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Vol. LXIII, No. 14
July 08, 2011
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Briefs

Mackay To Lecture on Cancer Prevention

The 2011 annual Advances in Cancer Prevention Lecture will take place on Wednesday, July 27 from 3 to 4 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A. Judith Mackay, senior advisor, World Lung Foundation/Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use and director, Asian Consultancy on Tobacco Control, will speak on “Cancer Control: A Look at the Future.”

Her interests include tobacco use in low-income countries, tobacco promotion aimed at women and challenging the transnational tobacco companies. She has received several awards for her work in the area of tobacco control, including the World Health Organization Commemorative Medal and the U.S. Surgeon General’s Medallion. She was also selected by Time magazine as one of 60 Asian Heroes from the previous 60 years and in 2007 was selected as one of Time’s 100 World’s Most Influential People. Mackay regards it as a particular honor to have been identified by the tobacco industry as “one of the three most dangerous people in the world.”

NIH Graduate & Professional School Fair

The Office of Intramural Training & Education invites summer interns and postbacs to participate in the NIH Graduate & Professional School Fair on Friday, July 22 at the Natcher Conference Center and Lister Hill Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The fair provides an opportunity for NIH summer interns (especially those in college) and postbacs, and college and university students from the Washington, D.C., area to prepare for the next step in their careers by exploring educational programs leading to the Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., M.D./Ph.D. and other graduate and professional degrees. More than 100 outstanding colleges and universities will be sending representatives of their graduate schools, medical and dental schools, schools of public health and other biomedically relevant programs to the fair in hopes of recruiting NIH trainees.

The day will also include workshops on making successful transitions and interviewing, plus panels on getting to graduate and professional school and careers in public health, pharmacy and psychology. A group of Medical Scientist Training Program directors will discuss M.D./Ph.D. programs. Exhibits will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Workshops will be spread throughout the day.

A list of participating institutions planning to attend and registration information can be found at www.training.nih.gov/gp_fair.

Presidential Management Fellows Join NIH

Hiring young talent is important, especially as more federal employees become retirement-eligible. Each spring, NIH uses the presidential management fellows (PMF) program to hire and develop people who OPM has assessed as having excellent skills to succeed in government.

This year’s recruitment has been exceptional. NIH has hired 11 PMF finalists for the class beginning on Aug. 1.

NIH attributes its success to a new approach. Through coordination and planning, a unique “One NIH” recruitment strategy was created by members of the administration training committee, the NIH Training Center and the Office of Human Resources. This provided a streamlined strategy for the six institutes and centers interested in hiring PMFs.

The strategy involved reviewing 857 PMF finalist resumés, creating marketing materials, hosting an all-day hiring event and consolidating responsibility for all PMF human resources actions under the global recruitment unit in the Office of Human Resources.

“Our ‘One NIH’ recruitment strategy was designed to foster communication and coordination across all of the ICs and to streamline processes to help the NIH identify the highest caliber PMF candidate pool and improve the PMF finalists’ understanding of the NIH and the PMF program,” said Denise Fioravante, chair of the NIH PMF subcommittee.

Lauren Gavin, one of five PMF finalists hired for the at-large program, said the “One NIH” recruitment strategy made NIH stand out among other agencies.

“NIH really impressed me with how much effort they put into PMF recruiting,” she said. “The more I learned about the PMF program at NIH, the more I knew I wanted to be a part of it. While other agencies look to the PMF program to simply fill job openings, NIH creates an enhanced experience designed to truly develop future leaders.”

While “One NIH” recruitment efforts have ended, the work continues as the PMF subcommittee and current PMFs prepare an orientation for the incoming class.

R&W Salutes Don Bosco Cristo Rey Class of 2011

(standing, from l) Elizabeth Sweet, Bekah Geiger, Dr. David Henderson, Peter Cramer, Debby Haynes, Gregory Holcombe and Lynn Mueller. Seated are (from l) Dr. John Gallin, Mengfei Huang, Pat Piringer and Elaine Gallin.
For the past 4 years, the NIH Recreation & Welfare Association has participated in a program with Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School in Takoma Park, Md. As a part of the program, students go to school 4 days a week and spend 1 day a week in the workplace of one of the school’s sponsor companies. Students come from low-income families and will be the first members of their families to attend college. Over the 4 years, R&W has had 11 students from the school assist in the Bldg. 31 store and office. Recently, the school graduated its first class and three of the students—Kiana Lord, Travon Munson and Logan Wallace—were a part of R&W. Wallace (above, c) spent all four high school years assisting at R&W. R&W staffers (from l) Linda Anderson, David Browne, Maryam Boostani, Kallie Wasserman, Hewan Belay and Randy Schools congratulate the Class of 2011 and await more students this fall.

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