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Vol. LXIV, No. 15
July 20, 2012

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Guidance on Serving Food at Public Events

The Office of Research Services’ Community Health Branch (CHB) conducts food safety activities at NIH, including approval and inspection of food offered at short-term public events. A “public event” is any celebration where food is prepared and/or served for sale to the public and is advertised and recognized in the local (NIH) community.

Public events are not your inner-office potluck. Nor is an event held at NIH conference facilities. Those conferences follow policies established by NIH Events Management.

However, all other events offering food and open to the public and/or general NIH population must be pre-approved and inspected prior to opening by the CHB food safety and sanitation officer (FSSO).

Any organization planning an event that will consist of preparing and/or serving food for sale to the public in an area other than an approved food preparation/service area, such as a cafeteria, must contact the FSSO at least 21 days prior to the event. The organization will then be provided an NIH Temporary Food Service Requirements Guide and Temporary Food Service Plan. Subsequently, the plan must be completed and returned to the FSSO at least 14 days before the event.

If you’re planning a public event serving food at NIH and need more information, contact CHB at (301) 496-2960 or visit

Safety Award Accepts Nominations

The Mission First, Safety Always Award, presented by the Office of Research Services’ Division of Occupational Health and Safety, showcases NIH personnel who have demonstrated leadership in safety culture and promoted safety in the workplace. Nominations can be submitted at

Nominate a colleague who has demonstrated safety leadership. Include such examples as starting and/or leading a successful safety initiative or promoting safety as an important part of your program.

Nominations are open until 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 1. If you have questions, email or send written questions to Bldg. 13, Rm. 3K04, MSC 5760.

NSF Director Suresh To Speak, July 25

Dr. Subra Suresh

Dr. Subra Suresh, director of the National Science Foundation, will present an NIH Director’s Special Summer WALS lecture on Wednesday, July 25, 3-4 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. His talk is titled “Study of Human Diseases at the Intersections of Physical Sciences, Engineering and Biology.”

Suresh leads programs and initiatives intended to keep the U.S. at the forefront of science and engineering. Since assuming this role in October 2010, he has established several new initiatives including INSPIRE (Integrative NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education), PEER (Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research, in collaboration with USAID), the NSF Career-Life Balance Initiative and the NSF Innovation Corps.

Suresh is on leave from his position as dean of the School of Engineering and the Vannevar Bush professor of engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research at MIT focuses on understanding the mechanical properties of engineered and biological materials at the nano-scale. His more recent work has looked at how these properties influence disease development. Of note, he discovered that malaria-infected red blood cells are biomechanically different than healthy ones—they are up to 100 times stiffer, have a much greater tendency to clump together and lose their ability to vibrate. This work towards understanding malaria could lead to improved treatments.

Willett Set to Address Diet, Cancer, July 25

Dr. Walter Willett

Dr. Walter Willett, chair of the department of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health, will give the 2012 Annual Advances in Cancer Prevention Lecture on Wednesday, July 25, 3-4 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A. His topic is “Diet & Cancer: The Fourth Paradigm.”

Over the past 30 years, Willett has been at the forefront of nutrition research and contributed significantly to elucidating the role of diet in disease development. He pioneered modern dietary research by refining questionnaires and other methodologies, which have been proven accurate and accepted as viable assessment tools. He uses current data to challenge established dietary conceptions and better understand the link between diet and disease.

Willett has published over 1,500 articles, primarily on lifestyle risk factors for heart disease and cancer, and has written the textbook Nutritional Epidemiology published by Oxford University Press.

Former Rep. Louis Stokes Former Rep. Louis Stokes

Stokes’ Portrait To Hang in Namesake Bldg.

Former Rep. Louis Stokes (D-OH), the namesake of Bldg. 50, returned to campus on June 20 to be photographed for a portrait that will soon hang in the lobby of the Louis Stokes Laboratories Bldg., next to the dedication plaque. The Foundation for the NIH raised funds for the portrait and commissioned a photographer of prominent African Americans, Joseph Daniel Clipper, to do the job. These photos of the sitting were taken by Frank Kutlak, who was project manager for Bldg. 50’s construction. The laboratory building was dedicated in Stokes’ honor on June 14, 2001. He served 30 years in Congress (1968-1998), during which he championed biomedical research that improved the lives of all Americans, particularly minorities.

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