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Vol. LXV, No. 20
September 27, 2013

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‘NIH Combined Federal Campaign Kicks Off, Oct. 2

Sam Donaldson
Sam Donaldson

The NIH 2013 Combined Federal Campaign kickoff takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of Bldg. 1. Join NIH director Dr. Francis Collins as NIH welcomes ABC news veteran Sam Donaldson and Patty Stonesifer, president and CEO of Martha’s Table, as keynote speakers. Meet with representatives from more than 30 charities who you can support with your CFC contribution this year. Enjoy live music as well as lunch and dessert fare from top D.C. area food trucks. Learn more at and follow events on Twitter @NIH_CFC.



STEP Forum on ‘Microbiome and You’

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present “You Are Not Alone: The Microbiome and You,” on Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 9 to 11 a.m. in Rockledge II, Rm. 9100.

Trillions of microbes inhabit your body and play critical roles in human health. These organisms are integral to maintaining your overall well-being and, possibly, even your behavior. Upsetting the delicate balance between these microbial communities and your body can have detrimental health effects. Who inhabits these communities? How do we get them? How can we keep them? Come and learn to love the ones you’re with.

Camera Club Holds Photo Competition

The NIH Camera Club will hold its annual open competition on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Five Star Premier Residences, 8100 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. The competition is open to all; you do not need to be a member to enter. The categories are: monochrome prints, color prints, color slides and digital images. You may enter up to four images per category. There is an entry fee of $3 per image. There will be cash prizes for the winning images.

You can submit slides and prints at the door between 6 and 6:45 p.m. Digital entries must be submitted electronically by Oct. 4. Full details and rules about the competition and directions to the Five Star Premier Residences are available at For other questions about the competition, contact Jordan Snyder at

Next Protocol Navigation Lecture, Oct. 7

The IRP Protocol Navigation Training Program Seminar Series continues with a lecture on Monday, Oct. 7 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Bldg. 50, Conf. Rm. 1227/1328. The program is a trans-NIH effort to develop resources and tools and to provide training for intramural staff and contractors involved in protocol development, writing, coordination and management. Dr. Lynnette Nieman, director of the NIH Office of Human Subjects Research Protection, will present “AAHRPP, SOPs and the New Applications: What they mean for the human research community.” For more information, contact Beverly Barham, (301) 594-2494, or Marcia Vital, (301) 451-9437,

Meet OEODM Program Managers at Open House, Oct. 3 in Wilson Hall

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management will host an open house on Thursday, Oct. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1. Meet special emphasis managers Golda Philip, Federal Women’s Program; and Tyrone Banks, Asian American and Pacific Islander Program. Learn more about and share goals and visions of both programs. Sign language interpreters will be provided. For reasonable accommodation and details about the event, contact Philip at (301) 594-8401 or; or Banks at (301) 451-9692 or Visit online at

Career Development Seminar, Oct. 9

Francisco Sy of NIMHD and Juliet Bui of SAMHSA will share their experiences as federal employees and advocates for public health at a seminar, sponsored by the NIH Asian & Pacific Islander American Organization, that will take place from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9 in Bldg. 38, Conf. Rm. B. The speakers will offer perspectives on addressing health disparities. This is a free event open to all; light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Xinzhi Zhang at, (301) 496-1780.

Grad Student Conference Scheduled During NIH Research Festival

The National Graduate Student Research Conference is scheduled for Oct. 6-8 during NIH Research Festival. Conference events will be held at the Clinical Center’s newly renovated Student/Faculty Academic Center as well as at Natcher Conference Center. Graduate students from across the U.S. will attend the meeting. NIH investigators will have the opportunity to recruit participants to join research groups as postdoctoral fellows. For details, visit

Community College Day Set, Oct. 25

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education will hold the 5th annual Community College Day on Friday, Oct. 25 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Natcher Conference Center and Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A. The event will provide community college students and faculty an opportunity to visit the campus and learn about careers and training opportunities in biomedical and health care fields. For registration and more information, visit

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