Chapter Meets, Apr. 12
All are invited to join the Bethesda chapter of Federally Employed
Women (FEW) on Tuesday, Apr. 12 in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 2 from noon
to 1 p.m. Edna Harvin-Battle, FEW national executive vice president,
will speak on the "Benefits of Training and Volunteering." For
more information contact Arlene Polk at Polka@od.nih.gov or
at (301) 402-6101.
Day of Prayer Marked May 5
The National Day of Prayer tradition predates the founding of
the United States; the Continental Congress issued a proclamation
setting aside a day of prayer in 1775. In 1952, Congress established
an annual day of prayer and, in 1988, that law was amended, designating
the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May. This year's
National Day of Prayer will be observed May 5 on the lawn in front
of Bldg. 1, around the flagpole. The observance invites all people
of any faith to pray for the goodwill of the country and its leaders.
The event is sponsored by the Noontime Christian Fellowship.
Tae Kwon Do Beginner's Class
The NIH Tae Kwon Do School is offering a beginner's class for
adults and mature teens starting Monday, May 2. The curriculum
combines traditional striking arts, forms and sparring with emphasis
on self-defense. No experience is necessary. Class will meet in
the Malone Center (Bldg. 31C, B4 level, next to the NIH Fitness
Center) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and will continue
for about 2 months until participants can be integrated into the
regular school training. Dues are $40 per quarter and a uniform
costs $30. Interested persons are welcome to watch regular training
sessions. For information call Andrew Schwartz, (301) 402-5197
or visit http://www.recgov.org/r&w/nihtaekwondo.html.
Wednesday Afternoon Lectures
The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day
at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Richard Losick
on Apr. 13, addressing "Commitment and Cannibalism in a Bacterium." He
is Maria Moors Cabot professor of biology, Harvard College professor
and HHMI professor at Harvard University.
On Apr. 20, Dr. Robert M. Stroud will lecture on "A Two Billion
Year Old Tale of the Mechanisms of Transmembrane Transport Elucidated
at theLevel of Atomic Structures." He is professor of biochemistry
and biophysics, department of biochemistry and biophysics, and
professor of pharmaceutical chemistry, University of California,
For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Hilda
Madine, (301) 594-5595.
NIH Record Is Still Recyclable
Some readers have wondered whether the slicker paper stock that
the Record first adopted back in the July 6, 2004 issue
(but newly taken note of in the color edition we published on Mar.
15, 2005) is still recyclable as office white paper. The answer
is yes, according to our printing specialists in ORS. And even
though this issue of the Record sports a completely new design,
it too remains recyclable as office white paper. We're not only
the "Second Best Thing About Payday," we're also respectful of
Attention Female Baseball Players
The R&W is starting a women's baseball club called the NIH Lasers,
which will play in the Eastern Women's Baseball Conference. EWBC
players range in age from 15-55, with most of the players in their
20s to 40s. Each team plays one game per weekend, early May through
mid/late September. All teams have pre-season practices and scrimmages
in the spring, and most continue to practice once a week during
the season. The league also assembles a select "tournament team" for
occasional competition against other leagues. The Lasers have about
13 players so far, and are looking for 4-5 more; they also need
a coach/manager (of either gender). If interested, contact Susan
McCarthy at (301) 594-8785 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
R&W Has Tickets to Many Events
The R&W sells many discounted tickets to different venues around
the D.C. metropolitan and Virginia areas. You must be an R&W member
to buy tickets, but the cost of that is only $7 for the year and
can be bought at the time you buy tickets. The local amusement
park season is under way and Busch Garden tickets are now on sale.
Look for Kings Dominion, Six Flags America and Hershey Park deals
soon too. In addition, check out the selection of ballpark seats
for the Baltimore Orioles and the new Washington Nationals. For
any of these and more, including The Aquarium, movie passes and
Tourmobile, just call the activities desk at (301) 496-4600, or
buy your tickets from any R&W store.
Career Mentoring Program Offered
The Health and Human Services University launched the second
year of the Career Mentoring Program on Mar. 21, with 40 pairs
hailing from NIH. The 1-year program gives the mentoree an opportunity
to pair with more experienced employees who can provide advice,
coaching or feedback on career goals. The program includes a 2-day
workshop Apr. 27-29 plus four quarterly meetings. A full description
of the program and a list of coordinators' names and phone numbers
may be viewed at http://learning.hhs.gov/development/mentoring.html or by contacting NIH coordinators Pauline Irwin (email@example.com)
or Kent Bemberger (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tuition for NIH participants is $550. To register, enter your
nomination through the NIHITS system.
Mentoring opportunities are available to employees at grades GS-13
and above. If you are interested, contact Irwin at (301) 451-2082
or by email.
Sickle Cell Anemia Outreach Event
Sickle cell anemia affects millions of people throughout the
world. In the U.S. alone, about 72,000 people are diagnosed with
the condition. It occurs in about 1 in every 500 African-American
births and one in every 1,200 Hispanic-American births.
The Clinical Center and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
sickle cell clinical research team are hosting a sickle cell anemia
outreach event aimed at communicating information about the disease,
symptoms and complications, diagnosis and treatment. Representatives
from the health care research team will share information and be
available to answer questions on the latest medical knowledge,
scientific advances and current research efforts about sickle cell
disease. New therapies for the disease will also be presented.
The free event will take place Saturday, Apr. 23 from 10:30 a.m.
to 2 p.m. in the CRC first-floor atrium. For more information call
IPMA Training Conference, May 4
The Montgomery County chapter of the International Public Management
Association-HR will present the 34th annual training and development
conference on the topic "HR: Setting the Sails Amid Winds of Change," on
Wednesday, May 4 at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda. The keynote speaker
is Neal Petersen, who will lecture on the topic, "No Barriers." He
is a motivational speaker, author and entertainer. Registration
is ongoing now through Apr. 22. For more information and to register
New Secretary Makes First Visit