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Take Your Child to Work Day, Apr. 26

Take Your Child to Work Day is an opportunity to have your children (ages 8-15) observe and participate in some of the exciting careers offered at NIH. On Thursday, Apr. 26, NIH will again sponsor an educational, fun event. Information on activities and registration requirements can be found on the web site http://www.cc.nih.gov/ccc/nihkids/. Information will be added as it is confirmed, so check back regularly for updates. Registration begins on Apr. 19 and will be conducted online through an NIH server or a Parachute account. If you have questions about registration, contact Ana Kennedy on 496-4547 or Betsy Jett on 402-2675. For information on reasonable accommodation, contact Gary Morin by Apr. 20 at 496-4628 or 496-9755 TTY.

Seminar Offered on Conflict Management

The NIH Center for Cooperative Resolution is sponsoring its second Executive Seminar Series on Working with Conflict, a three-part offering on conflict management for NIH senior executives, managers and supervisors at grades 15 and above. The seminars will provide a framework for examining dimensions of conflict prevalent in the workplace and strategies for addressing them.

The first seminar in the series "Handling Workplace Conflict: Lessons Learned for Managers" will be held Tuesday, Apr. 24 in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Featured speaker is Ella Phillips Wheaton, ombudsman at the Department of Justice, who will discuss such topics as cultural dimensions of conflict, conflict avoidance, transitioning from colleague to manager and compromising the managerial role. She is widely recognized for her work and expertise in the areas of human relations, conflict management, mediation, training analysis and problem-solving.

Contact Barbara Washington at 594-7231 to register for the seminar. If reasonable accommodation is required, call Andre Smith at 594-3004.

Spring Musical Set to Open May 4

The Bethesda Little Theatre will highlight music from Broadway past and present in its spring musical, "A Century of Broadway." Come and enjoy selections by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rogers & Hammerstein, and songs from Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, A Chorus Line and Chicago.

The show opens Friday, May 4 and will continue for three weekends. Friday and Saturday performances will be May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. Sunday matinee performances will be May 6 and 13 at 3 p.m. All performances are in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at NIH R&W stores or at the door. Group discounts are available. Patients and their families are invited to attend all performances free of charge. For ticket information, call Elaine at (301) 589-0720 or see http://www.recgov.org/r&w/blt. The Bethesda Little Theatre is an R&W organization whose proceeds benefit NIH charities.

Mammography Screening Begins May 1

The George Washington University Breast Care Center will be visiting NIH for its spring 2001 mammography screening. All NIH employees, their families and others associated with NIH (such as IRTAs, visiting scientists, contractors, volunteers) are eligible to participate. The screening dates and van locations are as follows:

Bldg. 31 (Lot 31D) May 1, 17
  
Neuroscience Center
(Parking lot next to 6003 Executive)
May 3
  
Bldg. 10 (Lot 10H) May 9, 16
  
EPN/EPS
(Parking lot behind complex)
May 15
  
Rockledge J
(Visitor parking behind RKL One)
June 22
  
Bldg. 45 (front of building) May 8, July 11

The van will be on-site from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. taking prescheduled appointments. Each screening is conducted by a female technologist; a board-certified radiologist specializing in mammography will interpret the films. Appointments should take about 20 minutes and will cost $138. GW will bill some insurance companies directly or payment can be made by cash or check at the screening (check with your insurance company for reimbursement). To see if your insurance is accepted or to make an appointment call (202) 994-9999.

New Cancer Partnership Program Created

In an effort to address reasons for significant disparities of cancer in minority populations, the National Cancer Institute created a potentially powerful approach that can help Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and NCI-designated Cancer Centers integrate and take maximum advantage of their expertise and experience. For the first time, NCI, with help from NCMHD, awarded a total of almost $8 million to 20 MSIs and Cancer Centers that are now working in direct partnership.

The new program, the Minority Institution/Cancer Center Partnership (MI/CCP), offers three mechanisms that target the development and implementation of joint projects in cancer research, and joint programs in cancer training and career development, education and outreach. The partnership was developed because of the lack of significant training opportunities for minority scientists in cancer research, the low level of involvement of MSIs in competitive cancer research, and the lack of effective and sustaining activities at the NCI-designated Cancer Centers focused on the disproportionate cancer burden in minority populations.

Cancer Centers were chosen in this effort because they are geographically dispersed, research-intensive organizations with state-of-the-art research facilities and well-organized programs for training cancer scientists. However, the progress of Cancer Centers in focusing on research issues of importance to different racial and ethnic minority populations has been slow. On the other hand, MSIs conduct high quality programs for educating minorities and represent a rich source of talent, cultural sensitivity and perspectives needed in cancer research. But they have had difficulties developing and sustaining independent programs in cancer research.

More information can be obtained from Dr. Sanya Springfield, 496-7334 or by visiting http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/cmbs/index.htm.

Catch Up with IMPAC II at HRDD

HRDD announces several new IMPAC II grants management training courses. They are offered at a central location for convenience and are designed to meet the needs of the grants management community. In an effort to customize and centralize training for SRAs and GTAs, HRDD is now offering the following courses at its Executive Plaza location: Committee Management; Peer Review Module; Grants Management. The following courses will be available on an "as needed" basis: Institute Center Operation ICO; CRISP Plus; Quick View; Tech View; Power View. To customize or arrange on-site courses for your organization, contact HRDD at 496-6211.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features former NIH director Dr. Harold Varmus on Apr. 25, who will give the NIH Director's G. Burroughs Mider Lecture on "Mouse Models of Human Cancer." Varmus is now president and CEO, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York. For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Hilda Madine, 594-5595.

NIH Launches Telework Pilot

Last May, NIH was awarded a grant from Tele-work Partnership with Employers, a program sponsored by the Maryland department of transportation and the Baltimore and Washington councils of government. The grant provided NIH with the services of a professional telework consultant to expand the current flexible workplace program through design and implementation of a telework pilot.

Four components — OD, NIAID, CSR and NIDCD — volunteered groups to participate in the project, and 50 employees began teleworking in March for at least 2 days per month throughout the next year. Alisa Green of NIH's Work and Family Life Center serves as project coordinator with the assistance of a telework advisory committee. The committee includes individuals from various levels and divisions of NIH, as well as representatives from the four participating components. The committee has also been divided into subgroups that have been working with the consultant to develop and address all aspects of the pilot including policy, communications and training, technology, and measurement and evaluation.

The goal of the pilot project is to evaluate the benefits, costs and impact of telework on employees, management and customers. If the report is positive, long-term goals of increasing telework use would be to: more effectively recruit employees and reduce turnover; maintain and encourage high levels of employee performance; and use such resources as technology, office facilities and parking space more efficiently.

The pilot is timely for NIH, as the Office of Personnel Management recently issued guidance that will require agencies to increase the number of employees who telecommute. Through information gathered in the pilot, NIH will be better able to fulfill the new requirements and maximize the benefit of telework to employees and NIH as a whole.

Renewal of NIH Parking Permits

NIH General Parking Permits for campus employees whose last names begin with H, I and J will expire on the last day of May 2001. In order to obtain a new permit, an employee must visit the NIH Parking Office in Bldg. 31, Rm. B3B04. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Remember to bring a valid NIH identification card, driver's license and vehicle registration certificate. For more information, call 496-6851.


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