO) Cancer Screening Trial
Mentor: Sarah E. Daugherty Weller, Ph.D., M.P.H., Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch (HREB)

Kelsey Murphy, Tufts University School of Medicine
1. Evaluation of new IFCPC colposcopy classification in a U.S. colposcopy population
2. Lifetime ovulatory cycles and risk of ovarian cancer
Mentors: Nicolas Wentzensen, M.D., Ph.D., and Hannah P. Yang, Ph.D., Sc.M. (both of HREB)

Anna Oguhebe, Vanderbilt University
The frequency of local recurrences vs. distant metastases in lung squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma patients
Mentor: Maria Teresa Landi, M.D., Ph.D. (GEB)

Lucia Petito, University of California, Berkeley
A simple method to correct for missing estrogen-receptor data in breast cancers for SEER analyses
Mentors: William F. Anderson, M.D., M.P.H., and Hormuzd A. Katki, Ph.D., both of the Biostatistics Branch (BB)

Marcy L. Schaeffer, University of California, Los Angeles
The risk of breast cancer related to radiation dose and RB1 germline mutation status in long-term retinoblastoma survivors
Mentors: Ruth A. Kleinerman, M.P.H., and Mark P. Little, D.Phil. (both of REB)

Alexandra Scott-Johnson, University of Maryland, College Park
Functional link between genetic variants of
CCNE1 and risk of bladder cancer
Mentors: Indu Kohaar, Ph.D., and Ludmila Prokunina-Olsson, Ph.D. (both of LTG)

Llewellyn Smith, Williams College
Do breast cancer risk factor associations among postmenopausal women vary by age?
Mentors: Louise A. Brinton, Ph.D., Chief of HREB, and Cher Dallal, Ph.D. (HREB)

Rebecca Tannenbaum, University of Cincinnati
Li-Fraumeni syndrome (LFS): A new NCI Clinical Genetics Branch study
Mentor: June A. Peters, M.S., C.G.C., Clinical Genetics Branch (CGB)

Paige Wartko, Clemson University
Recent changes in endometrial cancer trends among menopausal-aged U.S. women
Mentors: Mark E. Sherman, M.D., and Britton Trabert, Ph.D. (both of HREB)

Yenny Webb-Vargas, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Temporal trends in BMI, alcohol behavior, and reproductive risk factors and breast cancer incidence
Mentors: William F. Anderson, M.D., M.P.H., and Ruth M. Pfeiffer, Ph.D. (both of BB)

Katherine Wilson, Northeastern University
Changing prostate cancer incidence and mortality trends in the United States
Mentors: William F. Anderson, M.D., M.P.H., and Philip S. Rosenberg, Ph.D. (both of BB)

Mira Yoon, Washington University
Identifying rare genetic variants in familial cutaneous malignant melanoma
Mentor: Xiaohong Rose Yang, Ph.D., M.P.H. (GEB)

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