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Vol. LXV, No. 25
December 6, 2013
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Author Greitens To Present at DDM Seminar

The Deputy Director for Management (DDM) announces the first DDM seminar of the 2013-2014 series “Management and Science: Partnering for Excellence.” The event on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, will feature Eric Greitens, who will discuss “Inspiring Leadership in Challenging Times.” Greitens, author and former Navy SEAL, will focus on extraordinary leadership during difficult and uncertain times.

Videocasting and sign language 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 more information about the series, visit www.ddmseries.od.nih.gov or call (301) 496-3271.

STEP Forum on Brain Injury, Dec. 17

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present “Playing It Safe with Brain Injury” on Tuesday, Dec. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon in Rockledge II, Rm. 9100.

From T-ball to pro football, the awareness and incidence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) has dramatically increased. What do we know and what do we still need to learn about mild to severe sports-related TBI? Come and join us to discuss the latest in prevention, diagnosis and treatment while exploring the psychosocial impact of TBI.

NINDS Sponsors Parkinson’s Meeting, Jan. 6-7

NINDS will sponsor a 2-day public conference, “Parkinson’s Disease 2014: Advancing Research, Improving Lives,” on Jan. 6-7 at Natcher Conference Center.

The meeting will bring together leading national and international neuroscientists, physicians and other members of the Parkinson’s community to assess the most significant challenges to Parkinson’s research and treatment and to identify the highest priorities for advancing basic, translational and clinical research on the disease. The conference is open to all stakeholders, including researchers in academia and industry, health care professionals, patient advocates and advocacy groups, scientific and professional organizations, federal agencies and the public.

Representatives of patient groups will have an opportunity to speak during a public comment period on day 2 of the meeting. Registration is free and open to all. To learn more and register online, visit www.ninds.nih.gov/PD2014.

‘WISER’ Survey: Let Your Voice Be Heard

The NIH chief officer for scientific workforce diversity has launched an NIH-wide employee survey: the WISER survey--Working towards creating a more Inclusive and Supportive Environment for Research at NIH. The survey is asking federal employees and trainees to share your experiences and perceptions at NIH. It can be found at http://WISER.nih.gov. Federal workforce participation is essential in making sure that a variety of different perspectives are captured. The survey will close Dec. 31. For more information, contact WISER@mail.nih.gov or (301) 827-4000.

For more information, contact WISER@mail.nih.gov or (301) 827-4000.

Register for Spring Courses at FAES

The schedule of courses for the spring 2014 semester at the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences Graduate School at NIH is now available. The majority of the school’s evening classes are held at FAES’s new location in Bldg. 10.

In seven new state-of-the-art classrooms, the FAES Graduate School offers scientific and non-scientific courses at a limited cost, including: biochemistry, bioinformatics, biology, biotechnology (daytime courses), chemistry, immunology, medicine, microbiology, pharmacology, statistics, technology transfer, alternative medicine, GRE, MCAT preparation, ESL, modern languages as well as courses of general interest.

Online registration is available now through Jan. 13 and mail registration is open until Jan. 10. Walk-in registration is Jan. 14-22 and classes start the week of Jan. 27.

There will be an Open House on Jan. 7 from 4-7 p.m. in Bldg. 10, Classroom 6, Rm. B1C208 and registrations will be accepted. Tuition is $145 per credit hour; courses may be taken for credit or audit.

Textbooks for spring 2014 are available in FAES’s new bookstore in Bldg. 10, 1C172 (near Masur Auditorium). Spring catalog supplements are available in the Graduate School office in Bldg. 60, Suite 230, or the Foundation Bookstore or the business office in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1C18. To have a catalog sent to your office or institute, call (301) 496-7976 or visit www.faes.org.

‘USPHS Cares’ Team Makes Strides for AIDS Walk

The USPHS Cares AIDS Walk Team participated in AIDS Walk Washington once again this year. The team has existed for 5 years, with about 35-40 officers participating in the walk/run every year. Lcdr. April Poole, a Commissioned Corps officer who works at NIAID, decided to support the AIDS Walk in part because the Public Health Service mission reflects the Whitman-Walker Clinic mission. In 2008, she started work on an outpatient clinic that takes care of HIV/AIDS patients at the Clinical Center.
The USPHS Cares AIDS Walk Team participated in AIDS Walk Washington once again this year. The team has existed for 5 years, with about 35-40 officers participating in the walk/run every year. Lcdr. April Poole, a Commissioned Corps officer who works at NIAID, decided to support the AIDS Walk in part because the Public Health Service mission reflects the Whitman-Walker Clinic mission. In 2008, she started work on an outpatient clinic that takes care of HIV/AIDS patients at the Clinical Center. After reading about a fellow officer who organized a breast cancer walk team, Poole thought to start a team of her own through the District of Columbia chapter of the Commissioned Officers Association (DC COA). She had no idea what that entailed. She had to develop a committee, budget and a list of goals aligned with the DC COA mission and sign a charter. Later that year, Poole was able to recruit enough members to form a 9-officer committee. Goals include increasing USPHS visibility, promoting physical fitness, providing an opportunity to network between agencies and increasing officer unity. The team has participated in the walk ever since.

NIH’ers Play Jazz at Zoo Dec. 30, Jan. 1

Ninjazz, a jazz band made up mostly of NIH employees, will perform for free on Dec. 30 and Jan. 1 as part of the National Zoo’s ZooLights celebration. Performance times for both dates will be 6 to 6:30 p.m. and 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The group has been playing together for almost 3 years, as a result of a jazz lab started in 2011. The band is led by Charles Tolbert of ORS, alias “Bliss, the Violinist.” Also in the group are Joseph Frascella (NIDA) guitar; Chuck Holden, vocalist; Steve Mapp (retired), guitar; Jules Asher (NIMH), harmonica; David Segal (NCI), accordion; Marco Dizon, keyboards; Tim Johnson (OD), percussion; Joseph Young (student), drums; and Christopher Parlette (student), bass.

The National Zoo is located at 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20008 and is accesssible via the Red Line on Metro.


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