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Vol. LX, No. 10
May 16, 2008

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Metzler To Give Next Diversity Series Lecture, May 29

Christopher Metzler, associate dean of human resources and diversity studies at Georgetown University, will speak at the NIH Diversity Seminar Series on Thursday, May 29, from 11 a.m. to noon in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1. Sponsored by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management, this will be the third lecture on valuing diversity. The series provides focused training for employees and managers on linking diversity to organizational performance for optimal benefit.

All are encouraged to attend. Sign language interpreters will be provided. For more information, call (301) 451-0478. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation should call Carlton Coleman at (301) 496-2906 or the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

Harvard’s Shi To Speak, May 23

As part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, NIH has invited Dr. Yang Shi of Harvard Medical School to give a guest lecture on his research in epigenetic regulation, with a focus on his groundbreaking work on histone demethylation. The talk will be held on Friday, May 23 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10.

Before Shi’s work on the topic, the methylation of histones was thought to be an irreversible change that could permanently activate a gene. His group has shown that methylation is a dynamic process that entails both an ebb and a flow. In Shi’s words, “the idea of yin and yang is universal in biology; our results show that histone methylation is no different.”

First Annual Yoga Week, May 19-23

On May 19-23, NIH will hold its first annual Yoga Week. A series of free events will be held at on- and off-campus locations (Natcher, Executive Blvd., Rockledge, NRC). The kickoff will be held on Monday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Natcher auditorium. Along with lectures by current NIH grantees conducting research on yoga and presentations by yoga instructors, there will be two charity outreach events during Yoga Week—for the NIH Safra Family Lodge and Manna Food Center in Rockville. Employees are encouraged to bring bags of nonperishable foods with them to the Wednesday and Thursday events. For more information on the week’s events, visit or contact Dr. Rachel Permuth-Levine at

NIH Federal Tennis Team Recruits

Looking for some spirited tennis competition? The NIH/HHS interagency tennis team is looking for advanced (NTRP of 4.0 or higher) players to join us for the 2008 season, which runs from May through July. Play is open to all full and part-time staff, postdocs, students, guest researchers, contractors and former NIH’ers. The doubles-only matches are played on Har-Tru (green clay) courts. You need not sign up with a partner and do not need a season-long commitment—play only as often as your schedule allows. This year marks the 91st anniversary of the Departmental Tennis League in which over 30 agencies compete. The cost for each 2-hour match is about $10/player, which covers court rental and balls. Matches are on Thursdays at the Fitzgerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C., starting at 6 p.m.; rides can be arranged if needed. For more information, contact team cocaptains Jenny Strasburger, (301) 594-8901, or Jerry McLaughlin, (301) 402-6626,

Zerhouni Quizzes Kids on ‘It’s Academic

NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni will be featured on the Saturday, May 17 episode of It’s Academic, the long-running TV quiz show pitting local high schools against one another. Two other guests will ask questions during the play-off match: Mary Elcano, CEO of the American Red Cross, and Michael Wilson, Canada’s ambassador to the United States. The student teams for the telecast hail from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, Georgetown Day School and Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart. The program airs at 10:30 a.m. on NBC-4.

Staff Scientist/Staff Clinician Organization To Host Town Meeting

The NIH Staff Scientist/Staff Clinician (SSSC) Organization will hold its first town hall meeting on Friday, May 30 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. Conceived in 2004, SSSC provides representation for the more than 1,000 staff scientists and staff clinicians dispersed across the 22 institutes and centers that have intramural research programs. The meeting is open to all members of the NIH community. Videoconferencing will be provided to Frederick (Bldg. 549 Boardrm.), Baltimore (BRC, Rm. 03C219), Rocky Mountain Labs (RML Bldg. 11 Conf. Rm.) and Research Triangle Park (Exec. Conf. Rm.).

The meeting will begin with remarks by Dr. Michael Gottesman, NIH deputy director for intramural research. The SSSC Organization Council of Representatives, which consists of 1-2 members from each IC, will be introduced. A Q&A session follows. The goal is to identify key issues facing the group and to co-develop creative ways to address them. Questions can be submitted in advance at To find out more about the organization visit

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