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Vol. LXV, No. 15
July 19, 2013

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Summer Poster Day Set, Aug. 8

Summer Poster Day 2013 is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 8 at the Natcher Conference Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event provides an opportunity for summer interns to share the research they have been conducting at NIH and at the same time develop their communication and networking skills. Any summer intern (high school, college, medical/dental or graduate) working in an intramural research group at NIH this summer may present. Investigators, staff scientists and scientific administrators can make a particularly important contribution by visiting posters and engaging their authors in discussion. For more information, visit

NIDA’s Mobile Site Wins Honor

Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch recently named NIDA’s mobile-compatible web site as one of the “10 apps that could save your life.” NIDA’s site——adapts to fit smartphone and tablet screens, thereby allowing for quick and easy access to scientific facts about drugs and drug addiction. Materials can also be downloaded onto the Kindle, Nook or other E-book.

Electronic Filing of Workers’ Comp Claims

The Department of Health and Human Services will now be tracking workers’ compensation claims through an electronic filing system. The Employees Compensation Operations & Management Portal (ECOMP) was created by the Department of Labor to ensure timely filing of forms and consistency of information.

The system was implemented at NIH on May 20 and requires all employees who need to file a workers’ compensation claim to do so electronically. The employee will also use ECOMP to upload any documentation pertaining to his/her injury, fill out additional forms electronically and instantly view the case file.

More information about ECOMP can be found at You may also contact the NIH Workers’ Compensation Program for any questions:, email or phone (301) 496-2404.

Nominees Sought for Safety Award

The NIH “Mission First, Safety Always” Award, presented by the Office of Research Services, Division of Occupational Health and Safety, showcases personnel who have demonstrated leadership, innovation and involvement in their organization’s safety culture and promoted safety in the workplace.

Nominations can be submitted through the DOHS web site listed under “Hot Topics” at

Nominate a colleague who has demonstrated safety leadership, with practical examples in two or more of the following areas: leadership attributes that set the nominee apart from his or her peers; starting and/or leading a safety initiative; engaging peers and transforming the safety culture of the organization; promoting safety as an important part of your program; working to correct unsafe or unhealthful workplace conditions or hazards.

Nominations are open until Aug. 2. If you have questions, email or send written questions to Bldg. 13, Rm. 3K04.

NIDA Employees Offer Gifts to Inn

NIDA Employees Offer Gifts to Inn

The NIDA work life committee recently sponsored a collection for the Children’s Inn at NIH, a residential home away from home for sick children and their families. NIDA headquarters and the intramural research program collected small gifts (shown at right) that were used in the inn’s “Thoughtful Treasures” program, which provides a small daily treat for each child undergoing treatment at NIH. More than 1,400 presents were collected for these pediatric patients, including coloring books handmade by employees’ children who participated in Take Your Child to Work Day this past April and handmade bracelets, crayons and picture frames crafted by postdocs/postbacs who volunteered to assist with the program. The work life committee hopes to make this program an annual event each spring.

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