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Vol. LXI, No. 12
June 12, 2009
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Annual Camp Fantastic BBQ Is June 16

The annual Camp Fantastic BBQ will be held on Tuesday, June 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Bldg. 31 patio. Themed “Life is a carnival!” the event will feature food from High Point Farm, live music from Street Life, a duel by the Knights of Medieval Times, carnival games and more. BBQ tickets are $9, which includes choice of two sandwiches (pulled pork BBQ, pulled chicken BBQ or hot dog), coleslaw, potato chips, ice cream, popcorn and drink. There will also be a raffle to help support Special Love/Camp Fantastic. Tickets are two for $5, five for $10 and 12 for $20. Prizes include Washington Wizards tickets, weekend getaway to Gettysburg, dinner for two at Outback and more.

Clinical Research Management Workshop

The Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) consortium has chosen clinical research management—the processing of protocols and negotiation of contracts for clinical studies—as a high-priority issue. On June 22-23, NCRR and the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation will present the second annual workshop on clinical research management in the Natcher main auditorium.

The program will feature presentations by industry, NIH and other agency perspectives regarding issues in clinical research management, early results of process-related data collection across the CTSA Consortium and lessons learned by individual sites in the form of oral vignettes and posters. The workshop will offer networking opportunities for CTSA sites and provide metrics to be used as incentives for continuous process improvement across the consortium.

This event is free and open to the public. To view the agenda and register to attend, visit www.ncrr.nih.gov/CRM. For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Paymon Hashemi, (301) 838-3774.

Crowe Featured at DDM Seminar

The Deputy Director for Management announces the fourth and final DDM seminar of the 2008-2009 series Management and Science: Partnering for Excellence. The event on Thursday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to noon in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, will feature Sandra Crowe in a presentation on “Dealing with Difficult People” and ways to redirect behavior toward more productive interactions. Crowe is the author of the book Since Choking Isn’t an Option: Dealing with Difficult People – Common Problems and Uncommon Solutions and is the founder of Powerlunch, a communications/networking specialty company.

Videocasting and sign language 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 series, visit www.ddmseries.od.nih.gov or call (301) 496-3271.

NIH Holds Meetings on Plan to Treat Patients from Ft. Detrick at Clinical Center

NIH will hold two public meetings to solicit comments on the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the transport of laboratory personnel potentially exposed to infectious agents from Ft. Detrick to the Clinical Center.

Two alternatives were considered and are presented in the DEIS: the proposed action alternative and no action. NIH prefers the former.

The meetings will be held Monday, June 15 from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. at C. Burr Artz Public Library’s community room, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick, Md., and Thursday, June 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 6001 Executive Blvd., Rockville.

Public comments on the DEIS will be accepted through July 24. Comments should be sent to Valerie Nottingham, Bldg. 13, Rm. 2W64, or to nihnepa@mail.nih.gov.

Attention Motorcyclists, Scooter Drivers

The 18th annual National Motorcycle & Scooter Ride to Work Day will be held on Monday, June 15. For more information about the observance, visit www.ridetowork.org.

Graduate & Professional School Fair, June 30

The Office of Intramural Training & Education invites summer interns and postbacs to participate in the NIH Graduate & Professional School Fair on Tuesday, June 30 at the Natcher Conference Center and Lister Hill Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The fair will provide an opportunity for NIH summer interns (especially those in college) and postbacs to prepare for the next step in their careers by exploring educational programs leading to the Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., M.D./Ph.D. and other graduate and professional degrees. More than 100 colleges and universities will be sending representatives of their graduate schools, medical and dental schools, schools of public health and other biomedically relevant programs to the fair in the hopes of recruiting NIH trainees.

Exhibits will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Workshops will be clustered at the beginning of the day. A list of colleges and universities planning to attend and registration information can be found at www.training.nih.gov.

IntraMall Summer Showcase, June 17-18

The 11th anniversary NIH IntraMall Summer Showcase will be held in the Clinical Research Center on the 3rd and 5th floor pedestrian bridges on Wednesday, June 17 and Thursday, June 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will display the IntraMall electronic purchasing system, which now features “Smart Match” tools to support monthly credit card reconciliation in the NIH Business System.

Since opening in June 1998, the IntraMall has become a leading NIH web site for using government purchase cards to locate, buy and track purchases from over 250 frequently used vendors offering over 10 million laboratory, office and computer items.

New online inventory and IntraMalls Express delivery options will also be demonstrated at the showcase. Come learn how the IntraMall can save your institute money and ease your workload.

Register for the event and free lunch at www.intramalls.com/showcase, where a daily list of vendors is displayed, including new product offerings. If you require reasonable accommodation to participate, call 888-644-6255.

