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Vol. LIX, No. 4
February 23, 2007

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Be Part of Take Your Child to Work Day, Apr. 26

This year NIH celebrates its 13th Take Your Child to Work Day on Thursday, Apr. 26. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., institutes and centers will host educational and fun activities designed to let children (ages 8-15) experience the world of biomedical research.

If 2007 is anything like the last 3 years, we can expect more than 1,500 children to participate. Activities will be hosted at several locations on campus. You can help by identifying events that will offer children a learning experience in the occupations at NIH. These should introduce children to the vital roles their parents play in the NIH workforce and to careers the children might not have envisioned. The planning committee is seeking activity sponsors. We need many of them throughout the day and across NIH facilities—in labs, conference rooms, and offices. To sponsor an activity or exhibit, contact the planning committee.

The committee is also asking for NIH giveaways (pens, cups, brochures, pencils, water bottles, etc.) for inclusion in registration goody bags to be handed out at the sign-in for the event.

Not up to sponsoring your own activity, but still want to see children engaged in opportunities to learn about career possibilities? How about helping plan and conduct the event? The committee can use your help anytime between now and event day. Contact Darlene Pearson, committee chair, (301) 496-6301 voice, (301) 496-9755 TTY, or Gary Morin, cochair, (301) 496-4628 voice, (301) 451-9326 TTY; both can be reached by email at Visit for more information and registration. The committee plans to open registration in mid-April.

Individuals who need sign language interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Carlton Coleman, (301) 496-2906 or (301) 451-2290 TTY, (800) 877-8339 Federal Relay, or Requests should be made at least 5 days before the event.

Black History Program Set, Feb. 28

NIH’s annual salute to Black History Month will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 28 in Natcher auditorium from noon to 1 p.m. The 2007 theme is “Telling Our Story: Across the Generations African Americans’ Service to Country.” The keynote speaker will be Lt. Col. Hiram Mann (ret.), a Tuskegee airman. For more information about the program, call Kay Johnson Graham, (301) 451-0859. For reasonable accommodation, call Carlton Coleman, (301) 496-2906.

STEP Forum on Aging Well, Mar. 6

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science for All forum on the topic, “Aging Well: It’s Better Than the Alternatives,” on Tuesday, Mar. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

We are all getting older. The question is, how do we best play the cards we are dealt? What is more influential in determining how we age—our bodies’ physiological and structural changes or how we view ourselves and our quality of life? Need we assume that chronic physical or mental impairments will negatively affect our future or can we actively improve our prospects for healthy living even as we age? Join us for a discussion about current thinking on aging and strategies for health and happiness as we get older.

Science Fair Judges Needed

Don’t forget to officially schedule your “use or lose” annual leave no later than Saturday, Nov. 24. Questions about “use or lose” leave should be directed to your administrative officer.

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

FARE Abstract Competition for Fellows

The 14th annual Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) 2008 competition will again provide recognition for outstanding scientific research performed by intramural postdoctoral fellows. FARE winners will each receive a $1,000 travel award to use for attending and presenting their work at a scientific meeting. One-quarter of the fellows who apply will win an award.

FARE applicants must submit an abstract of their research, which will be evaluated anonymously on scientific merit, originality, experimental design and overall quality/presentation. The travel award must be used between Oct. 1, 2007, and Sept. 30, 2008.

The FARE 2008 competition is open to postdoctoral IRTAs, visiting fellows and other fellows with fewer than 5 years total postdoctoral experience in the NIH intramural research program. In addition, pre-IRTAs performing their doctoral dissertation research at NIH are also eligible to compete. Visiting fellows/scientists must not have been tenured at their home institute. Questions about eligibility should be addressed to your institute’s scientific director. Fellows are asked to submit their application, including abstract, electronically from Mar. 12 through Apr. 16 via Winners will be announced by the end of September 2007. More information is available on the web site above. Questions may be addressed to your institute’s fellows committee (Felcom) representative.

NIH-Duke Training in Clinical Research

Applications for the 2007-2008 NIH-Duke Training Program in Clinical Research are now available in the Clinical Center, Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education, Bldg. 10, Rm. B1L403.

The NIH-Duke program, implemented in 1998, is designed primarily for physicians and dentists who desire formal training in the quantitative and methodological principles of clinical research. The program is offered via videoconference at the CC. Academic credit earned by participating in this program may be applied toward satisfying the degree requirement for a master of health sciences in clinical research from Duke School of Medicine.

For more information about course work and tuition costs, visit Email queries about the program may be addressed to The deadline for applying is Mar. 1. Applicants who have been accepted into the program will be notified by July 2.

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