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NIH Record  
Vol. LXII, No. 25
  December 10, 2010
Service Dog Finds New Career at Children’s Inn
Oxford Professor Discusses History of Nostalgia
Survivor’s Tale Enlivens Disability Awareness Month Observance
Straus Distinguished Lecture Set, Dec. 15
OppNet Conference Explores Ways to Further Basic Behavioral and Social Science Research
Author Susan Love Visits NCI
Lab Safety Tool Wins Award
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Telework Seen as Solution to Many Challenges
What do the problems of gridlock traffic, limited space, unpredictable weather and air pollution have in common? For NIH, they might have the same solution: telework. Managers across the agency have found that enabling employees to work remotely has benefited not only telecommuters, but also their organizations.

“Telework and other alternative work arrangements are the wave of the future,” said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “We have actually been able to downsize office space while saving many employees the expense, time and headaches brought on by daily long commutes.”

Worsening traffic alone might make skeptics give telework a second look. The already over-capacity intersections around NIH are about to get even busier during rush-hour as Walter Reed Army Medical Center moves to the National Naval Medical Center property just across the street. The Office of Research Facilities estimates that the relocation will add 2,500 more commuters each day and up to half a million new outpatient visitors each year.

Further compounding traffic woes, road improvements to cope with the influx will not even begin until well after September 2011, the scheduled completion date for the Walter Reed move. Even when construction is completed, the improvements are only expected to keep traffic similar to its current state, not produce long-term improvement. With no other solution to the growing traffic problem, many ICs are looking to telework.

NINR Science Symposium Kicks Off 25th Anniversary
  Dr. Patricia Grady
  Dr. Patricia Grady
“Today we celebrate nursing science’s contributions to overcoming some of the major health problems and health care issues that we face in our nation and around the globe,” said NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady in greeting the audience at the institute’s recent nursing science symposium “Bringing Science to Life,” held at Kirschstein Auditorium in the Natcher Bldg. More than 500 nurses and other health care scientists, clinicians and members of the public helped NINR kick off its 25th anniversary commemoration events. As Grady noted, “This silver anniversary serves as a milestone not only to reflect on past accomplishments, but to envision and plan for the next generation of our science.”