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eRA Symposium Set, May 10

The NIH Electronic Research Administration (eRA) welcomes NIH'ers on Friday, May 10, for a half-day symposium entitled "eRA: What's in it for me?" at the Natcher Conference Center. Designed for extramural staff, it will illustrate how eRA can help employees do their jobs, as well as demonstrate eRA's progress toward achieving NIH's vision of a fully electronic grant life cycle.

From 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m, visitors can learn how to use new eRA products and features to improve access to information, produce customizable reports, facilitate communications and increase efficiency. Three repeating 25-minute breakout sessions enable guests to focus on cutting-edge developments including: Electronic council book and query/view/reporting; eSNAP— eRA's electronic streamlined noncompeting award process; grant folder; grants closeout system; ICSTORe document management system; population tracking; and review module.

For more information and to register online, visit http://era.nih.gov/eraworkshop/index.cfm. Sign language interpreters will be provided. For other reasonable accommodation, email askera@od.nih.gov or call 451-5954 at least 5 days in advance. The symposium will be webcast and archived at http://videocast.nih.gov/.

Nursing Day Features Videocast, May 2

The Public Health Service will hold its 11th annual Nursing Recognition Day conference on Thursday, May 2; NIH'ers may access it via videocast.nih.gov or by viewing it in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10 between 1 and 3 p.m. The event is titled, "The Role of Nursing and Public Health During Times of War and Terrorism."

The conference will address historical and local, state, national and international public health initiatives in the war against terrorism and bioterrorism. Delivering opening remarks will be Mary Pat Couig, chief nurse of the PHS; the panel includes four other speakers. For more information, contact Edwina Smith, 443-1061.

Bike To Work Day, May 3

NIH will observe Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 3. Those who cycle in that day are invited to meet in front of Bldg. 1 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., when orange juice, bagels and cream cheese will be served. Also available will be a Bike Routes to NIH map and route descriptions, lots of bike information, equipment checks and free minor adjustments. The NIH Bicycle Commuter Club has posted routes to NIH on its web site at http://www.recgov.org/r&w/nihbike/bike.html. More bike route descriptions, whether to campus or any off-campus building, are welcome and should be emailed to Carl Henn, Bicycle Commuter Club president, at ch24v@nih.gov. People interested in supporting bicycle commuting at NIH are invited to join the club's email list; details are posted at the web site above. Bike lockers removed for security reasons following 9/11 are to be replaced, at least 100 feet from buildings, by May 3, Henn said.

National Day of Prayer, May 2

On Thursday, May 2, there will be a nondenominational prayer vigil near the front steps of Bldg. 1. Anyone desiring to pray for our nation and its leaders is encouraged to come to the ceremony from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

New Look for the NIH Library

The NIH Library in Bldg. 10 recently installed a new combined circulation and information desk so there is only one place to go to checkout and/or return books or ask a reference question. To find out what else is new, library tours are offered on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, from 2-3 p.m. Comments or suggestions for improvements in any of the library's services or the facility are always welcome. To contact the NIH Library, call 496-1080 or visit http://nihlibrary.nih.gov.

NICHD Contributes to Surgeon General's Report

Shortly before leaving office, former Surgeon General David Satcher (c) released a report seeking to improve the health of people with mental retardation. The report is based on a conference that NICHD cosponsored with other institutes, federal agencies, private groups and Satcher's office. Attendees included (from l) Loretta Claiborne, NICHD director Dr. Duane Alexander, Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Timothy Shriver, president of Special Olympics. To prepare for the national conference, Satcher held a listening session that allowed people at selected sites around the country to express their needs and hopes. He also established a special web site to solicit comments from the public. The conference identified six goals for improving the health and lives of people with mental retardation and specified steps to achieve each goal. The full text of the report is available at http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/pubs/closingthegap/index.htm.


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