Wind ensemble soothes with a serenade
Members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra serenaded Clinical Center staff, patients, and visitors with Antonin Dvorak’s Serenade for Winds, Opus 44, July 13 in the Hat- field Building’s atrium.
Maureen Gormley, CC chief operating officer, introduced the four movement performance, emphasizing the CC’s commitment to building a positive environment for healing, from the design of the atrium to the presence of the Stein- way grand piano.
Joseph Young, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/Peabody conducting fellow, directed the wind ensemble and pointed out that though the ensemble’s summer residence is “just one red line stop away” at The Music Center at Strathmore, it was the first time the group had been to the NIH. “The piece that we are playing today originated from a place just like this one, from an open forum,” said Young, gesturing towards the open, light-filled atrium.
Dozens of listeners gathered as the acoustics of the performance echoed through the building and looking up, people could be seen on all seven floors of the atrium, peer- ing through the glass at the musicians seated below.
The ensemble included 12 musicians: two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, three french horns, one contra bas- soon, one cello, and one double bass.
“It is our pleasure to be here and to bring a little music into your lives and send you off with a lighter step in your day,” said first chair oboe, Jane Marvine.
“We, as an orchestra, feel that it is very important to bring music into other peoples lives and the community around us,” Marvine said. “Music matters for the healing of spirit which helps the healing of the body and of the mind. We are proud to share with you a few notes to help heal.”
The concert closed with a reprise of the symphony’s first movement and a standing ovation.
Joseph Young (right) conducted a Baltimore Symphony Orchestra wind ensemble in the Clinical Center atrium on July 13.
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to work with patients. She speaks four languages—English, Spanish, French, and German—and enjoys using her abilities in a medical setting. “I am really interested in clinical re- search; I need the human aspect of medicine,” she said.
Originally from Miami, Tejero holds a bachelor‘s degree in French from the University of Florida and a Master of Public Health from Florida International University. In the future, she is leaning toward either general pediatrics or radiology and is considering returning to the NIH after medical school for a clinical research residency or a rotation. “The people here are such experts in their fields and such great teachers,” said Tejero.
Kim Golden, another CC summer intern here thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, worked with Dr. Frances Sheehan-Gavelli, an investigator in the Rehabili- tation Medicine Department’s Physical Disabilities Branch. Golden is originally from Detroit and relocated to Silver Spring, Md., to attend medical school. She is also extremely grateful for the opportunity—“Spending a summer here is a good introduction to what research is about.”
Golden, who has a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sci- ence from Grand Valley State University, is entering her sec- ond year of medical school at Howard University College of Medicine. She learned about the summer internship program when Walter Jones, who leads diversity management and minority outreach in the OCRTME, gave a presentation about summer research opportunities at the CC to her class.
A typical day at Golden’s internship involved helping to acquire magnetic resonance images and then outlining the muscle boundaries using MIPAV (an image analysis program developed at NIH). From these data she generated a full 3-D muscle model, allowing its volume to be computed. The ultimate goal is to develop a predictive model of quadri- ceps musculature volume, which would have broad ranging impact on a number of musculoskeletal pathologies, such as cerebral palsy. “This is a really great opportunity. I like the lecture series for students, and I really enjoy my project,” said Golden.
Previously, Golden interned with an NIH-affiliated extra- mural research program, which intensified her interest in clinical research. “This summer I have gotten reassurance that research is something I still want to pursue in the fu- ture,” she said.
Golden has not chosen a specialty but does know that she wants to work in medically underserved areas, perhaps returning to practice in her native Detroit.
Another second-year Howard University College of Medicine student, Jontel Dansby worked with Clara Moore of Nursing and Patient Care Services’ Adult and Behavioral Health Unit on a protocol testing a new drug that targets opioid receptors in the brain as a treatment for patients with anxious major depressive disorder.
She plans on pursuing a career as a surgeon and, as part of her summer program at the CC, got the opportunity be in an operating room during surgery. “I’m glad I was chosen,” Dansby said. “This place is the best—world renowned—there is so much history here.”
Dansby, Golden, and a host of other summer interns pre- sented their research and findings in a scientific poster at the 2009 Summer Poster Day session on the morning of August 6 in the Natcher Conference Center.
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