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Vol. LX, No. 21
October 17, 2008

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American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month Observance, Nov. 5

The 8th annual NIH American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month Observance will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Natcher Conference Center, with a poster session to follow.

This year’s program will feature two speakers. Dr. Jeffrey A. Henderson will share results of the Stop Atherosclerosis in Native Diabetics Study (SANDS) funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Henderson is president and CEO of the Black Hills Center for American Indian Health in Rapid City, South Dakota. He is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

As in years past, the program will feature Kevin Locke of the Lakota and Anishinabe Tribes. He has performed all over the world as a speaker, Native dancer and flute player. He will address the impact of culture on improving the physical and mental health of American Indians. He will also perform the Hoop Dance as part of the interactive presentation. Ethnic food samplings will immediately follow the program.

The observance is co-sponsored by the NIH American Indian/Alaska Native Employee Council, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management and the Fogarty International Center.

The scientific poster session will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in Natcher F1/F2 and G1/G2. It will feature research projects from the Native American Research Centers for Health program, funded by the Indian Health Service in collaboration with NIH.

Sign language interpreters will be provided. Those who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Sharrell Butler at (301) 402-4157 (voice) or by Federal Relay Service 1-800-877-8339 (TTY).

For program information, contact Dr. Jared Jobe at (301) 435-0407,

Meeting of the NIH Director’s COPR, Oct. 31

The 20th meeting of the NIH Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR) will be held on Friday, Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Bldg. 31, 6th floor, Conf. Rm. 6. The meeting is open to the public. To view the agenda, visit

Dr. Kathleen A. Grant

Grant Delivers Keller Lecture, Oct. 21

Dr. Kathleen A. Grant will deliver the 2008 Mark Keller Honorary Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 1:30 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. Grant is professor in the department of behavioral neurosciences at Oregon Health and Science University. The title of her talk is “The Alcoholic Drinking Phenotype in Non-Human Primates: Who Bellies Up to the Bar?” NIAAA established the lecture series as a tribute to Mark Keller, a pioneer in the field of alcohol research. The Keller lecturers are researchers who have made significant and long-term contributions to our understanding of alcohol’s effects and how alcohol problems can be prevented and treated.

Annual Leave: Use It or Lose It

Annual leave in excess of the maximum carryover balance (in most cases 240 hours) is normally forfeited if not used by the end of the current leave year. If you have not already planned to take those excess hours of annual leave, you should discuss your leave with your supervisor now while there is still time to schedule it. Your bi-weekly Leave and Earnings Statement tells you how much annual leave you must use so that you will not lose it when the leave year ends on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009. In spite of planning, circumstances sometimes arise that prevent you from taking leave that has been scheduled and approved earlier during the leave year. In such cases, you and your supervisor are jointly responsible for ensuring that any “use or lose” leave is officially rescheduled. This year, your “use or lose” leave must be scheduled not later than Saturday, Nov. 22. If you or your supervisor have questions about “use or lose” leave, contact your administrative officer.

Mider Lecture Set Oct. 22 in Masur

Dr. Elaine Ostrander will deliver this year’s G. Burroughs Mider Lecture on Oct. 22. Part of the NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series, the talk will be held at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Ostrander will speak on “Genetics and Shapes of Dogs.” She is chief of the Cancer Genetics Branch and head of the comparative genetics section, NHGRI. This lab maps genes responsible for cancer susceptibility in canines and humans, as many canine cancers closely parallel those of human malignancies. Her genomics research also explores the remarkable diversity of dog breed sizes and shapes. The Mider Lecture was created in 1968 to commemorate Mider’s distinguished career, which included a term as director of NIH laboratories and clinics.

Lippincott-Schwartz Gives Roberts Lecture, Oct. 30

The next presentation in the Anita B. Roberts Lecture seminar series will be given by Dr. Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30 in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. She will speak on “Emerging Fluorescence Technology for the Analysis of Protein Localization and Organelle Dynamics.” The lecture is open to the public. Sign language interpreters will be provided upon request. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Deirdre Andrews at (301) 496-3891 and/or the Federal Relay, 1-800-877-8339, 5 days before the lecture.

Parenting Seminars a Success, More Planned

Last month, a series of three lunchtime parenting seminars sponsored by the NIH child care board and the Division of Amenities and Transportation Services, ORS, drew a favorable response. At the request of many employees, the Wednesday lunchtime seminar series will continue with the following topics:Oct. 29- Life with Your New Baby; Nov. 12- Best Practices for Managing and Enjoying the Toddler Years; Nov. 19- Fostering Healthy Habits in Preschoolers.

All sessions will be held in Bldg. 31/ 6C10 and carried on NIH Videocast. For more details visit or call Tonya Lee at (301) 402-8180.

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