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Vol. LXV, No. 1
January 4, 2013

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STEP Forum on NIH, Social Media

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present an Administrative Strategies forum on the topic “NIH and Social Media: You’ve Got Connections!” on Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 9 to 11 a.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A (with expo booths open until noon).

Use of social media in the workplace is exploding. NIH social media policies provide guidance for effectively communicating with various communities. How do you match these media to your strategic needs? Come learn from the experts how you can use social media tools such as Twitter, YouTube, Yammer, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.

Data Integration Workshop, Jan. 10-11

An NIEHS-sponsored program continues its workshop series with an exploration of “Integrating Environmental Health Data to Advance Discovery,” Jan. 10-11 at the Keck Center in Washington, D.C. Visit for more information.

The workshop, part of the National Academies Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions series, is free and open to the public. To register to attend and webcast access, go to

This meeting aims to foster discussion about the need for enhanced data integration in environmental health sciences and evaluate the lessons that can be learned from integrative initiatives in other scientific domains. It also offers participants a forum for strategizing about ways the community can take major steps toward improving data coordination and access to advance understanding about environmental effects on human health.

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 NIH January 2013 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

Protocol Navigation Lecture, Jan. 7

The first lecture in the 2013 IRP Protocol Navigation Training Program Seminar Series will be held Monday, Jan. 7 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. Dr. Rebecca J. Williams of NLM’s National Center for Biomedical Communications will present “ Registration and Results Submission Requirements.” For more information, contact Beverly Barham, (301) 594-2494, or Marcia Vital, (301) 451-9437,

Pedestrian Safety Improved on Campus

All of NIH’s intersections and high-traffic areas were recently surveyed as part of a study to improve pedestrian safety. Past accidents were taken into account and NIH’s campus was compared to those of similar size. Analysis of the data confirmed that our campus is relatively safe, but there is room for improvement.

Two immediate enhancements have been made to Center Dr. and South Dr. (near Bldg. 50) and South Dr. and Service Rd. West (between Bldgs. 10 and 13). These two sites were selected based on daily high volume of pedestrian and vehicular traffic and a history of past accidents. Improvements force pedestrians to use more visible and predictable walking patterns. Construction on the two intersections started in mid-October and lasted about a month. Additionally, lighting improvements were made to enhance pedestrian visibility across campus.

There are plans to add solar-powered, pedestrian-activated crosswalk lights on Center Dr. in front of Bldg. 1. This is a particularly well-traveled area for both pedestrians and drivers.

Employees are reminded to cross at designated crosswalks, wear reflective clothing and, while driving, remain vigilant and refrain from texting or using wireless devices.

Do You Know Your Tier?

“Snowmageddon,” earthquakes, Hurricane Sandy and derechos are just a few emergency situations that have prompted NIH to take a broader approach in preparing for all types of emergencies to ensure the safety of employees, patients, visitors and animals. It is essential for NIH to maintain its continuity of operations during emergency situations that may affect or close some or all facilities. NIH has developed a plan to communicate to its employees during an emergency situation and help them better understand how to respond during any situation.

NIH is instituting the Employee Emergency Designation Program, a 3-tiered approach based on workers’ day-to-day functions.

Tier I—Emergency employees

Tier II—Mission critical/mission operations (non-emergency employee/teleworker)

Tier III—Other mission services & support (non-emergency employee/non-teleworker)

Acopy of the guidelines including descriptions of each tier can be found at

‘Nutcracker’ Entertains Inn Children

‘Nutcracker’ Entertains Inn Children
The American Dance Institute visited the Children’s Inn at NIH on Dec. 18 to perform a version of The Nutcracker. “They generously donated their time to perform for the families in our Giggles Theatre,” said Ryan Whited, the inn’s family program manager. Joining the ballet dancers on stage were inn guests (from l) Hallie Luton, 7, of Texas; Isabella Ramos, 5, of Washington state; and Robert Mills III, 1, of Georgia. The event was sponsored by the NIH Recreation & Welfare Association.

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