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Vol. LXI, No. 13
June 26, 2009
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Briefs

Workshop on NIH-Funded Core Facilities

The National Center for Research Resources, in collaboration with the Office of Extramural Research, is sponsoring a workshop titled “The Efficient Management and Utilization of Core Facilities,” July 14-15, in the main auditorium, Natcher Conference Center. A core facility is a centralized, shared resource that provides scientific investigators with access to instruments, technologies, services, study support and expert consultation. NIH-funded core facilities exist at hundreds of institutions throughout the United States.

NIH-funded investigators with expertise in managing cores at biomedical research institutions across the country will discuss common challenges, as well as solutions, to maximize their use and efficiency. Specifically, workshop participants will discuss ways to improve access, minimize redundancy, control costs, develop sound administrative management and provide quality assurance at these facilities.

The event is free and open to the public. Early registration is encouraged. For more information and to register, visit www.ncrr.nih.gov/Core_Facilities/. For questions about the workshop content, contact Sylvia Parsons at (301) 435-0860 or email parsonss@mail.nih.gov.

Individuals who need sign language interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Monica Barnette at (301) 650-8660 and/or the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 at least 5 days prior to the event.

NIH Sailing Association Open House

The NIH Sailing Association will hold an open house on Saturday, Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Selby Bay Sailing Center in Mayo, Md. Explore your interest in learning to sail and discover opportunities for sailing with NIHSA. We will be giving demonstration sails for adults in the club’s 19-ft. Flying Scot sailboats. Fall sailing classes begin Aug. 26; this is a good chance to preview the boats and meet the members. At the open house you can: join NIHSA; sign up for the 6-week adult sailing class; find out about club sailboat racing; check out the social schedule of NIHSA; and meet members. Directions can be found at www.recgov.org/sail. Come check it out—sailing, food, drinks and beer for $5 per person. Look for posters and flyers around campus for more information.

Volunteers Needed for Web Site Evaluation

The Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications at the National Library of Medicine is seeking people interested in evaluating a web site developed by NLM. The feedback received from evaluators will help NLM develop effective and easy-to-use web interfaces. Participants will be asked to spend one hour using a web site on the Bethesda campus. Federal employees, contractors and members of the public who can travel to NIH are encouraged to respond. Although no monetary compensation can be offered, evaluators will receive a small gift for their time. Forward this message to anyone who might be interested in participating. Contact Sarah Ward at saward@mail.nih.gov or (301) 496-9301 for more information.

Bldg. 10 Garage Parking Reminder

Recently, Bldg. 10’s P1 level patient parking area has seen a surge in use, prompting complaints to ORS about the adequacy of patient parking. ORS has also noticed an increase in unauthorized parking in this area. As a courtesy to patients, it is important to comply with posted parking rules.

As a reminder, parking procedures for the garage are as follows:

P1 level: Access to the P1 level is located off Convent Drive. This level is designated for patients, patient visitors, individuals with handicapped parking permits and staff with both a P1 patient care placard and an NIH parking permit. Also the CC can grant minor exceptions for P1 permit holders (e.g., P1 medical consultant, volunteer) and delivery folks staying less than 20 minutes. This level is the only paid parking area inside the CC garage. In an effort to maintain adequate, close parking for patients and patient visitors, employee parking is prohibited on the P1 level, Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

P2 level: The P2 level can be accessed either through Memorial Dr. or Convent Dr. Access from Convent Dr. is open until 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. At 10 a.m., a gate is closed at the top of the ramp leading from the P1 level to the P2 level. This ramp is reopened at 7 p.m. The P2 level is for red permit holders or staff with both a P2 patient care placard and a general parking permit. Overflow parking for this facility is MLP-9, MLP-8 or MLP-6.

P3 level: The main entrance to this level is on Memorial Dr. Parking on the P3 level is designated for employees with a general parking permit. The P3 level is often full by 7:30 a.m. (or earlier), Monday through Friday. Overflow parking for this facility is MLP-9, MLP-8 or MLP-6.

Contact Debbie Byram at (301) 496-1231 about P1 and P2 parking placards and Louise Davis at (301) 496-9621 with any other questions.

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