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Vol. LIX, No. 11
June 7, 2007
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Briefs

NIH Director’s Awards Ceremony, June 13

All employees are invited to the 2007 NIH Director’s Awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 13 at noon in the Natcher Bldg. main auditorium. Awards will be presented in five categories: Director’s Award, Mentoring Award, Director’s Award for the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research, Commissioned Corps awards and EEO awards. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign language interpreters will be provided. A reception will be held after the ceremony in the Natcher cafeteria. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in the event should contact (301) 435-1619 or wlc@od.nih.gov.

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ORWH Women’s Health Seminars Continue

The ORWH women’s health seminar series continues with “The Health of Girls and Women Across the Lifespan: Adolescents,” on Tuesday, June 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. Speakers and topics include Dr. Vivian Pinn, NIH associate director for research on women’s health, overview; Dr. Christine Bachrach, chief, NICHD Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch, “Update on ADD Health Research Project”; Dr. Ronald Dahl, University of Pittsburgh, “Sleep Behaviors and Adolescents”; Dr. Russell Pate, University of South Carolina, “Physical Activity in Children and Youth”; Dr. June Stevens, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, “Health Risks of Obesity”; and Dr. Donald R. Vereen, special assistant to the NIDA director, “Addiction and Adolescents.” The event is open to the public. No registration is required.

Sons of Italy Seek New Members

The Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) is the largest and oldest national organization for men and women of Italian heritage in the United States. Its purpose is to research Italian-American culture and history, promote the study of Italian in the U.S., provide scholarships for young Italian Americans and educators, raise money for worthy causes and support cultural, diplomatic and research exchanges between the U.S. and Italy. Currently, OSIA has more than 600,000 members and supporters and a network of more than 700 lodges nationwide. NIH Lodge 2547 was established in October 1983. It seeks to expand its membership, which is open to all individuals; non-NIH employees are also welcome. For 2007, Lodge has participated in local festivals, raised money for NIH-related causes and scholarships, and, of course, sampled Italian restaurants. For more information on the lodge or if you are interested in joining, contact Cathy Battistone, (301) 594-1088; Diana Jeffery, (301) 435-4540; or Nina Baccanari, (301) 963-4268.

Dr. Thomas E. Wellems

NIAID’s Wellems Named to NAS

Dr. Thomas E. Wellems, chief of the Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research, NIAID, is one of 72 new members and 18 foreign associates from 12 countries named to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. The election was held at the 144th annual meeting of the academy on May 1. Those elected bring the total number of active members to 2,025.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for the general welfare. It was established in 1863 by a congressional act of incorporation signed by Abraham Lincoln that calls on NAS to act as an official adviser to the federal government, upon request, in any matter of science or technology.

 

Big Check, Big Talent, Big Hearts

  Members of the R&W Association-sponsored NIH Community Orchestra recently donated a check for $4,600—their total earnings from FY 2007 performances—to R&W. The gift will be distributed by R&W Foundation charities. On hand are (from l) Steve Soroka, president of NIHCO; Jonathan Binstock, NIHCO publicity chair; Gary Daum, NIHCO musical director and principal conductor; NCI’s Dr. Harold Seifried, NIHCO incoming president; Jerry Gordon, making an additional donation on behalf of the Masons; and Randy Schools, president of the NIH R&W. For more information about the NIH Community Orchestra visit http://www.nihco.org.
  Members of the R&W Association-sponsored NIH Community Orchestra recently donated a check for $4,600—their total earnings from FY 2007 performances—to R&W. The gift will be distributed by R&W Foundation charities. On hand are (from l) Steve Soroka, president of NIHCO; Jonathan Binstock, NIHCO publicity chair; Gary Daum, NIHCO musical director and principal conductor; NCI’s Dr. Harold Seifried, NIHCO incoming president; Jerry Gordon, making an additional donation on behalf of the Masons; and Randy Schools, president of the NIH R&W. For more information about the NIH Community Orchestra visit http://www.nihco.org.

 

National Prayer Day Observance Draws Crowd

  This year’s National Day of Prayer observance “was the best year ever,” said NCI’s Renee Gamborg, who helped organize the event. Held on May 3, the ceremony drew almost 100 NIH’ers for a program of dance, music and guest speakers. Two recording artists were also on hand—Brian Lenair of Washington, D.C., and Nathan Nyrienda of Zambia, Africa. “What a joy to have these young men come to NIH to lift our spirits as we lift up our leaders in prayer. See you next year for bigger and better!” said Gamborg.
  This year’s National Day of Prayer observance “was the best year ever,” said NCI’s Renee Gamborg, who helped organize the event. Held on May 3, the ceremony drew almost 100 NIH’ers for a program of dance, music and guest speakers. Two recording artists were also on hand—Brian Lenair of Washington, D.C., and Nathan Nyrienda of Zambia, Africa. “What a joy to have these young men come to NIH to lift our spirits as we lift up our leaders in prayer. See you next year for bigger and better!” said Gamborg.

NIH Products Win National Communication Honors

The National Association of Government Communicators recently announced 2007 winners of its annual awards competition recognizing the best in government communication. Several NIH products received honors.

Blue Pencil Awards go to publications. NIH winners are listed below (category, place, product-IC, contributor):

National magazine, award of excellence, NCRR Reporter, Joyce McDonald and Victoria Contie, Ann Puderbaugh

Feature article, 2nd place, Viral Voyages-NIGMS, Alisa Zapp Machalek and Alison Davis, Ann Dieffenbach

Soft-cover book, award of excellence, Your Guide to Physical Activity and Your Heart-NHLBI, Karen Donato

Brochures/booklets (category 8), award of excellence, 21st Century Scientists: Research and Training Opportunities for Underrepresented Minorities-NIGMS, Susan Athey and Ann Dieffenbach

Brochures/booklets (category 9), 2nd place, National Center for Research Resources Brochure, Ann Puderbaugh and Joyce McDonald

External newsletter, 1st place, NCRR Reporter, Joyce McDonald and Victoria Contie, Ann Puderbaugh; award of excellence, NIH News in Health-OD/OCPL, Harrison Wein and Margaret Georgiann, Bryan Ewsichek

Most-improved publication, award of excellence, National Center for Research Resources Brochure, Ann Puderbaugh and Joyce McDonald

Gold Screen Awards recognize video and multimedia products. Below are this year’s NIH honorees.

Public service announcement, 1st place, Text Message PSA-NIDA

Public service announcement campaign, 1st place, Learn the Link Campaign- NIDA

Public affairs or educational program, 2nd place, Stay in Circulation: Take Steps to Learn-NHLBI, Susan Shero and Amy Pianalto

Web site I, 2nd place, ADEAR web site www.alzheimers.nia.nih.gov-NIA, NIA and JBS International, Inc.; award of excellence, College Drinking Prevention, NIAAA, Fred Donodeo and Lisa Brown

Web site II, award of excellence, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases web site, Tori Matthews and Jake Jester

E-newsletter, 1st place, Biomedical Beat-NIGMS, Emily Carlson and NIGMS Office of Communications and Public Liaison.

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