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Vol. LXII, No. 23
November 12, 2010

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STEP Forum on Health Care Reform and NIH

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present an Administrative Strategies forum on the topic “Health Care Reform and NIH: What It Means for Your Agency and You,” on Tuesday, Nov. 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Rockledge II conference center, Rms. 9100 and 9112.

The Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Affordable Health Care for America Act) became law on Mar. 30, 2010. Extensive discussion and media coverage have focused on the impact on health care services. Yet, news stories scarcely mentioned the role for NIH in enabling health care reform through scientific advances. This forum will describe provisions in the bill of interest to NIH and the potential use of NIH expertise in implementing the objectives of the act. Will execution of the law require changes in programmatic and funding priorities? Come and learn what the future may hold for you.

DDM Seminar Series Starts 5th Season

The Deputy Director for Management (DDM) Seminar Series is set to offer another round of leadership and management presentations beginning this December.

The fifth annual series will host speakers known for delivering insights into workplace concepts, challenges and solutions. The seminars will give NIH employees an opportunity to advance their knowledge of best practices in a variety of leadership and management issues.

The first seminar will feature Simon Sinek on Thursday, Dec. 16 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The series continues in 2011 with three more seminars featuring Dr. Mark Crear on Feb. 17, Dr. Beverly Kaye on Apr. 14 and Rick Searfoss on June 16. These presentations will focus on overcoming mental barriers to success, employee retention and satisfaction, inspiring people and the importance of leadership, teamwork and personal performance.

Presentations will be available at http://videocast. for those who cannot attend or when Masur Auditorium reaches capacity.  

Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to attend should contact the NIH Training Center at (301) 496-6211 or the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

For more information about the DDM Seminar Series and to view previous videocasts, visit

NCRR Hosts Conference on Core Facilities

On Nov. 15-16, the National Center for Research Resources will hold a conference titled, “Moving Forward in the Efficient Management and Use of Core Facilities” to focus on key challenges in accessing and managing research cores and recent NIH initiatives to find solutions.

For the past year, NIH and the extramural research community have been working to improve core facility access and management. Core facilities are centralized, shared resources that provide biomedical researchers with access to instruments, technologies and services as well as expert consultation. Many institutes and centers invest in core resources at research institutions throughout the nation.

This free event in Bldg. 45, which is open to the public, also will feature poster sessions and software demonstrations. For more information and to register, visit The workshop will be videocast at

Individuals who need sign language interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation should contact Monica Barnette at (301) 650-8660 or and/or the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

Harp Concert Benefits Children’s Inn

Groups from the Washington Area Folk Harp Society will play a concert, “Harp Strings for Children’s Inn,” at the First Baptist Church of Gaithersburg, 200 West Diamond Ave., at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20. There will be solo harp numbers, “Fantasy for Harp” for harp and piano and performances of varied music (Celtic, contemporary, classical and tangos) by Harp Happy!, the PBJ Trio and the Heatherwood Harp Ensemble. Come enjoy some lively harp music and benefit the Children’s Inn at NIH. For more information, visit

APAO Donates to Children’s Inn
Shown at the gift presentation are (from l) Dr. Rashmi Gopal-Srivastava, NIH APAO president; Aaron Bell, APAO treasurer; and Children’s Inn representatives Fern Jennifer Stone, director of development, and Lauren Conte, special events coordinator.
NIH Asian and Pacific Islander American Organization (APAO) recently donated $500 from the proceeds of its ethnic food fair to the Children’s Inn at NIH. Each year, APAO organizes a fair in May on the patio of Bldg. 31 with food, performances and entertainment to celebrate Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. Shown at the gift presentation are (from l) Dr. Rashmi Gopal-Srivastava, NIH APAO president; Aaron Bell, APAO treasurer; and Children’s Inn representatives Fern Jennifer Stone, director of development, and Lauren Conte, special events coordinator. For more information about NIH APAO, visit

NIH Effort Earns ‘GreenGov’ Award

The White House Council on Environmental Quality recently announced eight federal winners of the 2010 GreenGov Presidential Awards for exceptional efforts to promote sustainable operations at their agencies.

Winning a “Green Dream Team Award” was the interagency working group on climate change and health, which was led by NIEHS staff. Fogarty International Center staff and representatives of other HHS agencies and federal departments also served on the working group and were coauthors of the report, “A Human Health Perspective on Climate Change,” which was published in April. It provides a baseline assessment of the current state of knowledge of the health impacts of climate change and informs projections of future impacts.

“President Obama asked the federal government to lead by example when it comes to building a sustainable future focused on clean and renewable energy,” said Nancy Sutley, chair of the CEQ. “The winning entries are clearly leading by example in their innovative use of environmentally responsible products and technologies.”

CEQ solicited award nominations and, along with a panel of judges, reviewed the nominations and recommended the 2010 award recipients to the President. The eight winners were selected from more than 300 nominations and were recognized at a White House reception Oct. 7.

OPM Releases New Supervisor Training Regs

Supervisory development is under the spotlight across the federal government as OPM recently amended its training and development regulations. HHS will soon be coming out with guidance further defining supervisory training.

OPM wants new scientific and administrative supervisors to receive formal training in the initial 12 months of their new roles as supervisors. In addition, retraining is required every 3 years. Training must at a minimum cover actions, options and strategies addressing unacceptable performance, mentoring employees, employee performance improvement and productivity and conducting employee performance appraisals.

NIH plans to interpret and clarify these regulations by developing an NIH-specific policy that incorporates various IC voices. A cross-IC supervisory training committee has formed. The committee will be formalizing the policy and reaching out to the NIH community. To stay updated on pending guidance and committee activities, visit training.html.

The NIH Training Center already offers a course that meets the supervisory requirements: NIH-Supervisory Skills Training. In addition, individual ICs may offer courses and/or programs meeting the above areas.

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