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Vol. LXII, No. 22
October 29, 2010

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APAO Solicits Award Nominations

The NIH Asian and Pacific Islander American Organization (APAO) will continue its tradition of honoring NIH employees with significant contributions in the following two categories: an employee in the field of management who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of Asian and Pacific Americans; an APA researcher/scientist who has realized significant accomplishments in biomedical research.

The awardees will be honored with a plaque of recognition from APAO at its annual holiday awards luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 15 in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1.

A review committee composed of APAO members from several ICs will evaluate nominations. All nominations must be received electronically by Friday, Nov. 19 for consideration. To make a nomination, send a 1-page statement and, if applicable, a CV to Phyllis Chui,, (301) 435-7027.

Questions about the awards or APAO’s mission may be directed to APAO president Dr. Rashmi Gopal-Srivastava at, (301) 402-4336.

FAES Holds Insurance Open Season

The FAES Health Insurance Program is holding an Open Enrollment from Nov. 1-30. The program is open to those who work for or at NIH in full-time positions but are not eligible for government plans. This includes NIH fellows, exchange scientists, special volunteers and guest researchers. The minimum enrollment period is 3 months. Benefits take effect Jan. 1, 2011.

Open enrollment is for those who did not enroll when first eligible for benefits coverage, current subscribers who want to make changes to their coverage and to renew dental coverage for 2011. FAES offers CareFirst BC/BS Blue Preferred PPO for medical coverage and Dominion Dental HMO and PPO for voluntary dental coverage.

For more information visit, email and/or call (301) 496-8063. FAES is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Use or Lose Reminder

Don’t forget to officially schedule your “use or lose” annual leave no later than Saturday, Nov. 20. Questions about “use or lose” leave should be directed to your administrative officer.

American Indian, Alaska Native Heritage Month

The 10th annual NIH American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month Program will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Natcher Main Auditorium, with a poster session to follow. This year’s program will feature a scientific speaker and cultural performance.

Dr. Malcolm King will speak on the “Pathways to Health Equity for Indigenous Peoples in Canada.” He is scientific director of the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research. His areas of interest include respiratory health issues among Aboriginal peoples, health service delivery to vulnerable populations, the interaction of education and health, airborne disease transmission and chronic obstructive lung diseases. King is the author of more than 160 scientific papers and has supervised over 20 biomedical trainees. He has been a guest professor at several universities in Germany, Brazil, Switzerland and New Zealand.

The cultural performance will feature Jackie Bird, a Lakota Indian who is a championship hoop dancer. She will sing traditional songs in her native language and perform a dance using intricate manipulation of hoops to form images and tell a story to celebrate the heritage of American Indians and Alaska Natives. A tasting of traditional American Indian and Alaska Native food will be held following the cultural performance.

A poster session co-sponsored by the Fogarty International Center and NHLBI will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. at Natcher Conference Center, Rms. F1/F2. The posters will feature projects from the Native American Research Centers for Health program, which is funded by the Indian Health Service in collaboration with NIH. The event is co-sponsored by the NIH American Indian/Alaska Native Employee Council and the NIH Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management.

Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals who need other reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Darlene Pearson 7 days before the event. In addition, for program information, you may also direct inquiries to Pearson at (301) 451-0745.

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