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Vol. LXII, No. 9
April 30, 2010

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Tribute to Kirschstein Set, May 17

The NIH community is invited to “Tribute to Dr. Ruth L. Kirschstein: Inspiring the Best in Others,” which will be held Monday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Natcher Auditorium. The event will highlight Kirschstein’s accomplishments and be held in remembrance of her life-long dedication to inspiring the best in others. Current and former members of NIH and Congress will be on hand to help celebrate her legacy.

The day will continue with a look forward as Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award recipients deliver scientific presentations and reflect on their own inspiration as they strive for excellence. Speakers will include Dr. Laurie Boyer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Howard Chang from Stanford University, Dr. Francis Lee from Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa from Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Gonzalo Torres from the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Dorothy Sipkins from the University of Chicago, Dr. Anna Penn from Stanford University, Dr. Sara Cherry from the University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Julie Pfeiffer from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

The day will conclude with a poster session and reception from 5 to 7 p.m. A live videocast of the day’s events will be available at Contact Sarah Freeman at (301) 594-6747 or with any questions.

Celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, May 13

NIH will recognize the contributions of Asian Pacific Islanders and the value of diversity that strengthens the workforce at its Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month observance on Thursday, May 13 from 11 to noon in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The theme this year is “Diverse Leadership for a Diverse Workforce.” The keynote speaker is Dr. Howard Koh, HHS assistant secretary for health, who oversees the HHS Office of Public Health and Science, the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service and the Office of the Surgeon General. He also serves as senior public health advisor to the secretary.

Other program participants are NIH director Dr. Francis Collins; Dr. Belinda Seto, NIBIB deputy director; Dr. Michael Gottesman, NIH deputy director for intramural research; and Dr. Kuan-Teh Jeang, chief of NIAID’s molecular virology section.

For more program information, contact Tyrone Banks at (301) 451-9692 or via email. Sign language interpreters will be provided. For reasonable accommodation, call Mary Okwaro at (301) 496-2906 or the Federal Relay Service at 1-866-377-8642.

FEW Co-Sponsors Gown Giveaway, May 2

Ciao Bella!, a non-profit service of St. Anthony’s Bridal that provides free prom dresses to students in need, is seeking donations of formalwear for its 2010 prom gown giveaway event on Sunday, May 2. Co-sponsored by the Bethesda chapter of Federally Employed Women, the event offers free formal attire, including shoes and accessories, to local area high school students recommended by a school counselor or other referral. About 150 girls are expected to participate this year. The groups are accepting donations—clothing or monetary—up to the day of the event. All donations are tax-deductible. Other items needed for the event include garment bags (or department store shopping bags), white envelopes (catalog size) for registration packets, full-length mirrors and lightweight opaque curtains (for fitting rooms) and swag bag items such as soap, hand lotion or perfume samples, notepads and pens. For more information or to arrange pick-up, contact Helen Robinson, or (301) 257-0294.

NIH 2010 National Day of Prayer

NIH will observe the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of Bldg. 1. All are welcome to attend.

Spring Bazaar/Home & Garden Show, May 5

The NIH Recreation & Welfare Association will host a Spring Bazaar and Home & Garden Show on Wednesday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Bldg. 31A patio. Crafters will be selling a variety of handmade crafts such as jewelry, handbags, hand-blown crystals, scarves and much more, just in time for Mother’s Day, graduations, weddings and other spring festivities. In addition, several Montgomery County firms will be on hand with fresh plants, gardening tools and other products and ideas to help get your home ready for spring. For more information, call (301) 496-6061.

RecGov Holds Discounts Fair

Do you love discounts? RecGov member companies will be on the Bldg. 31A patio on Thursday, May 13 to talk about special offers they provide—from discounts on car rentals, hotels and apartments to cell phone service, vacations and home services. Chick-Fil-A will have lunch for sale. For more information, visit or call the NIH Recreation & Welfare Association, (301) 496-6061.

Career Symposium Set, May 18

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education invites all NIH graduate students and postdoctoral trainees—both basic scientists and clinicians—to participate in the NIH Career Symposium on Tuesday, May 18 at the Natcher Conference Center and Lister Hill Auditorium from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The symposium provides an opportunity for fellows and graduate students to learn about scientific career options and to explore factors that lead to career success. Panel sessions cover academic, government, industry and non-profit career paths. More than 80 speakers will provide insights into their careers: what their current job entails, its pluses and minuses and how they got there. Dr. Kathie Olsen, vice president for international programs, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, will keynote this all-day event.

A registration link is posted at This event is organized by OITE, FELCOM and the Graduate Student Council.

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