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Vol. LXI, No. 10
May 15, 2009

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eOPF Offers New, Helpful Features

The eOPF (electronic Official Personnel Folder) is upgrading to version 4.1 in mid-May. All NIH staff will now have available the new WhoAmI? feature, which enables a read-only view of key information. It allows you to validate your eOPF profile data to assist the help desk in troubleshooting.

A few other updates have been added, including a link to the Rules of Behavior and a session time-out notification that appears after 15 minutes of inactivity. eOPF has enhanced print functionality too. For the latest information on eOPF, visit

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series—held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10—features Dr. Tom Rapoport, professor of cell biology, Harvard Medical School, on May 20, speaking on “Mechanisms of Protein Translocation Across Membranes.”

On May 27, Dr. Hidde Ploegh will address, “A Fresh Look at Host-Pathogen Interactions: New Tools.” He is a member of the Whitehead Institute and a professor of biology at MIT.

For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Sarah Freeman, (301) 594-6747.

Bookstore Welcomes Customers

The Foundation Bookstore is a good place to pick up some summer reading. It has a selection of fiction and non-fiction books to choose from. The store can also order anything not in stock. It is located in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1L101. Come in to browse or phone the store at (301) 496-5272.

Oncology Fellowship Opportunities Announced

The interagency oncology task force, a joint initiative between NCI and the FDA, has announced fellowship training opportunities for Ph.D.s, M.D.s, and M.D./Ph.D.s or their equivalents in cancer-related scientific research and research-related regulatory review. The objective of the IOTF Joint Fellowship Program is to train a core of scientists in cancer research and regulatory review to develop skills that bridge the two processes. Fellows will learn to build awareness of regulatory requirements into the early stages of medical product development and will devise strategies to improve planning throughout the research and regulatory review phases. Fellows will also learn how to bring state-of-the-art knowledge and technology to bear on the design, conduct and review of clinical trials. More information about the program fellowships, some of which have deadlines this month, can be found at

FAES Succeeds Merck as Concert Series Sponsor

For the past 20 years, the Manchester String Quartet has presented a series of free monthly concerts at NIH on Mondays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The quartet is composed of members of the National Symphony Orchestra. The concerts combine music and informed commentary and extensive program notes by cellist Glenn Garlick. The concerts have been supported by the Merck Foundation, but after the 2008-2009 season, that funding will end. The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences at NIH has committed to taking over support of the concerts starting with the 2009-2010 season, so that NIH patients and staff as well as members of the surrounding community can continue to enjoy them.

FAES fulfills many functions at NIH, including running a science bookstore and graduate school, and arranging for non-governmental staff, such as postdoctoral fellows, to obtain health insurance. Information on these aspects of the organization, as well as the quartet series, can be found at

NIH’ers Reach Out at High School’s Career Day

On Apr. 24, NIH’ers pitched in to talk to teens at Laurel High School’s annual Career Day.

Don Bordine, associate director of operations for the Office of Animal Care and Use, has participated in the event for several years. A member of the NIH Speakers Bureau, Bordine said he enjoys “explaining the virtues and benefits of federal employment, especially at the NIH.”

“The students really enjoy this event,” said Michelle McQuillan, a Laurel High School English teacher and Career Day co-chair. “They look forward to it; they get all dressed up.”

Although NLM associate fellow Paula Maez is new to NIH, “it was great to participate,” she said. “It was a fun way to share information about my fellowship and the profession of health sciences librarianship with the students.”

Don Bordine
Paula Maez
NIH’ers Don Bordine (top) and Paula Maez visited Laurel High School recently to discuss careers.

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