Forum on Telecommuting, Feb. 23
The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will
present a Workplace Strategies forum on the topic, "Telecommuting:
Productivity, Efficiency and the Kitchen Sink" on Thursday, Feb.
23 from 8 a.m. to noon in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.
Telecommuting reduces traffic, pollution, commuting expense and
stress. Yet the promise of telecommuting generally remains unfulfilled
in our region. Many NIH jobs are conducive to telecommuting. Working
away from the office presents unique challenges, for example, setting
up hardware and software and staying connected with coworkers and
constituents. Supervising workers who are away from the workplace
also requires important managerial skills including flexibility,
preparation and effective communication. How can we make telecommuting
work for NIH and its workforce? This STEP seminar explores the
benefits of and barriers to telecommuting at NIH today and in the
Conference on Nursing Science
The National Institute of Nursing Research and the Clinical Center
nursing and patient care services will hold a conference titled, "Celebrating
Nursing Science: The Research-Practice Link" on Friday, June 16.
For more information contact Donna Jo McCloskey, (301) 402-1446
or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For conference highlights, registration
and call for posters, visit http://ninr.nih.gov/ninr/ and click
on "Save the Date."
Learn 'Secrets of Paying for College'
The Work and Family Life Center will hold a seminar titled, "Secrets
of Paying for College" on Thursday, Feb. 23 from noon to 1:30 p.m.
at 6001 Executive Blvd., Rm. C. Applying for college can be overwhelming
to your children — paying for college can be overwhelming to you!
There are lots of resources out there — attend this session to learn
how to navigate the resources and get tips on paying for a college
education. A half hour will be allotted at the end for questions.
Wednesday Afternoon Lectures
The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake
day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr.
Rena R. Wing on Feb. 15, speaking on "Winning at Losing: The Art
and Science of Long-Term Weight Control." She is professor of psychiatry
and human behavior, Brown University School of Medicine and
director, Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center, Miriam Hospital,
On Feb. 22, Dr. Enrique Rodriguez-Boulan will discuss "Epithelial
Cell Polarity: Life in Between Two Worlds." He is Dyson professor
of cell biology in ophthalmology and director, Margaret Dyson Vision
Research Institute, Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call (301)
NIH Sailing Association Open House
The NIH Sailing Association invites everyone to its open house
on Thursday, Mar. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the FAES House on the corner
of Old Georgetown Rd. and Cedar Ln. Would you like to learn to
sail? Can you imagine being part of a group filled with skilled
sailing instructors, enthusiasts and boat owners? Membership includes
instruction, sailboats for charter, racing, cruises, parties and
fun. Admission to the open house is $5 at the door and includes
pizza and soda. For more information visit www.recgov.org/sail.
NIH Hosts Black History Month Observance
The annual NIH Black History Month Program will be held on Thursday,
Feb. 23 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. This
year's theme is "Celebrating Community: A Tribute to Black Fraternal,
Social and Civic Institutions." The keynote speaker will be Roslyn
McCallister Brock, vice chair of the NAACP board of directors.
Learn strategies to join these organizations in advancing the welfare
of blacks in health, economics, education and civil rights.
For reasonable accommodation, call Carlton Coleman at (301) 496-2906.
Sign language interpreting services will be provided. For details
about the program, call Kay Johnson Graham at (301) 451-0859.
Seen This Poster Yet?
NIH recently launched its tobacco-free campaign with this poster
by artist Richard Thompson, whose cartoons are featured in the
Washington Post. For more information about the NIH effort to promote
better air quality and health in the workplace, see the web site
Computer Training Spring Term Now in
The CIT Training Program's spring term of computer classes is
now open for registration. With well over 120 different topics,
more than 25 of them new, there is something for everyone who uses
a computer in their NIH experience. Classes, as always, are available
free of charge to NIH staff.
Do you want to take your knowledge of Windows XP, Filemaker or
Firefox to the next level? Are you concerned about PC security
or identity theft? Would a refresher course on XML help your team
create a more efficient web page? If so, these topics and many
others are part of the new offerings: Filemaker Development Group;
Firefox: Now That's One Cool Browser; Identity Theft: What You
Need to Know; Hands-On PC Upgrading and Home Security; and Beginning
Statisticians also have quite a few new and existing options this
term. They include: SAS Data Step Programming Efficiencies; S-PLUS
Introduction and Command Line Programming; SPSS: Basics, ANOVA
and Regression; Statistical Analysis with R.
Scientific seminars make up 40 percent of CIT's courses. Since
most employees' time is limited, most science courses are designed
to deliver valuable information in less than a day. Some courses
are demonstrations with Q&A. Most offer a hands-on lab component
as well. Options this spring include: Mouse Genome Informatics
Workshop; MATLAB for Scientists; NCBI's Entrez Quick Start; ProSight
FISMA Application Module; Bioinformatics Introduction; GeneSpring — a
series of courses beginning with an introduction; Surface Based
Analysis with Caret, PALS and SumsDB.
CIT can offer classes free of charge to the NIH community because
80 percent of its instructors are volunteers, including many NIH'ers.
We all benefit when practitioners are able to teach their colleagues,
and most classes can be tailored to the NIH environment. In some
cases, a person is already training coworkers and it can be easy
to expand the class NIH-wide.
The CIT Training staff provides classroom setup, duplication of
handouts and support in formulating classes. CIT is always looking
for new topics that would benefit NIH, so if there's anything you
would like to teach, call the number below.
You can obtain full course information, register for spring term
classes, join the CIT Training mailing list and check out your
transcript or current application status at http://training.cit.nih.gov.
If you have questions about the program, phone (301) 594-6248 or