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A-76 Program Information Session

On Tuesday, Nov. 19, the NIH commercial activities review team will conduct an information sharing session on the NIH Competitive Sourcing Program (A-76). The session is open to all NIH employees and will be held in the Natcher Auditorium from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The session will address the steps NIH is taking as it implements the competitive sourcing aspect of the President's Management Agenda. NIH is committed to maintaining open, honest lines of communication with its employees throughout the A-76 process. Employees will be encouraged to ask questions.

Sign language interpretation will be provided. For other reasonable accommodation contact Carey Roberts at least 5 days in advance at 402-2960 (voice), or 711 via Md. Relay Service or by email at RobertsC@od.nih.gov.

Deitrich To Give Keller Lecture, Nov. 21

A person's level of sensitivity to alcohol is one of the inborn traits that helps determine the risk that he or she will become alcoholic after having begun to drink. The genes that control the initial reaction to alcohol are present in both humans and animals; the ability to breed animals for specific responses to alcohol is a demonstration that these traits are, in fact, heritable.

Dr. Richard Deitrich
The ability to breed animals with differing responses to alcohol has generated a tremendous amount of information in recent years on the genetics and chemistry of the alcohol response. A long-time authority on this research, Dr. Richard Deitrich, will discuss these advances when he gives the 2002 Mark Keller Honorary Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 1:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

Entitled "Genetics of Ethanol Effects in Animal Models," Deitrich's lecture will discuss the selective breeding of rodents for high and low initial sensitivity to alcohol and for acute tolerance — a term for the loss of sensitivity to alcohol that occurs after drinking. These animal lines have been the vehicle with which scientists have learned a great deal about central nervous system effects of alcohol, and about the genes that control these responses. Deitrich will also discuss the implications of this research for treatment and prevention of alcohol problems.


Native American Heritage Month Program Set

All employees are invited to attend NIH's second annual American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month Program on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the main auditorium of the Natcher Conference Center. The keynote speaker will be A. Paul Ortega, a traditional healer from the Mescalero Apache Tribe. For more information, call Frank GrayShield, 594-2373 or William Reeves, 435-1203. Sign language interpreters will be provided. For other reasonable accommodation, call 402-3681 or (TTY) 1-800-877-8339.

Holiday Auction Set, Dec. 6

The Clinical Center's department of laboratory medicine will hold its 30th Holiday Auction fundraiser on Friday, Dec. 6 in Bldg. 10, Rm. 2C310, which is the department's conference room and library.

Organizers welcome donations of items, and remind donors that their contributions are tax-deductible. There will be a white elephant sale table, bake sale, pizza lunch and silent auction. The bake sale, with coffee and tea, begins at 9 a.m., followed by the silent auction and white elephant sale at 10. Pizza will be served at 11 a.m., and the silent auction ends at 2 p.m.

To make donations call Sheila Barrett, 496-5668, or Norma Ruschell, 496-4475.

Use or Lose Reminder

Don't forget to officially schedule your "Use or Lose" annual leave no later than Saturday, Nov. 30. Questions concerning "Use or Lose" leave should be directed to one's human resource office or other program official designated by your institute or center.

Communication for Women in Science

A major concern expressed by NIH women scientists is the need to negotiate effectively and successfully. To address this, the Training and Development Branch has created the Communication and Negotiation for Women in Science workshop, which will be conducted by Dr. Julie White, a well-known speaker, seminar leader, consultant and author.

Participants will learn: successful negotiation tactics and strategies; approaches for breaking through impasses and achieving mutually advantageous solutions; how to define and articulate needs to attain career objectives.

The 2-day workshop will be held on Dec. 4 & 5 and Dec. 4 & 6. For more information, contact the Training & Development Branch at 496-6211 or visit http://learningsource.od.nih.gov/.

Financial Division Launches C-RADS

The Division of Financial Advisory Services (DFAS), in OA's Office of Acquisition Management and Policy, recently launched C-RADS (Commercial Rate Agreement Distribution Services), a secure web-based system that provides restricted online access to indirect cost rates DFAS negotiates with commercial organizations. Because the commercial indirect cost rates are proprietary business information, a secure system had to be developed to prevent unauthorized access to the confidential data.

A team of programmers and computer security experts in OD's Office of Information Technology spent months developing the complex C-RADS system, which incorporates numerous security features. Access to the system is restricted to federal employees who have a bona fide need for the indirect cost rate information, e.g., contracts and grants officials. In order to access the system, each authorized individual must register and obtain a user ID and password.

