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Vol. LX, No. 7
April 4, 2008

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STEP Forum on Global Warming

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science in the Public Health forum on the topic, “Global Warming: More Than Just Hot Air!” on Thursday, Apr. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Natcher Bldg., Rms. E1/E2.

Scientists predict that global warming will have wide-ranging and mostly adverse effects on human health. Model projections suggest that weather changes will impact the water we drink, the air we breathe and the animals around us. These environmental changes may lead to the spread of infections and adverse health conditions to new populations. How will the diseases that you worry about today be different from those you will encounter tomorrow? Where is the latest research heading and what can be done to face upcoming challenges?

National Day of Prayer, May 1

This year’s National Day of Prayer will be observed Thursday, May 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the lawn in front of Bldg. 1. All are welcome. “Come out and join fellow NIH’ers, patients and friends as we celebrate this day Congress has set aside for our country,” said NCI’s Renee Gamborg. “Federal and military compounds all over the country will have their National Day of Prayer program on this same day with guest speakers, music and prayer. Bring your friends and family.”

NIH 9-Hole Golf League Recruits

The NIH 9-Hole Golf League is seeking members for the 2008 season. The league features two flights of mildly competitive, handicapped-match play and one non-competitive flight. The season starts the first week of May and continues through September. Play is after work on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays. The league has a block of reserved tee times (generally 4:15-6 p.m.) at Needwood Golf Course in Rockville (Tuesdays) and at Northwest Park Golf Course in Silver Spring (Thursdays). The league is open only to R&W members (who may be non-employees). Membership is limited to the first 84 registrants. For more information, visit or email John Hamill at  

DDM Seminar Series Continues, Apr. 17

Don’t miss the third seminar of the 2007-2008 DDM Seminar Series, “Management & Science: Partnering for Excellence” on Thursday, Apr. 17 from 11 a.m. to noon in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Speaker Jim Sorenson will lecture on “The Power of Fierce Accountability,” which will address how personal accountability can be improved in the workplace. Sorenson has 23 years of experience speaking to audiences and currently works as director of training at Fierce, Inc. He has dedicated his career to work that provides people, teams and organizational cultures with the tools to improve results and increase their level of effectiveness and satisfaction.

The Office of Management invites you to attend this seminar, which will be followed by a light reception. Videocasting and sign language are provided for each event. For more information and the complete schedule for the series, visit or call (301) 496-3271.

NIH Golf Association Seeks New Members

The NIH Golf Association (18-hole competitive coed league) is looking for new members for the 2008 season. It currently has 7 teams of up to 25+ players each and schedules 8 stroke-play outings in the spring and summer. Stroke play is followed by up to 5 match-play outings. All outings are mid-week at local courses in Virginia and Maryland and play is optional. The NIHGA caps the year off in October with an outing including golf/cart and dinner for all members and their guests. Prizes and trophies are awarded and handicaps are maintained from 0-40, so all golfers are welcome. For more information contact Howard Somers at Visit for information on the upcoming schedule and other news.

First Annual NIH Career Symposium

The Office of Intramural Training and Education announces the first annual NIH Career Symposium on Wednesday, Apr. 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Natcher Conference Center. It is designed for NIH graduate students and postdocs and provides a chance to learn about careers in science and medicine. It will also allow participants to network with established professionals in these fields.

The symposium brings together professionals from around the country to discuss their career experiences during panel sessions organized by topic. These include academic medicine, scientific writing, consulting and work in industry and government. The symposium will also feature workshops on job-related skills such as interviewing and networking. Approximately 80 speakers from more than 15 fields will participate in interactive panel sessions. There will also be a networking lunch and a reception following the event. For more information or to register visit

FARE Abstract Competition for Fellows

The 15th annual Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) 2009 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. Twenty-five percent 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, 2008, and Sept. 30, 2009. The FARE 2009 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 should submit their application, including abstract, electronically from now through Apr. 14 via Winners will be announced by the end of September 2008. More information is available on the web site above. For more information, contact one of your institute’s FelCom representatives at

AFP Holds Recruitment Session
Administrative Fellows Program Chair Tim Tosten and Vice Chair Cheryl Stevens are all smiles after a successful event to recruit new fellows to the program, which was held at Natcher on Mar. 12.

Administrative Fellows Program Chair Tim Tosten and Vice Chair Cheryl Stevens are all smiles after a successful event to recruit new fellows to the program, which was held at Natcher on Mar. 12.

The NIH Administrative Fellows Program (AFP) organized its first on-site recruitment event Mar. 12 at Natcher and invited students from 50 universities and colleges. The session gave applicants an opportunity to learn more about NIH and the Administrative Fellows Program. The AFP was established to replenish the administrative pipeline by recruiting new talent to administrative careers. Approximately 100 prospective applicants attended the event.
Administrative Fellow Ayodeji Larmie (r) explains the AFP to a hopeful applicant.
Administrative Fellow Ayodeji Larmie (r) explains the AFP to a hopeful applicant.

Workshop on Clinical Research, May 9

NCRR is jointly sponsoring Accelerating the Dissemination and Translation of Clinical Research into Practice, a workshop on Friday, May 9 from 8 a.m. to 4:35 p.m. in Natcher Auditorium. This is the first in a series of workshops to discuss and share best practices and ways researchers can partner with community health care providers to translate clinical research into practice.

The workshop will help identify key enablers of successful academic-community provider partnerships, plan effective strategies for dissemination, diffusion and adoption of research and encourage public- and private-sector partnerships for collaborative translational research. Speakers include NCRR director Dr. Barbara Alving, NIDDK director Dr. Griffin Rodgers and others.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is requested by Apr. 28. To register, visit Individuals who need sign language interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate should contact the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 at least 5 days before the event.

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