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Vol. LXVI, No. 3
January 31, 2014

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STEP Forum on Health Equity, Feb. 13

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present “Moving Towards Health Equity: What If We Were All Equal?” on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

We all want optimal health, but why is it elusive for some and not others? How do social determinants of health accelerate or impede individual and population-level strategies for achieving health equity? What makes health disparities so persistent and eliminating them so challenging? Join us to explore these questions and learn more about the science of health disparities, promising interventions and frameworks for achieving health equity for all.

Cell Day Set, Feb. 28

This year’s Cell Day, an interactive web chat targeted to middle and high school students but open to all, is on Friday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Scientists at NIGMS, which is sponsoring the event, will field questions about cells, careers in research and related topics. The activity is modeled on similar efforts by other NIH institutes and centers. See to join the live event, read the transcript afterward and find out more.

Sailing Association Open House, Feb. 27

The NIH Sailing Association invites everyone to its open house on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the FAES House at the corner of Old Georgetown Rd. and Cedar Ln. Explore your interest in learning to sail and discover opportunities for sailing with the NIHSA. There will be information about 6-week basic training classes, the club’s racing program and social activities offered by NIHSA. A fee of $5 at the door includes pizza, drinks and snacks. Cash bar for beer and wine—$2 each. Look for NIHSA posters and flyers around campus. For more information, visit

NIH Management Intern Program Recruits

Unlock a new career path with the NIH Management Intern Program, which is recruiting Apr. 7-11. The MI Program is a highly competitive, 2-year career-development program for current NIH employees. MIs come from a variety of job backgrounds including both scientific and administrative fields. Upon completion of the program, MIs transition into an administrative-management career in one of many areas throughout the NIH enterprise. Eligible employees are invited to apply. For program FAQs, upcoming information sessions and details about eligibility, visit

Shankar Vedantam

Author Vedantam To Present DDM Seminar

The Deputy Director for Management (DDM) announces the second seminar of the 2013-2014 series “Management and Science: Partnering for Excellence” on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. NPR science correspondent Shankar Vedantam will discuss “The Hidden Brain.” His talk will focus on judgment and decision-making in challenging 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 (800) 877-8339. For more information about the series, visit or call (301) 496-3271.

Children’s Inn Gets $100K Gift

The Children’s Inn at NIH recently received a donation of $100,000 from Leidos, a company formerly known as SAIC, to support the inn’s park and playground.

“We are tremendously grateful to Leidos for their continued commitment, both financially and through all the ways they make life easier for our families,” said Kathy Russell, inn chief executive officer.

In addition to the recent donation, Leidos provided 25 gift cards to families staying at the inn during the holidays. “We understand the stress that the families endure while their children are getting treatment at the Clinical Center and it’s especially difficult during the holidays,” said Steve Comber, president of Leidos Health. “The gift cards were given to offset a small part of that stress.”

The relationship between Leidos and the inn dates back to 2011. Leidos employees contribute to special projects such as construction of the inn’s park and playground, which opened in 2013. The area offers children of all ages—and grown-ups, too—a place to relax and recharge after medical treatments. Some of the park’s features were created after receiving design tips from children.

The donation marks a pledge of continued support from Leidos—nearly $500,000 since 2011—coupled with ongoing volunteer support from Leidos employees.

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