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Vol. LX, No. 24
November 28, 2008
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STEP Forum on Post Traumatic Stress

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science in the Public Health forum on the topic, “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: What Are the Facts?” on Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects millions of Americans every year—and not just from combat. Anyone who has gone through a natural disaster or other overwhelming stress can develop PTSD. This condition is devastating and costs millions of dollars in lost productivity and medical treatment. What are the causes and clinical manifestations of PTSD? Are there biomarkers for diagnosis? What are the treatments? Join us to discuss these timely questions with a panel of military, disaster relief and medical experts.

FAES Announces Spring Courses

The FAES Graduate School at NIH announces the schedule of courses for the spring 2009 semester. The majority of the evening classes sponsored by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences will be given on the NIH campus.

Courses are offered in biochemistry, biology, biotechnology (daytime courses), chemistry, immunology, languages, medicine, microbiology, pharmacology, statistics, technology transfer, alternative medicine and courses of general interest. A technology transfer certificate program is also being offered.

It is possible to transfer credits earned to other institutions for degree work, with their approval.

Classes will begin Jan. 26; mail registration ends Jan. 2. An open house will be held Jan. 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. in Bldg. 10, Rm. 2C116 (Medical Board Rm.); walk-in registration will be accepted then and also from Jan. 7-14. Tuition is $115 per credit hour and courses may be taken for credit or audit. Courses that qualify for institute support as training should be cleared with supervisors and administrative officers as soon as possible. Both the vendor’s copy of the training form (SF-182) and the FAES registration form must be submitted at the time of registration. Note that FAES cannot access training forms entered in the NIHTS system; a signed hard copy (vendor’s copy of SF-182) is needed in order to process registrations for classes. Asking your institute to pay your tuition is a preliminary step to registration but does not constitute registration with the FAES Graduate School.

Class schedules and course catalogs are available in the graduate school office in Bldg. 60, Suite 230; the Foundation Bookstore in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1L101; and the business office in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1C18. To have a catalog sent, call (301) 496-7976 or visit www.faes.org.

Compostable Cups Come to Cafeterias

Beginning on Monday, Dec. 1, NIH cafeteria contractor Eurest will replace its Styrofoam cold cups with a single size 100 percent compostable cup. The new cup is a 20-ounce Greenware cup. The eco-friendly cups come at a cost, however. Eurest will raise prices by 10 cents, said John Crawford, NIH food service programs manager. “Cost for the cup is 11 cents plus the cost of the lid. This is roughly double the cost of the foam product. We are continuing to work with them to find suitable alternatives to their remaining foam service items such as those used at the salad bars.”

Bookstore Welcomes Customers

Come visit the Foundation Bookstore in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1L101. It is open to everyone at NIH and welcomes patients and visitors. The store carries a selection of fiction and nonfiction books and can order anything not in stock. Books can be shipped anywhere in the world, for a modest fee. For more information call (301) 496-5272.

Credit Union Program To Benefit Children’s Inn

The NIH Federal Credit Union will provide its members with the option of donating rewards points accumulated on their NIHFCU credit card to the Children’s Inn at NIH. Members can normally redeem rewards points obtained by making purchases with their NIHFCU credit card for a variety of brand-name merchandise and travel packages. However, during the month of December, members can also choose to make a tax-deductible donation to the inn by transferring any number of their accrued points to the inn. The inn can then redeem the donated points for patient gifts, furnishings, appliances or other community-wide needs.

“The NIH Federal Credit Union and the Children’s Inn are both long-standing and important parts of the NIH community,” said Steven Levin, NIHFCU vice president of marketing. “Providing our members the opportunity to give back to the NIH in this manner, especially during the holiday season, is a natural fit.”

More than 10,000 families have stayed at the Children’s Inn since it opened in 1990.

Panel Looks at Health Effects of Climate Change

With increasing attention focused on climate change, a working group representing 16 institutes, centers and offices has been formed under Fogarty International Center leadership to help NIH assess the relevance of its basic health research portfolio to the subject.

Because the approximately 800 projects initially identified as relevant are scattered among portfolios in 24 institutes and centers—and because most grants support basic research only indirectly linked to global warming—the group’s first task is to analyze the research in the context of probable health effects of climate change.

The group’s goal is to use the existing science base at NIH to “evolve a coherent strategy, including the identification of gaps and priorities for future investments,” says chair Dr. Joshua Rosenthal, deputy director of FIC’s Division of International Training and Research.

“It appears almost certain HHS and the NIH will be asked to provide such a strategy,” he said at the first meeting of the trans-NIH working group on global health and climate change. “Health research and the scientific rigor that NIH can bring will be critical to inform the growing number of climate change programs among agencies.”

The group plans to produce a research agenda in the next year for use by the new administration based on portfolio analysis, literature surveys, interagency discussions and possibly one or more public conferences.

OEO’s Lucas Designs Artwork To Benefit NIH Charities
The NIH Emerging Leaders Class of 2010 includes (from l) Elizabeth Tsai, Kimberley Eccles and Jessica Hancock.

Carl Lucas, an EEO manager in NIH’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management, recently signed sweatshirts and tees bearing his original artwork. On sale at R&W stores, the shirts feature two different designs. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Inn at NIH, Friends of the Clinical Center and the CC Patient Emergency Fund. “I began drawing around the age of 10,” Lucas said. “My artistic abilities eventually led to the offer of a scholarship from the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle. I chose not to pursue a career in art, but instead entered the world of health care in the field of cardiac nursing.” He also has created media from oil paintings to laminated wood sculptures. His latest works include stained glass art. The NIH design project came about during a talk with the purchasing director for the R&W, he noted. “During the discussion about designs, I offered to donate two new shirt designs with the understanding that all profits would support NIH charities.”

NIH Training Center Program Update

The NIH Training Center recently evaluated internal leadership development programs available throughout NIH and benchmarked scientific organizations with stellar leadership development programs within government, academia and private industry across the country. Armed with this information, the center is collaborating with NIH senior management and several advisory councils and committees to offer more leadership development programs for the NIH community to complement the existing NIH Senior Leadership Program. Stay tuned.

The NIH Senior Leadership Program is accepting nominations for the FY 2009 program. If you are a GS 14-15, SES, Title 42 or 38 high-performing manager, you may be eligible to participate. You must be nominated by your executive officer. Each IC has an established process in selecting teams of 4-6 employees, representing both the scientific and administrative communities. Contact your supervisor or EO for details. For general information about the program, contact Keisha Berkley at (301) 451-7303 or berkleyk@od.nih.gov. Information is also available at http://learningsource.od.nih.gov/ NIH-SLP.html.

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