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Vol. LXIV, No. 22
October 26, 2012

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First Annual Veterans Day Celebration, Nov. 8

The NIH community will honor employees who have served or are serving in the armed forces during the first annual NIH Veterans Day Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 9 to 10 a.m. in Natcher Conference Center. Veterans’ organizations and companies will present exhibits until 12:30 p.m.

Deputy Director for Management Colleen Barros and NIH principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak will recognize NIH veterans at the event. The keynote speaker is Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who is a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. While in office, Brown deployed with his unit to serve a tour of duty in Iraq. He will speak about how his military experience contributes to his leadership skills today.

The celebration is organized by the Veterans Recruitment and Retention Force. VRF was founded in November 2011 with the goal of improving recruitment and retention of veterans at NIH. VRF members hail from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force and from most of NIH’s 27 institutes and centers. To learn more about it, visit

Family Caregiver Day at the Clinical Center

In recognition of National Family Caregiver Month, the Clinical Center will host Family Caregiver Day on Tuesday, Nov. 13. A Caregiver Information Fair & Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the 7th floor of the Clinical Research Center. CC departments and outside exhibitors will offer resources for family caregivers.

No registration is required. For more information on the event, visit or contact Dr. Margaret Bevans (301-402-9383) or Leslie Wehrlen (301-451-4077).

Women’s Health Research Symposium, Nov. 15

The Office of Research on Women’s Health will host the ninth annual Interdisciplinary Women’s Health Research Symposium on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Kirschstein Auditorium, Natcher Conference Center.

The program showcases research from two of ORWH’s signature initiatives: Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health and the Specialized Centers of Research on Sex Differences.

ORWH director Dr. Janine Austin Clayton will give opening remarks and Dr. Douglas Lowy, deputy director, National Cancer Institute, will deliver the keynote address, “Prevention of HPV-Associated Cancers: Advances, Challenges and Opportunities.”

Sign language interpretation will be provided. To register, visit

Symposium on Post-Imprisonment Re-entry

The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research has organized a symposium examining the entanglement of community health and record rates of imprisonment in the United States. “Re-entry: Where Public Health and Mass Incarceration Collide” will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2-4 p.m. in the Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Blvd., Rm. C.

Incarceration rates in the U.S. are presently higher than any country worldwide. With an approximate 2.3 million Americans incarcerated and an estimated 700,000 offenders released annually, the issue of re-entering communities is critical to address. This event will feature three presentations covering NIH-funded research projects that explore aspects of re-entry and community health’s intersection including: HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, substance abuse, mental disorders, clinical research, health services, health disparities, social environment, sexual behavior and public policy.

Speakers include Kim Blankenship, American University; Jeffrey Draine, Temple University; and Adeline Nyamathi, University of California, Los Angeles.

Use or Lose Reminder

Don’t forget to officially schedule your “use or lose” annual leave no later than Saturday, Dec. 1. Questions about “use or lose” leave should be directed to your administrative officer.

Next Protocol Navigation Lecture Set, Nov. 5

The sixth lecture in the IRP Protocol Navigation Training Program Seminar Series will be held Monday, Nov. 5 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Bldg. 50, Conf. Rm. 1227/1328. The program is a trans-NIH effort to develop resources and provide training for intramural staff involved in protocol development, writing, coordination and management. Dr. Fiona Callaghan of NLM’s Lister Hill Center for Biomedical Communications will present “Biostatistics 101: Introduction to Power and Sample Size.” For more information, contact Beverly Barham, (301) 594-2494, or Marcia Vital, (301) 451-9437,

IntraMall Showcase Set for Nov. 7-8

The 14th annual NIH IntraMall Harvest Showcase will be held in Bldg. 10’s South Lobby on Nov. 7 and 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Since opening in 1998, the IntraMall has become a leading NIH web site for government purchase cardholders to buy from hundreds of suppliers. If you require reasonable accommodation to participate, call (888) 644-6255 during business hours at least 7 days prior to the event.

National Centers for Biomedical Computing Showcase, Nov. 8-9

Hear about the activities and impact of the NIH Common Fund’s National Centers for Biomedical Computing at a meeting on Nov. 8-9 in the Natcher Conference Center’s Kirschstein Auditorium. Registration is not required. See http:// for an agenda and details.

‘Computational Origami’ Expert Demaine To Speak at NIH, Nov. 2

Dr. Erik Demaine, a professor of computer science at MIT who has conducted seminal work in the field of “computational origami,” will deliver two talks—one general, the other technical—on Friday, Nov. 2.

A dynamic speaker, Demaine joined the MIT faculty in 2001 at age 20, reportedly the youngest professor in MIT’s history. In 2003 he was granted a MacArthur “genius” fellowship. His research interests range across the field of algorithms, from data structures for improving web searches, to the geometry of understanding how proteins fold, to the computational difficulty of playing games.

Demaine’s technical talk, “Modern Graph and Network Algorithms: Minors, Bidimensionality & Decomposition” will be given at 9 a.m. in the Visitor Center’s Little Theater, Natcher Bldg. His general-audience talk, “Geometric Folding Algorithms: Linkages, Origami, Polyhedra,” will be given at 2 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Clinical Center.

For more information, contact Dr. Stephen Marcus at or Dr. Teresa Przytycka at

Going ‘Over the Edge’ for Charity

Brad Carlson Dr. Dolph Hatfield

To raise money for Special Olympics, NCI researcher Dr. Dolph Hatfield (r) and his colleague Brad Carlson (l) recently did a 345-foot rappel down the side of the Financial Center in Des Moines, Iowa, with Hatfield’s daughter, who is athletic director at Drake University. “Brad had never rappelled before, so this was an extra ‘special’ event for him,” said Hatfield. “Over the last few years, I have taken him running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, doing the world’s longest bungee jump in Blokrans, South Africa, going skydiving and climbing Kilimanjaro. He is now a seasoned adventurer.” The “Over the Edge” fundraiser drew more than 50 people, each of whom raised at least $1,000 for the opportunity to descend the skyscraper to benefit the nearly 11,000 Special Olympians in Iowa. No stranger to climbing feats, Hatfield once held the world record for the longest single-rope rappel for his descent of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.

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