Access to C-RADS currently is limited to NIH employees. HHS Secretary Thompson recently made the decision to centralize the indirect cost rate negotiation function at NIH for all commercial organizations that receive the preponderance of their federal awards from HHS; therefore, access will be expanded to all HHS employees with a genuine need in the near future. Eventually access will be expanded to all federal employees with a bona fide need since the rates negotiated by DFAS are used government-wide.

Symposium on Oligonucleotides, Dec. 16-17

The therapeutic oligonucleotide interest group will hold its 6th symposium, "Therapeutic Oligonucleotides: Antisense, RNAi, Triple-Helix, DNA-Decoy and DNA-Chip," on Dec. 16-17. The meeting will be held in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 from 7:55 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. In addition to scientists from NIH, FDA/CBER, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins and the Carnegie Institution of Washington, speakers will be coming from the University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University, Columbia, UC-San Diego and biotech companies in the U.S. and Canada. Speakers are also coming from the Institut Gustave-Roussy, France; University of Zurich; University of British Columbia and the University of Naples. There will be 35 speakers in all. Registration is not required. Contact Dr. Cho-Chung (yc12b@nih.gov) for more details.

Duke, Pitt Offer Clinical Research Training

Applications for the 2003-2004 NIH-Duke Training Program in Clinical Research and the University of Pittsburgh Training in Clinical Research Program are available in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1L403.

The NIH-Duke Training Program in Clinical Research, begun in 1998, is designed primarily for physicians and dentists who want formal training in the quantitative and methodological principles of clinical research. The program, offered via videoconference at the Clinical Center, allows the integration of a student's academic coursework with his or her clinical training.

Academic credit earned by participating in this program may be applied toward satisfying the degree requirement for a master of health sciences in clinical research from Duke University School of Medicine.

For more information about courses and tuition, visit http://tpcr.mc.duke.edu/. Email queries may be addressed to tpcr@mc.duke.edu. The deadline for applying is Mar. 1, 2003. Applicants who have been accepted into the program will be notified by July 1, 2003.

The University of Pittsburgh Training in Clinical Research Program, designed for Ph.D.'s and allied health professionals (i.e., pharmacists and nurses), allows trainees to gain the knowledge and skills required for the conduct of clinical investigation, as well as more extensive knowledge relative to a specific area of concentration.

Participants have the option of receiving a certificate in clinical research (15 credits) or a master of science in clinical research (30 credits) from the University of Pittsburgh.

For more information, visit http://www.cc.nih.gov/ccc/cc_pitt/index.html or send an email to tcrp@imap.pitt.edu. The deadline for applying is Mar. 1, 2003. Successful applicants will be notified by May 29, 2003. Physicians and dentists are also eligible to matriculate in this program.

Enrollment in these programs is limited. Prospective participants should consult with their institute or center regarding the official training nomination procedure.

Campus Cyclists Reminded to Ride Safely

NIH Police want to get the word out about the rights and responsibilities of bicyclists riding on NIH grounds. "Recently it has been brought to the attention of the NIH Police that bicyclists on the campus have been observed operating their bikes in what could be considered an unsafe manner," said Warren LaHeist, acting traffic division sergeant.

Because there are no federal laws governing the operation of bicycles on NIH roads, LaHeist said Maryland state laws on traffic issues are "assimilated" by the NIH Police.

"This means any bicyclist on NIH roads must stop for stop signs, must yield to pedestrians and so forth," LaHeist pointed out. "Bicyclists are also required to ride as far to the right of the roadway as possible, and must use arm signals when making turns." When turning left, extend the left arm; when turning right, extend the right arm, pointing to the right.

In Maryland, bicyclists are not prohibited from riding on sidewalks. Bicyclists on campus who use the sidewalk should use extreme care, LaHeist reminded. "It is also helpful for those walking on campus to give bikers room on some of the tighter pathways by staying to the right of the sidewalk."

In addition, bicycles are required to have a bell to warn pedestrians of their approach. LaHeist said another acceptable alert is to call out when approaching someone. Finally, bicyclists riding on campus after dark must have both a headlight and taillight. "This is more for the safety of the bicycle rider than anything else," he concluded. "If you can't be seen, you place yourself at risk."

Toastmasters Mark 20 Years

The NIH Evening Speakers Toastmasters Club celebrated its 20th anniversary with a dinner party on Sept. 10. The guest of honor was club founder Dr. Padman Sarma, shown here with Dr. Francoise Arnaud, current club president. He was roasted and toasted by enthusiastic club members. Members improve their public speaking and leadership skills through mutual help in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Meetings are held in Bldg. 10, Rm. 2C116 (medical board room) on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Visitors are welcome.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Donald Kennedy on Nov. 20, giving the sixth James A. Shannon Lecture (see story06). There is no lecture on Nov. 27 due to Thanksgiving break. For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Hilda Madine, 594-5595.


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