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Vol. LIX, No. 1
January 12, 2007
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Briefs

It’s Not Too Late to Register at FAES

Missed the mail registration deadline? You can still register for spring courses at the FAES Graduate School. Late in-person registration is available until Feb. 16 (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) with a $10 late fee.

In addition to language courses, FAES offers courses in elementary calculus (this course may satisfy the minimum requirement of medical and dental schools), intermediate epidemiology, general chemistry, biotechnology business leadership and management strategies, marketing strategies for scientific organizations, technology transfer and courses of general interest. The school also offers a review course in medical genetics for the American Board of Medical Genetics subspecialty examinations.

FAES classes meet once a week for 16 weeks in the spring and 14 weeks in the fall. Classes for the spring semester begin the week of Jan. 22 and will end May 11. For more information, visit www.faes.org or call (301) 496-7976.

Four NIH’ers Earn International Training Slots

Four NIH employees have successfully competed for slots in a CDC public health training program that sends talented workers to Third World countries for experience. They are: Nandita Chopra, a health specialist in the Division of AIDS, NIAID; Luke Daniel, a human resources specialist with the Office of Human Resources, OD; Wendy McLaughlin, a program analyst in the Applied Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, NCI; and Dr. Makeda Williams, a program analyst in NCI’s Office of International Affairs.

The International Experience and Technical Assistance (IETA) Program is coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It was established in 1997 to increase the number of CDC staff with international training and experience. IETA has grown and recently recruited 25 participants for the ninth training cohort.

During the 12-month program, IETA participants complete three workshops in Atlanta and a supervised international assignment of approximately 3 to 4 months in a less-developed country. Twenty trainees come from CDC and five slots are open for competition among workers at other PHS agencies, including NIH.

IETA currently has 120 total participants serving 10 programs in 29 countries, ranging from Argentina and Bangladesh to Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Leffall To Speak at King Commemoration, Jan. 18

The annual NIH program commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Fulfilling the Promise, Living the Dream,” will be held on Thursday, Jan. 18 from noon to 1 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The keynote speaker is Dr. LaSalle Leffall of Howard University Hospital. For more information, call Kay Johnson Graham at (301) 451-0859. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation should call Carlton Coleman at (301) 496-2906.

NIH, NASA Leaders Discuss Space-Related Health Research

Dr. Duane Alexander
Among those meeting to discuss space-related health research projects are (from l) Dr. Henry Rodriguez, director, Clinical Proteomic Technologies Initiative for Cancer, NCI; Mark Urhan, assistant associate administrator of the International Space Station, NASA; NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni; NIAMS director Dr. Stephen Katz; Dr. David Longnecker, chair of the committee on aerospace medicine and medicine for extreme environments, Institute of Medicine; and Dr. Harrison Schmitt, chair of the NASA advisory council, former U.S. senator and astronaut.
Members of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration advisory council recently met with leaders from NIH, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration and the research community to explore ways federal agencies can facilitate space-related health research projects through the International Space Station and through other Earth-based resources such as the NASA/NIH Center for Three-Dimensional Tissue Culture.

CFC ‘Executive Hoops’ Event a Slam Dunk

A 2-foot chocolate fountain, 13 charities, one “Divas and Dudes” cheering squad, several food vendors and a basketball free-throw competition were all part of the CFC “Executive Hoops” event recently at the Neuroscience Center Building on Executive Blvd. About 400 people took part in the festivities that featured a free-throw contest in which NIDCR director Dr. Lawrence Tabak and about 10 other NIH’ers stepped up to the line to give it their best shot. CIT’s Delwyn Garnett won the contest and was awarded a basketball signed by University of Maryland men’s basketball head coach Gary Williams and an iPod for his center that will be given to a deserving keyworker or contributor. NIDCR director Dr. Lawrence Tabak shoots at the free-throw line. His institute is the lead of this year’s CFC effort.

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NIDCR director Dr. Lawrence Tabak shoots at the free-throw line. His institute is the lead of this year’s CFC effort.

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Delwyn Garnett of CIT won the free-throw contest, earning a basketball signed by University of Maryland men’s basketball head coach Gary Williams.

Delwyn Garnett of CIT won the free-throw contest, earning a basketball signed by University of Maryland men’s basketball head coach Gary Williams.

Clinical Center Goes Smoke-Free

Consider it a collective New Year’s resolution—a smoke-free Clinical Center.

“Our patients, staff and visitors want and deserve this,” said Dr. John Gallin, CC director, in announcing an initiative to eliminate smoking in and around Bldg. 10. “The work conducted here is dedicated to improving the health of the nation, but I receive numerous complaints from individuals exposed to second-hand smoke, especially at hospital entrances. This is a problem we can fix together.”

Smoking is not permitted inside any NIH building. At the Clinical Center, it’s also prohibited within 100 feet of any entrance and anywhere between the north entrance of the Hatfield Center and Center Drive, including the stairways to the Children’s Inn.

Getting the word out to staff, visitors and patients about the effort and the rules is step one in meeting the smoke-free goal. About 100 new signs have been installed to ensure that no-smoking areas are clearly identified. Red house-shaped posters have been placed throughout the CC as reminders. A security guard hired by the Clinical Center will monitor the outside no-smoking areas and—when appropriate—offer information about smoking cessation. The NIH police will monitor inside areas, including underground garages and stairwells.

The medical executive committee approved revisions to the hospital’s policy concerning smoking last November. It addresses outside locations where smoking is not permitted and a Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations standard that requires establishment of a controlled, restricted smoking area for patient use in certain circumstances.

For more on the CC smoke-free campaign and resources for smokers who want to quit, visit http://ccsmokefree.cc.nih.gov.

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