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Vol. LXII, No. 12
June 11, 2010

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Theatre Group Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Bethesda Little Theatre, an R&W-sponsored organization, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with an original musical revue titled “A Sentimental Journey Through American Song.” Performances are on June 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. and on June 20 and 27 at 2:30 p.m. at the Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. For more information call Elaine Hughes, (301) 589-0720.

The group, originally called the NIH R&W Theatre Group, was started in 1980 by employee Alice Page Smyth, known as Frankie to coworkers, and Sally Spangler, who retired after working for the National Eye Institute for a number of years. Their first show was Bell, Book and Candle. It was followed annually by a musical revue and other plays performed in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. After 9/11, the group switched performances to the theater of the Writer’s Center.

Over the course of 30 years, Bethesda Little Theatre has donated more than $100,000 to the Clinical Center’s Patient Emergency Fund and Camp Funshine. In addition to its annual show, the group performs throughout the year at retirement and assisted living facilities in the D.C. area.

Workshop To Focus on Clinical Research Management, June 21-22

The Yale Center for Clinical Investigation, in collaboration with the National Center for Research Resources, is presenting the third annual Clinical Research Management Workshop on June 21-22 at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. The workshop is a venue to discuss challenges and develop strategies and tools to improve the clinical research management process. Join your colleagues to share process improvement strategies, tools and services to increase recruitment and retention, methodology to improve efficiency of protocol approval and contract negotiation, tips for better budget development and facilitation of IRB review. For more information and to register, visit

NIH Graduate & Professional School Fair, July 8

The Office of Intramural Training & Education invites summer interns and postbacs to participate in the NIH Graduate & Professional School Fair on Thursday, July 8 at the Natcher Conference Center and Lister Hill Auditorium from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The fair will provide an opportunity for NIH summer interns (especially those in college), NIH postbacs and college and university students from the Washington, D.C., area to prepare for the next step in their careers by exploring educational programs leading to the Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., M.D./Ph.D. and other graduate and professional degrees. More than 100 colleges and universities will be sending representatives to recruit NIH trainees.

The day will also include workshops on creating an education plan and interviewing plus panels on getting into graduate and professional school and careers in public health. Exhibits will be open from 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. A list of institutions planning to attend and registration information can be found at

NLM Aids Local Animal Shelters

For the second year in a row, the National Library of Medicine’s Diversity Council has conducted a Help-Save-the-Critters Humane Society Drive, which collects linens, pet food, toys and other items for local organizations that advocate on behalf of animals.

Shelters are especially stressed during times of economic hardship as more and more people abandon their pets and budgets are slashed. For example, the Montgomery County Humane Society says it relies heavily on donations such as linens, pet food and money and that those donations have decreased over the past year.

The NLM Humane Society Drive collects items from employees for 3 weeks then delivers them to the local shelters. This year, library employees donated about twice as much food (both canned and dry) as the previous year for an approximate total of over 300 cans of wet pet food and about 260 pounds of dry cat and dog food. Donations also included bags of toys, treats, other pet necessities (including a pet carrier) and about 40 trash can-sized plastic bags of linens, plus blankets and rugs too big to fit in bags.

Kelli Langley, an administrative officer in the NLM Office of the Director, said she thinks library employees take particular delight in donating to animal shelters. “Employees really looked forward to this year’s drive,” she noted, adding that “pets really touch our hearts, making it easy to donate for their welfare.”

NEI Hosts ‘Translational Research and Vision’ Symposium, June 24-25

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins will deliver the keynote address at the NEI-sponsored symposium “Translational Research and Vision.” The symposium will highlight the impact of genomics in the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease. It will also provide an opportunity to facilitate collaborative interactions between the NIH intramural and extramural research community. The June 24-25 meeting is the last in a series of on-campus events marking NEI’s 40th anniversary. The event will be held in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Hours are June 24, 3-5:30 p.m., and June 25, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit

OBSSR Presents Riley Lecture, June 18

The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research will present the 4th annual Matilda White Riley Lecture on Friday, June 18 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Natcher Conference Center, Balcony B. Dr. Laura Carstensen, director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, Stanford University, will be the guest speaker. The lecture commemorates the advancements and contributions of Riley, who laid the foundation for OBSSR. Carstensen will discuss her research on long life in the 21st century. “Life expectancy increased so quickly that culture has not had time to catch up,” she says. The talk will cover increasing life spans and their impact on society.

12th NIH IntraMall Summer Showcase, June 16-17

The 12th anniversary NIH IntraMall Summer Showcase will be held in the Clinical Center’s South Lobby on June 16-17 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will display the IntraMall electronic purchasing system, which now features “Punch-out Shopping and Custom Configuration” tools to support direct connection to suppliers’ web sites.

Since opening in June 1998, the IntraMall has become a leading NIH web site for using government purchase cards to locate, buy and track purchases from over 250 of its most frequently used vendors, offering over 10 million laboratory, office and computer items.

New online inventory and same-day delivery options for refrigerated, frozen and ultra-frozen goods will also be demonstrated at the showcase. Stop by and pick up a free re-usable cloth shopping bag.

Register for the event and the free lunch at where a daily list of vendors is displayed to assist you in visiting over 60 of your favorite suppliers to learn about new products.

Author Ditkoff To Present at DDM Seminar

The fourth lecture in the Deputy Director for Management 2009-2010 seminar series, “Management and Science: Partnering for Excellence,” will feature Mitchell Ditkoff in a discussion of organizational success strategies based on innovation and high-performing teams. The program will be held on Thursday, June 17 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Ditkoff is the author of Awake at the Wheel: Getting Your Great Ideas Rolling in an Uphill World and Banking on Innovation. Videocasting and sign language will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to attend should call (301) 496-6211 or the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339. For more information, visit or call (301) 496-3271.

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