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Vol. LXV, No. 24
November 22, 2013
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Bill Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Gates To Give Barmes Lecture, Dec. 2

Bill Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will deliver the annual David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture, “Why the Future Needs Biomedical Innovation,” on Monday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The lecture had originally been scheduled for Oct. 7, but was postponed due to the shutdown of the federal government. Known for his philanthropy, Gates advocates for research and innovation to help people live healthy and productive lives. He is also an outspoken supporter of federal investment in basic scientific research.




Management Lecture Series Continues in December, Now in 8th Year

The Deputy Director for Management Seminar Series, which received outstanding reviews last year from the NIH community, is set to offer another round of leadership and management presentations beginning in December.

The eighth annual series will host speakers known for delivering meaningful insights into workplace concepts, challenges and solutions. The seminars will provide NIH employees the opportunity to advance their knowledge of best practices in a variety of leadership and management issues.

The first seminar will feature Eric Greitens, “Inspiring Leadership in Challenging Times” on Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

The series continues in the new year with three more seminars, featuring Shankar Vedantam, “The Hidden Brain” on Feb. 13; Peg Neuhauser, “Breaking Down Silos” on Apr. 17; and Jamie Nast, “Idea Mapping” on June 12. These presentations will focus on leadership development, managing during challenging times, strategies for problem solving and managing organizational change.

Presentations will be available via NIH Videocasting at http://videocast.nih.gov/ for those who cannot attend or when Masur Auditorium reaches capacity.

Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to attend should call (301) 496-6211 or the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

For details about the series and to view previous videocasts, visit www.ddmseries.od.nih.gov/.

OHR To Host Virtual Q&A on Leave Policies, Programs, Dec. 5

The Office of Human Resources encourages all NIH federal civilian employees to join it on www.yammer.com on Thursday, Dec. 5 to discuss leave policies and programs. Four 1-hour sessions will provide employees with an opportunity to ask experts questions about:

  • Leave Sharing Programs (noon - 1 p.m.)
  • Workers’ Compensation (1 - 2 p.m.)
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act (2 - 3 p.m.)
  • General Questions on Leave Types and Use (3 - 4 p.m.)

Participants may post their questions prior to and during the event and experts will be responding during the sessions. The Q&A will continue to be available after the Yam Jam is complete.

To participate in the Leave Yam Jam:

  • Go to https://www.yammer.com/login and enter your email address and password. If you are new to Yammer, ensure that you use the @nih.gov domain to sign up.
  • Type “NIH Human Resources Leave Q&A Group” in the search box. A drop down will appear—click on the hyperlinked text “NIH Human Resources Leave Q&A Group.”
  • Select the blue “+ Join” box, located on the top right corner of the screen.
  • The threads will appear under the conversations tab. To participate, scroll to the appropriate thread, select “reply” and type your question or scenario. Responses will be made in the form of a reply.

If you have any technical issues and/or require assistance in order to fully participate in the Yam Jam, contact Sandra Scarbrough at (301) 435-3654.

Dr. Antonello Bonci (r) and Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (l)

NIDA Event Challenges Myths About Drug Abuse

The National Institute on Drug Abuse intramural research program hosted an event with the Mentor Foundation USA on Oct. 30 in an effort to “Shatter the Myths” about drug abuse. Nearly 200 high school students attended the event at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. The goal was to give teenagers a forum to learn about the dangers of drug abuse, ask questions and get scientific answers while listening to speakers share their stories about substance abuse. On hand were NIDA scientific director Dr. Antonello Bonci (r) and Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (l), mayor of Baltimore. “Shatter the Myths” is the theme of NIDA’s annual National Drug Facts Week, to be held Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2014. For more information, see http://drugfactsweek.drugabuse.gov/.





Dr. T. Jake Liang

Liang Discusses Liver Disease Research

Dr. T. Jake Liang, chief of the Liver Diseases Branch, NIDDK, recently discussed medical advances in liver research at the 1st International Rally for Liver Disease Awareness in Washington, D.C. The rally, held in advance of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases’ Liver Meeting 2013, sought to increase public attention to the growing worldwide burden of liver disease.

Photo: Krysten Carrera









NIDA Director, Leaders Meet Dalai Lama

NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow (seventh from l) participated in Mind and Life XXVII: Craving, Desire and Addiction, a conference of the Mind and Life Dialogues between the Dalai Lama and other leading scientists and philosophers. The meeting, which took place at the Dalai Lama’s private residence in Dharamasala, India, brought together contemplative practitioners, Buddhist and Christian scholars and leading scientific researchers to achieve new understandings that may ultimately lead to improved treatment of the root causes of craving, desire and addiction. Volkow gave an overview titled “The Role of Dopamine in the Addicted Human Brain,” which described addiction as a disease and detailed the latest in neuroscience.
NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow (seventh from l) participated in Mind and Life XXVII: Craving, Desire and Addiction, a conference of the Mind and Life Dialogues between the Dalai Lama and other leading scientists and philosophers. The meeting, which took place at the Dalai Lama’s private residence in Dharamasala, India, brought together contemplative practitioners, Buddhist and Christian scholars and leading scientific researchers to achieve new understandings that may ultimately lead to improved treatment of the root causes of craving, desire and addiction. Volkow gave an overview titled “The Role of Dopamine in the Addicted Human Brain,” which described addiction as a disease and detailed the latest in neuroscience.

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