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Vol. LIX, No. 3
February 9, 2007

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Yoga Meditation Held Weekly

Sahaja yoga meditation class is held every Thursday at 7 p.m. on the third floor of the CRC, Rm. 1608. Sahaja yoga seeks to awaken inner energy called kundalini. It can be practiced by people of any age and does not involve any physical exercise. The class, offered for free, is sponsored by the recreation therapy section of the rehabilitation medicine department. For more information contact Jasmin Salloum, (301) 402-5630.

NIH Sailing Association Open House

The NIH Sailing Association invites everyone to its open house on Thursday, Mar. 1 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? Or to be part of a group filled with skilled sailing instructors, enthusiasts and boat owners? NIHSA offers instruction, sailboats for charter, racing, cruises, parties and fun. The open house costs $5 at the door, which includes pizza and sodas. There is a cash bar for beer and wine. For more information visit

Sierra Named NIA Program Director

Dr. Felipe Sierra
Dr. Felipe Sierra was recently named director of the Biology of Aging Program (BAP) at the National Institute on Aging. Prior to this appointment, he was program director of BAP’s cell structure and function portfolio. Sierra’s career in the basic biology of aging began 19 years ago in Switzerland, where he worked for Nestlé to develop a nutrient-based product for older people, similar to the company’s popular baby formula. In academia, he held positions at the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Lankenau Institute for Medical Research in Wynnewood, Pa., and in Chile at the Universidad de Chile. A biochemist, Sierra is also an accomplished, self-taught painter and once earned his living as an artist.

Stevens Appointed Executive Officer of NINR

Cheryl Stevens
Cheryl Stevens has recently joined the National Institute of Nursing Research as executive officer. She will serve as a key administrative advisor to the NINR director, identifying opportunities to improve management systems. “We are fortunate to have Ms. Stevens on board,” said NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady. “She brings extensive administrative leadership experience to the position and will be a valuable addition to our executive staff.”

Prior to her appointment at NINR, Stevens served as deputy administrative resource center manager in NCI’s Office of the Director. There she led a team of administrative officers and technicians. She has also served in a number of other NIH positions including director of administrative operations for the National Center for Research Resources and special assistant for operations management at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

Stevens has a master’s of public administration degree from American University’s Key Executive Program. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her accomplishments including an NIH Merit Award and the NIH Director’s Award.

NLM Hosts Exhibit on African-American Migration

“In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience,” an interactive project that celebrates the 35 million African Americans who have been participants in or are heirs to the migrations that have shaped this country and the African Diaspora, is on view in the first floor lobby of Bldg. 38A now through Mar. 1 (weekdays only). Through this project, composed of an exhibition, a web site (, book and education kit, the public is now granted once-exclusive access to a wealth of resources that illustrates the diversity and complexity of the African-American community. Through images, artifacts, maps, narratives and music, the exhibition presents, chronicles and interprets the migratory movements that have formed and transformed the African-American community and the nation in the last century. The multimedia exhibition was created by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research unit of the New York Public Library. Its NIH sponsor is NLM. For more information and tours, contact the NLM Office of Communications,, (301) 496-6308.

NBS is Deploying—Are You Ready?

The NIH Business System (NBS) is launching “Supply and Replenishment and Associated Financials” on Feb. 20. “Acquisitions, Contracts, Property, and their Associated Financials” will be released in May. If you are an NBS user for any of these business areas, you need training in the new system; your desktop needs readying, too.

To find out if you are designated as an NBS user and if your desktop is ready, contact your advocate by following these directions: log on to; select “My Communities” at the top of the page, choose “Training and Communications” from the drop-down menu, click on your IC or OD component under Advocate.

Your advocate can tell you which roles you will have in the system and identify your hardware/software readiness contact. That person can help you understand the following checklist items: Do you have a network log-in? Do you have a Microsoft Outlook Exchange email address? Does your desktop have all the necessary hardware and software configurations? Are the printers you plan to use for NBS business registered?

Your executive officer and your advocate will certify that you are trained and your desktop is ready before you “go live” in the system.

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