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Vol. LXIV, No. 25
December 7, 2012

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STEP Forum on Dietary Salt, Dec. 13

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science in the Public Health forum on the topic “Dietary Salt: To Shake or Not to Shake?” on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 9 to 11 a.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

Salt: Ancient currency and strategic commodity. Now—a common food additive, available on every kitchen table in the world. Emerging data highlight the continued controversy as to how much is best in your diet. Do you know how much sodium you consume daily? Can you have too little? Join us for a point/counterpoint debate on the current intake guidelines and the optimal daily sodium consumption.

Pittman Lecture Features Grandis, Dec. 12

Dr. Jennifer Grandis, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, will deliver the annual NIH Director’s Margaret Pittman Lecture, on “Targeting Oncogenetic Pathways in Head and Neck Cancer,” on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

Grandis’ research program is dedicated to increasing understanding of the genetic alterations in the upper aerodigestive tract mucosa, which result in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. The goal is to identify pathways that can serve as therapeutic targets for novel preventive or treatment strategies.

The lecture honors Dr. Margaret Pittman, NIH’s first female lab chief, who made significant contributions to microbiology and vaccine development, particularly in the areas of pertussis and tetanus, during her long career at NIAID.

The lecture is part of the NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series. For information and reasonable accommodation, contact Jacqueline Roberts, (301) 594-6747.

NIH Chamber Singers Hold Concerts

The NIH Chamber Singers will present Songs of Joy!, a program of holiday songs celebrating both Christmas and Hanukkah, at several area locations. With music ranging from a 17th-century motet by J.P. Sweelinck, to a 20th-century choral fantasy by Gustav Holst, the singers have prepared a wide variety of musical offerings.

Concerts will be held Saturday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. at Marilyn J. Praisner Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, Md., and Wednesday, Dec. 12 at noon in the atrium of the Clinical Research Center.

In addition to the Songs of Joy! program, the singers will present a concert version of the 1-act Christmas opera Amahl and the Night Visitors on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m., at North Chevy Chase Christian Church, 8814 Kensington Pkwy., North Chevy Chase. There is no admission for this performance, as it will be included as part of morning worship. All are invited.

All concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, or for reasonable accommodation, contact Valerie Lambros at or call (301) 594-7557.

Join the NIH-HHS Mentoring Program

NIH wants you to join the HHS Mentoring Program. Federal employees interested in serving as mentors and mentees across the NIH community are invited to join the December 2012 cohort.
“Partnering for Excellence” through building a confidential, interactive relationship is the cornerstone of this program. The program’s emphasis on developing core, leadership and management competencies at various levels will ensure a beneficial experience for both mentors and mentees.

This free program features:

  • Peer-to-peer and senior-to-junior mentoring relationships
  • Online application and matching system to connect individuals
  • Online mentor-mentee orientation
  • 1-year mentoring relationship commitment
  • Professional development events and activities

As a tool in employee development, the Mentoring Program does not supplant the NIH scientific mentoring and customized IC leadership mentoring programs available to employees in some institutes and centers. Instead, it is intended to fill any gaps where those programs do not exist and enables NIH-wide or even across-HHS relationships.

For more information, visit or email

Author Rock To Present DDM Seminar, Dec. 13

The first lecture in the 2012-2013 Deputy Director for Management Seminar Series “Management and Science: Partnering for Excellence” will feature David Rock, author of Your Brain at Work on Thursday, Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

Rock will examine the “Neuroscience of Leadership Development” and how understanding your brain can positively affect the workplace. Videocasting and sign language will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to attend should call (301) 496-6211 or the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339. For more information, visit or call (301) 496-3271.

Bethesda Little Theatre Makes Donations

(from l) Heather Arcuri, Leslie McIntire, John Spouge, Adrienne Farrar, Alice “Frankie” Smyth, Heidi Grolig and R&W President Randy Schools.
The Bethesda Little Theatre (BLT) recently presented donations of profits from its performances to the NIH Patient Emergency Fund ($2,000) and to the NIH R&W Foundation ($1,200). On hand for the presentation were (from l) Heather Arcuri, Leslie McIntire, John Spouge, Adrienne Farrar, Alice “Frankie” Smyth, Heidi Grolig and R&W President Randy Schools. BLT was founded in 1980 as the NIH R&W Theatre Group. All members are volunteers and membership is open to both NIH employees and the public. Although they no longer perform at NIH, they remain active, presenting an annual musical revue in the area. Auditions are usually held in February or March, with the show opening 2 months later. The rest of the year, the group goes “on the road,” performing at retirement homes, senior centers and nursing homes. For more information or to join, visit

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