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Vol. LXIV, No. 10
May 11, 2012

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STEP Forum on ‘Rethinking the Brain’

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science for All forum on the topic “Rethinking the Brain,” on Tuesday, May 22, from 9 a.m. to noon in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

How is a teenager’s brain different from an adult’s brain? Scientific evidence suggests that brain development ends in early adulthood; however, the brain remains dynamic throughout life. Do we really lose it if we don’t use it? Join us as we explore the intricate relationship between age, biology and environment in shaping brain structure, function and learning.

Professor, Author Roberto To Give DDM Seminar, May 24 in Masur

The Deputy Director for Management (DDM) announces the third DDM seminar of the 2011-2012 series “Management and Science: Partnering for Excellence.” The event on Thursday, May 24 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, will feature Michael Roberto, author of Know What You Don’t Know and leading authority on how to improve strategic decision-making and avoid hidden catastrophes. He will discuss “Leaders as Problem Finders.”

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.

APAO Ethnic Food Fair, May 23

The NIH Asian & Pacific Islander American Organization’s annual ethnic food fair will be held on Wednesday, May 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Bldg. 31A patio. There will be a variety of food offerings by area restaurants, plus information tables by NIH and community organizations. Try your hand at calligraphy and learn to fold origami figures. APAO will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Children’s Inn at NIH; participants are encouraged to make contributions, too. The event is open to the public. Every year, activities across the nation are organized during May to observe Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. For more information, contact Aaron Bell, (301) 451-7898 or

Chamber Singers Present Spring Concerts

The NIH Chamber Singers will welcome spring with concerts of choral music by composers whose last names begin with the letter B. Selections from the program include songs from some familiar “B’s”—Bach, Beethoven and Brahms—but there are also compositions from others, including Bartok, Berger, Bernstein, Bright and Brubeck. There will also be a set of intricate arrangements of songs by the Beatles.

The concerts will be performed Saturday, May 12, 3 p.m., Praisner Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, Md., and Wednesday, May 16 at noon in the atrium of the Clinical Research Center.

The concerts are free and open to all. For reasonable accommodation or further information, call (301) 594-7557.

Stetten Symposium Set, June 6

The Office of History at NIH will hold “History in the NIH—The 4th Annual Stetten Symposium” on Wednesday, June 6 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1. The symposium, open to all, is a progress report by the four current DeWitt Stetten fellows in the Office of History. Their presentations will explore biostatistics and biometry at NIH, the problem of Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy, Joseph Kinyoun (the founder of the forerunner of NIH/NIAID) and the origins of NIAAA and NIDA in the 1970s.

Each fellow will speak for 25 minutes, followed by 10-15 minutes of commentary by such NIH authorities as NHLBI acting deputy director Dr. Carl Roth, NIAAA acting director Dr. Kenneth Warren, NIAID senior advisor Dr. David Morens and NINDS neurologist Dr. Kenneth Fischbeck. A discussion period follows each commentary. For more information, contact Sejal Patel, (301) 451-9431 or

New NIH Administrative Intern/Fellow Rotation SharePoint Site

Since the August 2011 release of the NIH Administrative Intern/Fellow Rotation SharePoint site, key features have been added including new detailed views, FAQs and a useful links section. Effective May 2012, the site will continue to “go green” by including online versions of the rotation agreement and rotation evaluation forms that can be electronically routed between the intern, rotation supervisor and the intern program manager.

You can access news about these enhancements, site resources and new updates via the site home page at Email your questions to

Scientist Addresses Community at RML

Dr. Guido van der Groen Van der Groen answered questions afterward and encouraged the young people to “be vigilant” in pursuing their career interests. NIAID’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories sponsored the event.

Dr. Guido van der Groen (l), who in 1976 helped identify the Ebola virus in Africa while working for the Institute of Tropical Medicine, addressed the audience during an Apr. 13 community presentation in Hamilton, Mont. Several high school students were among the nearly 300 people in attendance. Van der Groen answered questions afterward and encouraged the young people to “be vigilant” in pursuing their career interests. NIAID’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories sponsored the event.

Photos: Heather Murphy

Hire a WRP Student for Summer

Need more help? Consider hiring a Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) student for the summer. In support of the President’s Executive Order 13548, “Increasing Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities,” WRP provides a pipeline that will not only meet management’s temporary needs during the summer, but also can be used to provide permanent hires to meet management’s long-term succession-planning organizational goals.

WRP is a database resource for employers nationwide to identify qualified temporary and permanent employees from a variety of career fields—business, communications, engineering, science, computer science and administrative support. More than 2,600 highly motivated college students and recent graduates from 270 colleges and universities are available for selection.

Find more details about WRP online at If you are interested in a student or have questions about the program, contact Sheila Monroe at or (301) 496-6504 or Kim Kirkpatrick at or (301) 451-0748.

Career Symposium Set, May 18

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education invites all NIH graduate students and postdoctoral trainees, both basic scientists and clinicians, to a career symposium on Friday, May 18 at the Natcher Conference Center and Lister Hill Auditorium from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The symposium provides information about scientific career options. Panel sessions cover academic, government, industry and non-profit career paths. More than 80 speakers will provide insights into their careers. To register, visit

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