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Vol. LXIV, No. 21
October 12, 2012

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STEP Forum on Coping with Change

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Workplace Strategies forum on the topic “Change Is Inevitable: How To Lead It,” on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 9 to 11 a.m. in Rockledge II, Rms. 9100-9104.

How do you make a case for change? Change is a process and you can learn how to lead it. What strategies are effective in leading change, minimizing resistance, communicating effectively, building support and motivating others? Come learn the barriers and strategies for overcoming them, navigating around and through them to increase your chance of success in leading change.

This is the first talk in the 2012-2013 season of STEP sessions. The series will be available at for HHS employees.

OITE Hosts Community College Day, Oct. 19

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education will host Community College Day on Friday, Oct. 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Natcher Conference Center and Lister Hill Auditorium. Community college students and faculty can visit the campus and learn about careers and training opportunities in biomedical and health care fields. For more information visit

Conference on ‘Sustainable Laboratories’

The Division of Technical Resources, Office of Research Facilities is sponsoring the international 2012 conference “Sustainable Laboratories: Choosing the Right Equipment” in Kirschstein Auditorium, Bldg. 45, Dec. 13-14.

The conference will host experts on a variety of laboratory equipment used in biomedical research, animal facilities and health care facilities. The conference will address energy conservation applications in the laboratory in conjunction with choosing “green” equipment that is compatible with ongoing research and building operation. Participants will learn about energy-efficient technologies and solutions that are available when they purchase new or replacement equipment for their facilities.

Registration is free, but seating is limited. Online registration can be found at

NIH Toastmasters Promote Health Literacy Month

Did you know that October is Health Literacy Month? Toastmasters clubs at NIH promote health literacy by teaching the skills necessary to deliver scientific information so that it is both interesting and easy to understand. In recognition of Health Literacy Month, all four NIH clubs will be hosting open houses in October. Visitors can see for themselves well-established methods that improve communication and leadership skills.

Participating in Toastmasters will help you translate your research results into understandable health information for the public. Meetings consist of 60-90 minutes of educational and fun speeches, impromptu mini speeches and evaluations that allow participants to progress at their own pace and to meet others with the same goals.

Several club meetings are convenient to NIH staff: NIH Toastmasters – Bldg. 38, Open House on Oct. 26; NIH Evening Speakers - Bldg. 10, Open House on Oct. 23; NIH Democracy II Toastmasters – 6707 Democracy Blvd., Open Houses on Oct. 16 and Nov. 20; and Executive Toastmasters - 6001 Executive Blvd., Open House on Oct. 25. Visit for more information.

String Quartet Begins 24th Season at NIH

Mark your calendars for noontime enjoyment as the Manchester String Quartet Concert Series at NIH enters its 24th season. The concerts are free and begin at 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Upcoming concert dates, all Mondays, are: Oct. 29, Nov. 5, Nov. 19, Feb. 25, Mar. 11, Apr. 1, May 6.

The series is made possible by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences. For reasonable accommodation needs, contact Sharon Greenwell at (301) 496-4713 or email

Retreat for Behavioral, Social Scientists, Oct. 22

The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research is convening a retreat for NIH behavioral and social scientists on Monday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Natcher Conference Center. The goal is to strengthen the internal BSSR community and create links for future collaborations such as funding opportunity announcements and training programs. To register, visit

APAO Donates Check to Children’s Inn

APAO Donates Check to Children’s Inn
The Asian and Pacific Islander American Organization recently donated $500 from the proceeds of its ethnic food fair to the Children’s Inn at NIH. Each year, APAO organizes a fair in May on the patio of Bldg. 31 with food, demonstrations and entertainment to celebrate Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. Shown at the gift presentation are (from l) Sally Hu (2012 NIH APAO president), Dar-Ning Kung, Prahlad Mathur, Eric Zhou, Mary Zhang, Lucy Seagraves of the inn and Xinzhi Zhang. Since 1990, more than 10,000 families, from all 50 states and 84 different countries, have resided at the Children’s Inn at NIH for free, no matter how long the stay.

Annual Leave: Use It or Lose It

Annual leave in excess of the maximum carryover balance (in most cases 240 hours) is normally forfeited if not used by the end of the current leave year. If you have not already planned to take those excess hours of annual leave, you should discuss your leave with your supervisor now while there is still time to schedule it. Your bi-weekly Leave and Earnings Statement tells you how much annual leave you must use so that you will not lose it when the leave year ends on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.

In spite of planning, circumstances sometimes arise that prevent you from taking leave that has been scheduled and approved earlier during the leave year. In such cases, you and your supervisor are jointly responsible for ensuring that any “use or lose” leave is officially rescheduled. This year, your “use or lose” leave must be scheduled not later than Saturday, Dec. 1.

If you or your supervisor have questions about “use or lose” leave, contact your administrative officer.

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