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Vol. LXV, No. 18
August 30, 2013

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APAO Solicits Award Nominations

The NIH Asian & Pacific Islander American Organization (APAO) will continue its tradition of honoring employees in the NIH Asian Pacific American community for their excellence. Nominations are solicited for three categories: Scientific Achievement Award—for significant accomplishments in biomedical research; Leadership Excellence Award—for non-scientists who exhibit leadership excellence, mentorship and empowerment of Asian and Pacific Americans to promote diversity and support the overall mission of NIH; and a new category, the Kuan-Teh Jeang Distinguished Service Award, established to honor the late Dr. K-T Jeang. It recognizes an APAO member who has made an outstanding contribution or demonstrated continual high quality service to the NIH Asian Pacific American community.

Nominees must work or have worked (within the previous year) at NIH. Awardees will be honored at the NIH APAO Awards holiday luncheon in December in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1.

Submit a 1-page narrative/statement explaining why you think an individual deserves recognition and include a CV of the nominee. A review committee composed of APAO members and non-members representing several ICs as well as former award recipients will evaluate nominations. Submit nominations electronically by Monday, Sept. 30 to Dr. Shioko Kimura at For details, ask for the 2-page award nomination form.

Principles of Clinical Research Class

Registration for the 2013-2014 “Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research” is now open. The course will run from Oct. 15 through Mar. 24, 2014. The deadline for registering is Oct. 9. Classes will be held on campus on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 5 to 6:30. There is no charge for the course but purchase of a textbook is suggested. A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course, including a final exam. For more information or to register, visit training/training/ippcr/application.html or call (301) 496-9425.

‘Adventure in Science’ Seeks Faculty

Children benefit from hands-on learning experiences.
Children benefit from hands-on learning experiences at Adventure in Science classes.

Adventure in Science (AIS), a non-profit science education program for children, is planning its 21st year at NIH and is looking for volunteer teachers. The program, which meets on Saturday mornings October through March in Bldg. 10, is designed to show 8- to 11-year-olds the fun of science using hands-on activities—from building (and launching) model rockets to dissecting frogs. AIS teachers are mostly volunteers from the NIH community, from postdocs to institute directors. This is a great opportunity to exercise your teaching skills with an enthusiastic audience. You can volunteer for only one Saturday, or for several. More information about teaching in AIS can be found at in the section “About Us.”

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Vathani Arudchandran, (301) 827-1813, (Arulvathani. or Ed Max, (301) 827-1806, ( Enrollment is currently full for children in the program beginning in the fall. Registration for the following year’s program will open next spring and will be announced on the web site.

Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series Resumes

The 2013-2014 Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series kicks off the season with two lectures in early September. On Monday, Sept. 9, Dr. Cori Bargmann (Rockefeller University) will speak and on Wednesday, Sept. 11, Dr. Jeffrey Esko (University of California, San Diego) will give a talk. All lectures are held at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

To learn more about speakers coming to campus this year, visit You can view the entire 2013-2014 series schedule there as well as download the 2013-2014 poster. For day-of-event information, stay abreast of WALS on Twitter at the following account: @NIHWALS.

For any questions or requests, contact Jacqueline Roberts at or (301) 594-6747.

Compost Program Set to Pilot, Sept. 3

Beginning Sept. 3, a pilot program for post-consumer compost collection will begin in the Bldg. 10 cafeterias. The program is sponsored by NIH’s Division of Environmental Protection and Division of Amenities and Transportation Services in coordination with Eurest Dining Services. Plans are to expand to the remaining cafeterias on campus if the pilot is successful.

NIH now has an opportunity to dramatically reduce the amount of solid waste currently generated as a result of food service operations. Signs will list acceptable and non-acceptable items. Be sure to put your food waste, napkins and biodegradable cups and containers in the appropriately labeled bin.

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