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Vol. LVIII, No. 21
October 20, 2006
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Briefs

‘What’s Up Doc?’A STEP Forum

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science for All forum on the topic, “What’s Up Doc? Communicating Health Research Progress,” on Thursday, Nov. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Natcher confer-ence center, Rms. E1/E2.

How does NIH get the word out about its health research advances and benefits to the public health? How do we develop and disseminate our message? How can we improve the informa-tion flow from investigators, extramural staff and communications offices to the public? In this forum, individuals from NIH, the media and health organizations will explore various strategies used to share information with our audiences. Learn what you can do to convey the positive impact of NIH on science and health at local, regional and national levels.

Talk on X Chromosome in Women’s Health

The women’s health special interest group will host a talk on “The Role of the X Chromosome in Women’s Health and Sex-Specific Diseases,” on Monday, Nov. 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1. Speaker will be Dr. Barbara Migeon, professor, departments of pediatrics and biology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. If you need sign language interpreta-tion, contact Vicki Malick at malickv@od.nih.gov at least 5 days before the seminar.

Molella Inaugurates NIMH Series

Innovative thinkers who have advanced fields as diverse as neuroengineering, small-mol-ecule therapeutics and implementation of proven treatments in real-world settings will be featured in eight lectures presented in the NIMH Director’s Innovation Speaker Series. The series begins Monday, Oct. 23 when the Smithsonian Institution’s Dr. Arthur Molella, director of the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History, will discuss the personalities and motivations of creative thinkers in contemporary science. All lectures will be in conference rooms C and D, Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Blvd., at 3 p.m. For information, call Dr. David Armstrong at (301) 443-3534.

Zerhouni To Address NIH Alumni, Nov. 4

NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni will be the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the NIH Alumni Association on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 10a.m. in the Lasker Center (Bldg. 60). He will provide an update on NIH activities and accomplishments. The meeting is open to NIHAA members and their guests.

Following Zerhouni’s talk, NIHAA will present service awards to two alumni, Drs. Philip Chen and Victoria A. Harden, each of whom retired in 2006 from the Office of the NIH Director. Charles “Chick” Leasure, former NIH deputy director for manage-ment, is NIHAA president. The association, now in its 18th year, welcomes past and present staff on every level of NIH employment. For more informa-tion visit www.fnih.org/nihaa/nihaa.html.

Jolesz To Give Doppman Lecture, Oct. 25

Dr. Ferenc A. Jolesz

Dr. Ferenc A. Jolesz, a leader in the ?eld of radiological research, will give the Clinical Center’s sixth annual John Doppman Memorial Lecture for Imaging Sciences. Jolesz will present “MRI-Guided Focused Ultrasound Surgery,” on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at noon in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. He is the B. Leonard Holman professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and vice chairman for research and director of the division of MRI and the image-guided therapy program in the department of radiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Jolesz spearheads the development and implementation of innovative image-processing methods and has brought several minimally invasive therapies into successful clinical application. He also is credited with developing, re?ning and introducing into clinical practice the idea of direct, real-time MR image-guided surgical interventions.

Crews Offers Keller Lecture, Nov. 7

Dr. Fulton Crews

Dr. Fulton Crews will give the 2006 Mark Keller Honorary Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 1:30 p.m. in Lipsett Amphithe-ater, Bldg. 10. Crews is professor of pharmacology and psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is director of the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies at UNC. The title of his talk is “Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration and Regeneration During Alcohol Addiction and Recovery.” NIAAA established the lecture series as a tribute to Mark Keller, a pioneer in the field of alcohol research. The Keller lecturers are researchers who have made significant and long-term contributions to our understanding of alcohol’s effects and how alcohol problems can be prevented and treated.

Free Flu Vaccinations for Employees


The Occupational Medical Service will again offer free influenza vaccinations to NIH employees only, starting Oct. 30. Employees must bring their NIH photo ID; contractors may not participate. Patrons are asked to wear clothing that permits easy access to the upper arm; changing areas are not available.

Vaccinations will be given based on the first letter of the employee’s last name. Those who show up on the wrong day may have to wait a bit longer.

On-Campus Schedule, Clinical Research Center, first floor patient transport entrance (follow the signs)
Hours are 7:30-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. for all on-campus dates
Date
First Letter of Last Name
Monday, Oct. 30 TUVWXYZ
Tuesday, Oct. 31

IJKLM

Wednesday, Nov. 1 EFGH
Thursday, Nov. 2 ABCD
Friday, Nov. 3 NOPQRS
Monday, Nov. 13 NOPQRS
Tuesday, Nov. 14 TUVWXYZ
Wednesday, Nov. 15 IJKLM
Thursday, Nov. 16 EFGH
Friday, Nov. 17 ABCD

Off-Campus Sites
Date
Location
Morning
Afternoon
Nov. 6-7 NSC/Rm. 8120 8:30-11 1-3
Nov. 8-9 EPN/Rm. 103 8:30-11 1-3
Nov. 20-21 RKL1/5th floor 8:30-11 1-3
Nov. 22 Poolesville/Rm. 110 8:30-10 N/A
  Rm. 103 10:15-11:30 N/A
Nov. 27 Twinbrook 3/2E06 8:30-11 1-3
       

Open Clinic at OMS Bldg. 10/Rm. 6C306

Nov. 28-Dec. 1, open to all NIH employees from 7:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Starting Dec. 4, the flu vaccine will be available in OMS by appointment only. Call (301) 496-4411. The vaccine schedule is also available at www.foiltheflu.nih.gov.

FAES Holds Insurance Open Season

The FAES Health Insurance Program is conducting Open Season from Nov. 1-22, and 27-30. 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 along with changes to coverage take effect Jan. 1, 2007.

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 HMO/PPO 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.

NIH To Recognize Disability Employment Awareness Month

The NIH 23rd annual Disability Employment Awareness Program will be held on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to noon in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The theme for this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (October) is “Americans with Disabilities: Ready for Global Workforce.” Keynote speaker Brig. Gen. Clara L. Adam-Ender (ret.) will discuss her experiences working with wounded soldiers returning from war and their future in the workforce after discharge. The first 20 attendees will receive a signed copy of Ender’s memoirs, My Rise To The Stars.

There will also be a demonstration of accessible office equipment, sponsored by the Department of Defense’s Computerized Accommodation/Electronic Program, in the former Visitor Information Center atrium. Sign language interpreters will be provided. For individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation, contact Carlton Coleman, (301) 496-2906 or the Federal Relay, 1-800-877-8339.

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. 6, 2007.

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. 25.

If you or your supervisor have questions about “use or lose” leave, contact your administrative officer.

NIH Library Offers Hands-on QUOSA Class

QUOSA is an integrated suite of software tools designed to facilitate full-article retrieval and management and full-text searching. Register now for the Dec. 6 hands-on training. Basic and advanced QUOSA classes are offered. Five additional free classes are offered this season. For details on all classes, visit http://nihlibrary.nih.gov/ResourceTraining/.

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