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Campus Parking Update

As of Oct. 27, 560 new spaces in temporary gravel lots have been made available to offset the closure of parking lot 31D. Attendants will be available to assist employees. For the latest parking and transportation information, call 402-RIDE, email parkinginfo@mail.nih.gov, tune to NIH radio 1610 AM or visit the web site at http://parking.nih.gov.

Employee Needs Organ Donation

Wanda White, an employee with type A blood, is in need of a kidney transplant. If there is anyone interested in being tested as a possible donor match who has either type A or O blood, call Nancy at 435-2110. Federal government donors can use up to 30 days of donor leave, which is not associated with your sick or vacation leave.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features the NIH Director's Sixth Astute Clinician Lecture, by Dr. Richard T. Miyamoto, on Nov. 5. See story08.

On Nov. 12, Dr. Spero M. Manson, professor of psychiatry and head, American Indian and Alaska Native Programs, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, will discuss "Wounded Spirits, Ailing Hearts: The Legacy of PTSD Among American Indians."

For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Hilda Madine, 594-5595.

Salzman Symposium in Virology, Nov. 20

The fourth annual Norman P. Salzman Symposium in Virology will be held Thursday, Nov. 20 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Cloisters (Bldg. 60), followed by a reception. The theme of the event, at which the winner of the Salzman Award will be named, is "Highly Pathogenic Viruses: Potential Agents of Bioterrorism." Keynote speaker for the symposium in Dr. Kathryn Holmes, a coronavirus expert at the University of Colorado, who will discuss SARS.

The event honors Salzman, who had a 40-year career investigating basic aspects of virology. There is no registration fee for the symposium, but attendees are encouraged to register online at http://fmp.cit.nih.gov/vig/reg.html.

FEW Holds Planning Meeting, Nov. 18

Federally Employed Women, Bethesda chapter, will hold a planning meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at noon in Bldg. 31, Rm. 6C6. All are welcome. Sign language interpreters are provided. For reasonable accommodation to participate, call 451-0002.

Annual Leave: Use It or Lose It

Annual leave in excess of the maximum carryover balance (in most cases 240 hours) is normally forfeited if not used by the end of the current leave year. If you have not already planned to take those excess hours of annual leave, you should discuss your leave with your supervisor now while there is still time to schedule it. Your bi-weekly Earnings and Leave Statement tells you how much annual leave you must use so that you will not lose it when the leave year ends on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004.

In spite of planning, circumstances sometimes arise that prevent you from taking leave that has been scheduled and approved earlier during the leave year. In such cases, you and your supervisor are jointly responsible for ensuring that any "use or lose" leave is officially rescheduled. This year, your "use or lose" leave must be scheduled not later than Saturday, Nov. 29.

If you or your supervisor have questions regarding "use or lose" leave, contact your human resource office or other appropriate program official designated by your institute or center.

Children's Inn Needs Overnight Volunteers

Overnight weekend resident managers are needed to staff the Children's Inn. Volunteers typically serve one or two times every couple of months, managing the inn from 6 p.m. Fridays through 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Split shifts are also available. A backup staff member is in the building and also available on call. This is a great opportunity for individuals or teams of two (married couples, friends, brothers/sisters, mother/daughter, etc.). All volunteers will receive operations and procedures training and reside at the inn during their experience as onsite hosts, facilitators and managers. If you are interested in finding out more, contact Laura King, director of volunteers, via email at lking@box-l.nih.gov.

Cancer Symptom Management, Palliative Care Research Opportunities

Now you can find symptom management and palliative care research opportunities in one place. A new page on NCI's cancer.gov web site announces funding opportunities and areas of encouraged research. Find announcements from multiple institutes and centers. Provided by NCI's palliative care working group, the site includes such topics as: biobehavioral and mind-body interactions; end-of-life; pain and other symptoms; mental health; and translating research to practice. Visit http://www.cancer.gov/researchfunding/announcements/symptommanagement/.

NIH Orchestra Aids Charities

The NIH Orchestra recently presented checks totaling more than $1,300 to various NIH charities; the funds represent proceeds from orchestra concerts. Present at the donation were (from l) Randy Schools, R&W president; Martin Brown, NCI; Dale Kiesewetter, CC; Frederick Chin, NIMH; Harold Seifried, NCI; Charly Wells, OD; Jerome Danoff, CC; and Dave Smith of Special Love.

'University' Training for NIH Staff

In an effort to streamline training, the department has consolidated training through creation of the HHS University. As a result, NIH employees may see a few changes in the coming months. "But the transition is expected to go largely unnoticed," says Melanie Keller, acting training liaison with the NIH Office of Strategic Management Planning.

While many courses once offered by the NIH Training and Development Branch will be available through HHSU, NIH staff will still be able to get agency-specific training through the newly named NIH Training Center. The NIHTC staff will ensure that needed courses are readily available to support the NIH mission.

Information about NIH-specific training will still be available at http://learningsource.od.nih.gov, a web site in the process of being updated. For more information, call the NIHTC at 496-6211.

Employees who do not find applicable courses on that web site should visit the HHSU web page at http://learning.hhs.gov.


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