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Vol. LXV, No. 10
May 10, 2013

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Asian-American Heritage Program Features NHGRI’s Yang

Dr. Yingzi Yang of NHGRI will give the keynote
Dr. Yingzi Yang of NHGRI will give the keynote lecture at NIH’s observance of Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

NIH will hold its 2013 Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month observance on Thursday, May 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. This year’s national theme is “Building Leadership: Embracing Cultural Values and Inclusion.” The theme provides an opportunity for the NIH community to celebrate the achievements of Asian American and Pacific Islanders and their roles in science and research.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Yingzi Yang, head of the developmental genetics section at the National Human Genome Research Institute. An internationally recognized molecular biologist, Yang has performed groundbreaking research on skeletal development of vertebrate animals. Her presentation is titled “Cell Signaling in Skeletal Development and Disease.”

Other program participants include NIH principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak, NHGRI deputy scientific director Dr. Paul Liu, NLM scientific review officer Dr. Zoe Huang and Debra Chew, director, NIH Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management.

The event will be videocast at http://videocast. Sign language interpreters will be provided. For more information or reasonable accommodation, contact Tyrone Banks by email, phone (301) 451-9692 or via Federal Relay Service 1-800-877-8339.

Supply Center Holds Spring Showcase

The NIH Supply Center will sponsor its Spring Product Showcase on Tuesday, May 14 in the south lobby of Bldg. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors will offer specials and promotions on products carried in the Self Service Stores as well as with the NIH Supply Center that will be available for same-day or next-day delivery.

You will have the opportunity to learn about new products that are part of the NIHSC stock and to suggest any new products you would like to see carried in stores. Refreshments will be served. For more information, email or

Visit the NIH Self Service Stores: Bldg. 10 (B2B41) and Bldg. 31 (B1A47), open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. For special assistance, email or call (301) 496-3517.

Ethnic Food Fair, May 22

Enjoy a sampling of Asian cuisines at the Ethnic Food Fair being held on Wednesday, May 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Bldg. 31A’s patio.

This annual celebration of food, culture and community is sponsored by the NIH Asian & Pacific Islander American Organization (APAO). Area restaurants will have food for sale. Learn about organizations and activities that promote diversity and inclusion at NIH. APAO will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Children’s Inn at NIH; participants are encouraged to make contributions, too.

Every year in May, activities across the nation are organized to observe Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. For more information contact Aaron Bell, (301) 451-7898 or bella@mail.

Children’s Inn Opens Park, Playground

The Children’s Inn at NIH welcomes all NIH staff to a grand opening celebration of its new park and playground on Wednesday, May 22 from 3 to 7 p.m.

Under construction for the past year, the park and playground offers children of all ages—and grownups too—a place to relax and recharge. Features include: play area for youngsters ages 2-5 with life-size animals; play area for older children with a climbing boulder; a putting green for kids of all ages; Benjamin’s tree house; whimsical 10-foothigh steel giraffes.

A standout in the park, visible from the inn’s front entrance, is a 10-foot-wide “Spirit Nest,” woven together with recycled eucalyptus branches. A family of 4 can easily nestle inside and a small family of birds has already made a home among the branches.

Once the park and playground is open to residents, the inn asks all NIH’ers to respect the safety and privacy of inn residents. Many of the children have seriously compromised immune systems.

Woo To Give NINR Director’s Lecture, May 21

Dr. Mary Woo

Dr. Mary Woo will give the 2013 NINR Director’s Lecture on Tuesday, May 21, at 10:30 a.m. in the Clinical Center’s Lipsett Amphitheater. A wellknown cardiovascular researcher, she will discuss brain-heart interactions in a lecture titled “It’s All in the Mind: Heart Failure and the Brain.”

Woo is a professor at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Nursing. She is also a fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Academy of Nursing. She has published widely in the area of cardiovascular disease. Among other awards, Woo was recognized as a “Pillar of Cardiovascular Nursing Research” by the AHA Council on Cardiovascular Nursing.

The NINR Director’s Lecture is an annual event, designed to bring the nation’s top nurse scientists to NIH to share their work and interests with a trans-disciplinary audience. The lecture began in 2011 as part of the observation of the institute’s first 25 years at NIH.

Pre-Move Sale at Foundation Bookstore

The Foundation Bookstore (FAES), located on the B-1 level of Bldg. 10 near the cafeteria, is currently running a 50 percent off Pre-Move Sale on an array of scientific and medical books. The store is refreshing its title base in anticipation of the early summer grand opening of its new location on the main level of Bldg. 10, directly down the hall from Masur Auditorium.

Come and visit the FAES Bookstore at its current location to get first pick of the books. And when you stop by, let employees (Manny, Noelle or Jim) know what new product lines you would like to see offered in the new store.

Think DOHS for Safety Training

The Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS) helps preserve a safe and healthful workplace for all employees. DOHS provides training to comply with federal, state and local laws, policies and regulations. As technologies in the laboratory evolve, training must match new situations. For assistance with your concerns or questions regarding safety and health at work, contact DOHS at (301) 496-2346 or visit

Garden at NIH Is Site for Eagle Scout Project

James Wallenmeyer, 17, completed his Eagle Scout project Apr. 13 on his way to earning the Eagle Scout badge of the Boy Scouts of America.

He and another 30 scouts and leaders from Troop 457 of Rockville descended upon the National Library of Medicine’s herb garden. Wallenmeyer’s project involved spring cleanup, placement of edging and providing two weather-proof containers for storing gardening supplies and materials.

The garden was created in 1976 for the national bicentennial. Since that time it has been maintained by volunteers from the Potomac chapter of the Herb Society of America (HSA) and volunteers from Montgomery County Master Gardeners. The scout project was coordinated by NLM and the HSA Potomac chapter.

Susan McCall (l) and Ida Wallenmeyer of the Herb Society of America’s Potomac chapter join new Eagle Scout James Wallenmeyer and Lynn Mueller, ORF landscape architect (and Eagle Scout)
At left: Susan McCall (l) and Ida Wallenmeyer of the Herb Society of America’s Potomac chapter join new Eagle Scout James Wallenmeyer and Lynn Mueller, ORF landscape architect (and Eagle Scout). Below, Wallenmeyer (c) is surrounded by fellow scouts and volunteers.
Wallenmeyer (c) is surrounded by fellow scouts and volunteers.


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