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Vol. LXI, No. 21
October 16, 2009

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APAO Solicits Award Nominations

The NIH Asian and Pacific Islander American Organization (APAO) will continue its tradition of honoring NIH employees with significant contributions in the following two categories: an employee in the field of management who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of Asian and Pacific Americans (APA); an APA researcher/scientist who has realized significant accomplishments in biomedical research.

The awardees will be honored with a plaque of recognition from APAO at its annual holiday awards luncheon on Dec. 16 in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1.

A review committee composed of APAO members from several ICs will evaluate nominations. All nominations must be received electronically by Friday, Nov. 20 for consideration. To make a nomination, send a 1-page statement and, if applicable, a CV to Phyllis Chui,, (301) 435-7027.

Questions about the awards or APAO’s mission may be directed to Rashmi Gopal-Srivastava, APAO president, at, (301) 402-4336.

American Indian, Alaska Native Heritage Month

The ninth annual NIH American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month program will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. to noon at Natcher Conference Center, with a poster session to follow. This year’s program will feature a scientific speaker and cultural performance.

Dr. Patricia Nez Henderson will speak on the topic “Indian Country Tobacco-free & Smoke- free Policy: The Navajo Experience.” She is vice president of the Black Hills Center for American Indian Health, a nonprofit health organization in Rapid City, S. Dak., and is a member of the Diné (Navajo) tribe.

The cultural performance will feature the dance troupe Red Crooked Sky, a collaborative mix of American Indians cultivating and promoting positive cultural awareness through traditional and contemporary dance. A reception will follow.

A poster session co-sponsored by the Fogarty International Center and NHLBI will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. The posters will feature research of projects from the Native American Research Centers for Health program, funded by the Indian Health Service in collaboration with NIH. This event is co-sponsored by the NIH American Indian/Alaska Native Employee Council, the NIH Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management and FIC.

Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Carlton Coleman at (301) 496-2906 (v) or by Federal Relay Service 1-800-443-3701 (TTY). For program information, contact Dr. James Herrington at (301) 496-4784 or

Health and Wellness Fair at Exec. Blvd.

The Office of Acquisition and Logistics Management is hosting a Health and Wellness Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 20 in the parking lot of 6011 Executive Blvd. It begins at 9 a.m. with remarks by Diane Frasier, OALM director. There will be exhibition booths from an array of vendors, NIH institutes, Suburban Hospital, Washington Adventist Hospital and area restaurants. There will also be blood pressure/cholesterol/blood sugar, eye/ear, dental, vision and diabetes screenings. A fitness instructor will demonstrate exercises and speakers will discuss stress management, managing work and life and other topics; handouts will be included.

NIH Library Open House, Oct. 22

Join your colleagues at the NIH Library Open House on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Bldg. 10. Vendor and staff demonstrations will include genetics, bioinformatics, writing center and information retrieval and management products and services. Get answers to your specific questions. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call (301) 496-1080. See scheduled events at

Annual Leave: Use It or Lose It

Annual leave in excess of the maximum carryover balance (in most cases 240 hours) is normally forfeited if not used by the end of the current leave year. If you have not already planned to take those excess hours of annual leave, you should discuss your leave with your supervisor now while there is still time to schedule it. Your bi-weekly Leave and Earnings Statement tells you how much annual leave you must use so that you will not lose it when the leave year ends on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010.

In spite of planning, circumstances sometimes arise that prevent you from taking leave that has been scheduled and approved earlier during the leave year. In such cases, you and your supervisor are jointly responsible for ensuring that any “use or lose” leave is officially rescheduled. This year, your “use or lose” leave must be scheduled not later than Saturday, Nov. 21.

If you or your supervisor have questions about “use or lose” leave, contact your administrative officer.

NIH Hosts ‘Engaging the Public in Research Week’
NIH is hosting the first Engaging the Public in Research Week Oct. 26-30 in recognition of the significance of public involvement in biomedical and behavioral research. The special week also celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the NIH Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR), a federal advisory council composed of public members representing a variety of cultural, professional and patient-centered communities across the nation.

All are invited to celebrate and learn more about the value of public involvement in research by participating in these events:

The Partners in Research (PIR) Investigator Workshop will be held Oct. 26-27. This workshop is sponsored by the NIH Public Trust Initiative and is geared toward PIR grantees to look at progress, best practices and next steps. Registration is at capacity; however there will be an evening poster session and reception open to interested public members from 4-6 p.m. on Oct. 26. For more information, visit

Staff Training in Extramural Programs (STEP) Forum: Nuts-and-Bolts of Community Engagement in Research will take place Wednesday, Oct. 28. The forum is inspired by COPR recommendations on community-engaged research and geared toward NIH extramural and intramural research, program and outreach staff. Dr. Raynard Kington, NIH principal deputy director, will give opening remarks. The agenda also includes an overview of community-engaged research, presentation of COPR recommendations, case studies of best practices and practical application of principles and an open panel discussion. For more information, visit

The fall 2009 COPR meeting will take place Friday, Oct. 30. This will be COPR’s first formal meeting with new NIH director Dr. Francis Collins. Agenda topics include comparative effectiveness research, complementary and alternative medicine and international biomedical research initiatives. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, visit

NIH Rises in Poll of Best Places to Work for Those Age 50+

For the second year in a row, NIH has been deemed among the top places to work for those age 50 and older by AARP. Having placed 11th last year out of the top 50, NIH rose to third in 2009. Cornell University topped the list for the second year in a row.

“The many benefits and opportunities available to employees through the NIH Recreation and Welfare Association have promoted an active workforce and an active retiree group,” said AARP in an online report. “R&W supports more than 30 clubs, including photography, bicycling and skiing and administers volunteer activities such as NIH Charities, Camp Fantastic and Children’s Inn.”

The AARP evaluation noted that 39 percent of the NIH workforce is 50 or older. It highlighted opportunities at NIH for learning and development, formal recognition of longevity of service and a commitment to safety and occupational health. Also touted were NIH’s offerings in health insurance, the Employee Assistance Program, retiree benefits and health savings accounts and flexible spending accounts.

Conference on Electronic Health Record Data Set, Oct. 30 at Natcher

The National Center for Research Resources is holding a 1-day symposium on Friday, Oct. 30 to discuss the potential benefits of using electronic health record data for secondary research purposes. “Widening the Use of Electronic Health Record Data for Research,” will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the main auditorium of the Natcher Conference Center. Case studies in comparative effectiveness research, health disparities, drug safety and public health will allow sharing of successful roadmaps, identification of challenging areas of mutual interest and discussion of common tasks that can be addressed in the short term.

The event is free and open to the public. To register and view the agenda, visit Registration deadline is Oct. 22. Contact Monica Barnette at (301) 650-8660 or for logistical questions or registration assistance.

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