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Vol. LXII, No. 11
May 28, 2010
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Briefs

Chance to Comment on CC Treatment of Ft. Detrick Exposures

The final environmental impact statement for the transport of laboratory personnel potentially exposed to infectious agents from Ft. Detrick to the Clinical Center is now available online at http://nems.nih.gov/aspects/nat_resources/programs/nepa.cfm. NIH will accept, review and consider comments throughout the 30-day waiting period, which ends at midnight on June 16. Comments may be sent to Valerie Nottingham, Division of Environmental Protection, Bldg. 13 Rm. 2S11 or emailed to nihnepa@mail.nih.gov.

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.

OHR Wins IHRIM 2010 Partners Award

NIH’s Office of Human Resources recently won the IHRIM 2010 Partners Award. The IHRIM (International Association for Human Resources Information Management) award is presented to organizations that have made significant contributions to the practice of human resources information management or to supporting the mission and goals of IHRIM. OHR is the first federal organization to win the honor. The award recognized years of NIH partnership with IHRIM. Some of the earliest OHR members joined IHRIM in 1999, and OHR has continued its involvement with an average of three OHR members per year. Kevin P. Murphy, director of NIH’s HR Systems, Analytics and Information Division, accepted the award on behalf of OHR at the IHRIM 2010 conference in Las Vegas.

Cancer Prevention Fellowship

The Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP) at the National Cancer Institute is accepting applications for fellows from now through Sept. 1. It offers training toward an M.P.H. degree at an accredited university during the first year, followed by mentored research with NCI investigators. The CPFP provides competitive stipends, paid health insurance, reimbursement for moving expenses and a travel allowance to attend scholarly meetings or training. The typical duration in the CPFP is 4 years. To be eligible, applicants must possess an M.D., Ph.D., J.D., or other doctoral degree in a related discipline. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. To learn more visit http://cancer.gov/prevention/pob or contact cpfpcoordinator@mail.nih.gov.

NIH Administrators Turn into Top Chefs

The NIH deputy executive officers have more talents than you might think. By day, they help run a $30 billion per year medical research agency. And on a recent April evening, they demonstrated their culinary talents in a way that served the NIH community.

The Children’s Inn at NIH regularly hosts dinners for families who stay there while they are participating in clinical trials. Groups from the community voluntarily provide, prepare and serve the meals. The deputy executive officers were looking for ways to strengthen their ties and their abilities to solve mutual problems. When they learned about the inn family dinners, they offered to prepare a meal as both a team-building and a community service activity.

“I think that we will find a lot of value on multiple levels as a result of doing this project,” said Chad Wysong, deputy executive officer of NIDCD, during planning for the event.

About a dozen deputy EOs worked together to plan the menu for the evening. Their goal was to make the families feel like they were eating at their kitchen tables at home. The deputies pulled some long hours to bake penne pasta with alfredo sauce, meat and vegetable lasagna, baked ziti and traditional spaghetti and meatballs. Ellen Rolfes, deputy EO at NHGRI, baked cupcakes as a finishing touch to the dinner, frosting the last batch at 12:30 in the morning.

The kitchen at the Children’s Inn was full of activity that night, serving approximately 50 guests. After dinner, everyone pitched in to clean up and wash dishes. Ginger Betson, deputy EO at NIDCR, said, “Not only was it personally rewarding to be able to help the families at the Children’s Inn, but it was a nice opportunity to spend some time with the colleagues in a non-work atmosphere.”—

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