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Vol. LXIII, No. 24
November 25, 2011

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STEP Forum on Comparative Effectiveness Research, Dec. 8

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Current Controversies in Medicine forum on the topic “Comparative Effectiveness Research: Choppy Waters or Smooth Sailing?” on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 9 to 11 a.m. in Rockledge II, Rm. 9112-9116.

The NIH search for what works best to improve patients’ outcomes has evolved from best care strategy trials to comparative effectiveness research (CER). Conducting a CER trial is challenging due to the diversity of stakeholders, their complex relationships and the need for large multi-site clinical trials. Come and learn the benefits, obstacles and controversies as we explore the current state and future of CER.

Author Coleman To Give DDM Seminar

The Deputy Director for Management (DDM) announces the first DDM seminar of the 2011-2012 series “Management and Science: Partnering for Excellence.” The event on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, will feature Harvey Coleman, author of the 10-module videotape and workbook program A World of Diversity. His presentation will focus on how to capitalize on the opportunities inherent in a diverse workforce.

Videocasting and sign language will be provided. Individuals who need other 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, visit or call (301) 496-3271.

FAES Announces Spring 2012 Courses

The FAES Graduate School at NIH announces the schedule of courses for the spring 2012 semester. The majority of the evening classes sponsored by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences will be given on the NIH campus.

Courses are offered in biochemistry, bioinformatics, biology, biotechnology (daytime courses), chemistry, immunology, languages, medicine, microbiology, pharmacology, statistics, technology transfer, alternative medicine, GRE and courses of general interest. Certificates in technology transfer and public health program are also being offered.

It is possible to transfer credits earned to other institutions for degree work, with their approval.

Classes will begin the week of Jan. 23. Online registration is now until Dec. 30 and mail registration ends Dec. 30. Walk-in registration will be held Jan. 9-18 and at an open house at the FAES Social and Academic Center on Jan. 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuition is $145 per credit hour and courses may be taken for credit or audit. Courses that qualify for institute support as training should be cleared with supervisors and administrative officers as soon as possible. Both the vendor’s copy of the training form (SF-182) and the FAES registration form must be submitted at the time of registration.

Spring supplements are available in the graduate school office in Bldg. 60, Suite 230, the Foundation Bookstore in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1L101 and the business office in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1C18. To have a supplement sent, call (301) 496-7976 or visit

Chamber Singers Plan Holiday Concerts

The NIH Chamber Singers, an R&W-sponsored group of 15 singers, will present holiday concerts in December at several area locations. The program, titled “The Very Best Time of Year,” will include both sacred and secular pieces, ranging from somber to celebratory.

The concerts will be performed at the following times and locations: Thursday, Dec. 8, noon, atrium of the Clinical Research Center; Saturday, Dec. 10, 3 p.m., Praisner Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, Md.; Sunday, Dec. 11, 1:30 p.m., North Chevy Chase Christian Church, 8814 Kensington Parkway, Chevy Chase.

All concerts are free and open to the public. To request sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodation, or to get more information, contact Valerie Lambros at (301) 594-7557 or

Conference on Prostate Cancer Surveillance

The National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the NIH Office of Medical Applications of Research are sponsoring the upcoming State-of-the-Science Conference: Role of Active Surveillance in the Management of Men with Localized Prostate Cancer. It will be held Dec. 5-7 in Kirschstein Auditorium, Bldg. 45.

Tools that could reliably predict which tumors are likely to progress and which are unlikely to cause problems are not yet available. Currently, clinicians rely on two observational strategies as alternatives to immediate treatment of early-stage prostate cancer: watchful waiting and active surveillance. Yet, it is unclear which men will most benefit from each approach.

The conference aims for a better understanding of the benefits and risks of active surveillance and other observational management strategies. All are welcome to attend. Sign language interpreters will be provided. Those who need other reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Elizabeth Neilson at

HHSinnovates Accepting Nominations through Dec. 30

Calling all NIH innovators. Win up to $2,500 and have a chance to showcase your innovative idea by entering the HHSinnovates competition. Round 4 of HHSinnovates will close on Friday, Dec. 30. Go to to learn more about the competition and to nominate your innovation.

There are many reasons to participate, including:

  • The opportunity to have a positive impact agency-wide by fostering innovation within HHS;
  • A chance to be recognized for your ideas by Secretary Sebelius at HHS headquarters; and
  • Cash awards of up to $2,500 per person for three of the winning teams.

Applicants can nominate innovations that made improvements to communication, workforce development, sustainability and other areas.

Work with your supervisor to consider whether a proposal is eligible for entry. You may also consult with Ryan Bayha ( in the NIH Office of Science Policy, who is NIH liaison to the HHSinnovates awards committee.

Portrait of Luke Wilson Sought

Have you seen this gentleman? This portrait of Luke W. Wilson has gone missing. Reward offered if it can be recovered.
Have you seen this gentleman? This portrait of Luke W. Wilson has gone missing. Reward offered if it can be recovered.

The man in this portrait may resemble Mark Twain, but he is actually Luke W. Wilson, son of Luke I. and Helen Woodward Wilson, who donated the original land on which NIH now stands. The portrait, painted more than 20 years ago by Xavier Gonzalez, was donated to NIH by Luke W. Wilson’s family. It was to have resided in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1, along with his parents’ portraits.

This painting is missing. After it was given to NIH in 1990, the portrait disappeared. In spite of extensive searches through the archives of the National Library of Medicine, the NIH Office of History and the attic of Bldg. 1, it has yet to be found.

We are publishing the image here in the hope that someone may have seen the painting and will report its whereabouts. NIH and the Wilson family await news of its discovery. The person who helps recover the painting will have the opportunity to meet the Wilson grandchildren and participate in a proper unveiling of the portrait in its rightful place. Contact Dr. Richard Wyatt, Office of Intramural Research, if you have information that might assist NIH in finding the painting.

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