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NIH Record  
Vol. LXII, No. 19
  September 17, 2010
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Pioneer Awards Symposium Set
UNC’s Anderson To Direct Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives
CC Offers Reasons Not to Decline Flu Vaccine
NCI Educates Congressional Staff, Advocates
Groundbreaking Held for NCI’s Future Satellite Campus
UCSF’s Martin To Speak on FGF Signaling
Vending Machines To Offer Healthy Choices
Rodriguez To Highlight Hispanic Heritage Observance, Sept. 21
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Ruling Under Appeal, Temporary Stay Granted
NIH Ordered to Halt Intramural hESC Research

NIH intramural scientists were ordered to shut down research using human embryonic stem cells (hESC), effective Aug. 27. HHS issued the order, which was communicated to scientists via a memo from NIH deputy director for intramural research Dr. Michael Gottesman. The halt followed an injunction by a federal judge who ruled that human embryonic stem cell research conducted or funded by the federal government violates the Dickey-Wicker provision.

After hESC work—and funding for it—stopped for about 12 days, an appeals court granted a temporary stay of the injuction on Sept. 9.

“We are pleased with the court’s interim ruling, which will allow promising stem cell research to continue while we present further arguments to the court in the weeks to come,” NIH said in a statement Sept. 10, as the Record went to press. “With the temporary stay in place, NIH has resumed intramural research and will continue its consideration of grants that were frozen by the preliminary injunction on [Aug. 23]. The suspension of all grants, contracts and applications that involve the use of human embryonic stem cells has been temporarily lifted.”
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Hiring Event Reaches Out to People with Disabilities, Veterans
  Staffing the Office of Human Resources table at the recent hiring event are (from l) Mable Chang, Carrie Williams and Brenda Morissette.
  Staffing the Office of Human Resources table at the recent hiring event are (from l) Mable Chang, Carrie Williams and Brenda Morissette.

NIH held its first-ever Hiring Event for Veterans and Persons with Disabilities on Aug. 31 at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda. Representatives from a variety of institutes and centers welcomed over 100 job candidates who had already applied and been prescreened for a variety of professional, technical, scientific and administrative positions.

The all-day event was designed to help NIH find the best veterans and people with disabilities to support the NIH mission, said Valerie Gill, director of the Client Services Division of the Office of Human Resources. About 111 individuals would need to be hired to reach the goal of having 2 percent of the NIH workforce composed of people with disabilities, she said.
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