Holds Insurance Open Season
The FAES Health Insurance Program is conducting Open Season from
Nov. 1-23, and 28-30. The program is open to those who work for
or at NIH in full-time positions but are not eligible for government
plans. This includes NIH fellows, special volunteers, guest researchers,
contractors and full-time temporary personnel. The minimum enrollment
period is 3 months. Benefits and/or changes take effect Jan. 1,
Open Season is for those who did not enroll when first eligible
and for current subscribers to make changes. Appointments are required
to make changes to medical coverage but not for dental enrollment.
FAES offers CareFirst BlueCross/BlueShield PPO and a voluntary
dental plan through Cigna.
More information may be obtained from the FAES web site at www.faes.org or
from the FAES business office, Bldg. 10, Rm. B1C18. To schedule
an appointment, call (301) 496-8063. FAES is open Monday-Friday
from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Manchester Quartet Begins 17th Season
The 17th season of lunchtime performances by the Manchester String
Quartet at NIH began on Oct. 3. The concerts are free and start
at 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.
Future concert dates, all on Mondays, are: Nov. 7; Dec. 12; Jan.
9, 2006; Jan. 30; Feb. 13; Mar. 27; May 1.
The series is made possible by a grant from the Merck Company
Foundation. For reasonable accommodation needs, contact Sharon
Greenwell, NIH Visitor Information Center, (301) 496-4713 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRAT Program Accepts Applications
The NIGMS Pharmacology Research Associate (PRAT) program is now
accepting applications for positions to begin October 2006. This
is a competitive research fellowship program to support training
at NIH or FDA laboratories for postdoctoral candidates whose research
is focused on the pharmacological sciences and related research
areas such as molecular pharmacology, signal-transduction mechanisms,
drug metabolism, immunopharmacology, chemistry and drug design,
structural biology, endocrinology, bioinformatics, and neuroscience.
PRAT fellowships are 3-year appointments that include competitive
salaries as well as some supply and travel funds to help support
research in preceptors' laboratories. Applicants must identify
a preceptor in their application. Preceptors may be any tenured
or tenure-track scientist at NIH or FDA who has agreed to host
the applicant. Postdoctoral fellows who have more than 1 year of
research experience at NIH or FDA at the time of applying are not
eligible. Applications must be received by Dec. 16. For more information
or application materials, contact the PRAT program assistant at
(301) 594-3583 or email email@example.com.
STEP Forum on Inflammation, Oct. 27
The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will
present a Science for All forum on the topic, "Inflammation: Friend
and Foe," on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to noon in Natcher Bldg.,
Inflammation is a major part of the body's first defense against
infection and is essential to wound healing, but uncontrolled,
it can contribute to disease. While inflammation has long been
known to be involved in pathologies as diverse as autoimmunity,
cancer and gastrointestinal illnesses, scientists have recently
uncovered evidence of a previously unsuspected role in illnesses
such as Alzheimer's and cardiovascular disease. This forum will
examine the cascade of events involved in the inflammatory process,
its role in an expanding number of diseases and contemporary strategies
to manage inflammation.
Living Arrangements for Older Family
Do you think your parent or older relative may need greater support?
How do you know what type of living environment is best suited
to his or her needs? Attend the seminar "Living Arrangements for
Older Family Members" to learn how to identify your older relative's
needs and talk to him/her about preferences for a new or enhanced
living arrangement. Find out about the various options, from independent
to assisted living, to understand how you can help your relative
reach a satisfactory decision during this socio-emotional transition.
Obtain a list of local and national resources. Course is Wednesday,
Nov. 2, noon to 1:30 p.m., Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 6C10.
Annual Leave: Use It or Lose It
Annual leave in excess of the maximum carryover balance (in most
cases 240 hours) is normally forfeited if not used by the end of
the current leave year. If you have not already planned to take
those excess hours of annual leave, you should discuss your leave
with your supervisor now while there is still time to schedule
it. Your bi-weekly Leave and Earnings Statement tells you how much
annual leave you must use so that you will not lose it when the
leave year ends on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006.
In spite of planning, circumstances sometimes arise that prevent
you from taking leave that has been scheduled and approved earlier
during the leave year. In such cases, you and your supervisor are
jointly responsible for ensuring that any "use or lose" leave is
officially rescheduled. This year, your "use or lose" leave must
be scheduled not later than Saturday, Nov. 26.
If you or your supervisor have questions about "use or lose" leave,
contact your administrative officer.
CSR Welcomes New Review Interns
Five scientists recently began work in CSR's Review Internship
Program, which is designed for biomedical and behavioral research
scientists who are interested in careers in science administration.
They are (from l): Dr. Bonnie Burgess-Beusse (digestive
sciences integrated review group), Dr. Lambratu
(Bree) Rahman (oncological sciences integrated review group), Dr.
Tanya Hoodbhoy (biology of development and aging integrated
review group), Dr. Carol Hamelink (molecular,
cellular and developmental neuroscience integrated review group)
and Dr. Bukhtiar Shah (cardiovascular
sciences integrated review group). Applications are now being accepted
from both intramural and extramural scientists, who may apply by
Jan. 1, 2006, for positions starting July 2006. More information
is available via the employment section of CSR's web site at http://www.csr.nih.gov.
Talk on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Oct.
The women's health special interest group will sponsor a talk
titled, "Management of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome," on Friday, Oct.
28 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1. The speaker
is Dr. Katherine Sherif, director, Center for Women's Health, Drexel
University College of Medicine, Philadelphia. If you require sign
language interpretation, contact Vicki Malick at firstname.lastname@example.org at
least 5 days before the seminar.
|HHS Secretary Leavitt
|NHLBI director Dr. Elizabeth
Nabel and NIH director Dr. Elias
Zerhouni welcome HHS Secretary Mike
Leavitt (r) to NIH on Sept. 30.
Helman (l), chief of NCI’s Pediatric Branch,
greets John Agwunobi, President
Bush’s nominee for HHS assistant secretary (c) and
|At NLM with Dr. David Lipman (second
from l), director of the National Center for Biotechnology
Information, Leavitt views a constantly updated world map that
displays global usage of NLM’s Medline/PubMed online
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