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Vol. LXIII, No. 18
September 2, 2011

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2nd Annual Health & Wellness Expo Set

The 2nd annual NIH Health & Wellness Expo is set for Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Natcher Conference Center. The expo is free and open to all employees. Events include an expert panel on weight loss, nutrition and physical activity, fitness classes and demonstrations, health screenings and health & wellness-related information from the NIH institutes. The NIH Health and Wellness Council in partnership with the Office of Research Services and the Division of Amenities and Transportation Services hosts the expo. For more information, contact Chris Gaines at (301) 451-3631 or

NIH Institute Relay Planned, Sept. 22

The 28th NIH Institute Challenge Relay will be held on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 11:30 a.m. in front of Bldg. 1. Relay teams consist of five runners, each whom runs a ˝-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.

There is a $10 entry fee per team. Group leaders should email Randy Schools at 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.

ORS Sponsors Safety, Health Photo Contest

Great photography tells a story. Now you have the chance to share your photo with the NIH community. The Division of Occupational Health and Safety, ORS, is holding the “In Focus! Safe Workplaces for All” photo contest. Whether photography is your passion, your hobby or just an occasional pastime, you are invited to participate and capture an image displaying workplace safety and health.

The contest will show your perspective of workplace safety and health in any way you choose. The goal is to help reduce personal injuries and illnesses; educate and underscore the importance of safety; foster innovation to create shared solutions; and promote community involvement by relying on your talent, imagination and creativity to raise awareness of workplace safety and health.

Prizes will be awarded for artistic value and ability to raise awareness. First, second and third place photographs will be framed and prominently displayed throughout NIH. The three winners will receive a framed certificate from NIH leadership. The winning photos will also be featured on the ORS, DOHS web site.

The submission period remains open until Friday, Sept. 30. To learn more about the contest, rules, panel of judges, selection process and to submit your photo, visit

SharePoint Site Launched for Intern/Fellow Rotation

The NIH administrative training committee recently announced the NIH Administrative Intern/Fellow Rotation SharePoint site. This web tool replaces the hardcopy rotation request form and was designed to make it easier to match institutes/centers and administrative interns/fellows for future and ongoing rotation opportunities. Through this tool, ICs can post rotation opportunities and review intern/fellow résumés and profiles. Interns/fellows can review rotation opportunities and create profiles highlighting interests, skill sets and competencies to be developed during the program.

The site was developed by a workgroup of NIH ATC members and current and former interns. The site went live on Aug. 1. Email questions to internspssupport@

Graduate Student Research Conference Set, Oct. 17-18 at Natcher

The 6th National Graduate Student Research Conference will be held Oct. 17 and 18 at Natcher Conference Center, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day. The conference will bring 150 advanced graduate students from across the U.S. to NIH for a scientific meeting that offers future leaders in biomedical research the opportunity to share their own work and learn about advances being made in the NIH Intramural Research Program. The event also provides an opportunity for NIH investigators to recruit conference participants to join research groups as postdoctoral fellows. Conference attendees were selected competitively from an applicant pool of about 450.

The conference agenda combines a keynote and scientific talks presented by NIH postdoctoral fellows with poster sessions. NIH investigators and current postdoctoral fellows can discuss potential collaborations and new research directions and learn about novel techniques and approaches. For more information visit student_research_festival.

‘Adventure in Science’ Needs Teachers

Dr. Thomas A. LaVeis Dr. Thomas A. LaVeis
Tyler Killian displays the DNA model he constructed from Twizzlers and gum drops, while his father Keith Killian studies the double helix. Kaan Kayaalp is at right. Abbie Cannon performs a filtration step in her preparation of DNA from a strawberry.

Adventure in Science (AIS), a non-profit science education program for children, is planning its 19th year at NIH and is looking for volunteer teachers. The program, which meets on Saturday mornings October through March in Bldg. 10, is designed to show 8- to 11-year-olds the fun of science using hands-on activities—from building (and launching) model rockets to dissecting frogs. AIS teachers are mostly volunteers from the NIH community, from postdocs to institute directors. Further information about teaching in AIS can be found at

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Peter Kellman, (301) 496-2513, kellmanp@ or Ed Max, (301) 827-1806, Enrollment is currently full for children in the program beginning this fall. Registration for the following year’s program will occur next spring and will be announced on the web site.

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