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Vol. LXIII, No. 20
September 30, 2011
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Márquez To Keynote NIH Hispanic Heritage Month Event, Oct. 5

Dr. Ernest D. Márquez

NIH will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to noon in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The national theme is “Many Backgrounds, Many Stories …One American Spirit.”

The keynote speaker will be former NIH’er Dr. Ernest D. Márquez, who now serves as president of the board of directors at the Society for Advance¬ment of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). Recently retired as NIMH associate director for special populations, he will discuss how the newly established NIH SACNAS chapter enhances NIH efforts to attract, recruit and retain Hispanic scientists. In addition, he will comment on trends relating to graduation rates, training opportunities and career progression of Hispanic researchers.

Also invited to attend the program are students from Wheaton High School in Silver Spring. Their visit is being sponsored by the NIAMS Career Development and Outreach Branch in collabora¬tion with the NIH Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management as part of a special local outreach and education program.

Following the event, attendees can sample traditional foods in the CC south entrance lobby between noon and 12:30 p.m. Sign language interpreters will be provided. People who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Kim Kirkpatrick, NIH Disability Employment Program manager, at (301) 451-0748, or the Federal Relay Service at 1-866-377-8642. Direct program inquiries to Gerard Roman, acting Hispanic Employment Program manager, at (919) 541-3430.

NIH Touted by AARP for 50+ Employment

For the second straight time, AARP has ranked NIH third in its Best Employers for Workers Over 50 list. No other federal agencies ranked in the top 50 list in 2011. Scripps Health and Cornell University occupied the top two spots.

NIH was the first federal agency to be ranked in the Best Employers and has been on AARP’s list since 2008, finishing third in 2011 for the second competition in a row. Forty-three percent of NIH employees are age 50 or over, with an average employee tenure of 15.25 years.

NIH’s commitment to readying workers for retire¬ment was a chief factor for AARP. Many offices, including the NIH Training Center, the credit union, the benefits office and the Recreation and Welfare Association provide resources to help employees make informed financial decisions as they near retirement.

Exemplifying this are NIH’s quarterly financial seminars, which offer employees guidance on estate planning, college funding, Thrift Savings Plan investing, Social Security and tips for investing and fraud avoidance.

NIH was also credited with offering tuition reimbursement, certification classes, in-house classroom training, online training, commercial training, professional conferences and student loan repayment programs. AARP noted that 100 percent of employees had participated in at least one of these opportunities.

Graduate Student Research Conference Set, Oct. 17-18

The 6th National Graduate Student Research Conference will be held Oct. 17 and 18 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Natcher Conference Center. The conference will bring 150 advanced graduate students from across the U.S. to campus to share their research 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 from a diverse applicant pool of about 450.

The conference agenda includes keynote and scientific talks and poster sessions. For more information visit https://www.training.nih.gov/ events/recurring/nih_national_graduate_student_research_festival.

Community College Day 2011 Set

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education will hold Community College Day on Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Natcher Conference Center. Community college students and faculty will visit NIH to learn about careers and training opportunities here. For registration and details, visit www.training.nih.gov.

NIH Camera Club Holds Contest

The annual open competition of the NIH Camera Club will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Classic Residence by Hyatt, 8100 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase.

Categories include monochrome prints, color prints, color slides and digital images. Entry fee is $2 per image and individuals may enter up to 3 images in each category. There will be cash prizes for the winning images. Instructions for submission can be found at www.nihcameraclub.com. For more information, contact Jordan Snyder at josnyder@ comcast.net.

NLM Opens ‘Native Voices’ Exhibition

Tay Perry (l) and Jay Dowsett installed the scale model of a Hawaiian voyaging canoe in the NLM exhibition space as part of the upcoming Native Voices exhibition.

Tay Perry (l) and Jay Dowsett installed the scale model of a Hawaiian voyaging canoe in the NLM exhibition space as part of the upcoming Native Voices exhibition. They are with the Friends of Hokule’a & Hawai’iloa, a non-profit organization dedicated to the perpetuation of Hawaiian canoe-building traditions and values through the preservation and development of canoe-building resources.

Photo: Michael Spencer

Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, a free exhibition, opens to the public at the National Library of Medicine on Oct. 6. Native Voices examines Native concepts of health and illness and shows how those concepts are closely tied to community, spirit and the land.

As the exhibition title suggests, visitors will experience the views, vision and diversity of Native people through their own words and expression—be it a heartfelt interview accessed through the exhibition’s interactive media or stories carved into a special healing totem, which has made a cross-country trip and been blessed by tribal groups before being installed on the NLM grounds as part of the exhibition.

“Native Voices honors the Native tradition of oral history and builds a unique collection of information that will enhance the understanding of healing and medicine, and the health issues affecting Native communities,” said NLM director Dr. Donald Lindberg. “This is in keeping with the library’s mission of collecting, organizing and preserving medical information to improve public health. We’re excited to open this exhibition and to do it during the year the library celebrates its 175th anniversary.”

Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Visits

Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Visits
Health Minister Edwin Poots (second from r) of Northern Ireland visited NIH recently, taking a tour of the Clinical Research Center and the Children’s Inn. On hand for the visit were (from l) Julie A. Hykes, communications/production manager at the inn; Isabel V. Otero, program director for the All-Ireland NCI Cancer Consortium; Randy Schools, R&W president; and Dr. Paula Hyland, research fellow at the National Cancer Institute.

 


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