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Vol. LXIII, No. 3
February 4, 2011

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Olympian Crear To Give DDM Seminar

The Deputy Director for Management (DDM) announces the second DDM seminar of the 2010-2011 series “Management and Science: Partnering for Excellence.” The event on Thursday, Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, will feature Dr. Mark Crear, two-time Olympian and expert on resilience, leadership and peak performance. His topic, “Staying In the Zone…by Maintaining a Winning Team Attitude,” will address building and maintaining self-motivation, improving team cohesion and developing a championship attitude.

Videocasting and sign language will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to attend should call (301) 496-6211 or the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339. For more information about the DDM Seminar Series, visit or call (301) 496-3271.

NHGRI Symposium Foreshadows Next Decade Of Genomics Research

A day-long scientific symposium hosted by NHGRI on Friday, Feb. 11 will provide NIH staff and the wider scientific community a glimpse into contemporary genomics research. February 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the publication of the draft sequence of the human genome in the journal Nature. Now, a decade later, Nature will publish NHGRI’s new strategic plan for the field of genomics—Charting a Course for Genomic Medicine from Base Pairs to Bedside— which describes a vision for the next 10 years of genomic research.

The symposium, titled “A Decade with the Human Genome Sequence: Charting a Course for Genomic Medicine,” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kirschstein Auditorium, Bldg. 45. It will feature key participants in the field of genomics including NIH director Dr. Francis Collins; Dr. Eric Lander, director of the Broad Institute at MIT and Harvard; and Dr. Maynard Olson, professor emeritus of genome sciences and medicine, University of Washington.

Amy Harmon, the New York Times reporter who won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for her series “The DNA Age,” will also be a speaker. NHGRI founding director Dr. James D. Watson, who won the Nobel Prize for co-discovering the double-helical structure of DNA, will participate in a panel discussion moderated by Sharon Terry, president and CEO of the Genetic Alliance.

“While significant challenges remain for understanding all the complexities of the human genome, it is gratifying to see the spectacular genomic discoveries that have occurred in the past decade. Such advances will usher in the era of genomic medicine,” said NHGRI director Dr. Eric Green.

In addition to the talks in Kirschstein Auditorium, NHGRI will webcast the symposium and will operate an open microblog (similar to Twitter) during the event. For a full description of the symposium, including the agenda and presenter biographies, visit

Inn Needs Facilities Assistant

The Children’s Inn at NIH is currently recruiting for a part-time facilities assistant to work 4 weekday mornings per week (approximately 20 hours). Requires 3 years experience in maintenance and repairs, including finish carpentry and light plumbing skills. Spanish speaking ability is a plus. Must have good skills in basic computer functions, including email. Visit for the complete job description. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Tammy Pinson at
Japanese Delegation Visits Inn
Participating in NIMH’s recent panel on anxiety disorders were (from l) Dr. H. Blair Simpson, Dr. Elizabeth Phelps, Dr. Daniel Pine, NIMH director Dr. Thomas Insel, Dr. Ronald Kessler and Dr. Kerry Ressler.

A delegation from the Japanese Embassy visited the Children’s Inn at NIH on Jan. 6 and spent an hour making origami with youngsters. Airi Maehara, the wife of Japan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Seiji Maehara, is shown above with inn guest Feiyn Chen, 11, of China. In the photo at right, she helps Philip “PJ” Bethel, 4, of the Bahamas with his origami. In addition to Maehara, the Japanese ambassador’s wife, Yoriko Fujisaka, visited with families.

Seiji Maehara helps Philip “PJ” Bethel, 4, of the Bahamas with his origami. In addition to Maehara, the Japanese ambassador’s wife, Yoriko Fujisaka, visited with families.

USAID’s Shah To Give Rescheduled Barmes Lecture

United States Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah will present the 2010 David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 11 a.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The event was rescheduled from December.

The lecture, titled “Addressing Grand Challenges: The Role of Science in Global Health Development,” will include details of USAID’s new approach, tailored to support President Obama’s vision for high-impact global development, announced by the White House in September. NIH director Dr. Francis Collins will give opening remarks.

The lecture series honors the late David Edward Barmes, special expert for international health at NIDCR. The talk will be videocast at For more information, visit

Black History Month Program Set, Feb. 10  

NIH’s annual Black History Month observance will be held on Thursday, Feb. 10 from 11 a.m. to noon in Kirschstein Auditorium, Bldg. 45. This year’s theme is “African Americans and the Civil War.” Royce Kinniebrew, president of the Kinniebrew Group, will be the guest speaker.  

In addition to working in Civil War combat, African Americans also performed duties as physicians, nurses, scouts and spies. As the nation commemorates the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, learn more about these individuals who were instrumental in the effort to abolish slavery and preserve the Union.

The Kinniebrew Group mission is to introduce public and private sector audiences to past and present contributions and achievements of black people throughout the world.

An ethnic food sampling will be available following the program. Sign language interpreters will be provided. For reasonable accommodation or more information, contact Jesse Burnett at (301) 496–7478 or via email, or call the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339.

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