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BEPS chemical engineer Peter Bungay explains his Research Festival poster, "Characterizing Dopamine Transporter Function in Vivo by Microdialysis," developed in conjunction with investigators at the Emory University (Atlanta) Chemistry Department; this illustrates a technique broadly applicable to quantitative measurements in vivo.
Chemical engineer Peter Bungay describes the Bioengineering and Physical Science (BEPS) Program as "not quite like anything else" in the far-ranging and omnipresent NIH Office of Research Services (ORS).

BEPS exists to bring research dreams into the material world, to develop the technology necessary to carry out envisioned investigations. It's the intellectual partner of all the research institutes. "We're collaborative researchers," Bungay says of himself and his BEPS colleagues. "We are 20 engineers, physical scientists, biophysicists, mathematicians."

For Bungay, the excitement of his work lies in the technology itself, in inventing and developing something new that has applications, rather than the applications, per se. When he and his colleagues meet the demands of a scientific challenge, it's not just NIH collaborators who benefit, but the biomedical research community at large, he observes.

Bungay works in the Drug Delivery and Kinetics Resource, one of the five "resources" that make up the BEPS program; the others are Image Processing and Information Analysis, Instrumentation Research and Development, Molecular Interactions, and Supramolecular Structure and Function. BEPS welcomes inquiries from intramural scientists on potential collaborative projects. For more info, see <http://www.nih.gov/od/ors/beps/>.

Physical Scientist Richard Leapman (left), chief of the BEPS Supramolecular Structure and Function Resource, discusses "High-Resolution Spectroscopic Elemental Imaging: a New Technology for Biomedical Research," developed in collaboration with NIAID and NINDS investigators.
Emilios Dimitriadis, senior staff fellow in the BEPS Molecular Interactions Resource, elaborates on "Interactions Among DNA Repair Enzymes in the Analytical Ultracentrifuge," a joint project with NIEHS investigators.

DNA Workshop

The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) is hosting a workshop February 2­3, 1999, on "Chromatin, Transcription, and DNA Replication." Additional sponsors include NIA, NCI, and NIGMS.

The conference will be held at the Natcher Conference Center, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland. There is no fee, and registration is not required.

Anyone interested in attending is asked to e-mail a response to <rny@drgpo.drg.nih.gov>, so that the organizers can keep track of attendees.

Feel free to forward this to colleagues at NIH and beyond.

Organizers are Ramesh K. Nayak, CSR; Catherine Lewis, NIGMS; Huber Warner, NIA; Cheryl Marks, NCI.

A Day at the Mall

The IntraMall will come alive at the Natcher Conference Center December 11. Vendor booths and a shopping room for on-line IntraMall ordering are the order of the day, sponsored by NIH to showcase the IntraMall program and the US Bank/VISA purchase card program. Vendors are being encouraged to discount orders placed through the IntraMall that day and for the week following the event. For more info and to register, click on <http://intramall.nih.gov>.


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