To Mark Earth Day, Apr. 27
NIH will celebrate Earth Day on Take Your Child to Work Day so
we can share concern for the environment with our children. All
are invited to the lawn in front of Bldg. 1 on Thursday, Apr. 27
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to view displays on energy conservation,
the wildlife and vegetation of NIH's stream and urban forest, telecommuting,
alternative fuel vehicles, vanpool information, waste management,
the NIH Bicycle Commuter Club, recycling and the Mercury-Free NIH
Check out the projects made out of discarded items by children
at the NIH Child Care Centers and take a tour of the watershed
and stream right here on campus. Get an update on the progress
of habitat restoration and the bird houses.
The bike club will sponsor a ride-to-work day (coming May 19)
and members will be under the canopy later to talk about routes,
maps, showers and their mentoring program. Members of NIH's sustainability
interest group will also be on hand and visitors will be able to
get lunch, a snack or a cold drink from food vendors.
Save the date and stay tuned for details on the bike ride. Look
for a global email about Earth Day with more information.
STEP Forum on Managing Change
The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will
present a Workplace Strategies Forum on the topic, "Crisis — or Opportunity?
Tools for Change Management," on Thursday, Apr. 27 from 8 a.m.
to noon in the Natcher conference center, Rms. E1/E2.
The NIH budget goes from fat to flat. CSR reorganizes the study
sections in your field. And your new boss arrives next Monday.Change
happens, and NIH is always in the middle of a lot of it. Change
can be chaotic and painful, or constructive and positive; it's
usually all of these. But we can anticipate change in our workplace
and seize the opportunities it presents. There are practical strategies
to reduce the pain and increase the gain. Come learn from experts
how to lead from the middle and make the most of changes happening
in your worklife
Self-Defense, Safety Awareness
The Work and Family Life Center will hold a seminar titled, "Basic
Self-Defense/Safety Awareness," on Wednesday, May 10 from noon
to 1:30 p.m. in Bldg. 31, Rm. 6C10. Reduce your personal safety
vulnerability by attending this combined lecture and demonstration
of self-protection techniques. Learn about victim safety and awareness
through understanding people, situations, body language, verbalization,
pressure points, body kinetics and versatile "hands-on" self-defense
Spring Lecture Series on 'Evolution
There will be a 4-part lecture series on "Evolution and Medicine" in
May; the talks will examine how evolution affects both basic science
and clinical research in ways that many may not immediately recognize.
May 3, Evolution and Development, Rudolf Raff, Indiana University
May 10, Evolution and Education, Brian Alters, McGill University
May 24, Evolution and Genomics, Eric Green, NHGRI
May 31, Evolution and Infectious Diseases, Robin Bush, University
of California, Irvine
All lectures are on Wednesdays and will be held in Natcher balcony
B, from noon to 1 p.m. An informal discussion period, from 1. to
2 p.m., follows each talk. Live webcasts will be available and
archived at http://videocast.nih.gov/.
Sign language interpreters will be available upon request. If you
require this or other reasonable accommodation to participate,
or call (301) 402-2470 (voice), or TTY (301) 496-9706 at least
5 days before the event. The series is sponsored by NIGMS, NHGRI
and the Office of Science Education.
National Day of Prayer, May 4
This year's National Day of Prayer will be observed Thursday,
May 4 at 11:30 a.m. on the lawn in front of Bldg. 1, near the flagpole.
The observance invites all people of any faith to pray for the
good of the country and its leaders.
Fauci To Give Leiter Lecture, May 10
NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci will give the 2006 Joseph Leiter
Lecture on Wednesday, May 10 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Lister Hill
Auditorium, Bldg. 38A. He will discuss "Pandemic Influenza and
Other Emerging Infectious Diseases: Public Health Threat and Research
Agenda." A reception follows the talk.
Fauci's lecture will provide an overview and status of pandemic
influenza and our nation's ability to detect and counter bioterrorism
based on information generated by biomedical research on disease-causing
microorganisms and the immune system's response to them.
The Leiter lectureship was established in 1983 to stimulate intellectual
liaison between the Medical Library Association and the National
Library of Medicine.
Symposium Honors NIDDK's Badman
"New Insights in Iron Biology" will be held Wednesday, May 3 from
1 to 4 p.m. in the Natcher Conference Center to honor Dr. David
Badman, a relentless advocate for iron biology research that led
to major advances in understanding iron metabolism, genetics and
hematopoiesis. Invited speakers are Raymond Bergeron (Univ. of
Florida, Gainesville), Ernest Beutler (Scripps Research Institute),
Gary Brittenham (Columbia Univ.), Jerry Kaplan (Univ. of Utah)
and Elizabeth Theil and Kenneth Raymond (UC Berkeley). Register
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