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Vol. LXII, No. 25
December 10, 2010
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Briefs

Chamber Singers Hold Holiday Concerts

The NIH Chamber Singers will present holiday concerts in December at several area locations. The concerts will include both sacred and secular pieces, ranging from somber to celebratory. Selections include two versions of the “O Magnum Mysterium” text—one written in the 20th century, the other in the 16th century—several caroling pieces by composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, several holiday tunes and a piece sung in Tagalog, the language of the Philippines. Additionally, the group’s women will sing a version of the 16th century “Coventry Carol,” while the men will sing “I Saw Three Ships” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.”

The concerts will be performed at the following times and locations: Dec. 12, 1:30 p.m., North Chevy Chase Church, 8814 Kensington Pkwy., Chevy Chase; Dec. 14, 7 p.m., Riderwood Village chapel, 3140 Gracefield Rd., Silver Spring; Dec. 16, noon, atrium of the Clinical Research Center; Dec. 18, 3 p.m., Praisner Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville.

The Dec. 14 performance will be a benefit concert for the Riderwood Benevolence Care Fund. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. Admission to all other concerts is free. For more information, call (301) 496-1767.

New Project To Help Improve NIH Web Sites

NIH’s public-facing web sites are some of the most effective communication tools we have. Nevertheless, it has been difficult to find measures to gauge the success of these efforts. Recently, the Office of Communications and Public Liaison, OD, was awarded funds to conduct a needs assessment for developing web analytics best practices for NIH.

A major goal of the project is to develop recommendations to improve the quality, consistency and comparability of web site evaluation among the more than 1,700 public-facing sites throughout NIH. The recommendations will offer strategies for the institutes and centers to get the reports they need and to enable senior managers and program directors to monitor the effectiveness of their online presence. Such information will allow them to make informed decisions about investing in changes to their sites.

“This project is particularly exciting because it will give us the strategies we need to make evidence-based decisions about improving NIH’s public-facing web sites,” said Dennis Rodrigues, chief of the Online Information Branch, OCPL. “In a time of constrained budgets, guidance on evaluating our sites will assist site managers in making knowledgeable decisions about allocating their web site budgets most cost effectively.”

The needs assessment will begin with a series of presentations about the project for IC communications directors, members of the web authors group (WAG) and WAG web metrics group, among others.

Key to the project will be the collection of details about IC web evaluation resources and information needs. Project manager Ann Poritzky of OCPL and consultants (including lead consultant Phil Kemelor) will post online surveys and conduct interviews to learn which types of information are needed to monitor site activities, guide decisions and assess how well the web sites are helping to achieve their goals.

A trans-NIH project team, including representatives from large and small institutes, will serve as an advisory panel.

You can participate by attending a presentation about the project, responding to the online survey and submitting evaluation documents for review. For more information, contact Poritzky at poritzkya@mail.nih.gov or (301) 496-0959.

Maryland Gov. O’Malley Visits NIH
Clinical Center director Dr. John Gallin, NIDDK director Dr. Griffin Rodgers and NIH director Dr. Francis Collins. O’Malley

Recently re-elected Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD) visited NIH on Nov. 18 to tour the Clinical Research Center and get updates on NIH research, facilities and needs. He brought with him his federal facilities advisory board, which counsels him on how Maryland can best support the more than 50 federal facilities in the state and help link in-state companies with federal job opportunities. Welcoming the governor in the photo above are (from l) Clinical Center director Dr. John Gallin, NIDDK director Dr. Griffin Rodgers and NIH director Dr. Francis Collins. O’Malley enjoyed a walking tour of the hospital and learned about the NIH Center for Interventional Oncology, among other services, during a 3-hour morning visit. In the photo below, O’Malley tries out a treadmill under the supervision of Dr. Kong Chen, director of NIDDK’s metabolic research core, which is studying obesity.

O’Malley tries out a treadmill under the supervision of Dr. Kong Chen

ISDP: Are You Paying Too Much for Software?

The Information Systems Designated Procurement (ISDP) Program is an NIH software acquisition program found within the Center for Information Technology that serves all of HHS. The ISDP program saves NIH employees both time and money by leveraging large volume purchasing agreements at discounted pricing. Currently, the program serves an estimated 96,000 users across NIH and other HHS components.

ISDP negotiates directly with vendors to obtain the best price available. The program handles all of the administrative work including licensing and contract management.

The ISDP program’s newly redesigned web site is now available at http://isdp.nih.gov. It provides you with an easy way to locate and contact an ISDP representative to assist with the installation of software. There is also a news section to keep you updated on recent software acquisitions and new software upgrades. Be sure to check out the “products” page, which contains a product search filter that makes finding software products and prices much easier. Lastly, the “enrollment” section contains a list of which software is included in each ISDP enrollment bundle.

Nobel Lariat

NIH Participates in ‘America Recycles Day’

Vicky Perez (l) of NCI and Lisa Mascone (r) of NIDDK were part of teams that collected eyeglasses, sneakers, cell phones, VHS tapes and CDs, holiday lights and batteries at 10 sites both on and off campus and in Frederick.

NCI’s Green Team partnered with R&W and NIDDK’s Green Team on Nov. 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. In top photo, Vicky Perez (l) of NCI and Lisa Mascone (r) of NIDDK were part of teams that collected eyeglasses, sneakers, cell phones, VHS tapes and CDs, holiday lights and batteries at 10 sites both on and off campus and in Frederick.

As part of the celebration, NIH held a building recycling and solid waste minimization competition on campus. The office building with the largest decrease of solid waste in October 2010 compared to October 2009 was Bldg. 2, with a 56 percent reduction. The lab building with the greatest decrease was Bldg. 4, with a reduction of 75 percent.

The Grand Champion honor went to buildings with the highest recycling rate. The office building winner was Bldg. 2, with a recycling rate of 59 percent. Honors in the lab building category went to Bldg. 9, with a recycling rate of 49 percent. All results are posted at www.nems.nih.gov.

 


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