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Vol. LXVI, No. 7
March 28, 2014

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Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management Is Now EDI

Over the past 2 years, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management has gathered feedback on how to continue its work while further strengthening NIH’s diversity and inclusion efforts. OEODM conducted listening sessions, consulted with senior leadership and solicited input from employees. As a result, OEODM is being renamed the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, or EDI.

Equity reflects the vision of a fair and impartial environment. Diversity encompasses acceptance and respect, recognizes that each individual is unique and affirms individual differences. Inclusion cultivates a culture that connects each employee to the organization and encourages collaboration, flexibility and fairness.

The new office unveiled changes to the NIH community during EDI Week, Mar. 24-27. For more information, visit

STEP Forum on Using Games for Health

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present “Got Game? Serious Fun for Serious Health,” on Thursday, Apr. 10 from 9 to 11 a.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

Games on computers, cell phones and other electronic devices can be important tools for improving health across the lifespan. How do games help promote healthy behaviors among children and their families? Could games improve cognitive function in the aging population? Research is providing evidence that games are effective for managing illness and chronic conditions, as well as maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This forum will address these issues as well as how games may affect your health in the future.

Next Protocol Navigation Lecture, Apr. 7

The IRP Protocol Navigation Training Program Seminar Series continues with a lecture on Monday, Apr. 7 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Bldg. 50, Conf. Rm. 1227/1328. The program is a trans-NIH effort to develop resources and tools and to provide training for intramural staff and contractors involved in protocol development, writing, coordination and management. Jennifer Morris, NINDS PTMS liaison, will present “NIH Protocol Tracking and Management System (PTMS): What’s New and What’s Next for 2014?” For more information, contact Beverly Barham, (301) 594-2494, or Marcia Vital, (301) 451-9437,

NIH Supply Center Offers Quick Purchases

The NIH Supply Center, located in Gaithersburg, provides medical, laboratory and general supplies through consolidated, streamlined acquisition methods. The NIH-SC acquires supplies from a variety of sources—many of which are small businesses, veteran-owned, disabled veteran-owned and women-owned—and attempts to obtain the best price, quality and delivery.

In many cases, the NIH-SC offers a better price than can be obtained by going directly to a vendor because bulk purchases for large quantities provide deeper discounts. Other advantages of the NIH-SC include: no state taxes; no delivery charges; no minimum order quantity or dollar limit; less time ordering supplies through NBS than with a government purchase card; minimal administrative time spent on reconciliation and record-keeping.

The Supply Center reminds customers that store hours have changed for the two Self-Service Supply stores on the main campus. Effective Mar. 18, store hours in Bldgs. 10 and 31 are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, email or call (301) 496-3517.

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