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Inn Can Benefit from Golf Tourney, June 24-27

The Children's Inn at NIH has been selected to benefit from the Birdies for Charity online pledge program of the Booz Allen Classic golf tournament. Supporters can log on to and click on the Birdies for Charity icon at the bottom of the home page to participate. Pledge a nickel, dime or quarter for each birdie made by a PGA tour professional during the Booz Allen Classic, and designate the inn as the beneficiary. At the end of the tournament, when all the birdies are tallied, 100 percent of each pledge designated to the inn will be forwarded there. The Booz Allen Classic will be played June 24-27 at the Tournament Players Club at Avenel in Potomac, Md.

NIH'ers Complete Montgomery College Certificate Program

Pictured above are employees who have completed Montgomery College's General Management Certificate program this spring as a part of Extended Learning Services (ELS). They are (from l) Wendy Jones, secretary, Division of Extramural Activities, NCI; Phyllis Bryant, program specialist, Developmental Therapeutic Program, NCI; Lorraine Geiser, purchasing agent, Office of Logistics and Acquisitions, OD; and Consuelo Holguin, secretary, Autoimmunity Branch, NIAMS. They are progressing professionally by pursuing certificates and degrees at MC and the University of Maryland. ELS coordinates courses in concert with the host worksite, enabling employees to enhance their academic and professional advancement through a variety of credit options. One of the program's hallmarks is the support offered by counselors who work with the students on course choice and career planning.

NCI Branch Holds Annual Workshop

NCI director Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach offers remarks at the annual professional development and peer review workshop held by the institute's Comprehensive Minority Biomedical Branch. Also on hand at the May 3-4 event were (from l) Dr. Karen Antman, Dr. Sanya Springfield and Bobby Rosenfeld. More than 100 cancer researchers from across the country came to learn about career development, the funding path to independence, concepts of receipt, referral and review of both grants and supplements and to learn about the roles of grants management specialists, program directors and scientific review administrators. They also learned about review of R01 grants and what it's like to be a reviewer.

Use Fire Doors Properly, Marshal Urges

If you work in a lab on campus, it is likely that you use "fire-rated" doors. Fire doors are typically made of steel or solid wood and have special components including closers, latching hardware and fire-rated windows. These doors can only perform their job when used and maintained properly.

To maintain proper use of a fire door:

  • Keep the door closed at all times; particularly when the lab is not occupied.
  • Don't prop open the door with wedges or by bending the closer mechanism.
  • Don't install metal "kick plates" higher than 16 inches from the bottom of the door; larger kick plates act as a heat sink, which could reduce the door's fire resistance.
  • Don't store equipment or combustibles against the fire door; piling items in front of a fire door may result in these materials igniting if a fire were to occur on the other side of the door.
  • Don't nail or screw signs or other items to the fire door. Creating holes or cracks in a fire door may void the fire protection rating and require the door's replacement.
If the Division of the Fire Marshal determines that one of the fire doors installed in your laboratory is not required by the National Fire Codes and you wish to render it inactive, submit a work request to the Office of Research Facilities Development and Operations through your administrative officer to have the door removed.

For more information on the proper use, installation or modification of fire doors, contact the Division of the Fire Marshal, (301) 496-0487.

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