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NIH Record  
Vol. LXI, No. 24
  November 27, 2009
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Global Recruitment Effort Gets Boost from ARRA
  NIH recruiter Chris Pugh (r) greets attendees in front of the agency’s booth at a federal job fair.
  NIH recruiter Chris Pugh (r) greets attendees in front of the agency’s booth at a federal job fair.

Like several of NIH’s internal communities, the Office of Human Resources flourished as a result of ARRA funds. From unprecedented crowds entertained at local job fairs to an unusually robust influx of rehired retirees, NIH corporate recruitment efforts surged past expectations in fiscal year 2009. And sensing a unique opportunity to reinvent crucial work relations, OHR rose to meet the challenge.

“OHR recognized that ARRA was going to mean a tremendous workload for the NIH,” said Chris Major, OHR director. “We created a special team to launch global recruitments for the most urgently needed jobs and tied them to our advertising campaign to promote them. ARRA was a great opportunity for OHR to provide a coordinated response to best meet the human capital needs of our customers.”

NIH Holds First ‘Engaging the Public in Research’ Week
  COPR members gather in front of Bldg. 1.
  COPR members gather in front of Bldg. 1.

NIH leaders, members of the NIH Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR) and grantees recently participated in a week-long series of events comprising the inaugural “Engaging the Public in Research Week,” Oct. 26-30 on campus.

While NIH has long conducted and supported community-based research—two of the most prominent investigations being the Framingham Heart Study and the Nurses Health Study—increased emphasis has been placed recently on the need to merge the research interests of investigators with health and wellness issues affecting those in the community. The ultimate goal of these studies, speakers at the event noted, is to improve the health of everyone—both in this country and abroad.