Show Highlights Inn Butterfly Garden
The cable TV show Animal Planet visited the Children's Inn at
NIH last May for 2 days of filming for an episode of the series Backyard
Habitat. The show aired originally in mid-August, but will
be rebroadcast Sept. 11 at 7 a.m. and Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. and 2
p.m. The episode, titled "Swallowtails and Red-spotted Butterflies," depicts
the positive effects that nature and wildlife can have on our health.
In it, inn residents learn which native plants attract the spicebush
swallowtail butterfly and red-spotted purple butterfly, and what
shrubs sustain them in their caterpillar phase, as well as how
to turn a pile of manure into a horn of plenty. The show hosts
also demonstrate how to make decorative garden stones. The photos
offer two views of the garden, located behind the inn.
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.
Children's Inn Seeks Donations
Looking for a great office project? Bring a bag of canned goods
to the Children's Inn. Often, families arrive late at night after
the inn's grocery run and do not have food for dinner or breakfast.
Or they may not have sufficient funds to purchase food. The inn's "help
yourself'' pantry provides food for families 365 days a year.
The following items are needed: small individual boxes of cereal;
individual serving-size containers of apple sauce, puddings, jello,
fruit; Parmalat long-life reduced fat milk; cup of noodles; Sip-its
juice; cans of soup, spaghetti, vegetables; pasta and sauces; baby
food; personal care products, particularly toothbrushes; "Thoughtful
Treasures," small gifts for children's mailboxes.
You may drop off bags or boxes of food at the Children's Inn,
7 West Drive, before 7 p.m. A volunteer at the welcome desk will
give you an in-kind donation form.
Grady Honored by Columbia University
University School of Nursing honored Dr. Patricia A. Grady, director
of the National Institute of Nursing Research, with its Second
Century Award for Excellence in Health Care at recent ceremonies
in New York City. The award, established at Columbia University's
centennial in 1992, is made annually in reflection of the school's
second century of educating nurses. Dr. Mary O'Neil Mundinger,
dean and Centennial professor in health policy at Columbia, presented
the award to Grady, noting that "during her tenure (as NINR director),
nursing research has flourished nationally." The dramatic increase
in nursing research funding " is largely due to her extraordinary
leadership within and among the various institutes," Mundinger
said. Grady's "networking, her own significant research accomplishments
in physiology, and her quiet, graceful, intelligent and influential
presence in Washington have been a gift to our profession," she
NIH Responds to Hurricane Katrina
As the NIH Record went to press, NIH was coordinating
its response to the natural disaster wrought by Hurricane Katrina.
The main NIH web page at http://www.nih.gov includes
the most up-to-date information on helping out. NIH director Dr.
Elias Zerhouni announced a variety of ways NIH would respond and
was in regular contact with employees via email. Look for coverage
of the myriad ways NIH is addressing this crisis in a future issue
of the Record.
Camera Club Holds Competition
Once a month on Tuesday evenings, the Classic Residence for senior
citizens in Chevy Chase opens its doors to the members of the NIH
Camera Club, an R&W-sponsored organization of emerging, seasoned
and expert photographers. A professional from the Washington area
shares photographic expertise and images, then judges photos on
a topic such as nature or architecture or photojournalism, in three
categories — slides, color and black-and-white prints. On
Tuesday, Oct. 11, this year's NIH-wide photography competition
will take place. All members of the NIH community are invited to
participate. For a handout with competition details, email Brenda
In appreciation to the Classic Residence for its hospitality,
camera club members organize special cultural and travel slide
shows for the residents during the year. In 2005, presentations
were given on China by Drs. Yuan Liu (NINDS) and Dennis Glanzman
(NIMH); on India by Suzanne Dater; and on The Alamo by Caroline
Ball. The club's photographers are a peripatetic group, and their
cameras capture those Cartier-Bresson "decisive moments" for all