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Vol. LXII, No. 4
February 19, 2010
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Briefs

STEP Forum on Social Networking Tools

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present an Administrative Strategies forum on the topic “Blogspot and Facebook and Twitter, Oh My! The Potential of Social Networking Tools for Public Health Research” on Tuesday, Mar. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

It is challenging to keep up with the lingo and the technology provided by the Internet. Experts talk about the immense opportunity for commerce and knowledge transfer—how can scientists get in on the action? This forum will present the latest Internet-based social networking developments and how researchers can use these technologies to expedite interdisciplinary communication, expand knowledge and reach a potentially untapped population. Come tweet with us!

HHS Mentoring Program Recruits

NIH wants you to join the HHS Mentoring Program. Permanent federal employees interested in serving as mentors and mentees across the NIH community are invited to join the NIH April 2010 cohort.

Building a confidential, interactive relationship is the cornerstone of the program. The program’s emphasis on developing leadership and management competencies at various levels will ensure a beneficial experience for both mentors and mentees.

Program components include:

  • senior-to-junior and peer-to-peer mentoring relationships
  • online application and matching system to connect individuals
  • mentor-mentee online orientation
  • 1-year mentoring relationship commitment
  • professional development events and activities

As a tool in employee development, the HHS Mentoring Program does not supplant the NIH scientific mentoring and customized IC leadership mentoring programs that are available to employees in some institutes and centers. Instead, it fills an existing need and enables NIH-wide or department-wide relationships. For more information, including links to online registration and upcoming information sessions, visit http://trainingcenter.nih.gov/hhs_mentoring.html.

NIH Golf Association Seeks New Members

The NIH Golf Association (18-hole competitive coed league) is looking for new members for the 2010 season. It currently has 7 teams of up to 25+ players each and schedules 8 stroke play outings in the spring and summer. Stroke play is followed by up to 5 match play outings. All outings are mid-week at local courses in Virginia and Maryland and play is optional. The NIHGA caps the year off in October with an outing that includes golf/cart and dinner for all members and their guests. Prizes and trophies are awarded and handicaps are maintained from 0-40, so all golfers are welcome. For more information contact Howard Somers at somersh@mail.nlm.nih.gov; visit www.recgov.org/nihga/ for complete information on the upcoming schedule and other news.

NCI Holds Biospecimen Research Network Symposium, Mar. 24-25

Save the date for the National Cancer Institute’s 3rd annual Biospecimen Research Network Symposium, “Advancing Cancer Research Through Biospecimen Science,” Mar. 24-25 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. The symposium will address the significant impact of pre-analytical biospecimen variables on cancer research and molecular medicine. Hosted by NCI’s Office of Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research, the meeting will bring together leaders in the fields of biospecimen research, genomics, proteomics, oncology, pathology, biobanking, hospital administration and pharmaceutics as well as patient advocates. The 2-day event will feature presentations and interactive discussions about biospecimen quality. Visit http://brnsymposium.com/meeting/brnsymposium/2010/ to get the latest information about speakers, topics and participation. Registration is now open.

IHS Director Visits NIGMS Council

Indian Health Service director Dr. Yvette Roubideaux (l) recently met with the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council to discuss the Native American Research Centers for Health Program. This program, a partnership led by the Indian Health Service and NIGMS, develops opportunities for research and research training to meet the needs of American Indian/Alaska Native communities. Also shown are NIGMS director Dr. Jeremy Berg (c) and NIGMS associate director for extramural activities Dr. Ann Hagan.

Indian Health Service director Dr. Yvette Roubideaux (l) recently met with the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council to discuss the Native American Research Centers for Health Program. This program, a partnership led by the Indian Health Service and NIGMS, develops opportunities for research and research training to meet the needs of American Indian/Alaska Native communities. Also shown are NIGMS director Dr. Jeremy Berg (c) and NIGMS associate director for extramural activities Dr. Ann Hagan.



NICHD, NCNW Note Successful Community Effort

Dr. Dorothy Height (l), NCNW president emerita and Dr. Yvonne Maddox (r), NICHD deputy director

NIH and the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) have developed “Fit for Life,” a community-based obesity prevention program for young people ages 11 to 13. The project includes a workshop for adults and caregivers and one for young people, to help children maintain a healthy weight through improved food choices, increased physical activity and reduced screen time. The program is being carried out through NCNW’s network of regional leaders around the country, who are presenting the workshops to parents and young people in their communities and training other NCNW members to do the same. Leaders from both organizations recently held a plenary session during NCNW’s 54th National Convention at National Harbor, Md., to highlight the efforts and success of NCNW regional leaders in bringing these materials into their communities. Shown in the foreground are Dr. Dorothy Height (l), NCNW president emerita and Dr. Yvonne Maddox (r), NICHD deputy director.

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