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Vol. LX, No. 11
May 30, 2008
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Briefs

DDM Seminar Series Concludes, June 12

The final seminar in the 2007-2008 DDM Seminar Series will be held on Thursday, June 12 from 11 a.m. to noon in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, with a light reception to follow. The series has been a success this year, with over 800 attendees. The concluding seminar welcomes Dr. Samuel Betances, author of Communicating Diversity: Powerful, Practical, Persuasive Pointers to Get the Job Done, who will speak on diversity in the workforce in his talk, “Diversity as a Leadership Strategy.” Betances is well known for his inspirational and motivating presentations, as well as his unique life journey from poverty and dropping out of school to earning a doctorate from Harvard University. Videocasting and sign language will be provided. For more information visit www.ddmseries.od.nih.gov/ or call the Office of Management at (301) 496-3271.

China Earthquake Emergency Relief

One of the worst earthquakes in decades struck central China on May 12, killing many thousands of people and causing heavy damage. The Chinese Students and Scholars Association of NIH is calling upon the community for donations for disaster relief. A web page (www.dccssa.org/earthquakerelief.html) has been established so that donations can be accepted from the Greater D.C. Chinese Students and Scholars Associations. All donations and proceeds will be sent directly to the Red Cross Society of China.

NIH Tennis Team Recruits

The NIH/HHS interagency tennis team is looking for advanced (NTRP of 4.0 or higher) players for the 2008 season, which runs from May through July. 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. 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 Jenny Strasburger, (301) 594-8901, strasbuj@mail.nih.gov or Jerry McLaughlin, (301) 402-6626, gmclaughlin@mail.nih.gov.

CC Gallery Shows Work of NCI Alumnus

Former NCI scientist Dr. Rudiger “Roger” Haugwitz has eight works of art in a show on view in the Clinical Center art gallery, now through June 27. He calls his work “one part art, one part science” because his images often emerge from work with chemicals. “The creation of my works—mostly images that are not found in nature or galleries— is driven by continuous experimentation with unconventional materials,” he said. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call (301) 402-0115.

Admin Intern Awards Call for Nominations

The NIH administrative training committee invites NIH staff to submit nominations for the NIH Administrative Intern Programs’ awards. The awards are presented annually to graduating interns, and the mentors, rotational supervisors and colleagues who contributed to the development and overall success of interns and intern programs. For 2008, interns from these programs are eligible for nomination: Presidential Management Fellows, Management Intern, Emerging Leaders and STRIDE.

Award categories include: Outstanding Intern Award; Thinking Outside the Box Award; Unsung Hero Award; Rotational Supervisor Award; Outstanding Mentor Award; Outstanding New Mentor Award; Outstanding Colleague Award.

Award recipients will be recognized at the intern graduation ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 28. Nominations are due by COB June 30 and must be submitted electronically to internawards@mail.nih.gov. Nomination forms and more information about the intern programs, including a handbook that contains complete descriptions of award criteria and a list of eligible interns can be found online. Log onto the NIH portal (my.nih.gov). Look in the training and professional development folder under the Human Resources tab.

NIH Leadership To Speak at Forum on Improving Work Environment

As part of the continuing effort to recruit the highest quality individuals and ensure success for all employees, NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni has called upon the leadership of NIH to develop a variety of programs to improve many aspects of the NIH working environment.

These programs will be presented by Dr. Raynard Kington, NIH deputy director, Dr. Vivian Pinn, director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health, and Dr. Joan Schwartz, assistant director of the Office of Intramural Research at a forum titled “Initiatives to Promote Scientific Success in the NIH Intramural Program” on Monday, June 2 at 1:30 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10.

The initiatives have been spearheaded by the working group for women in biomedical careers, chaired by Zerhouni and Pinn. The group was established to address the challenges outlined in the National Academies of Science report Beyond Bias and Barriers: Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering. Many of the initiatives will benefit all NIH employees, and address mentoring, childcare and family care issues, workplace flexibilities and recruitment of dual-career couples through new programs. Some focus on developing the evidence base on the effectiveness of programs to advance the careers of women in science and engineering and on promoting improved understanding of the factors that might explain the current career patterns of men and women in these fields.

The women scientist advisors committee, the forum’s sponsor, encourages all employees to attend. A reception will follow the forum.

The leaping ‘lion’ entertains three NIH’ers from the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management (from l) Carolyn Bellamy, Sheila Stokes and Danny Dickerson.

‘Lion’ Lures Crowd to Asian American Heritage Month Event

The NIH Asian and Pacific Islander American Organization celebrated Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month on May 13 with an outdoor program featuring the Tai Yim Kung Fu School performing a traditional Chinese lion dance. Adopting the theme “Celebrating Asian Pride in Family, Partnerships and Progress,” the event held on the Bldg. 31 patio also included sales of Asian food from local restaurants. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Children’s Inn at NIH. On hand with health awareness information, displays and giveaways were representatives from such organizations as the NIH Federal Credit Union and the PHS scientist professional advisory committee.

Above:
The leaping ‘lion’ entertains three NIH’ers from the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management (from l) Carolyn Bellamy, Sheila Stokes and Danny Dickerson.

Right, top:
Keeping the beat—members of the Tai Yim Kung Fu School provide both the roar and the rhythm for the lion dance.

Right, bottom:
Attendees line up for kimchi and bulgogi at a table offering samples of Korean cuisine.

Keeping the beat—members of the Tai Yim Kung Fu School provide both the roar and the rhythm for the lion dance.
Attendees line up for kimchi and bulgogi at a table offering samples of Korean cuisine.

NCRR Gets Feedback on Two Programs

Awardees of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) and National Primate Research Center (NPRC) programs spoke at a recent meeting of the National Advisory Research Resources Council. They discussed the transformative power of the CTSA and the significant contributions of NPRCs to research on human conditions.

In the short time since the CTSA program began, the awards have encouraged researchers to move from their isolated laboratories into multidisciplinary teams, both within and outside their own institutions. One institution has used its CTSA funds toward a new building designed to foster interactions between scientists and staff. Another, which was already focused on clinical and translational science, has been galvanized by the award, combining traditional scientific disciplines with such new disciplines as proteomics and informatics. CTSA grantees have strengthened existing consortia, promoted new ones, facilitated community engagement in research and formed links with other NIH and NCRR programs. The CTSA program itself is designed as a consortium. It has made 24 awards in its first 2 years; ultimately, it will link 60 institutions in a consortium that serves as the national voice for clinical and translational researchers.

NPRCs have been in place for almost 50 years. They have collaborated informally to address questions in cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS, neuroscience, reproductive and regenerative medicine and stem cell research. They have also worked with regional networks and other NIH-supported collaborations including CTSAs. Each NPRC is a collaborative unit, with experts from several fields assisting researchers in their work with nonhuman primates. As noted by the council, the NPRCs continue to be critical resources; they and CTSAs carry on NCRR’s tradition of building collaborations to transform and advance the clinical and translational research enterprise.

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