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Keep up with the latest news from the NCI Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT) and the data science communities.

Cancer data scientists, staff scientists in labs, and core facilities managers (as well as others) can apply for up to five years of salary support through the NCI Research Specialist (R50) Award. This award enables outstanding scientists autonomy and the ability to continue to make progress in their cancer studies. Applications for this award are due by November 1, 2021.

CBIIT’s Dr. Keyvan Farahani, imaging informatics program director, has been selected as a 2021 American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Fellow for his distinguished contributions to cancer imaging research, medical physics, and the AAPM scientific society.

In 1971, the National Cancer Act was signed into law, creating NCI. Now, 50 years later, NCI celebrates the progress that has been made and the promise of what’s to come.

Ms. Smita Hastak, M.S., a senior analyst supporting NCI CBIIT, has been elected co-chair of Biomedical Research & Regulation at Health Level Seven International (HL7), an organization that provides standards for the exchange of health information and data.

The NCI R50 Award encourages the development of stable research career opportunities for exceptional scientists who want to pursue research within the context of an existing cancer research program, but not serve as independent investigators.

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR) awarded a contract to develop the National Cancer Institute's (NCI's) Cancer Data Aggregator (CDA) to a consortium led by the Broad Institute, Institute for Systems Biology, Seven Bridges Genomics, and General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), Inc. The CDA is a query engine that will help researchers to find, sort, and pull together data from across the NCI Cancer Research Data Commons (CRDC), NCI Data Coordinating Centers (DCC), and other repositories.

The NCI Cancer Research Data Commons’ (CRDC) Imaging Data Commons (IDC) team received a Certificate of Merit award for its educational poster exhibit at the 105th annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

“Massively Parallel Infrastructure for Adaptive Multiscale Simulations: Modeling RAS Initiation Pathway for Cancer” was selected as best paper at SC19, the International Conference for High-Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis.

The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) R50 Research Specialist Award encourages the development of stable research career opportunities for exceptional scientists who want to pursue research within the context of an existing NCI-funded cancer research program, but not serve as independent investigators. 

The National Institutes of Health Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion define change agents as visionaries and cultivators who act as a catalyst for change. Dr. Vivian Ota Wang of the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Data Sharing (ODS) has been recognized as a change agent for the Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) community and named a 2019 Ally Leader Awardee.