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Vol. LXV, No. 2
January 18, 2013
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Briefs

Wood To Keynote King Observance, Jan. 24

Dr. Lauren Wood

NIH’s 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., observance will be held on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 11 a.m. to noon in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1. The national theme for the 2013 King holiday is “Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On, Not a Day Off.” The MLK day of service is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national initiative. It urges Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. Dr. Lauren Wood, staff clinician in the National Cancer Institute’s Vaccine Branch, will be keynote speaker. Her presentation is titled, “Clinical Translation of Therapeutic Cancer Vaccines: From Bench Discoveries to Bedside Realities.”

Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Victoria Gross at (301) 451-0746, through the Federal Relay Service (1-800-877-8339) or via email at Victoria.Gross@nih.gov.

Shatz To Give NIH Director’s Lecture, Jan. 23

Dr. Carla J. Shatz

Dr. Carla J. Shatz, professor of biology and neurobiology at Stanford University, will deliver the first of three NIH Director’s Lectures as part of the 2012-2013 Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series. Shatz’s lecture, “Circuit Tuning During Developmental Critical Periods: Immune Genes Moonlighting in the Brain,” will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. For more information on Shatz’s research visit www.stanford.edu/group/shatzlab/. For lecture information and reasonable accommodation, contact Jacqueline Roberts, (301) 594-6747.

Photo: Steve Fisch

STEP Forum on Vitamin D, Feb. 7

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Current Controversies in Medicine forum on the topic “Got (Enough) Vitamin D?” on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 9 to 11 a.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

Vitamin D is vital for the development and maintenance of healthy bones and skin. New evidence suggests that this natural substance is also involved in immune and muscle functions. Yet abnormal vitamin D levels may play key roles in cancer, infertility and other disorders. What is this essential substance, how is it made in the body and what does it really do for us? What are optimal levels of vitamin D and how are they affected by genetics, environment, age and diet? Join us to learn more about the “sunshine” vitamin’s role in human health and disease.

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.

The 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

For more information, visit http://trainingcenter.nih.gov/HHS_Mentoring.html or email nihhhsmentoringprog@od.NIH.gov.


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