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Vol. LXI, No. 3
February 6, 2009

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Author Grenny Featured at DDM Seminar

The Deputy Director for Management (DDM) announces the second DDM seminar of the 2008-2009 series “Management and Science: Partnering for Excellence.” The event on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 11 a.m. to noon in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 will feature Joseph Grenny, the New York Times bestselling author of Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes Are High.

A business communications expert, Grenny guides audiences in learning how crucial conversations can achieve highly positive employee interactions, synergies and agreements within organizations. He has been cited in numerous newspapers such as the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal and has appeared on more than 100 radio and television programs including CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC and the Today Show.

Refreshments will be served in the Masur reception area following the program. Presentations will be available via NIH Videocasting at Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to attend should call (301) 496-6211 or the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

For more information about the DDM Seminar Series, visit

STEP Forum on Trial Recruitment

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present an Administrative Strategies forum on the topic “Finders, Keepers: Recruitment and Retention of Research Participants in NIH-Supported Clinical Trials,” on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Natcher Bldg., Rms. E1-E2.

Clinical trial investigators have difficulties recruiting and retaining volunteers. Insufficient numbers, lack of diversity and attrition pose threats to the progress and success of these studies. What motivates individuals to participate in clinical trials? What are the strategies for long-term retention? What are roles for scientific review officers, program officials, grants management specialists and data and safety monitoring board members related to study design and progress? This forum will explore challenges to the identification, enrollment and retention of research participants in clinical trials. It will also discuss successful techniques for recruitment and retention of study participants.

Symposium Honors NIH’s Rall and Robbins

Images of Ed Rall and Jack Robbins NIDDK will host “Celebrating the Life and Science of Ed Rall and Jack Robbins,” on Friday, Feb. 13 in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A. An international cast of speakers will highlight the scientists’ unique contributions to understanding hormone transport and thyroid carcinogenesis and their deep commitment to recruiting and mentoring young investigators. Rall (at left in drawing) and Robbins were friends and colleagues for more than 50 years. They both left this life in 2008; Rall died Feb. 28 and Robbins followed May 12. Register for the symposium at

Management Intern Program Recruits Applicants

Outstanding men and women interested in pursuing careers in public service are encouraged to apply for the 2009 NIH Management Intern (MI) Program. The 2-year program offers an opportunity to explore different administrative career fields, gain insight and train for leadership roles. Recruitment will open on Feb. 13 and close Mar. 13.

During the MI program, individuals complete rotational assignments that introduce them to potential administrative career tracks in budget and finance, communications and public liaison, legislative analysis, program planning and evaluation, grants and contracts, information technology, human resources management, central services management, science policy, program and management analysis and general administration.

To find out more about the MI program, attend one of the information sessions listed below. The application can be found online at For more information contact Cheronn Collins, (301) 594-2507.

Information Sessions (all are noon to 1 p.m.):

Feb. 13 Bldg. 10/2C116

Feb. 20 Bldg. 31/6C10

Feb. 27 Neuroscience/B1B2, 6001 Executive Blvd.

Mar. 4 Bldg. 31/6C6 (NIEHS videoconferencing,

Bldg. 101)

Mar. 6 EPS/Classroom 9

2009 NIH CORE Week, Feb. 9-13

NIH will mark CORE (Conditioning and Relaxation) Week from Feb. 9-13. It will highlight the science and practice of different modes of physical activity and their relaxing counterparts. The various short seminars, workout sessions and lectures will be held over the course of 5 days. It is open to NIH employees and the public and is a part of the NIH HealthierFeds initiative. Participants will learn about the benefits of conditioning and relaxation and will be able to experience them first-hand.

Sign language interpreters will be provided. Those who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Chris Gaines at (301) 451-3631 and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339). Bring your own fitness mat whenever possible and bring one to share. All events are free. For a complete listing of CORE Week events near you, visit

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