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Vol. LVII, No. 16
August 12, 2005
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NIH Jobs Web Site To Announce All Posts

Looking for employment at NIH? The NIH Jobs web site (http://www.jobs.nih.gov/) is where you will find links to all vacancies. Until recently, the NIH Office of Human Resources was using as many as three automated vacancy announcement systems — HHS Careers (also known as QuickHire), CareerHere and the Office of Personnel Management's USAJOBS system — to announce vacancies. HHS Careers was the corporate recruitment system and the idea was that NIH would transition out of using other systems. However, when QuickHire was taken down due to performance issues earlier this year, OHR began using USAJOBS to announce positions that would have been posted in HHS Careers while continuing to use CareerHere for other vacancy announcements.

Now more changes are on the horizon. NIH will stop using CareerHere at the end of this fiscal year, and the system will be shut down permanently. It is expected that the transition from CareerHere to USAJOBS will be an easy adjustment for program staff and applicants. OHR will continue to use USAJOBS to announce all NIH competitive vacancies until further notice. When the HHS Careers system becomes available again to NIH — perhaps as early as late September — it will be used for certain NIH jobs, and USAJOBS will announce all other NIH positions. Regardless of what system is being used, applicants can continue to go to http://www.jobs.nih.gov/ to find all NIH vacancies advertised by OHR.

Get Ready for the Annual Relay

The 22nd NIH Institute Relay will take place on Thursday, Sept. 15. The event consists of 5-person teams. Each teammate runs a -mile loop around Bldg. 1. All institutes, centers, divisions and contractors are invited to enter as many teams as they wish. Each team must have men and women runners with at least two runners of the same sex on each team. There is a $10 entry fee per team to cover expenses and ribbons. Pick out your teams and start training. Group leaders should email Randy Schools at schoolsr@ors.od.nih.gov with your group leader, team name and team participants. Volunteers will be needed; call the R&W office at 301-496-6061 if you would like to help.

Yoga Meditation Held Weekly

Sahaja yoga meditation class is held every Thursday at 7 p.m. on the third floor of the CRC, Rm. 3-1608. Sahaja yoga seeks to awaken inner energy called kundalini, and is offered for free and without obligation. The class is sponsored by the recreation therapy section of the rehabilitation medicine department. For more information contact Jasmin Salloum, (301) 402-5630.

R&W Summer Events Yield Thousands for Several NIH Charities

The summer's events sponsored by the Recreation and Welfare Association at NIH have already yielded many thousands of dollars for such NIH charities as the Children's Inn, Camp Fantastic and Friends of the Clinical Center: The Camp Fantastic Barbecue, held June 14, raised more than $2,100. The golf tournament with GE has brought in over $70,000, with more to come, and the golf tournament held by families of the camp raised in excess of $20,000. In addition the Camp Fantastic Barbecue in the bull pen (shown in photos) with the Baltimore Orioles sold out; more than 250 attended. The next event is the 9th annual free Outdoor Film Festival on the grounds of Strathmore Hall from Friday, Aug. 12 through Monday, Aug. 21. Check www.filmfestnih.org for feature titles.


Join the NIH Paddling Club

The 22nd NIH Institute Relay will take place Founded by members of the NIAID Dragon Boat Racing team, the NIH Paddling Club is dedicated to fostering health, fitness, environmental awareness and fun for federal workers, their families and the community. The club emphasizes hand-powered watercraft, and provides instruction in beginning canoeing and kayaking. It holds workshops on canoes, kayaks, outrigger canoes, rowing shells and dragon boats. In addition, the club's dragon boat team, the Water Hazards, has participated in the D.C. Dragon Boat Festival for the last 2 years. This year, the adult and youth team's combined winnings included one gold, two silver and two bronze medals. The club is committed to reach out to the community to encourage and support dragon boat racing for breast cancer survivors, military personnel and at-risk youth. Anyone interested in joining the club can contact David Winter at dwinter@niaid.nih.gov.


Principles of Clinical Pharmacology Course

The Principles of Clinical Pharmacology course, sponsored by the Clinical Center, will begin in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10 on Sept. 1. The course will be held Thursday evenings from 6:30 to approximately 7:45 and will run through Apr. 27, 2006.

The course covers topics such as pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism and transport, assessment of drug effects, drug therapy in special populations and drug discovery and development. An outstanding faculty has been assembled to present the lectures. The faculty has also prepared a textbook, Principles of Clinical Pharmacology, which is available in the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, Inc. bookstore located in Bldg. 10. The textbook is also available from Amazon.com.

This is the eighth year that the course is being offered. Registration is open to all interested persons free of charge. Certificates will be awarded at the end of the course to students who attend 75 percent of the lectures. More information about the course, including online registration, is available at http://www.cc.nih.gov/researchers/training/principles.shtml or by calling (301) 435-6618.

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, Sept. 12.

Our curriculum combines traditional striking arts, forms and sparring, with particular emphasis on self-defense. No experience is necessary. The class will meet in the Thomas Malone Judo & Tae Kwon Do Center (Bldg. 31C, B4 level, next to the NIH Fitness Center) from 6-8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and will continue for approximately 2 months until participants can be integrated into the regular school training.

Registration costs $40, which includes beginner's class for 10 weeks, first-quarter dues and equipment; a uniform is $30. Interested persons are welcome to watch regular training sessions. For information, call Andrew Schwartz (301) 402-5197 or visit the web site at http://www.recgov.org/r&w/nihtaekwondo.html.

Principles of Clinical Research Class

Registration for the 2005-2006 "Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research" began on Aug. 1. The course will run from Oct. 17 through Feb. 21, 2006. The deadline for registering is Oct. 5. Classes will be held on campus on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 5 to 6:30. There is no charge for the course, but purchase of a textbook is required. A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course, including a final exam. For more information or to register, visit http://www.cc.nih.gov/researchers/training/ippcr.shtml or call (301) 496-9425.

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