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Nutrition Month Raffle at the CC
March is National Nutrition Month, which presents an opportunity to put those New Year's resolutions into effect to eat healthy foods, lose weight and lower your cholesterol.
To help you meet those goals, dietetic interns of the Clinical Center nutrition department will raffle three "Healthy Lifestyle" gift baskets filled with tips, tools and ideas for you to get healthy, have more energy and look great this summer.
Each basket will include a 1-month free membership to the NIH Fitness Center, a year's subscription to a nutrition newsletter, a pedometer, a copy of 365 Days of Healthy Eating, information about popular weight-loss programs, workout gear, cooking utensils, low-fat/low-calorie cooking tips and recipes, body fat analysis, dietary intake assessment and more.
Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each or 3 for $2 at lunchtime on Tuesdays in March near the entrance to the Bldg. 10 B1 cafeteria. Proceeds will go to a Clinical Center cause.
Federal Relay System Demo Set, Mar. 3
The Division of Employee Services, in collaboration with Sprint, will host "Taste of Technology," an event open to all NIH employees interested in learning more about the Federal Relay System (FRS).
FRS provides communication assistants who act as intermediaries for telecommunications between hearing individuals and individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and/or have speech disabilities.
The event will be held on Wednesday, Mar. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Bldg. 45, Rm. E1/E2. Hourly workshops and hands-on system demonstrations will be held throughout the day.
Some relays to be showcased include video relay, Internet relay, captioned telephone (CapTel) and conference service (relay captioning). Representatives will be available to discuss questions. Light refreshments will be served.
Sign language interpreting and captioning will be provided. For other reasonable accommodation, call Timothy Tosten or Carole Harman at (301) 402-8180 or (301) 435-1908 TTY.
Wednesday Afternoon Lectures
The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 features Dr. Bonnie L. Bassler on Mar. 10; her topic is "Tiny Conspiracies: Cell-to-Cell Communication in Bacteria." She is professor, department of molecular biology, Princeton University.
A special Tuesday lecture will be held at 3 p.m. Mar. 16 in Masur when Dr. Eric N. Olson presents, "Transcriptional Control of Heart Development and Disease." He is professor and chairman, department of molecular biology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas.
On Mar. 17, Dr. Ed C. Hurt will lecture on "Transcription-Coupled mRNA Export." He is director, Biochemistry Center, 2001 Leibnitz laureate, Heidelberg University, Germany.
For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Hilda Madine, (301) 594-5595.
Verfaillie Delivers Director's LectureDr. Catherine Verfaillie accepts a plaque from NIDCD director Dr. James Battey in commemoration of her NIH Director's Lecture on Feb. 11 titled "Greater Potency of Adult Stem Cells." Verfaillie, who is director of the Stem Cell Institute at the University of Minnesota, described the past 8 years of research in her laboratory, including work on MAPCs multipotent adult progenitor cells. Her rigorous studies aim to determine whether stem cells can eventually be used for so-called "regenerative medicine," in which ailments in the human brain, heart and liver, for example, can be cured. The talk drew a packed Masur Auditorium and is archived at videocast.nih.gov. Battey introduced Verfaillie, and is chair of the NIH stem cell task force.
STEP Session on Statistics
The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will hold a Science for All session titled, "Statistics: It's a Confidence Game," on Tuesday, Mar. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.
Modern science depends on statistical tools to derive knowledge from oceans of information, such as behavioral, imaging, genetic. The jocular phrases of "lies, damn lies, and statistics" and "how to lie with statistics" are funny at first, but could take on life-or-death importance if sampling for a clinical trial is flawed.
How does analysis of clinical data affect your health care? How can we begin to use these tools better to build a more integrated understanding of biology and medicine? Join experts as they discuss the promises and pitfalls of statistical tools and data analysis in basic and clinical research, epidemiological studies and for mining large data sets.
2004 Administrative Summer Program Now Open for Applications
The NIH 2004 Summer Student Program for Administrative Positions is now open to all students (U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens). Students will be selected to work in administrative positions in various organizations and laboratories in these occupations: general clerical support, office automation, program analysis and social science.
Deadline for receipt of applications is Wednesday, Mar. 31, with a target date of Apr. 30 for completion of the selection process. Students in high school, college and graduate school must register first at http://www.hhs.gov/careers/ to submit their applications electronically. Flexibility exists to accommodate interested students who are not U.S. citizens. They should email Joyce Mercer at email@example.com for an application package and information on how to apply.
The program is extremely competitive. Students are encouraged to apply early. For more information, visit http://summerjobs.nih.gov/ or contact the NIH Office of Human Resources special programs team via email at ~firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, (301) 496-5624.
New Web Site For Telework
Daily commute got you down? Been unlucky in the campus parking lot(tery) lately? Telework may be looking more and more attractive these days. For employees considering the possibilities of an alternative worksite, a new web site for telework recently came online at http://telework. od.nih.gov/. Resources there can help you explore telework at NIH, decide whether it is a good option for you or your employees, and learn more about working with and managing teleworkers. Whether you want to learn about web email and remote computer access, read the new NIH telework policy and find your institute/center coordinator, or simply browse frequently asked questions, the new site can help you navigate the telework waters.
BIG Installs New Officers
The BIG NIH chapter recently held its installation ceremony at Executive Plaza. Darlene Young, regional director and member of the national board of directors, administered the oath of office. New officers include Earl Simmons, 1st vice president; Charisse Brown Fairfax, recording secretary; Alfreda Layne, corresponding secretary; Ellen Owens, financial secretary; Laina Pack Ransom, Johnny Lindsay and Alfreda Layne election committee; and George Franklin, Sylvester Jackson and Harold Atkins nominations committee.
The program also included remarks by John Thomas, a senior at Frostburg State University, who impressed the audience with his presentation on how Dr. Martin Luther King's "dream" has influenced his life. Thomas plans to join the chapter's young adult resource and development committee and help address the needs of young adults employed at NIH.
To join NIH's chapter of BIG, visit http://www.nih.gov/employee/big/bigpage.htm or contact Harold Atkins, membership chair, at (301) 496-0411 for more information.
NHLBI Ends CFC with DrawingDr. Barbara Alving (r), acting director, NHLBI, presides at the drawing of ping pong balls inscribed with contributors to the Combined Federal Campaign. The event finalized the institute's CFC campaign. Also present were (from l) Dr. Herbert M. Geller, 2003 NHLBI CFC deputy coordinator; CFC leaders Vicki Le, Mary Beth Clark, Richard Fender; Don Christoferson, NHLBI executive officer; and Dr. Lawrence Friedman, acting NHLBI deputy director. Also on hand were Maria Stagnitto and Steve Hockman.
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