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Vol. LX, No. 23
November 14, 2008
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Briefs

DDM Seminars Begin Third Year

The Deputy Director for Management (DDM) Seminar Series is set to offer another round of leadership and management presentations beginning this month.

The third annual series will host speakers known for delivering meaningful insights on workplace concepts, challenges and solutions. The seminars will also offer NIH employees an opportunity to interact and network with colleagues and the presenters in the exchange of ideas and best practices.

The opening seminar features Lynne Lancaster and David Stillman on Thursday, Nov. 20 from 11 a.m. to noon in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Back by popular demand, the two presenters will speak this year about Succession Planning and Knowledge Management, two critically important areas of interest for the NIH community. Lancaster and Stillman are bestselling authors and founders of BridgeWorks, a generational diversity consulting and training firm.

The series continues in 2009 with three more seminars featuring Joseph Grenny on Feb. 19, Annie McKee on Apr. 16 and Sandy Crowe on June 18. These presentations will focus on Crucial Conversations, Leadership, Change and Connecting with Others and Dealing with Difficult People.

Light refreshments will be served in the Masur reception area following the program. Presentations will be available via http://videocast.nih.gov/ for those who cannot attend or when Masur Auditorium reaches capacity.  

Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to attend should contact the NIH Training Center’s main office at (301) 496-6211 or the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

For more information about the DDM Seminar Series and to view previous seminar videocasts, visit http://www.ddmseries.od.nih.gov/.

STEP Forum on Human-Animal Bond

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science in the Public Health forum on the topic, “Understanding the Human-Animal Bond: What Has Your Pet Done for You Lately?” on Tuesday, Nov. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Natcher Bldg., Rms. E1/E2.

When was the last time your dog asked you to go for a walk? Does your cat really miss you when you are away on vacation? Does your rabbit think you’re just another bunny? Our unique relationship with animals has evolved throughout history. Companion animals play numerous roles in improving the lives of their humans. These roles may include providing assistance to the elderly and comfort to those with chronic conditions. What are the social, medical and psychological benefits of our interactions with animals? This STEP forum will explore the science of the human-animal bond and why it is important to so many of us.

Hrabowski To Give Diggs Lecture, Nov. 17
Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III
Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will deliver the 13th annual John W. Diggs Lecture on Monday, Nov. 17 from noon to 1 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. He will discuss “Beating the Odds: Preparing Minorities for Research Careers in the Biomedical Sciences.” A light reception follows. The event is sponsored by the NIH Black Scientists Association, the Office of Intramural Research and the Office of Research on Women’s Health. For more information, call ORWH, (301) 402-1770.

ORS Wellness Series Continues, Nov. 18

The next lecture in ORS’s wellness initiative Focus on You: Promoting Employee Health and Well-Being at NIH will be “Yoga Stretches for the Desk and Office,” on Tuesday, Nov. 18 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Rockledge One cafeteria, 6705 Rockledge Dr., 4th fl. The lecture will provide fun, easy and gentle stretches that employees can do at their workspaces.

Future topics will address how to begin physical activity, lifestyle interventions to reduce heart disease and stress reduction. For a complete listing of future topics and locations, call Chris Gaines at (301) 402-8180 or visit the Division of Amenities and Transportation Services web site, http://dats.ors.od.nih.gov/. Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should call the number above and/or the Federal Relay, 1-800-877-8339.

NIAMS Hosts Joint Scientific Meeting
NIAMS, the Office of Rare Diseases and NIAID recently cosponsored “New Therapies for Chronic Recurrent Osteomyelitis, Synovitis, Acne, Pustulosis, Hyperostosis and Osteitis Syndrome as well as Bechet’s Disease Through Understanding the Pathogenesis.” The meeting will serve as a launch pad for the development of a research program focused on the application of current technology to better understand the origin and development of these diseases. Organizers included (from l) Dr. Karyl Barron, NIAID; Dr. Daniel Kastner, NIAMS; Dr. Stephen Groft, ORD; Dr. Raphaela Goldbach-Mansky, NIAMS; Dr. Polly Ferguson, University of Iowa; and Dr. Ahmet Gül, Istanbul University.
NIAMS, the Office of Rare Diseases and NIAID recently cosponsored “New Therapies for Chronic Recurrent Osteomyelitis, Synovitis, Acne, Pustulosis, Hyperostosis and Osteitis Syndrome as well as Bechet’s Disease Through Understanding the Pathogenesis.” The meeting will serve as a launch pad for the development of a research program focused on the application of current technology to better understand the origin and development of these diseases. Organizers included (from l) Dr. Karyl Barron, NIAID; Dr. Daniel Kastner, NIAMS; Dr. Stephen Groft, ORD; Dr. Raphaela Goldbach-Mansky, NIAMS; Dr. Polly Ferguson, University of Iowa; and Dr. Ahmet Gül, Istanbul University.

NIH Training Center Offers New Courses, Programs

In November 2007, the NIH Training Center conducted an NIH-wide survey to determine the types of training and services the NIH community is seeking. It received more than 1,500 responses from the scientific and administrative populations. The feedback indicated a significant demand for professional development and management, leadership and supervisory skills courses across NIH.

As a result, the center is now offering 23 new fee-for-service courses. New programs for supervisors include Leading During Times of Change, Media & Message Training for Managers, Win-Win Negotiations and Managing Challenging Employees. New professional development courses include Problem Solving for Results, Cultivating a Learning Organization and Managing Difficult Conversations. For the acquisitions community, the center now offers Negotiation Techniques for Simplified Acquisitions and Appropriations Law for Simplified Acquisitions at the NIH.

For a complete schedule of classes, visit http://learningsource.od.nih.gov or call (301) 496-6211 for more information. Registration is available via NIHITS at https://nominate.od.nih.gov/login.pl. Supervisory approval is required to attend.

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