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Vol. LXIII, No. 9
April 29, 2011

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STEP Forum on Knowing Your DNA Sequence

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science in the Public Health forum on the topic “Knowing Our DNA Sequence: What It Means for You and Me,” on Tuesday, May 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Rockledge II, Rm. 9112-9116.

Is genome-based medicine the future of health care? Since the completion of the human genome sequence we have begun to determine the genetic makeup of individuals. Genome sequence information is already being used to advance our understanding of human biology and origins. Soon our personal genome sequences may be part of our medical records. Join us as we explore the current state of personalized medicine, its potential impact on health and disease and what the future may hold for us.

Bench-to-Bedside Awardees Lecture, May 5

The Clinical Center and the translational research interest group will present the following Bench-to-Bedside Lectures on Thursday, May 5, 1-3 p.m., Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. Ann C.M. Smith, senior genetic counselor, Office of the Clinical Director, NHGRI, will discuss “A Hard Day’s Night: Treatment of the Circadian Sleep Disturbance in Smith-Magenis Syndrome.” Dr. Mike Iadarola, chief, neurobiology and pain therapeutics section, NIDCR, will speak on “New approaches to pain control using agonists and allosteric modulators of TRPV1, a key peripheral integrator of pain and inflammation.”

The Bench-to-Bedside Awardees Lecture Series highlights novel research projects resulting from partnerships formed under the Bench-to-Bedside Award Program. For more information, visit

Mold Your Future at 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. Former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala, president of the University of Miami, will keynote this all-day event. To register, visit

Plain Language/Clear Communication Awards Ceremony, May 17 in Masur

Maggie Fox

NIH will celebrate outstanding writing and production from across the agency at the Plain Language/Clear Communication Awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 17 at 1 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. All are welcome to attend.

Health and science writer Maggie Fox, managing editor for technology and health care at the National Journal Group and long-time correspondent for Reuters, will give the keynote address on “Losing the Static: How Compromise Helps People Hear You.”

The Office of Communications and Public Liaison, OD, sponsors the Plain Language/Clear Communication initiative and the awards program. Keep an eye on for a growing number of helpful resources.

Sign language interpretation will be provided. For other reasonable accommodation, call (301) 496-5787 or the Federal TTY Relay (1-800-877-8339) before the event.

2nd Annual RecGov Fair, May 17

On Tuesday, May 17, the R&W will host the 2nd annual RecGov Fair on the Bldg. 31A patio from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More than 30 vendors will participate, offering great discounts and specials to NIH employees. Check out discounts on cell phone services, vacation packages, corporate housing, home services and more. In addition, Chick-Fil-A will be on hand with lunch for sale. R&W will also hold a door prize raffle for all attendees. Enjoy an afternoon of food, discounts and fun.

Credit Union Supports New Playground at Inn

NIEHS research fellow Quiana Childress is studying a protein that may play a role in the tissue rejection that some lung transplant patients face.

On hand for the presentation of a gift from the NIH Federal Credit Union to the Children’s Inn at NIH are (from l) Steve Levin, vice president of marketing, NIHFCU; Juli Anne Callis, chief executive officer, NIHFCU; Kathy Russell, inn chief executive officer; Fern Jennifer Stone, the inn’s director of development & public relations.

The NIH Federal Credit Union plans to help design and build a new playground at the Children’s Inn at NIH. The inn, which marked its 20th anniversary in 2010, has long wanted to update its playground and outdoor play area, which sits on a hill. The location has made it difficult for children with physical challenges and older caregivers to access the playground easily.

The NIHFCU has pledged support of the new playground over a 5-year period. The new playground will be designed to appeal to all children, regardless of age, physical strength or abilities. The entrance to the play area from the inn will be a “garden path” that will include walkways with seating for children and families, mazes and labyrinths, interactive sound and music elements, a tree house, swings and a jungle gym, art and sculpture such as whirligigs and wind socks and creative night lighting.

The credit union will cover the costs of installing decorative wind poles within the playground, as well as several paths, bridges and elevated walkways connecting the inn to the playground.

Since the inn opened in 1990, more than 10,000 children and families have stayed there. It can accommodate up to 59 families.

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