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Vol. LXIII, No. 4
February 18, 2011
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Briefs

STEP Forum on Communicating Powerfully

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Workplace Strategies forum on the topic “Look Who’s Talking: Communicating Your Message Fearlessly and Flawlessly,” on Tuesday, Mar. 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

Ever look out into the audience during your presentation and notice that everyone is busy tapping away on their BlackBerrys? How do you capture and hold your audience’s attention? What should be on your slides, how much text, which font and what about illustrations? NIH has important information to share with the world. Come to this forum to learn how to dazzle your audience with any topic, from scientific data to administrative policy. You are an expert in your field—now be an expert communicator.

Sittig To Speak on Clinical Decision Support, Mar. 2
Dr. Dean Sittig

NLM’s Extramural Programs Informatics Lecture Series for the 175th Anniversary will feature Dr. Dean Sittig, who will present “Clinical Decision Support: What Is It? Why Is It So Hard? What Can We Do About It?” on Wednesday, Mar. 2 at 2 p.m. at Natcher Bldg., balcony A.

Sittig is a professor at the University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics in Houston. He is interested in all aspects of clinical information system design, development, implementation and evaluation. In addition to his work on measuring the impact of clinical information systems on a large scale, he is working to improve our understanding of both the factors that lead to success as well as the unintended consequences associated with computer-based clinical decision support and provider order-entry systems.

The lecture will also be available through NIH videocast. Light refreshments will be provided following the lecture.

Circus Premiere Night Benefits NIH Children’s Charities, Mar. 23 at Verizon Center

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will bring the 140th edition of “The Greatest Show on Earth” to Verizon Center on Wednesday, Mar. 23. The 14th annual Children’s Premiere Night, hosted by R&W and benefiting the NIH Charities, begins with a free pre-show at 6 p.m. followed by the main event at 7. Tickets are on sale at the R&W activities desk in Bldg. 31, Rm. B1W30 or by calling (301) 496-4600. Orders can be placed for tickets at any R&W store. Tickets available include Circus Celebrity—front row/interactive seating where you become part of the show $80 (reg. $110), front row $53 (reg. $75), VIP $39 (reg. $52), section 111 & 112 (best seats) $24 (reg. $35).

Orioles and Nationals Baseball Ticket Sales

The R&W will once again offer tickets to Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals baseball games. Orioles’ tickets go on sale Tuesday, Mar. 1 in Bldg. 31, Rm. B1W30 (outside the R&W gift shop) at 8 a.m. Available are two regular season tickets (2 seats behind first base—section 14BBB seats 7-8) and tickets for 13 Sunday games (4 seats behind third base—section 58MM). You may buy one set of tickets the first time through the line. After the initial line ends you may come through again to purchase additional tickets. Arrive early to get in line if you have a particular game in mind.

Nationals’ tickets go on sale on Thursday, Mar. 3 outside the Bldg. 31 R&W gift shop, also at 8 a.m. R&W has 4 seats in section 219, row D. The process to purchase tickets will be the same as for Orioles tickets. You must be a 2011 R&W member to buy tickets. Membership is $7 for the year and can be purchased at the same time you get tickets.

Sailing Association Open House, Mar. 3

The NIH Sailing Association invites everyone to its open house on Thursday, Mar. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the FAES House at the corner of Old Georgetown Rd. and Cedar Ln. Would you like to learn to sail? Can you imagine being part of a group of skilled sailing instructors, enthusiasts and boat owners? The club offers instruction, sailboats for charter, racing, cruises, parties and fun. Open house is $5 at the door and includes pizza and snacks; cash bar for beer and wine, $1 each. Look for NIHSA posters and flyers around campus. For more information, visit www.recgov.org/sail.

‘Rare Disease Day’ at NIH, Feb. 28

NIH will celebrate the fourth annual Rare Disease Day on Monday, Feb. 28 with a day-long celebration co-sponsored by the Office of Rare Diseases Research and the Clinical Center.

The event will recognize rare diseases research activities supported by several government agencies and advocacy organizations. The event will be held in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. with a lunch break and poster session from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Attendance is free and open to the public and pre-registration is encouraged.

Organizers have put together an agenda of talks—including two from NIH Bench-to-Bedside Award investigators—and posters and exhibits from many groups relevant to the rare diseases research community. NIH director Dr. Francis Collins will speak at 1:30 p.m.

In association with the Global Genes Project (a grassroots effort to use jeans to raise awareness for rare genetic disorders), organizers urge all attendees to wear their favorite pair of jeans.

The day was established to raise public awareness about rare diseases. There are about 7,000 of them identified in the United States. About 80 percent are genetic in origin and about 75 percent affect children.

For more information and to register, visit http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/RareDiseaseDay.aspx.
Acclaimed Pianist Plays Second CRC Concert

World-renowned Hungarian pianist Adam György shared his musical talent for the second time at NIH when he gave a free concert Jan. 25 in the atrium of the Clinical Research Center. The CC and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism sponsored the performance, which included works by Mozart, Chopin and Liszt. The concert was part of the Clinical Center Piano Concert Series, providing music for patients, family members, visitors and staff as part of the healing environment of the CC. György first appeared in the atrium on Oct. 20, 2009, and a feature story about him appeared in the Nov. 13, 2009 edition of the NIH Record (see http://nihrecord.od.nih.gov/newsletters/ 2009/11_13_2009/story4.htm.)


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