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Vol. LXIV, No. 8
April 13, 2012

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Bike to Work Day, May 18

Celebrate National Bike Month and Bike to Work Day with the NIH Bicycle Commuter Club (NIHBCC), Friday, May 18, from 7 to 9:30 a.m. on the Paul Rogers Plaza in front of Bldg. 1. NIH will host three of the many local pit stops supported by the Washington Area Bicyclists Association in a national salute to bicycle commuting.

Last year, more than 11,000 area residents participated in this annual event and even more are anticipated this year. NIH has won the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments award 5 years in a row for being the area’s biggest employer of Bike to Work Day participants. Help us defend our title this year by registering online at Even if you do not choose NIH as your pit stop, writing in “National Institutes of Health” as your employer will help us defend our title.

NIH will again be hosting two other pit stops: Executive Blvd. and the Marriott-sponsored stop at Rockledge (pit stop name “Rock Springs Business Park”). The Executive Blvd. stop runs from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and Rockledge runs from 6:30 to 9 a.m. At all NIH pit stops, employees and contractors who show up riding a bicycle and wearing a helmet may enjoy breakfast snacks and participate in a raffle including such prizes as cycling gear and equipment and Fitness Center memberships. All pre-registrants get a free Bike to Work Day T-shirt (you may want to bring a print confirmation of your registration as back up).

If you have never tried commuting by bike to NIH and aren’t sure how to begin, explore the Commuting link at the URL above. The NIHBCC offers advice on topics ranging from purchasing a bicycle to favorite NIH commuting routes from all over the D.C. area.

Bike to Work Day is a rain or shine event. Volunteers are always appreciated to help with preparations before or on the day of the event. If you would like to help, email Diane Bolton (

Author Tannen To Present at DDM Seminar

The Deputy Director for Management (DDM) announces the second DDM seminar of the 2011-2012 series “Management and Science: Partnering for Excellence.” The event on Thursday, Apr. 19 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, will feature Dr. Deborah Tannen, author of You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, which was on the New York Times best-seller list for nearly 4 years. Tannen will address the NIH community in a presentation about gender, culture and communication in the workplace titled “Can We Talk? How Gender and Culture Affect Who Gets Heard, Who Gets Ahead and What Gets Done at Work.”

Videocasting and sign language 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, visit or call (301) 496-3271.

NIH Mentoring Program Is Recruiting

Federal employees interested in serving as learners and advisors across the NIH community are invited to join the April 2012 cohort of the NIH Mentoring Program. Program components include senior-to-junior and peer-to-peer mentoring relationships, online application and matching system to connect individuals, mentor-mentee online orientation, 1-year mentoring relationship commitment and professional development events and activities. The deadline for online registration and matching is Apr. 30. For more information, visit

National Day of Prayer, May 3

This year’s observance of the National Day of Prayer will be held Thursday, May 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the lawn in front of Bldg. 1. Come out and join fellow NIH’ers, patients and friends to celebrate a day Congress has set aside for our country. Federal and military compounds all over the country will have their National Day of Prayer program on the same day with guest speakers, music and prayer. All are welcome.

NIH Minority Health Promotion Day, Apr. 19

The first NIH Minority Health Promotion Day will take place on Thursday, Apr. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the south lobby of the Clinical Center and Masur Auditorium. The celebration will commemorate National Minority Health Month. The day will begin with a display of health promotion resources and posters highlighting a variety of areas related to improving minority health. Representatives will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to distribute health promotion materials, share information about their programs and answer questions. The day’s events will culminate in the afternoon with a speakers’ forum starting at 1 p.m. in Masur Auditorium focusing on the social determinants of health. Keynote speakers include Shawn Malarcher of the U.S. Agency for International Development; Dr. Thomas E. Feucht of the Department of Justice; Dr. Peter J. Ashley of the Department of Housing and Urban Development; and Dr. Brian D. Smedley of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

The event is open to the public; no registration is required. Visit for more updates about the event.

First Schatzkin Lecture Set, Apr. 16

The first Arthur Schatzkin Distinguished Lecture in Nutritional Epidemiology will be held on Monday, Apr. 16 at 3 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. Dr. John Potter, senior advisor of the division of public health sciences at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington, will discuss “Nutrition, Environment, Development and Cancer: Casting a Wider Net.” NCI established the lecture in memory of Schatzkin, a leader in the field of nutrition and cancer.

5th Annual Free Community Shred Day, Apr. 20

On Friday, Apr. 20, from 4 to 7 p.m., FAES, in collaboration with Torn2Shredz, will be sponsoring a Free Community Shred Day. Bring up to 2 boxes worth of personal documents for free destruction and recycling. Limited compact fluorescent light bulb and battery recycling will also be available. Location is the FAES Social & Academic Center, 9101 Old Georgetown Rd. For more information, contact Rose McNeely, (301) 530-2194 or email

Shrubs at NIH Provide Food for Insect Zoo

Shrubs at NIH Provide Food for Insect Zoo Shrubs at NIH Provide Food for Insect Zoo

NIH recently donated prunings from about 15 Photinia fraseri plants on the main campus to the National Museum of Natural History’s insect zoo. The zoo uses the plant—common name red-tip photinia—as diet for most of its walking stick insects. Shown at right, the shrubs are located along the west edge of lot 14G, just outside the entrance to Bldg. 14G. The mature plants have not been sprayed with any pesticides. “It is not really a rare plant as it is used at many new housing developments because it is very hardy, insect- (except walking sticks!) and disease-free and is inexpensive,” notes Lynn Mueller, landscape architect, Office of Research Facilities. “Photinia are a broad-leaf evergreen like azaleas and rhododendrons, so in that respect it is somewhat rare. They have nice small clusters of white flowers in early summer that are attractive. It’s a good plant but must be used in a particular site since they are strong growers—as you can see from our planting—but they can take severe pruning.” A museum technician came to NIH and clipped the 20 or so branches needed for eats at the insect zoo.

3rd Annual Halo Chase, Apr. 19

The 5K run/1-mile walk, sponsored by R&W and the NIH Health’s Angels Running Club, will take place on Thursday, Apr. 19 at 11 a.m. at the Bldg. 1 flagpole. Suggested donations of $10 are being accepted and will go to benefit the NIH Charities. For more information about this event, including how to register, visit

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