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Vol. LXIV, No. 19
September 14, 2012
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APAO Solicits Awards Nominations

The NIH Asian & Pacific Islander American Organization (APAO) will continue its tradition of honoring employees in the NIH Asian Pacific American community for their excellence. Nominations are solicited for two categories: significant accomplishments in biomedical research and leadership excellence promoting diversity to make NIH and government a better workplace for all. Awardees will be honored at a holiday luncheon at noon on Dec. 10 in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1.

Submit a 1-page narrative/statement to support why you think an individual deserves recognition and include a CV of the nominee. A review committee composed of members from APAO representing several ICs will evaluate the nominations in the categories of Scientific Achievement Award and Leadership Excellence Award. Submit your nominations electronically no later than COB on Friday, Oct. 5 to Dr. Xinzhi Zhang (Xinzhi.Zhang@nih.gov) and Dr. Sally Hu (HuS@od.nih.gov).

For more information about the awards and criteria, visit www.recgov.org/r&w/apao or contact Dr. Rashmi Gopal-Srivastava, chair of the APAO awards committee (Rashmi.Gopal-Srivastava@nih.gov).

Infant Mortality Awareness 5K, Sept. 27

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. In recognition of the many contributions NICHD research has made in improving the health of families, the third annual NICHD 5K Run/Walk/Roll event welcomes all HHS staff and families interested in participating. This event will be held in front of Bldg. 1 on Thursday, Sept. 27, starting at 11:30 a.m. September is National Infant Mortality Awareness month; the event seeks to raise awareness about the problem and highlight current research issues as well as efforts to further reduce infant mortality in the United States.

Principles of Clinical Research Class

Registration for the 2012-2013 “Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research” is now open. The course will run from Oct. 16 through Mar. 26, 2013. The deadline for registering is Oct. 9. Classes will be held on campus on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 5 to 6:30. There is no charge for the course but purchase of a textbook is suggested. A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course, including a final exam. For more information or to register, visit www.cc.nih.gov/training/training/ippcr/application.html or call (301) 496-9425.

International Expo Set for Sept. 28

The 8th NIH International Opportunities Expo and Career Fair is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 28 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. For details visit https://www.training.nih.gov/international_expo_2012.

Did You Know? NCI Communicates Cancer Statistics

Cancer statistics reveal noteworthy trends—for example, that the number of U.S. cancer survivors is increasing even as the number of cancer diagnoses drops—but such statistics are notoriously difficult to explain to lay audiences. NCI recently launched the “Did You Know?” (DYK) series of animated videos to communicate key cancer statistics to the public in an easily understood, meaningful way.

Scientists and communication specialists from NCI’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences and Office of Communications and Education collaboratively create the 90-second DYK videos, which are hosted on www.cancer.gov/statistics.

DCCPS scientists glean timely facts about cancer and its risk factors from dense, 100+ page statistical documents such as NCI’s Cancer Statistics Review. The DYK production team distills this complex information into a “news you can use” message designed to raise public cancer awareness and promote healthy behaviors. The first animated DYK module Melanoma of the Skin debuted in May and has received over 1,800 views. Since then, modules for Excess Weight and Cancer Risk and Cancer Survivorship have been launched.

The DYK team plans to release new videos monthly based on cancer research news and in accordance with national cancer awareness months. Denise Buckley of DCCPS’s Office of the Director recently congratulated the DYK team for “using [cancer statistics] in this new and innovative way to educate the public.” Look for new modules on prostate, breast and lung cancers in the coming months.

Fifth Protocol Navigation Lecture Set, Oct. 1

The fifth lecture in the IRP Protocol Navigation Training Program Seminar Series will be held Monday, Oct. 1 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Bldg. 50, Conf. Rm. 1227/1328. The program is a trans-NIH effort to develop resources and tools and to provide training for intramural staff involved in protocol development, writing, coordination and management. Claire Driscoll, director of the NHGRI Technology Transfer Office, will discuss biomedical technology transfer as it relates to protocol navigation. For more information, contact Beverly Barham, (301) 594-2494, bbarham@mail.nih.gov, or Marcia Vital, (301) 451-9437, vitalm@mail.nih.gov.

Tanielian To Give Talk on Promoting Troop Resilience, Sept. 20

Terri Tanielian

The NIH seminar series Medicine: Mind the Gap will feature “Evidence-Informed Factors for Promoting Psychological Resilience in the U.S. Military,” by Terri Tanielian, senior research analyst at RAND Corp., on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon in Bldg. 45, balcony A.

Tanielian will discuss the concept of psychological resilience and highlight how the U.S. Department of Defense has implemented programs to promote psychological resilience in an effort to prepare troops and their families for the challenges of deployment. She also will review how these approaches have evolved over the past several years and how the concept of Total Force Fitness is shaping future training and prevention efforts within the military.

Tanielian’s areas of research interest include the psychological effects of combat, terrorism and disasters, psychological resilience and suicide prevention, as well as access to, and quality of, behavioral health care for returning veterans.

The talk is presented by the Office of Disease Prevention, Office of Dietary Supplements, NCCAM, NIMH and NIAAA. Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Paris.Watson@nih.gov, (301) 496-6615.

Graduate Student Research Conference To Be Held, Oct. 9-10

The National Graduate Student Research Conference will be held at the Natcher Conference Center and Lister Hill Auditorium on Oct. 9-10 in conjunction with the NIH Research Festival. A total of 120 advanced graduate students from across the U.S. will come to campus for this NIH-sponsored scientific meeting. NIH investigators and current postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to visit the posters to discuss potential collaborations and new research directions and to learn first-hand about novel techniques and approaches that could enhance their own investigations. For more information visit https://www.training.nih.gov/events/recurring/nih_national_graduate_student_research_festival.

Hispanic Heritage Month Program Set, Sept. 20

Dr. Nitza M. Cintrón, University of Texas Medical Branch, will be the keynote speaker at NIH’s 2012 Hispanic Heritage Month observance on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to noon in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Cintrón is a former project scientist for the Space Shuttle program’s Spacelab mission. Dr. Carlos Zarate of NIMH will give opening remarks. Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals with disabilities 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 roman@od.nih.gov.


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