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Vol. LXIII, No. 17
August 19, 2011

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Join ‘Power IT Down Day,’ Aug. 26

The fourth annual Power IT Down Day will take place Friday, Aug. 26. Last year approximately 10 percent of the HHS population participated in Power IT Down Day, which was more than any other federal agency and accounted for 46 percent of the total participants nationwide.

Participation is easy. First, register at Second, simply turn off your workstations before going home on Aug. 26. Registration is simple and will let HHS know how many kilowatt hours the department saved. In the Organization box, include “NIH” as the operating division followed by a forward-slash and “HHS.”

Last year, HHS participation resulted in reduction in energy consumption by 230,000 kWh of electric­ity in a single night. According to the EPA, this is equivalent to the energy used in 240 U.S. homes in 1 month.

Since this year’s Power IT Down Day falls on a Friday, powered-off workstations will save three times more energy than usual. Keep in mind that powering down your workstation will not interfere with any IT updates.

If you have questions or comments, contact and include “Power IT Down Day” in the subject line.

First Annual NIH Safety Day, Aug. 31

The first annual NIH Safety Day will be held Wednesday, Aug. 31 at Natcher Conference Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The opening ceremony will begin at 10:30 and be videocast live and archived at

NIH deputy director for intramural research Dr. Michael Gottesman will serve as master of ceremonies. Dr. Lawrence Tabak, NIH principal deputy director, and James Welch, executive director of the Elizabeth R. Griffin Foundation, will offer insights on the day’s theme, “Safe Science and Good Science Go Hand-in-Hand.” Fun summer safety will be emphasized, too.

Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy activities that will help NIH personnel prevent accidents and respond in emergency situations. There will be demonstrations on work, home and recreational safety. Exhibitors will showcase river and boating safety; hiking and camping safety; and bicycle, motorcycle and pedestrian safety. There will also be lectures, breakout training sessions, police dog demonstrations, live entertainment and over 40 exhibitors. Don’t miss the “Seat Belt Convincer” ride and explosion demonstrations. Come enjoy barbeque-style food and beverages (for sale) and listen to the jazzy sounds of the CIT Band.

NIH Safety Day supports President Obama’s Protecting Our Workers and Ensuring Reemploy­ment initiative, which sets aggressive goals to help ensure federal workers are provided with safe and healthful work environments as well as support after experiencing a work-related injury or illness.

For more information and a complete schedule of activities, visit the NIH Safety Day web site at
. The event, sponsored by the Office of Research Services, Office of Research Facilities and the NIH occupational safety and health committee, will take place rain or shine. Individuals who need reasonable accommoda­tion to participate should contact Chris Gaines at (301) 451-3631 and/or the Federal Relay at (800) 877-8339.

Research Festival Set, Oct. 24-28

Mark your calendar for this year’s NIH Research Festival, which will be held Oct. 24-28. The festival will include scientific symposia, poster sessions, a special session on improving workplace dynam­ics, the scientific equipment tent show and more. Meet colleagues from across campus, learn about new research efforts and celebrate the intramural community. For more information, visit http:// (after Sept. 1) or email

NIH Institute Relay Scheduled, Sept. 22

It’s time for the 28th NIH Institute Challenge Relay. The NIH Recreation and Welfare Association, mem­bers of the original NIH Health’s Angels running club and the Division of Amenities and Transportation Services, ORS, invite you to this year’s relay, set for Thursday, Sept. 22 at 11:30 a.m. in front of Bldg. 1.

Relay teams consist of five runners, each whom runs a ½-mile loop around Bldg. 1. All institutes, centers and contractors are invited to enter as many teams as they wish. Each team must have men and women runners, with at least two runners of the same sex. The team with the fastest five will win the Allen Lewis NIH Memorial Trophy located at the Bldg. 31 Fitness Center.

There is a $10 entry fee per team. Group leaders should email Randy Schools at schoolsr@mail.nih. gov with team name (be as creative as you can) and list of participants. Volunteers are also needed; call the R&W office at (301) 496-6061 or email Schools if you can help.

Principles of Clinical Pharmacology Course

The Principles of Clinical Pharmacology course, sponsored by the Clinical Center, will begin in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10 on Sept. 1. The course will be held Thursday evenings from 6:30 to approximately 7:45 and will run through Apr. 26, 2012. The course covers topics such as pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism and transport, assessment of drug effects, drug therapy in special populations and drug discovery and development. Registration is open to all interested individuals at no cost unless the course is being taken for graduate credit. The course may be taken for credit through FAES as PHAR 500 I and PHAR 500 II; contact FAES directly at (301) 496-7976. Deadline for registration is Aug. 31. Certificates of participation will be awarded at the end to all students who attend 75 percent of the lectures. More information is available at or by calling (301) 496-9425.

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