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Vol. LXIII, No. 23
November 11, 2011

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DDM Seminars Begin Sixth Year

The Deputy Director for Management (DDM) Seminar Series is set to offer another round of presentations on leadership and management, beginning in December.

The sixth annual series will host speakers known for delivering meaningful insights into workplace concepts, challenges and solutions. The seminars offer employees an opportunity to advance their knowledge of best practices in a variety of leadership and management issues.

The first seminar will feature Harvey Coleman on Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The series continues into the new year with three more seminars, featuring Michael Roberto on Feb. 16, Deborah Tannen on Apr. 19, and Daniel Pink on June 14. These presentations will focus on culture differences in ways of communicating, managing and valuing diversity, strategic decision-making and human motivation.

Presentations will be available at for those who cannot attend or when Masur Auditorium reaches capacity.

Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to attend should call (301) 496-6211 or the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339. For more information about the series and to view previous DDM Seminar videocasts, visit

APAO Solicits Award Nominations

The NIH Asian and Pacific Islander American Organization (APAO) invites your suggestions for nominees to receive its 2011 Scientific Achievement Award. This annual tradition aims to recognize an Asian/Pacific Islander American researcher/scientist who has realized significant accomplishments in biomedical research. A review committee will evaluate the nominations. Send the name of your nominee along with a brief statement of support to Prahlad Mathur, APAO president, at Nominations must be received by Nov. 22 for consideration. The awardee will be honored at the APAO holiday awards luncheon to be held Dec. 12 in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1.

NIH IntraMall Harvest Showcase, Nov. 16-17

The 2011 IntraMall Harvest Supplier Showcase will be held in the South Lobby of Bldg. 10 on both Wednesday, Nov. 16 and Thursday, Nov. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is hosted by the IntraMall electronic purchasing site designed exclusively for NIH to simplify purchasing.

Since opening in June 1998, the IntraMall has become a leading NIH web site for using government purchase cards to locate, buy and track purchases from over 300 of its most frequently used suppliers, offering over 11 million lab, office and computer items. Come learn how continuing to purchase through the IntraMall can save your institute money and ease your workload.

Register for the event and a free lunch at If you require reasonable accommodation to participate, call 1-888-644-6255.

Enter the NIH LAB Challenge

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Show your peers and others in the field of health and life science that you are up to The NIH Lessons About Bioscience (LAB) Challenge ( Science enthusiasts—including NIH scientists, clinicians, postdoctoral and IRTA fellows, SEPA awardees—are asked to send their best hands-on experiments. The experiments should be original, inexpensive, related to health and life science and accessible for use in a K-12 classroom.

Winners will be announced Mar. 1, 2012. Winning experiments will be featured online and published in an NIH collection of best hands-on activities. Each winner will receive an exclusive electronic badge to display online. For more information, go to or contact Carla Easter ( or Cindy Allen (

Send your submission today—deadline is Dec. 1—and help meet the federal challenge to enhance science education nationwide.

Registration Open for Exposome Workshop

Registration is under way for a workshop on Emerging Technologies for Measuring Individual Exposomes Dec. 8-9 in Washington, D.C. The workshop is the latest in the National Academy of Sciences ongoing series, organized by the standing committee on use of emerging science for environmental health decisions, sponsored by NIEHS.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required for those planning to attend. Instructions on how to access the webcast will be available approximately 1 month before the workshop.

The workshop will look at emerging technologies that can be used to gather individual exposure information based on external and internal measurements. Presentations and discussions will explore which of the technologies are ready now and which are still emerging. For information, visit

NIH Hosts Telework Festival, Nov. 22 at Natcher

The NIH Telework Festival will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Natcher Conference Center. Learn how teleworking can be part of the solution to help NIH support employee work/life balance, improve its ability to retain high-quality staff, maintain performance during emergency situations without reducing productivity, decrease traffic congestion caused by BRAC and meet HHS and NIH sustainability goals.

Hear first-hand from senior scientific and business leaders on how they have integrated telework into their operations. Participate in interactive telework technology demonstrations by CIT, NIH and NIMH. Show your creativity and enter the telework poster contest. Salute the NIH winners of the HHS Green Champion awards. Visit exhibitors from OHR, ORS/ORF and other telework- related organizations. For more information and to register visit or view via videocast at Onsite registration is available.

Microbiome Congress To Be Held in Paris

The International Human Microbiome Congress will be held Mar. 19-21, 2012, in Paris at the Palais Bronginart. Topics to be discussed include an opening session on lessons learned from early studies in the human microbiome, microbiome composition of the healthy human, clinical and functional studies of the human microbiome and a panel discussion on the future of microbiome research. Poster sessions will continue throughout the 3-day congress. Visit for more information.

Online Training Accessible on

The National Cancer Institute has organized its education and training materials for health professionals into one convenient location. The resources found on the Education and Training for Health Professionals web page ( are designed to help meet the cancer educational needs of health care providers, public health program planners, researchers and cancer registrars. Through ready access to a variety of targeted trainings, these audiences will increase their capacity to deliver state-of-the-art cancer care and up-to-date cancer education to the public.

The training covers a range of topics including clinical trials, patient care, evidence- based cancer control program planning, translational research, cancer registries and their operation. Courses are available in a number of formats, including online self study, CD/DVD, downloadable material, webinars, podcasts and animated tutorials.

PHS Team Competes in Army 10-Miler

PHS Team Competes in Army 10-Miler PHS Team Competes in Army 10-Miler

Members of the Public Health Service 2011 Army 10-Miler team (above left), led by NHGRI’s Dr. Shelley Hoogstraten-Miller (seated front row, l) and NINDS’s Dr. Evan Shukan (back row, third from l), assemble after the race. Above right, runners Dr. Jason Woo of NICHD and Shukan are cheered on by NCI’s Dr. Sean Altekruse (foreground, white shirt) while carrying the PHS flag during the race on Oct. 9. The teams included many NIH’ers but also runners from FDA, CDC, IHS, HRSA and other PHS agencies.

CFC Annual Halloween Party Draws Crowd

CFC Annual Halloween Party Draws Crowd

The “Debt Ceiling” (second from l) and Half Man/Half Woman (fourth from l) were among guests at the NIH R&W's annual CFC Halloween Party on Oct. 31 on the Bldg. 31A patio. The event included music, CFC charity tables on display and food from various vendors. Prizes were also given away for best character, most creative and scariest costume.

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