Free Outdoor Film Festival Goes ‘Drive In’
The 17th annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival will take place Friday, Aug. 16 - Sunday, Aug. 18 at the MCPS Board of Education Bldg. at 850 Hungerford Dr., Rockville. The location was once the site of a drive-in movie theater so the event pays homage to an old tradition. This year’s festival will be a drive-in, so watch the movies on a 52-foot-wide screen from the comfort of your car. You can also watch the movies on the lawn—just bring your blanket, chairs (low chairs only) and anyone who loves movies. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and the movies begin at dusk. They include:
Oz: The Great and Powerful (Aug. 16)
Skyfall (Aug. 17)
The Amazing Spider-Man (Aug. 18)
The movies are free and food and drinks will be available to purchase. There will also be a raffle and donations will be accepted to help raise funds for the NIH Charities (Friends of the Clinical Center, Children’s Inn and Camp Fantastic/Special Love). Contact Kallie Wasserman at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in volunteering. For more information, visit www.filmfestnih.org or call (301) 816-6958.
Summer Poster Day at Natcher, 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. Summer interns will share research they have been conducting at NIH and 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 an important contribution by visiting posters and discussing research with presenters. For details, visit https://www.training.nih.gov/summer_poster_day.
Photo Contest Focuses on Safety
Whether photography is your passion, hobby or just an occasional pastime, you are invited to participate in the Office of Research Services’ 3rd annual “In Focus! Safe Workplaces for All” photo contest. Entries should display safe workplaces or activities, e.g., laboratory workers using personal protective equipment, crossing guards on busy streets, construction workers using safety gear, etc.
The goals are to help reduce injuries and illnesses; educate and underscore the importance of safety; foster innovation to create shared solutions; and promote community involvement by displaying NIH talent, imagination and creativity to raise awareness of workplace safety and health.
First, second and third place photographs will be framed and displayed outside the ORS office. The images will also appear on posters and publications throughout NIH and be featured on the Division of Occupational Health and Safety web site. The three winners will receive recognition and a framed certificate from NIH leadership.
The submission period began Aug. 1 and is open until Sept. 30. To learn more about the contest, rules, panel of judges, selection process and to submit your photo, visit www.ors.od.nih.gov/sr/dohs/HealthAndSafety/infocus.
Claims of Transgender Discrimination Can Now Be Pursued with EEOC
Did you know that a claim of sex discrimination based on an individual’s transgender status can now be pursued with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)? On Apr. 20, in a landmark case (Macy v. Department of Justice), the EEOC held that discrimination against an individual because that person is transgender is a form of sex discrimination under Title VII.
Within the EEO complaint process, agencies can no longer dismiss cases raising transgender, gender identity, changes of sex and/or sex/gender stereotyping as a basis outside of Title VII. Employees can now file EEO complaints for this form of discrimination by electing “sex” as the basis of the complaint.
In light of the new developments, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management has taken action to ensure compliance. OEODM provided an internal briefing for all staff members and had lengthy consultation with the Department of Health and Human Services to obtain its policy guidance based on the Macy decision. In consultation with Salutaris, and in conformance with HHS guidance, OEODM has updated informal and formal forms to align with recent developments. In addition, many of NIH’s EEO counselors and formal complaints specialists attended briefings at the EEOC and HHS to fully understand the implications of Macy.
Equal employment opportunity laws are constantly changing and OEODM is committed to keeping abreast of the new developments and ensuring that the NIH community is informed. If you have any questions or would like more information, call (301) 496-6301.