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Vol. LXIV, No. 1
January 6, 2012

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STEP Forum on NIH’s Past and Future

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science in the Public Health forum on the topic “NIH: Looking Back and Moving Forward,” on Thursday, Jan. 12, from 9 to 11 a.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

Are you aware that the current 27 institutes and centers that comprise NIH had humble beginnings? NIH traces its roots to 1887, when a 1-room laboratory was created within the Marine Hospital Service. In 2012, we celebrate NIH’s 125th anniversary. At this special STEP forum, we will review the genesis of our institution, important milestones and explore visions of NIH’s future.

Larson Gives NINR Director’s Lecture, Jan. 17

Dr. Elaine Larson

Dr. Elaine Larson will give the 2012 NINR Director’s Lecture on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 10:30 a.m. in the Clinical Center’s Lipsett Amphitheater. A globally recognized researcher in infection control, Larson recently published papers examining the accuracy of information spread through social media “tweets” about antibiotics, and the high cost of treating resistant infections in hospitals and community settings. Her lecture is titled “Infection Prevention: An Interdisciplinary Team Approach.”

Larson is associate dean for research and professor of pharmaceutical and therapeutic research at Columbia University School of Nursing, and professor of epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She is also a fellow in the Institute of Medicine and editor of the American Journal of Infection Control. She has published widely in the areas of infection prevention, epidemiology and clinical research.

Started in 2011, the NINR Director’s Lecture is designed to bring the nation’s top nurse scientists to the NIH campus to share their work and interests with a trans-disciplinary audience.

NCI To Host Biospecimen Research Network Symposium

Registration is open for the National Cancer Institute’s 5th annual Biospecimen Research Network Symposium, “Advancing Cancer Research Through Biospecimen Science,” Feb. 22-23, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.

Molecular changes can be induced in biospecimens by different collection, processing and storage variables, thus confounding the results of research and clinical tests. This symposium highlights new developments in the field of biospecimen science to address these challenges. There will be presentations and discussion with a broad range of stakeholders including research investigators, clinicians, industry representatives, hospital administrators and patient advocates. For more information, abstract requirements and registration, visit

Summer Camp Guide 2012

To help parents decide what to do with their children this coming summer, NIH presents Summer Camp Guide 2012, sponsored by the Division of Amenities and Transportation Services, Office of Research Services. A presentation titled “A Greener Summer Camp Guide” will be offered on the following days and places from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 18 Bldg. 10, B1 Cafeteria

Wednesday, Jan. 25 Bldg. 31 Cafeteria

Attend one of these events to pick up samples of camp brochures and receive information on how to get your Greener Summer Camp Guide. The guide contains activities in Virginia, Maryland and the D.C. area. It separates the camps by cost, type and activities and includes resources to survey your child’s interests. Camp vendors will not attend but a child care referral specialist and NIH staff will be available to help you get started.

For those who need reasonable accommodation to participate, contact Tonya Lee at (301) 402-8180, 5 days before the event.

Spanish-Language Brochure on Palliative Care Available

NINR has released a Spanish-language version of its award-winning brochure Palliative Care: The Relief You Need When You’re Experiencing the Symptoms of Serious Illness. Cuidados Paliativos: El alivio que necesita cuando tiene síntomas de una enfermedad grave seeks to increase awareness in the Hispanic community of palliative care’s many potential benefits—including reducing pain and other distressing symptoms for patients of any age and with chronic as well as advanced conditions.

Additionally, the 16-page brochure explains how palliative care works in tandem with medical care, how and when to request palliative care, how it differs from hospice and where to get more information.

To read the brochure, visit For free print copies (up to 25), stop by Bldg. 31, Rm. 5B10, email or call (301) 496-0207.

Management Intern Program Now Recruiting

Interested in reaching your potential? Ready for a career transition? Revved up for the fast track at NIH? The Management Internship (MI) Program at NIH may be just the answer. This year’s NIH MI Program job vacancy announcement opens Feb. 24 and closes Mar. 19.

The MI Program is a highly competitive, 2-year administrative management career development program for current NIH employees. MIs come from a variety of backgrounds ranging from travel planners to scientists. Current GS-7 through GS-12 employees are invited to apply. Over the internship period, MIs rotate among and explore various administrative positions of their choice. Upon completion of the program, graduates move into a new career field and are appointed to a professional job series.

Since its establishment in 1957, the MI Program has produced highly respected administrative professionals by providing interns an opportunity to discover new career paths and gain invaluable insights into NIH. The program is a key tool for NIH to retain its investment in some of the brightest minds and hardest workers in the country. Some of the many benefits of the program to the MIs include access to a senior-level mentor, a generous training budget, opportunities to participate in challenging projects and committees and the chance to meet with NIH leaders.

For program FAQs, as well as details on the program, eligibility, recruitment and placement, visit

Another way to learn more is by attending one of the upcoming MI Program information sessions. Registration is not necessary, but is appreciated. To register, send an email to and specify which session you plan to attend. Unless noted, all sessions will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the following locations:

Feb. 6—Bldg. 31, 6C Rm. 6

Feb. 7—6001 Executive Blvd., Rm. 3103 (Videocast and 12:30-1:30 p.m.)

Feb. 16—Bldg. 10, Lipsett Amphitheater

Feb. 23—Rockledge II, 9100/9104

Those who need reasonable accommodation to participate should call the NIH Training Center at (301) 496-6211, TTY (301) 594-2696 or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339) at least 5 days before the event.

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