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Vol. LXII, No. 10
May 14, 2010

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38th Annual APAO Asian Heritage Food Fair

All are welcome to attend a special luncheon program on Wednesday, May 26 to celebrate Asian & Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. Sponsored by the NIH Asian & Pacific Islander American Organization, this event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the patio of Bldg. 31A and will feature the sale of ethnic food from local restaurants including Shanghai Café, Lumpia Pansit Atbp, Delhi Dhaba and Ba Le and Korean Korner. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the NIH Children’s Inn; last year the event donated $500. Also featured will be origami and calligraphy demonstrations, Hindi writing, sari wrap demonstrations, R&W line dancing, a Filipino dance performance and more. Representatives will be on hand from the NIH Federal Credit Union, Asian American Health Initiative, Montgomery County DHHS, NIH Bone Marrow Registry and Organ Donor Program, Rockville Go Club, NIH APAO and more. For more information, call Aaron Bell at (301) 451-7898.

Camp Fantastic BBQ Set, June 15

Lunch will be served hot off the grill for the annual Camp Fantastic Barbecue on Tuesday, June 15 on the Bldg. 31A patio. Your $10 ticket buys your choice of two sandwiches (pulled pork, pulled chicken, hotdog), chips, coleslaw, a drink and ice cream, as well as a ticket for the door prize drawing. There will also be live music, country line dancing, popcorn and games. Tickets will be on sale at all R&W stores as well as onsite. Everyone is welcome. Proceeds benefit the camp and NIH charities. June 16 is the rain date. For more information, 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 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. Dr. Kathie Olsen, senior advisor to the National Science Foundation, will keynote this all-day event.

A list of sessions and speakers and a registration link are posted at This event is organized by OITE, FELCOM and the Graduate Student Council.

NIH Goes PaperFree on May 25

On Tuesday, May 25, NIH employees will be challenged to go paperless on NIH’s PaperFree Day. This means, see if you can make it through an entire workday without printing or photocopying a document. This doesn’t mean simply postponing printing out your emails, reports and data until May 26. The challenge is to “think before you print.”

Even if all paper was recycled, there would still be a need for paper to be made from virgin resources, as individual paper fibers can only be recycled a finite number of times (generally 5-10). Paper waste prevention reduces the environmental impacts associated with both paper manufacture and paper recycling.

You probably know that saving paper saves trees, but did you know that saving paper also saves energy, water and other resources? Eleven percent of all energy used in U.S. manufacturing goes to the manufacture of paper.

A recent study by Xerox showed that 45 percent of the paper printed in offices ends up in the trash by the end of the day—that should give us all pause.

For more information on PaperFree Day, visit

Plain Language/Clear Communication Awards Ceremony, May 26
Author Jeff Howe
Author Jeff Howe

NIH will celebrate writers and their products at the NIH Plain Language/Clear Communication Awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 26 at 9 a.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

Each year a highlight of the awards event is a presentation from the unique perspective of a writer. This year the internationally acclaimed author of Crowdsourcing and contributing editor to Wired magazine, Jeff Howe, will speak at the ceremony. Before coming to Wired, Howe was a senior editor at and a writer for the Village Voice. In his 15 years as a journalist, he has written for Time, U.S. News & World Report, the Washington Post, Mother Jones and numerous other publications.

The Office of Communications and Public Liaison in the Office of the Director sponsors the Plain Language/Clear Communication initiative and the awards program. Each year a top award winner is additionally recognized with an NIH Director’s Award. Sign language interpretation will be provided. For other reasonable accommodation, call (301) 443-8650. For more information about the plain language initiative, visit

May Is Healthy Vision Month
The National Eye Institute is sponsoring Healthy Vision Month Images of Female Faces

The National Eye Institute is sponsoring Healthy Vision Month (HVM), a national eye health observance designed to elevate vision as a health priority for the nation. HVM is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of comprehensive dilated eye exams in maintaining good eye health. Using the theme, Your Eyes are the Windows to Your Health, NEI will be engaging in a wide variety of outreach efforts to encourage Americans to schedule an eye exam.

Comprehensive dilated eye exams play a critical role in the preservation of sight, as they can help detect eye diseases in their early stages before any noticeable vision loss occurs. Eye care professionals can also detect any refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), presbyopia and astigmatism, which can easily be corrected with glasses or contact lenses.

To find resources to promote eye health and to learn more about what NEI is doing for HVM, visit

‘Medicine for the Public’ Lecture, May 25

Suburban Hospital and NIH will present a free seminar on Tuesday, May 25 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd. In a presentation titled “Medicine for the Public 2010: Roadmap to a Healthy Heart: Why Your Genes May Not Be Your Destiny,” Drs. Keith Horvath and Dina Paltoo will discuss new treatment options and what researchers are learning about how behavioral and environmental factors may affect our genes and our susceptibility to heart disease. For more information, visit

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