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Vol. LXIV, No. 18
August 31, 2012

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International Expo Set for Sept. 28

The 8th NIH International Opportunities Expo and Career Fair, sponsored by the visiting fellows subcommittee of the NIH fellows committee, is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 28. It will be held at Natcher Conference Center from noon to 4:30 p.m. The expo focuses on opportunities for postdoctoral fellows and graduate students interested in pursuing careers abroad. In addition to concurrent talks that explore research, funding and career opportunities overseas, fellows have a chance to network and interact with science and technology representatives from multinational research organizations, government and industry. For details visit

Conference on ‘Sustainable Laboratories’

The 2012 international conference “Sustainable Laboratories: Choosing the Right Equipment” will be held Dec. 13-14 at Natcher Auditorium. It will address energy conservation in the laboratory, including choosing “green” equipment in biomedical and animal research. Sponsored by the Division of Technical Resources, Office of Research Facilities, the conference is free but registration is required. Register at the conference web site For questions, email

NIHITS To Retire in September

The NIHITS (NIH Integrated Training System) legacy system is being retired in September. As a result, the procedures for internal training payments (NIH Training Center classes) and external training payments (external vendors) are changing. The Office of Human Resources and NBS have collaborated to develop a two-pronged solution for the NIH community. Key updates are as follows:

Internal Training Payments

Registration for NIH Training Center (NIHTC) classes is now handled through the LMS (HHS Learning Portal) rather than NIHITS. OHR collaborated with NBS to develop a custom financial interface with the LMS. The NIH community is no longer able to register for NIHTC classes through NIHITS; all employees should use the registration and approval process in the LMS instead.

Getting Help

For transition help, clarification of roles/approval chains and related support in your IC, contact your IC representatives to the transition working group. Go to to find out who represents your IC.

• For LMS “How-do-I-do-this?” questions, use the tip sheets and manuals posted on NIHTC’s web site at

• For LMS technical problems and system access, contact the HRSS help desk at (301) 451-1436 or

• For inquiries about NIHTC policies, procedures and classes (including to cancel or reschedule training), contact NIHTC at (301) 496-6211 or

• For other questions regarding the LMS transition not addressed above, contact the NIH LMS Team at

External Training Payments

The last day to use NIHITS to obligate external training payments to non-NIH vendors (e.g., Graduate School) and track orders is Sept. 7. This date closely aligns with regular NIH procurement schedules.

Around Oct. 11, ICs will have the option of using a new process involving iProcurement. Throughout this time, external training services can also be procured through IC purchase card procedures.

Getting Help

In preparation for this transition, OHR continues to communicate with representatives to the NIHITS-LMS IC transition working group on the latest updates. Members of the group will guide their IC through changing internal business processes. Visit to find out who is representing your IC.

Volunteer Teachers Sought for AIS

(from l), Annette and Nicole Rangoussis and Kayla Cesone examine the beating heart of a live chick embryo
Above (from l), Annette and Nicole Rangoussis and Kayla Cesone examine the beating heart of a live chick embryo; below, Andrew Long (r) captures the attention of student adventurers in a session on the physics of simple machines, co-taught by Farhoud Faraji (not shown).
Andrew Long (r) captures the attention of student adventurers in a session on the physics of simple machines, co-taught by Farhoud Faraji (not shown).

Adventure in Science (AIS), a non-profit science education program for children, is planning its 20th year at NIH and is looking for volunteer teachers. The program, which meets on Saturday mornings October through March in Bldg. 10, is designed to show 8-11 year-olds the fun of science using hands-on activities—from building (and launching) model rockets to dissecting frogs.

AIS teachers are mostly volunteers from the NIH community, from postdocs to institute directors. This is a great opportunity to exercise your teaching skills with an enthusiastic audience. You can volunteer for only one Saturday or for several. Further information about teaching in AIS can be found at in the section “About Us.”

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Vathani Arudchandran, (301) 827-1813, ( or Ed Max, (301) 827-1806, ( Enrollment is currently full for children in the program beginning this fall. Registration for the following year’s program will open next spring, and will be announced on the web site.





Cintrón To Keynote Hispanic Heritage Month Program, Sept. 20

(from l), Annette and Nicole Rangoussis and Kayla Cesone examine the beating heart of a live chick embryo

Dr. Nitza M. Cintrón, University of Texas Medical Branch, will deliver the keynote address at NIH’s 2012 Hispanic Heritage Month observance on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to noon in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The national theme for the month is “Diversity United, Building America’s Future Today.” A former project scientist for the Space Shuttle program’s Spacelab mission, Cintrón will discuss the theme’s relevance in health and medical science. Dr. Carlos Zarate of NIMH will give opening remarks.

Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals who require reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Gerard Roman at (919) 541-3430, through the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 or via email at

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