NIH Hosts PHS Awareness Day
|Officers representing the nurse category
NIH recently celebrated its second Public Health Service Awareness Day, sponsored by the Office of Human Resources. The event featured music and an array of presentations and prizes, held on the Bldg. 31 patio. Officers and guests were able to explore, learn and enjoy the many facets of the Commissioned Corps.
NIH is home to more than 300 commissioned officers, spanning the 11 PHS professional categories; each category was represented by a poster. The event not only afforded an opportunity to connect with fellow officers and civilian employees, it also served as a platform to highlight the National Prevention Strategy and its relevance to NIH and the PHS mission and goals.
The highlight of the observance was an address by acting surgeon general RADM Boris Lushniak, who talked about the work of the corps at NIH, other agencies and abroad. He stressed the significance of maintaining relevance in a rapidly changing and evolving public health environment. The event underscored the mission of protecting, promoting and advancing the health and safety of the nation.
History Office To Use Social Media
NIH has been around long enough to have history books written about it (Joseph Kinyoun established the Hygienic Laboratory in 1887). Now the Office of NIH History and Stetten Museum (ONH) will be writing tweets, posts and blogs and pinning photos online to reach a broader audience. Every month will feature a different theme; the first month, October, will honor the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Clinical Center. Upcoming topics include Joseph Kinyoun, women scientists at NIH, Bldg. 7 and medical arts.
ONH would like to work with other institutes and offices on anniversaries, current research initiatives and honoring individual scientists or laboratories with its unique historical perspective and voice. Contact curator Michele Lyons at email@example.com or archivist Barbara Harkins at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. And follow ONH on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr and Pinterest beginning in October.
Sen. Donnelly Visits NIH
U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (c, D-IN) visited NIH on Sept. 23 for a briefing on type 1 diabetes research and artificial pancreas technologies. Meeting him at the front of the Clinical Research Center were NIDDK director Dr. Griffin Rodgers (l) and NIH principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak. The 3-hour midday visit included a working lunch and stops at two NIDDK labs in the CRC.
Photo: Krysten Carrera
Shutdown Cancels Oct. 11 NIH Record
Due to the shutdown of the federal government Oct. 1-16, the Oct. 11 issue of the NIH Record (Vol. XLV, No. 21) was canceled. Look for coverage of the effects of the shutdown on NIH in our Nov. 8 issue.
NIH Veterans Day Celebration, Nov. 6
In recognition of the service and continued contribution of our veterans, the NIH community is invited to the 2013 NIH Veterans Day Celebration. It will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 6 in Bldg. 10. The program will be in Masur Auditorium from 10 to 11 a.m. and exhibits will be in the south lobby from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All are invited; veterans and spouses of veterans are encouraged to attend.
The keynote speaker is Lt. Gen. (ret.) Ronald R. Blanck, who is a partner and chairman of the board of Martin, Blanck & Associates and chairman of the board of regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is a doctor of osteopathy and has served as surgeon general of the U.S. Army, commander of the U.S. Army Medical Command, commander of Walter Reed Medical Center and many other distinguished posts. The event will include a military band, exhibits from veteran-oriented companies and services and more.
Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Michael Nealy at email@example.com or (301) 928-7017 and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).
Annual Leave: Use or Donate It
Annual leave in excess of the maximum carryover balance (in most cases 240 hours) is normally forfeited if not used or donated by the end of the current leave year—Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. Your bi-weekly Leave and Earnings Statement tells you how much annual leave you must use or donate. You and your supervisor are jointly responsible for ensuring that any “use or donate” (formerly “use or lose”) leave is officially scheduled in ITAS not later than Saturday, Nov. 30. If you or your supervisor have questions about “use or donate” leave, contact your administrative officer.