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Vol. LXII, No. 21
October 15, 2010
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Briefs

Gallo To Give Chen Lecture, Nov. 5

Dr. Robert Gallo will deliver the fifth annual Philip S. Chen, Jr., Distinguished Lecture on Innovation and Technology Transfer from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Nov. 5 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. His topic is “Human Retroviruses: Perspectives from the Past, Prospects for the Future.”  

Gallo is director of the Institute of Human Virology and division of basic science at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. From 1965 to the mid-1990s, he worked at NCI, where he was head of the Laboratory of Tumor Cell Biology. Among his many accomplishments, including two Lasker awards, Gallo co-discovered that the HIV virus causes AIDS. His upcoming talk commemorates the 25th anniversary of development of the HIV diagnostic kit.

The annual lecture series honors Dr. Philip Chen for his almost 50 years of service to NIH. He established NIH’s Office of Technology Transfer in 1986 to implement the Federal Technology Transfer Act.

Individuals who need sign language interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Craig Woodside at (301) 496-0472 and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339). Requests should be made at least 5 days before the event.

NIH’ers Support ‘Car Free Day’

NIH had 708 employees register for the annual Car Free Day held on Sept. 22. “NIH participants were 10 percent of the [total registrants in the] national capital region,” said Joe Cox, program specialist in the Employee Transportation Services Office.

More than 6,900 residents of the Washington metropolitan region went car free or car-lite on Sept. 22, making it the region’s most successful year yet in the celebration of alternatives to solo-driving, said the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Registrants pledged to rely less on their cars by riding Metro, bicycling, carpooling, vanpooling, walking or teleworking.

Car Free Day is an international event celebrated in 1,500 cities in 40 countries throughout the world to encourage people to use more environmentally friendly transportation modes. Information about carpooling, vanpooling and employer commuting services can be found at www.commuterconnections.org and at the ETSO office.

Council of Public Representatives Meets, Nov. 5

The fall meeting of the NIH Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR) will be held on Friday, Nov. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Bldg. 31, 6th Fl. Conf. Rm. 6. This afternoon meeting is open to the public. To view the meeting agenda, visit http://copr.nih.gov/meetings.asp.

Annual Leave: Use It or Lose It

Annual leave in excess of the maximum carryover balance (in most cases 240 hours) is normally forfeited if not used by the end of the current leave year. If you have not already planned to take those excess hours of annual leave, you should discuss your leave with your supervisor now while there is still time to schedule it. Your bi-weekly Leave and Earnings Statement tells you how much annual leave you must use so that you will not lose it when the leave year ends on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011.

In spite of planning, circumstances sometimes arise that prevent you from taking leave that has been scheduled and approved earlier during the leave year. In such cases, you and your supervisor are jointly responsible for ensuring that any “use or lose” leave is officially rescheduled. This year, your “use or lose” leave must be scheduled not later than Saturday, Nov. 20.

If you or your supervisor have questions about “use or lose” leave, contact your administrative officer.

OppNet Public Meeting, Oct. 28-29

OppNet, NIH’s Basic Behavioral and Social Science Research Opportunity Network, invites the NIH community to participate in a free, open meeting on future directions for this NIH initiative, “OppNet: Expanding Opportunities in Basic Behavioral and Social Science Research.” It will be held Thursday-Friday, Oct. 28-29, at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Registration is free. For more information including the meeting agenda, visit www.regonline.com/OppNet.

Meeting participants will provide NIH with opinions on directions in the basic social and behavioral sciences. They will also explore longer-range issues in the field. Plenary sessions include OppNet co-chairs Drs. Jeremy Berg, Richard Hodes, Paige McDonald, Deborah Olster and OppNet facilitator Dr. William Elwood. For more information, visit http://oppnet.nih.gov or write infooppnet@nih.gov.

Schwartzberg To Give Roberts Lecture, Oct. 28

Dr. Pamela Schwartzberg Dr. Pamela Schwartzberg will give the ninth lecture in the Anita B. Roberts lecture series. Her talk on “Integrating T Cell Signals” takes place Thursday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. Schwartzberg is head of the cell signaling section in the Genetic Disease Research Branch, NHGRI. Her research uses genetic and biochemical approaches to study signal transduction in T lymphocytes and to determine molecules involved in their development and function. The talk is open to the public.

Hood To Present ‘Systems Approaches to Medicine, Cancer’

The National Cancer Institute’s Office of Physical Sciences-Oncology is hosting Dr. Leroy Hood, co-founder of the Institute for Systems Biology and inventor of the DNA sequencer, on Tuesday, Nov. 2 from 3:45 - 5 p.m. in Natcher Conference Center. He will speak about the application of systems approaches to cancer research, interpretation of signal versus noise, the use of single-cell measurements, data integration and the current and future states of systems biology.

Hood’s research has focused on the study of molecular immunology, biotechnology and genomics. Currently, he is pioneering the idea that the systems approach to disease, emerging technologies and powerful new computational and mathematical tools will move medicine from its current reactive mode to a predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory mode (P4 medicine) during the next 5-20 years.

To register for the seminar or ask questions, email nci.physics@mail.nih.gov. Registration, though not required, is encouraged. The event will be presented live at http://videocast.nih.gov.

NIH Hosts Scientific Conference on Lupus
NIAMS, NCI, NIAID and the Office of Research on Women’s Health recently cosponsored “Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: From Mouse Models to Human Disease and Treatment.” The 2-day meeting at Lister Hill Center brought together basic research scientists working on models of autoimmune disease relevant to systemic lupus erythematosus and clinicians treating lupus patients. The conference will serve as a launch pad for gathering ideas regarding future steps needed to further lupus research and the use of mouse models. Organizers included (from l) Dr. Howard Young, NCI; Dr. Silvia Bolland, NIAID; and Dr. Juan Rivera, NIAMS. NINDS’s Jim Nagle runs past RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., during the halfway point of the 2010 National Marathon.

Science and Engineering Festival Needs Volunteers

On Oct. 23-24, NIH will join more than 400 of the nation’s leading science and engineering organizations in a 2-day celebration of science for families on the National Mall and on Freedom Plaza in downtown Washington, D.C. The event is designed to provide fun and interactive science activities for kids of all ages and their families. Many ICs and NIH staff will host hands-on activities to stimulate interest in a range of topics that include science careers, the brain, clinical research, nanotechnology and imaging.

Bring your family to exhibit booths, see NIH director Dr. Francis Collins on the main stage on Sunday or consider volunteering. NIH’ers are needed to help set up, provide logistical support and take down exhibits. The festival is free, open to the public and includes contests, exhibits and other events. For more information about the USA Science and Engineering Festival, visit www.usasciencefestival.org/index.php. For more information about serving as a volunteer, visit http://science.education.nih.gov/SciFest-Volunteers.

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