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Vol. LXV, No. 8
April 12, 2013

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TEDMED Talks To Stream Live at NIH

TEDMED 2013, an offshoot of the popular TED conference series that addresses innovations in health and medicine, will be simulcast live to the NIH community in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1 on Wednesday, Apr. 17.

The TEDMED simulcast from the Kennedy Center, which is open to all NIH staff, will air from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2:30 to 4:15 p.m., and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. NIH director Dr. Francis Collins returns to the TEDMED stage to talk about the next big leaps in biomedicine during the 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. session

Other TEDMED speakers will include Ryan Panchadsaram, White House senior advisor, Office of Science and Technology Policy; America Bracho, CEO and president, Latino Health Access; Dr. Harvey Fineberg, president of the Institute of Medicine; and Amanda Bennett, executive editor, Bloomberg News. Also on the program are a wide range of leading biomedical researchers, robotics pioneers and computational gurus, patient advocates, songwriters, journalists, an anthropologist, a poet and even tap dancers.

Whether you’re an NIH researcher, administrator or student, there’s sure to be something at TEDMED that will get you thinking. So mark your calendar now and plan on heading over to Wilson Hall for a taste of TEDMED during your coffee or lunch break.

Speakers are still being announced; for more details on who will be speaking during specific time slots, visit

Author Shapiro To Present at DDM Seminar

The Deputy Director for Management (DDM) announces the third DDM seminar of the 2012-2013 series “Management and Science: Partnering for Excellence.” The event on Thursday, Apr. 18 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, will feature Stephen Shapiro, who will present “Accelerating Innovation.” He will focus on the importance of accelerating innovation in times of reduced funding, tighter deadlines and fewer resources.

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 about the series, visit or call (301) 496-3271.

Bike to Work Day, May 17

Celebrate National Bike Month and Bike to Work Day with the NIH Bicycle Commuter Club (NIHBCC), Friday, May 17, from 7 to 9:30 a.m. on the Paul Rogers Plaza in front of Bldg. 1 and off-campus at Rockledge and Rockville, near the new NCI Shady Grove building. The off-campus pit stops run from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m.

At the NIH pit stop, those who show up riding a bicycle and wearing a helmet may enjoy breakfast snacks and participate in a raffle including such prizes as cycling gear and equipment and Fitness Center memberships. All pre-registrants get a free Bike to Work Day T-shirt (you may want to bring a print confirmation of your registration as back up).

If you have never tried commuting by bike to NIH and aren’t sure how to begin, explore the Commuting link at The NIHBCC offers advice on topics ranging from purchasing a bicycle to favorite NIH commuting routes from all over the D.C. area.

Bike to Work Day is a rain or shine event. Volunteers are always needed to help with preparations before or on the day of the event. If you would like to help, email Jonathan Mazal (

NIH Career Symposium Helps Build Your Career, Shape Your Future

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education invites all NIH graduate students and postdoctoral trainees, both basic scientists and clinicians, to participate in the 6th NIH Career Symposium on Tuesday, May 14 at Natcher Conference Center from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The symposium provides an opportunity for fellows and graduate students to learn about scientific career options and to explore factors that lead to career success. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Alan Leshner, chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Panel sessions cover academic, government, industry and non-profit career paths. More than 80 speakers will provide insights into their careers: what their current job entails, its pluses and minuses and how they got there. For more information visit

6th Annual Free Community Shred Day

On Tuesday, Apr. 23, from 4 to 7 p.m., the FAES, in collaboration with Torn2Shredz, will sponsor a Free Community Shred Day. Bring up to 4 bankers boxes worth of personal documents for free destruction and recycling. Limited compact fluorescent light bulb and battery recycling will also be available. Watch on closed-circuit TV while your old bank and credit card statements are destroyed and then sent for recycling. The event, in observance of Earth Day, will be held at the FAES Social & Academic Center, 9101 Old Georgetown Rd., across the street from NIH on the corner of W. Cedar Lane and Old Georgetown. For more information contact Rose McNeely, (301) 530-2194,

IntraMall Spring Showcase, Apr. 17-18

The NIH IntraMall Spring Showcase will be held in the South Lobby of Bldg. 10 on Apr. 17-18 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is hosted by the IntraMall electronic purchasing site designed exclusively for NIH to simplify purchasing.

Since opening in June 1998, the IntraMall has become a leading NIH web site for using government purchase cards to locate, buy and track purchases from more than 300 of its most frequently used suppliers, offering over 12 million lab, office and computer items.

Register for the event and a free lunch from the web site, where a daily list of vendors is displayed. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate, call (888) 644-6255 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementias Workshop Set, May 1-2

NINDS will sponsor a 2-day workshop, “Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementias: Research Challenges and Opportunities,” May 1-2 in the Natcher Conference Center. The meeting—organized in collaboration with NIA, the Alliance for Aging Research, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration and USAgainst Alzheimer’s—will bring together leading national and international scientists to discuss research on Alzheimer’s disease-related dementias.

The workshop is part of the implementation of the 2012 National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease. The goal is to develop recommendations for research priorities on the Alzheimer’s disease-related dementias, which were defined in the plan as the frontotemporal, Lewy body, mixed and vascular dementias. Health disparities and specific diagnostic issues also will be addressed. Opportunities for public comment will be available during open discussion and question periods.

Registration is free and open to the public. To learn more and register online, visit

Earth Day Celebration, Apr. 25 on Bldg. 1 Lawn

NIH will celebrate Earth Day on Thursday, Apr. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the lawn of Bldg. 1. This year’s celebration includes a variety of activities, interesting tidbits, take-home information and fun. Everyone is welcome to attend. You can learn: how to reduce your carbon footprint at work and home, how to compost, what alternative fuel vehicles we have at NIH, what you can recycle and more. Visit the Scales and Tales tent to learn about wildlife and other natural resources, take part in a nature walk to view NIH’s stream restoration and local wildlife and remember to pick up an azalea seedling to plant at home.

In addition to the activities, lunch will be available courtesy of Chick-fil-A, Thatsalata, Curley’s BBQ and Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. A full list of events can be found at For more information or to volunteer at the event, contact Danita Broadnax at

A Long Winter’s Last Gasp

Stop what you are doing and congratulate yourself. You have recently survived the most prolonged pseudo-winter in many years. Weeks after the daffodils began blooming in front of Bldg. 31, a Mar. 25 snowfall—at perhaps 2 inches, one of the most lavish coatings in 3 years—decorated the trees outside Bldg. 37. Nature saved her prettiest snow of the season for last (we hope).

Photo: Dawn Walker

A Long Winter’s Last Gasp


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