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Vol. LXV, No. 23
November 8, 2013

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NIH Senior Leadership Holds Diversity Workshop, Nov. 14

The NIH chief officer for scientific workforce diversity, in collaboration with the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management and the Office of Human Resources, will sponsor a workshop, “Diversity at the NIH: Diversity, Inclusion and Equity to Strengthen the NIH-Funded Research Enterprise,” on Nov. 14.

IC and scientific directors have been invited to learn and discuss matters related to diversity, inclusion and equity. Speakers include Dr. David Williams, Florance and Laura Norman professor of public health, professor of African and African-American studies and sociology, Harvard; Dr. Brian Nosek, associate professor, department of psychology, University of Virginia; and Dr. Hannah Valentine, senior associate dean and professor of cardiovascular medicine, Stanford.

The workshop will feature a symposium open to NIH staff with lectures covering topics such as implicit bias, social inequality in the professional setting, diversity as a central tenet of innovation and the imposter phenomenon. An NIH-wide email will be sent in advance of the meeting, providing event and videocast details.

Family Caregiver Day at the Clinical Center

In recognition of National Family Caregiver Month, the Clinical Center will host Family Caregiver Day on Thursday, Nov. 21. A Caregiver Information Fair & Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the 7th floor of the Clinical Research Center. CC departments and outside exhibitors will offer resources for family caregivers.

No registration is required. For more information on the event, visit or contact Dr. Margaret Bevans (301-402-9383) or Leslie Wehrlen (301-451-4077).

Annual Leave: Use It or Donate It

Annual leave in excess of the maximum carryover balance (240 hours, in most cases) is normally forfeited if not used or donated by the end of the current leave year. If you have not already planned to take excess hours of AL, you should discuss your leave with your supervisor now while there is still time to schedule it. Your bi-weekly Leave and Earnings Statement tells you how much leave you must use or donate so that you will not lose it when the leave year ends on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014.

In spite of planning, circumstances sometimes arise that prevent you from taking leave that has been scheduled and approved earlier during the leave year. In such cases, you and your supervisor are jointly responsible for ensuring that any “use or donate” (formerly “use or lose”) leave is officially rescheduled in ITAS. This year, your “use or donate” leave must be 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.

Dr. Ronald Germain
Dr. Ronald Germain
Dr. Warren Leonard
Dr. Warren Leonard
Dr. Daniel Pine
Dr. Daniel Pine

Institute of Medicine Elects 3 NIH’ers

Three NIH scientists are among the 70 new members and 10 foreign associates elected to the Institute of Medicine at its 43rd annual meeting on Oct. 21. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

The intramural NIH scientists are Dr. Ronald Germain, chief, Laboratory of Systems Biology, NIAID; Dr. Warren Leonard, NIH distinguished investigator, chief of the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology and director, Immunology Center, NHLBI; and Dr. Daniel Pine, chief, section on development and affective neuroscience, NIMH.

“Election to the IOM is a marker of an outstanding professional and scientific career,” said NIH director Dr. Francis Collins. “We are proud of our accomplished scientists and congratulate them on this honor.”

New members are elected by current active members through a selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health.

Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, IOM has become recognized as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues. With their election, members make a commitment to volunteer their service on IOM committees, boards and other activities.

Cardozo To Speak in NLM Series, Nov. 13

Dr. Timothy Cardozo

Dr. Timothy Cardozo will give the next talk in the National Library of Medicine Informatics Lecture Series. He will discuss “Matching Complex Biomarkers to Drugs Using HistoReceptomic Signatures” on Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Bldg. 45, balcony A. Cardozo is associate professor of biochemistry and molecular pharmacology at NYU School of Medicine. An active clinician, educator and computational structural biologist specializing in drug/vaccine design and protein engineering, he has been funded both by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and NIH. He has developed the first known inhibitors of several challenging drug targets. Cardozo was recognized with a 2008 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award and was recently presented with the NIDA Avant-Garde Award for HIV/AIDS Research.

The NIH WISER Survey Is Coming

Within the next weeks, the NIH chief officer for scientific workforce diversity will be launching an NIH-wide employee survey: the WISER survey—Working towards creating a more Inclusive and Supportive Environment for Research at the NIH. It asks you to share your experiences and perceptions at NIH.

Be on the lookout for an email with the link to access and complete the survey. By providing your input and perspectives, NIH can enhance its diversity and inclusiveness.

For more information, contact or (301) 827-4000.

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