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Vol. LVIII, No. 3
February 10, 2006

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STEP 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 future.

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 For conference highlights, registration and call for posters, visit 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, Providence, R.I.

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) 594-5595.

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

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 Session

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 XML.

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 If you have questions about the program, phone (301) 594-6248 or email

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