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Vol. LXIV, No. 17
August 17, 2012

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16th Annual Free Outdoor Film Festival

Get ready for 3 nights of free movies, popular local bands and great food Aug. 23-25. The 2012 Comcast Outdoor Festival is newly located at Mid-Pike Plaza on Rte. 355.

Events begin each evening at 5:30 with live music along with food and wine sales from area food trucks and local restaurants. Films begin at dusk. Admission is free and a portion of food and beverage proceeds will benefit three NIH charities: Children’s Inn, Camp Fantastic/Special Love and Friends of the Clinical Center.

The lineup includes:

Thursday, Aug. 23 All the President’s Men

Friday, Aug. 24 Midnight in Paris

Saturday, Aug. 25 We Bought a Zoo

The festival is located near the White Flint Metro on the Red Line. On-site free parking is also available. Attendees should bring beach or lawn chairs. For more information, visit

NIH Sponsors 2nd Annual Safety, Health Photo Contest; Deadline Is Sept. 30

The Office of Research Services’ Division of Occupational Health and Safety is holding the 2nd annual “In Focus! Safe Workplaces for All” photo contest.

Whether photography is your passion, hobby or just an occasional pastime, you are invited to participate and capture an image displaying safe workplaces or activities, e.g., the repair of earthquake damage to the Washington Monument, laboratory workers using personal protective equipment, crossing guards on busy streets, etc.

The goals are to: help reduce personal injuries and illnesses; educate and underscore the importance of safety; foster innovation to create shared solutions; and promote community involvement by displaying your talent, imagination and creativity to raise awareness of workplace safety and health.

Be part of building a positive safety culture and get involved by sending in your best shots.

First, second and third place photographs will be framed and prominently displayed throughout NIH. The three winners will receive a framed certificate from NIH leadership. The winning photos will also be featured on the ORS/DOHS web site.

The submission period is open until Sunday, Sept. 30. To learn more about the contest, rules, panel of judges, selection process and to submit your photo, visit

Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Series Is Off to a Great Start

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management’s Black Employment Program joined with the Clinical Center’s Medical Research Scholars Program this summer to host a monthly Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Series. The goals for the partnership are to provide early-career information to the next generation of clinician-scientists, physicians and dentists, so they can make choices about future training programs and jobs and to showcase the broad spectrum of intramural and extramural opportunities at NIH.

The first session was held June 14 in Bldg. 60. The first presenter was Dr. Roland Owens, assistant director in the Office of Intramural Research, who was instrumental in starting the series with Victoria Gross, NIH Black Employment Program manager, and Kenny Williams, Medical Research Scholars Program coordinator. Owens discussed “What You Can Put in Your Toolkit that Will Make or Keep You Eligible for Future NIH Tenure-Track Positions.” Current CRTP fellows, HHMI-NIH research scholars, Graduate Partnership Program participants and summer interns who are currently enrolled in either medical or dental school attended.

July’s brown bag was held in the Clinical Center on July 12. Dr. Charles Dearolf, also an OIR assistant director, led the session and provided details on the Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program, Earl Stadtman Investigators and other training programs for early-career researchers.

The last lunch was held Aug. 9 in the CC Medical Board Rm. Dr. Patricia Cole, director of Intramural Loan Repayment Programs in the Office of Intramural Research, was the speaker.

The next brown bag is tentatively set for Thursday, Sept. 13. Contact Gross ( or Williams ( for details.

Parley’s Place Makes Gift to Inn

Parley’s Place, the snack and concession shop near the cafeteria in Bldg. 31

Parley’s Place, the snack and concession shop near the cafeteria in Bldg. 31, recently held a contest that offered a cash award to the shop’s 3 millionth customer ($100), and $50 each to whomever was 2,999,999th and 3,000,001st. Gene Cowgill (l), an NIH retiree who works at the store, said that if no one produced a receipt ending in the numbers 1971, indicating the 3 millionth sale, the entire $200 would go to the Children’s Inn at NIH. Because no one came forward with the winning receipt, Lauren Conte (r), annual giving and special events manager at the inn, accepted the check on July 24. Parley’s Place began counting customers in 1990 and reached its 2 millionth in May 2006. Observed Cowgill, “I think a lot of people threw their receipts away, thinking the money would go to the Children’s Inn, which is a good cause.”

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