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Vol. LXIII, No. 1
January 7, 2011

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STEP Holds Health Fair Forum

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science in the Public Health presentation on the topic “From Amblyopia to Zits: A Health Fair Forum,” on Tuesday, Jan. 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

Do you find it difficult to stand up because the room is spinning? Do your spouse’s fingers turn purple for no reason? Do you wonder why shingles have been making a comeback? Come to the health fair to learn more about a range of commonly experienced but not commonly understood conditions. This trans-NIH forum will use a unique format to explore the science, symptoms and treatment options for a dozen such ailments. The forum will include short presentations as well as informational booths to discuss specifics and recent breakthroughs. Come hear what’s new, what’s changed and what’s on the horizon.

Summer Camp Guide 2011

NIH will present four free “Summer Camp Guide 2011” sessions this month, sponsored by the Office of Research Services’ Division of Amenities and Transportation Services. All will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dates and plawaces are:

Wednesday, Jan. 19, Bldg. 10, B1 cafeteria

Thursday, Jan. 20, Rockledge II lobby

Tuesday, Jan. 25, Bldg. 31 cafeteria

Wednesday, Jan. 26, Executive Plaza North lobby

Attend one of these events to pick up the 2011 Summer Camp Guide and samples of camp brochures. The guide contains activities in Virginia, Maryland and the D.C. area and separates the camps by cost, type and activities. It also includes additional resources to survey your child’s interests. Camp vendors will not be on site, but a child care referral specialist and NIH staff will be available to help you get started.

For those who need reasonable accommodation to participate, contact Tonya Lee at (301) 402-8180 or Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339) 5 days before the event.

NIH Library Wins Honor
NIH director Dr. Francis Collins participates in SMRB meeting on Dec. 7.

Dr. James H. Billington (l), Librarian of Congress and a noted historian, presented the 2009 Federal Library of the Year Award to Suzanne Grefsheim, director, Division of Library Services, Office of Research Services, and Candelario Zapata, acting associate director, Program and Employee Services, ORS.

The NIH Library recently won the 2009 Federal Library of the Year Award from the federal library and information center committee (FLICC), which annually recognizes the innovative ways that federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of government, business and scholarly communities and the American public.

The NIH Library was recognized for its leadership in the “green” initiative at NIH, serving as a role model for green procurement and environmental stewardship with the opening on Earth Day 2009 of its Green Terrace, a fully sustainable space. The terrace and a new “green” Information Commons provide a mix of quiet study and interactive social spaces.

The library also expanded its “informationist,” or embedded librarian program, into the laboratory setting with the introduction of its bioinformatics training and consultation service. NIH Library informationists provide research support to more than 40 research teams and programs for 16 NIH institutes and centers.

Of special note is the library’s donation of 5,000 linear feet of medical journals, already held in trusted digital archives, to help rebuild the collections of the University of Baghdad Medical School.

Created in 1965 and headquartered at the Library of Congress, FLICC also makes recommendations on federal library and information policies, programs and procedures to federal agencies and to others concerned with libraries and information centers.

OEODM Hails Hiring of Students with Disabilities

For the past 6 years, no other component of HHS has hired more students with disabilities for summer internships than NIH. For that reason, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management has bestowed its Making A Difference Award to the institute and center directors and to a variety of supervisors. The award is given to individuals whose efforts result in furthering equal opportunity at NIH.

In 2010, NIH hired 21 interns through the Workforce Recruitment Program, a recruitment and referral effort that connects federal sector employers with highly motivated postsecondary students with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs. The WRP offers college students and recent graduates an opportunity to intern for 14 weeks each summer with NIH. One of the most favorable outcomes has been the opportunity to hire many of the students as permanent full-time employees.

Most of the interns were hired at the GS-5 to 7 levels and worked in a variety of offices including science, administrative, equal employment opportunity, accounting, budget and grants management. The students bring unique talents and capabilities to NIH to assist it in achieving its mission.

For more information about the program, contact OEODM at (301) 402-4157.

CC Holds 7th Gingerbread House Decorating Contest

“Bench to bedside” tableau. Snoopy snoozing atop his dog house, with Woodstock astride his belly
The Clinical Center held its 7th annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest from Dec. 3-16. Twenty-seven entries from various departments were on display in the CRC lobby, where passersby were free to inspect the work and cast their ballot for the best creation. Among the entries were Harry Potter and friends participating in an airborne game of quidditch (r), Snoopy snoozing atop his dog house, with Woodstock astride his belly, and a “bench to bedside” tableau. The competition began in 2004 among nursing units as a way to foster teamwork within the then-new CRC. Harry Potter and friends participating

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