Telehealth Conference Highlights Tools, Technologies

NCRR, in collaboration with Internet2, the American Telemedicine Association, the Veterans Administration and other federal partners, will present the Future of Telehealth: Essential Tools and Technologies for Clinical Research and Care, June 25-26.

The event—held in the Natcher main auditorium—will bring together stakeholders from government agencies, academic institutions, health care organizations and technology companies to explore the current state and future opportunities for telehealth science and technology.

Interactive panel sessions will seek to stimulate development, implementation and evaluation of telehealth applications; broaden participation in research; and improve health outcomes in medically underserved communities.

The free event is open to the public; registration closes June 15. To find out more and to register to attend, visit www.ncrr.nih.gov/Telehealth. For logistical questions or reasonable accommodation, call Monica Barnette, (301) 650-8660.

CNN’s Gupta Pays Call on Clinical Center
Dr. Sanjay Gupta (r) and Dr. John Gallin

Dr. Sanjay Gupta (r), CNN’s chief medical correspondent and associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, visited the Clinical Center on May 13 to film a segment on the Undiagnosed Diseases Program, a joint effort by the CC, the National Human Genome Research Institute and the NIH Office of Rare Diseases. CC director Dr. John Gallin (l) greeted Gupta at the entrance to the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center and discussed the importance of clinical research and the role the CC plays in the NIH mission. Gupta interviewed Dr. William Gahl, director of the Undiagnosed Diseases Program and clinical director of NHGRI, and toured Gahl’s lab. The CNN broadcast featuring the Undiagnosed Diseases Program ran in late May.

CIT Computer Training Courses Now Available

The spring/summer 2009 term is available for registration through Sept. 30. For many years, the NIH community has been visiting the CIT Training web site. From its inception, the web page’s look and feel have never changed, including how one registers for seminars. CIT Training is working to improve the user experience on the site. As implementation nears, more details will be forthcoming.

Many new sessions this term are the result of volunteers participating in the training program. Samplings of new courses include: Detecting Alternative Splicing with the Affymetrix Human exon 1.0 ST array using the MSCL Analyst’s Toolbox; Statistical Analysis with MATLAB; Introduction to Systems Biology with GeneGo; EndNote X2 Training; Introduction to SimBiology for Population PK Modeling; SharePoint Educational Symposium - Resolving SharePoint Pain Points; Master Class: Image Processing with MATLAB.

The popular returning topics include seminars for scientists, QVR, Blackberry, Office 2007 - What’s New, and Getting to Know Windows Vista. You can obtain full course information, register for spring/summer 2009 classes, join the CIT Training mailing list and view your transcript or current application status at http://training.cit.nih.gov.

Non-certification courses continue to be free of charge to NIH staff. While employees get first priority for classes, contractors are welcome to attend when space is available, the class is related to NIH work and they have approval from their NIH supervisor.

If you have any questions about the CIT Training program, call (301) 594-6248 or email CITTraining@mail.nih.gov.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series—held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10—features Dr. Huda Zoghbi, Baylor College of Medicine professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, on June 17, speaking on “Neurobiology of Rett Syndrome and Related Disorders.”

On June 24, Dr. Karen Ashe, Edmund Wallace and Anne Marie Tulloch chairs in neurology and neuroscience at the University of Minnesota and director of the N. Bud Grossman Center for Memory Research and Care, will address, “Molecular Mechanisms of Memory Loss in Alzheimer’s Disease.”

For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Sarah Freeman, (301) 594-6747. The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series will go on hiatus during July and August. For more information on the 2009-2010 lecture schedule, email sarah.freeman@nih.gov.

Call for Nominations for Intern Awards

NIH has numerous internship and fellowship programs that train future administrators. Annually, the NIH administrative training committee presents awards to graduating interns, their mentors and supervisors who have contributed to the development and overall success of their programs. For 2009, interns from the following programs will be eligible for awards:

Administrative Fellows Program; Emerging Leaders; Management Interns; NCI Administrative Career Development Program; Presidential Management Fellows; STRIDE.

Award categories are: Intern of the Year; Intern Innovator; Intern Collaborator; Intern Leader; Peer Recognition; Outstanding Rotational Supervisor; Outstanding Mentor; Outstanding Advocate.

If you have worked with an intern who you think deserves recognition for his or her contribution to NIH, view the award descriptions in the Intern Award Handbook found at http://trainingcenter.nih.gov/internawards. Submit your nomination by 5 p.m. on June 30 through the web site or to internawards@mail.nih.gov. Award recipients will be recognized at the intern graduation ceremony on Aug. 27.

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