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Vol. LVIII, No. 12
June 16, 2006
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NIH IntraMall Showcase, June 21-22

Come celebrate the 8th annual NIH IntraMall Summer Showcase, which will be held Wednesday and Thursday, June 21 and 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Clinical Research Center on the 3rd and 5th floor pedestrian bridges. The event will display the award-winning electronic purchasing system designed exclusively for NIH to simplify purchasing and speed monthly credit card reconciliation.

Since opening in June 1998, the IntraMall has become a leading NIH web site for using government purchase cards to locate, buy and track purchases from 210 of its most frequently used vendors, offering over 9 million laboratory, office and computer items.

The newest functions will also be demonstrated. The IntraMall now transfers credit card financial obligations to the NIH cost accounting system at the time the order is logged. Budget managers now have current CAN accuracy for purchases made and/or logged via the IntraMall. Training on the new system and automated reconciliation will be available at the show.

Register for the event and the free lunch at http://intramall.nih.gov/showcase. A list of vendors can be viewed at http://intramall.nih.gov/livevendors.html. For reasonable accommodation to participate in this activity, call Pam Robbins, (301) 496-3688.

Events Benefit Children's Inn

Two upcoming events will help raise funds for the Children's Inn at NIH.

Enjoy a 50 percent discount on exclusive Doncaster and Elana fine women's apparel at the Doncaster Sample Sale Fundraiser, June 17-18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Tyson's Studio, 7700 Leesburg Pike, across from George Marshall High School. For directions call (703) 761-9452.

On June 27, from 5 to 8:30 p.m., the AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center in Silver Spring will present Superman Returns. Join Hollywood producers John and Mindy Peters for a pre-release screening of this summer fun-flick. Tickets cost $50 and benefit the Andre Sobel River of Life Program at the inn. The program provides emergency financial support to caregivers who have been devastated by their child's illness. Ticket price includes pre-movie reception with local super heroes, including star athletes. To purchase tickets, contact Jane Zhen at (301) 496-5672 or zhenj@mail.nih.gov.

Get Your NIH Record T-Shirt

Through the generosity of the R&W, its stores are now carrying a limited supply of official NIH Record T-shirts. The collector's item shirts feature drawings by cartoonist Richard Thompson, whose work appears regularly in the Washington Post. Be the first on the beach, boardwalk or boulevard this summer to be sporting a sign of your NIH affiliation. A second printing of the shirts, which cost only $7.90, may be possible if the garments prove popular. Get yours today.

FAES Announces Concert Schedule

The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences has announced the performers and dates in the 2006-2007 season of its Chamber Music Series. This is the series' 39th year. The concerts are held at Congregation Beth El at 8215 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, and all performances will be Sundays at 4 p.m.

Oct. 29 Trio Di Parma
Nov. 12 Mihaela Ursuleasa, piano
Nov. 19 Miriam Fried, Jonathan Biss, violin and piano
Dec. 10 Peter Serkin, piano
Feb. 4, 2007 Vivane Hagner, violin
Feb. 18 Marina Piccinini, Emanuele Segre, flute and guitar
Mar. 11 Auryn Quartet with Roger Tapping, viola (performing two of the six Mozart viola quintets and one of the three Britten quartets at each concert — see below)
Mar. 18 Auryn Quartet with Roger Tapping, viola
Mar. 25 Auryn Quartet with Roger Tapping, viola
Apr. 15 Amit Peled, Alon Goldstein, cello and piano

Tickets for individual concerts may be purchased 2 weeks before the performance, or on the day of the concert. Cost is $28 for adults; $12 for students, fellows and postdocs. A 10-performance subscription costs $250 ($100 for students, fellows, postdocs). For more information call (301) 496-7976 or visit www.faes.org.

NCI Program Offers Mentoring

The National Cancer Institute has a mentoring program called the Knowledge Management Program, which is open to administrative and scientific personnel and is now in its second year. Last year, 23 pairs of mentors and mentees enrolled.

In the KM Program, mentees choose their own mentors. Program coordinators provide individual coaching and assistance to mentees throughout this process. Sonya Roberson, scientific review administrator and a 2006 mentee, said it was interesting for her to meet with various potential mentors because she learned more about what other people do at NCI. She also liked having the opportunity to make informal contacts and enjoyed networking.

Once matches are made, there is training for mentors on program guidelines and expectations. The pairs must meet at least an hour a month, and the program involves a 12-month commitment. This year, the KM program welcomed 21 pairs. The program also offers brown-bag sessions once a month.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee, contact Sandra Thomas or Nancy Brisebois-Good at (301) 435-8524.

FAES Announces Fall Courses

The FAES Graduate School at NIH announces the schedule of courses for the fall semester. The evening classes sponsored by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences will be given on the NIH campus.

Courses are offered in biochemistry, biology, biotechnology (daytime courses), chemistry, immunology, languages, medicine, microbiology, pharmacology, statistics, toxicology, alternative medicine and courses of general interest.

It is often possible to transfer credits earned to other institutions for degree work, and many courses are approved for category 1 credit toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award.

Classes will begin Sept. 11; mail registration ends Aug. 18 and walk-in registration will be held from Aug. 28 to Sept. 1. Tuition is $115 per credit hour, and courses may be taken for credit or audit. Courses that qualify for institute support as training should be cleared with supervisors and administrative officers as soon as possible. Both the vendor's copy of the training form and the FAES registration form must be submitted at the time of registration. Note that FAES cannot access training forms entered in the NIHTS system; a signed hard copy (vendors' copy of SF 182 form) is needed in order to process registrations for classes. Asking your institute to pay your tuition is a preliminary step to registration, but does not constitute registration with the FAES Graduate School.

Catalogs and fall schedules are available in the graduate school office in Bldg. 60, Suite 230; the foundation bookstore in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1L101; and the business office in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1C18. To have a catalog and schedule sent, call (301) 496-7976 or visit http://www.faes.org.

National Women's Health Week Marked at NIH

"Reconnect with Your Health" was the theme of the National Women's Health Week celebration that began on Mother's Day, May 14. Coordinated at NIH by the Office of Research on Women's Health, the event was one of many nationwide sponsored with other components of the Department of Health and Human Services and an alliance of organizations to focus on the importance of incorporating simple preventive health behaviors into everyday life.

In addition to community health awareness activities throughout the country, the week was marked with an information booth at the Clinical Center featuring materials from NIH institutes and centers about prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect women throughout the lifespan. A workshop jointly sponsored by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management's Federal Women's Program and ORWH offered an opportunity for staff to participate in WOMAN (Women and girls on the Move Across the Nation) Challenge, an 8-week national health program that emphasizes the benefits of people increasing their physical activity.
Another local highlight of the week was a seminar on "Security and Emergency Response" by Cpl. William Dougherty (above, r), community policing coordinator of NIH's Division of Police. There was also a demonstration titled "Protect Yourself by Thinking Like a Cop, Save Yourself by Thinking Like a Woman," by Dee Walker (l), assistant chief of the Investigative Services Bureau, Montgomery County Police. Presenting them with a framed poster of the event is Dr. Vivian Pinn (c), ORWH director.

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