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Vol. LXI, No. 8
April 17, 2009

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Neuropathic Cancer Pain Symposium

The National Cancer Institute and the NIH Pain Consortium will host a Neuropathic Cancer Pain Symposium on Monday, Apr. 27 at the Bethesda Marriott-Pooks Hill. It will bring together a multidisciplinary group of researchers, clinicians and patient advocates to build on our knowledge and understanding of the role of pain and pain management in cancer care. The symposium seeks to address the knowledge gap in the area of neuropathic pain associated with cancer, due to the underlying disease, as well as therapy, and will include plenary sessions, panel discussions and opportunities for networking. Space is limited, so register soon. For more information, visit

NIH Holds Career Symposium, May 19

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education invites all NIH graduate students and postdoctoral trainees, both basic scientists and clinicians, to participate in the NIH Career Symposium on Tuesday, May 19 at the Natcher Conference Center from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The symposium provides an opportunity for fellows and graduate students to learn about scientific career options available to them and to explore factors that lead to career success. Panel sessions will focus on science writing, teaching in a variety of settings, grants administration, public policy and both research-intensive careers and careers away from the bench in all sectors. Experts in each area will provide insights into their diverse career paths. Workshops will address professional skills including negotiation, interviewing, work/life balance, managing and the uses of optimism. Dr. Toni Hoover, vice president of Pfizer Global Research and Research & Development, will keynote this all-day event. A list of sessions and speakers and a registration link are posted at OITE, the fellows committee and the Graduate Student Council organized the event.

FAES Sponsors Free Community Shred Day

On Wednesday, Apr. 22, from 4 to 7 p.m., the FAES, in collaboration with Torn2Shredz, will sponsor a Free Community Shred Day. Watch on a closed-circuit TV while your old bank and credit card statements are destroyed and then sent for recycling. Limit of two boxes of documents per customer. Event is at the FAES Social & Academic Center, 9101 Old Georgetown Rd., across the street from NIH on the corner of West Cedar Lane and Old Georgetown.

Parenting Festival Set, Apr. 22

The seventh annual NIH Parenting Festival will be held on Wednesday, Apr. 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Bldg. 50’s first floor conference area. As in past years, there will be representatives from many institutes to share information that benefits children and families. NIH support services for health, finance, benefits and work life will also participate. There will be activities and free resources, including “Ask the Parenting Specialist” for all employees. The event is sponsored by the NIH child care board and the ORS Division of Amenities and Transportation Services. For more information contact Tonya Lee at (301) 402-8180 or email

Diversity Survey Needs Your Input

NIH is conducting a Race, Ethnicity and Disability Status Survey now through May 8. You can help the agency accurately assess the diversity of our workforce regarding race, ethnicity and disability status. Participate by going to the Learning Management System at to access the survey. For more information, contact Dr. Shelma Little at (301) 496-7543 or

National Day of Prayer, May 7

The National Day of Prayer will be celebrated on Thursday, May 7 at 11:30 a.m. on the lawn in front of Bldg. 1. All are invited to the nondenominational service to pray for our country and its leaders. This year’s observance will feature musical entertainment. Friends and family are welcome—you can even bring your lunch.

Tae Kwon Do Beginner’s Class

The NIH Tae Kwon Do School is offering a beginner’s class for adults and mature teens. New students are invited to begin classes on Monday, Apr. 20. The curriculum combines traditional striking arts, forms, sparring and basic aikido techniques with emphasis on self-defense. No experience is necessary. Classes meet in the Malone Center (Bldg. 31C, B4 level, next to the NIH Fitness Center) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays (6-7 p.m. Fridays, optional). Registration fee is $50 and includes 10 weeks of beginner’s class and a uniform costs $40. Interested persons are welcome to watch regular training sessions. For information call Lewis Sloter, (301) 213-5841 or visit

Next Wednesday Afternoon Lectures Set

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10—features Dr. Ruslan Medzhitov, HHMI investigator, Yale School of Medicine, speaking Apr. 22 on “Innate Host Defense: Mechanisms and Pathways.”

On Apr. 29, Dr. Erkki Ruoslahti will address, “Vascular Zip Codes in Targeted Delivery of Multifunctional Nanodevices.” He is a distinguished professor at the Burnham Institute for Medical Research. For more information or for reasonable accommodation, contact Sarah Freeman, (301) 594-6747 or

Take Your Child to Work, Apr. 23

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management will host the 15th annual NIH Take Your Child to Work Day on Thursday, Apr. 23. It is a great opportunity to share with children what you do at work, as well as how NIH supports biomedical research to improve the health of all people. There will be new activities as well as favorites from past years. Last year’s event survey showed that even parents learned things about NIH they didn’t know before.

The preregistration process is closed. However, there are some key dates that parents need to remember. Registered parents will have two opportunities to pick up registration materials in the South Lobby, Bldg. 10: Tuesday, Apr. 21 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and Wednesday, Apr. 22 between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. For those who did not have an opportunity to preregister and/or pick up the registration materials, sign-in will be available in the South Lobby, Bldg. 10 on Thursday, Apr. 23 between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Parents, don’t forget to complete your Accompanied Child Visitor Pass for easy access to campus ( Send questions or comments to or call (301) 402-3663.

Sign language interpreters will be available. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Carlton Coleman, (301) 496-2906 voice, (800) 877-8339 Federal Relay, email Requests should be made at least 7 days before the event.

2nd Annual NIH Take a Hike Day, May 6

It’s time once again to grab a coworker or two, or three, an office, a division, an institute/center and lace up your walking shoes. What better way to take a break from all of the hustle and bustle than to go for a leisurely stroll or jog around the perimeter of the NIH campus?

In conjunction with the 2009 National President’s Challenge and the HealthierFeds initiative, the NIH Office of Management in partnership with the ORS Division of Amenities and Transportation Services invites all NIH employees and contractors to participate in a non-competitive walk or fun run on Wednesday, May 6 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

As the saying goes, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” How far can you walk—Ľ mile, 1 mile and what about 2.8 miles? No matter how far, the ultimate goal is to begin or continue a regular habit of physical activity and create a foundation for long-term behavior changes for a healthier lifestyle.

Earn your institute/center bragging rights for having the most registered employees participating in this year’s Take a Hike Day. Before the walk/fun run begins, the top five ICs with the most registered employees will be recognized by the NIH acting director for their support of the HealthierFeds initiative.

Don’t delay—registration started on Apr. 6 and continues through Friday, May 1. For more information, visit Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to participate in the event should contact Carole Harman at (301) 402-8180.
Bldg. 5 Adopts Expectant Geese Parents
The front door to Bldg. 5 has become the new residence of a pair of Canada geese.

...whose egg-filled nest is located in a flower bed.
The front door to Bldg. 5 has become the new residence of a pair of Canada geese, whose egg-filled nest is located in a flower bed. “Most of the time the female goose sits on the eggs and the male goose stands guard,” said Ying Huang, who works in the building. “Except when they have lunch, which gives me a chance to take a picture of their eggs. The people working in Bldg. 5 use the back and side doors—we keep the front door quiet. We wouldn’t disturb them and we are waiting for the new baby geese who are coming.” Another employee in the building, NIDDK’s Shuko Yoshikami, also took photos of the expectant couple

The female goose sits on the eggs and the male goose stands guard.

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