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Vol. LXIII, No. 8
April 15, 2011

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Take Your Child to Work, Apr. 28

NIH will host the 17th Take Your Child to Work Day on Thursday, Apr. 28, sponsored by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management. Activities will take place at various locations on and off campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take Your Child to Work Day is an educa­tional program that revolves around parents taking their children to work for one day. The focus of the program is to challenge and em­power children to explore various professions. NIH coordinates a day full of activities relating to health, research, science and administrative fields.

You can register at The online registration system will close at noon on Monday, Apr. 25. On Tuesday, Apr. 26, parents will receive an email with their child’s schedule, showing all activities for which they are registered. Activity sponsors will receive class rosters for each of their sessions.

On Apr. 26-27, registered parents will be able to sign in and pick up registration materials in the South Lobby, Bldg. 10, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. On Thursday, Apr. 28, sign-in will be available in the South Lobby between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.

NIMH Sponsoring Panel for Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Four experts on research in children’s mental health will talk about the state of the science in an NIMH-sponsored panel discussion taking place as part of Children’s Mental Health Aware­ness Day, May 3.

The event is part of the Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health campaign by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administra­tion. It seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and to convey the message that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth.

The NIMH panel discussion will take place on campus and will be videocast so that the public can view the event. Participants in the panel will be NIMH scientists Dr. Ellen Leibenluft, whose focus is the brain mechanisms involved in bipolar disorder in children and adolescents; Dr. Daniel Pine, whose research focuses on the epi­demiology, biology and treatment of psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents; Dr. Jay Giedd, who has conducted long-term studies of brain development in children and adolescents; and Dr. Benedetto Vitiello, who has been part of many clinical trials testing the effects of interven­tions for conditions affecting mental health in children and adolescents. NIMH director Dr. Thomas Insel will moderate.

The panel discussion will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Bldg. 31C, 6th floor, Conf. Rm. 6. To register and for information on viewing the videocast, go to; send questions to

Shalala To Keynote Career Symposium, May 10

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education invites all NIH graduate students and postdoc­toral trainees—basic scientists and clinicians—to participate in the NIH Career Symposium on Tuesday, May 10 at the Natcher Conference Center and Lister Hill Auditorium from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The symposium provides an opportunity for fellows and graduate students to learn about scientific career options and to explore factors that lead to career success. Panel sessions cover academic, government, industry and non-profit career paths. More than 80 speakers will provide insights into their careers: what their current job entails, its pluses and minuses and how they got there. Former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala, president of the University of Miami, will keynote this all-day event. To register, visit The event is organized by OITE, Felcom and the Graduate Student Council.

R&W Hosts Leisure & Travel Expo, Apr. 26

Come to the R&W Leisure & Travel Expo and get information about local and regional destinations for vacations. The expo will be held on the Bldg. 31A patio on Tuesday, Apr. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors will include hotels, car rentals, visitor bureaus, dinner cruise lines, amusement parks, whitewater rafting coordinators, mountain resorts and more. This event is free and you will be able to enter to win a variety of prizes. Also Chick-Fil-A will be on hand with lunch for sale.

Free Concert Previews FAES Class, Apr. 15

A free concert will be held Friday, Apr. 15 at noon in the atrium of the Clinical Research Center. The event will introduce a course sponsored by FAES titled “Art Songs: Chamber Music with Words,” which is coming up fall semester 2011. The course is presented as lectures with live performance and will be described at the Apr. 15 concert. The concert will be given by Suzanne Epstein, voice, and Jessica Krash, piano, and will include songs of Mahler, Fauré, Schubert, Chopin and Barber. For more information, email

FAES Offers Free Community Shred Day

On Friday, Apr. 22, from 4 to 7 p.m., the FAES, in collaboration with Torn2Shredz, will sponsor a Free Community Shred Day as part of its observance of Earth Day. The event will take place at the FAES Social & Academic Center, 9101 Old Georgetown Rd. (across the street from NIH, on the corner of West Cedar Ln. and Old Georgetown Rd.). Limited compact fluorescent light bulb and battery recycling will also be available. Watch on closed-circuit TV while your old bank and credit card statements are destroyed and then sent for recycling. Protect your identity while you protect Mother Earth. Attendees are asked to limit themselves to 2 bankers boxes worth of personal documents. For more information, contact FAES property manager Rose McNeely at (301) 530-2194 or

NLM Observes ‘Preservation Week’

scrapbook, chronicling events in the life of Charlotte Wassef, Miss Universe of 1935

Photo: E. Déshaun Williams

After a success last year, NLM is expanding its Preservation Week activities in 2011. On Apr. 25, 27 and 29 respectively, the library will host lectures on rare book appraisal, the identification, care and storage of photographs and the work of the conservator: how art and science are joined together in the preservation of our cultural patrimony. Speakers Allan Stypeck, Sarah Wagner and Scott Nolley will also conduct Antiques Roadshow-style appraisals of your books, photographs, paintings and art objects. (Make appointments via the web site.) NLM staff will be on hand, too, demonstrating a range of preservation techniques. All activities will take place in Lister Hill Center (Bldg. 38A) and are open to the public. For a full schedule of events, speaker biographies, a list of preservation resources and more, visit At right, this scrapbook, chronicling events in the life of Charlotte Wassef, Miss Universe of 1935, was among the treasures brought in by NIH staff at last year’s NLM Preservation Week.

Seeking Former POPI Parents

The board of directors of Parents of Preschoolers, Inc. (POPI), one of the child care facilities on the NIH campus, is looking for NIH’ers who used to have children at POPI to join its board. POPI is expanding its board and looking for parents who know and love the center and who also have expertise in law, finance, early childhood development or human relations. If you are interested in getting more information, email board chair Wendy Sharp at wendysharp24@ or the entire board at POPI-BOARD_DIRECTORS@LIST.NIH.GOV.

Hawk Pursues Unlicensed Hunt Near Bldg. 31

Hawk Pursues Unlicensed Hunt Near Bldg. 31

NIDDK health science policy analyst Dr. Eleanor Hoff was leaving work late on Mar. 4 when she and her friend Jennifer White, an NIH contractor, witnessed a red-tailed hawk having a squirrel dinner in the grassy area in front of Bldg. 31. “The hawk let us get pretty darn close,” said Hoff. “It seemed much more intent on eating than on the paparazzi…These red-tails are such a neat part of life around Bldg. 31, and it was just such an amazing opportunity to see one close up like that.”

Photo: Eleanor Hoff

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