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Vol. LXVI, No. 8
April 11, 2014
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Briefs

Neuhauser To Present at DDM Seminar

The Deputy Director for Management (DDM) announces the second DDM seminar of the 2013-2014 series “Management and Science: Partnering for Excellence.” The event on Thursday, Apr. 17 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, will feature Peg Neuhauser, who will discuss “Breaking Down Silos in Your Organization.” She will focus on building connections and strategies and the power of informal relationships.

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 details about the series, visit www.ddmseries.od.nih.gov or call (301) 496-3271.

STEP Forum on Successful Aging, Apr. 29

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present “Live Long and Prosper: Successful Aging in Our Time,” on Tuesday, Apr. 29 from 9 to 11 a.m. in Rockledge II, Rm. 9100. An information fair will be held from 11 a.m. to noon in Rm. 9112.

Aging is inevitable. What are the biological mechanisms governing aging? How do psychological, environmental and social factors affect successful aging? Translational research shows that we can influence how we grow old and improve the quality of our senior years. Join us as we explore the science and practical aspects of living longer and prospering.

Earth Day 2014 Is on Its Way to an NIH Site Near You, Apr. 24

Last year’s Earth Day event garnered gardening enthusiasts of all ages.
Last year’s Earth Day event garnered gardening enthusiasts of all ages.

It is that time of year again. Flowers blooming, birds chirping and NIH’s annual Earth Day event. This year, the “Plant a Seed, Grow a Healthy Future” themed celebration will be held on Thursday, Apr. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in frontof Bldg. 1, in conjunction with Take Your Child to Work Day.

Come visit demos, exhibits and displays by the NBC Channel 4 Storm Team weather truck and meteorologist Veronica Johnson, National Geographic, R&W seedlings giveaway, Montgomery and Prince George’s County recycling programs, Baltimore Aquarium, Smithsonian Institution, Nature Conservancy, Scales and Tales and the NIH Bicycle Commuter Club. Attendees can take a spin on the NIH bike to generate energy or take a nature walk around the NIH stream from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Local food trucks, including Ben & Jerry’s and Chick-fil-A will also be on campus to provide discounted food options for attendees. This is an NIH zero-waste event: all waste will be either composted or recycled. NIH employees at local offsite locations may wish to take advantage of the extra shuttles provided for transportation to and from the Bethesda campus that day.

In addition, NIH’s Bayview campus in Baltimore will host a flower-planting event, seedling handout, “Spin the Wheel” question & prize game and a recycling collection for toner cartridges, eyeglasses, light bulbs and personal batteries.

NIEHS in Research Triangle Park, N.C., is hosting a joint effort with the EPA to have speakers educate attendees on invasive species. There will be a campus walking tour to highlight and identify such species. NIEHS will also host a cleanup of the campus lake and will launch an “Adopt-a-Highway” event during Earth Week.

NIH on Executive Blvd. will host a music/film swap on Earth Day, with collections running from now to Apr. 18. Materials can be dropped off at any of four NIH locations: Bldg. 10, 2nd Fl. cafeteria; NSC 6th Fl. Rm. 6140; NSC 7th Fl. Rm. 7170D; and NSC 7th Fl. Rm. 7217.

NCI Shady Grove will hold its Earth Day event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a recycling exhibit, book swap, compost demonstration and lots of other table exhibits.

Consider volunteering your green ideas, time and talents to the Earth Day planning committee. If interested, contact Danita Broadnax at broadnax@mail.nih.gov. Check out the full list of special Earth Day activities and events for all NIH facilities at http://nems.nih.gov.

(front row, from l) Barbara Mason, Sandy Nakamura, Susan Gardner, Diane Baker and Kevin Norris. At rear are (from l) Pam Sieving, Kirstie Saltsman, Dr. Sherry Mills, Norman Schiff, Elaine Gallin, Brigid Guttmacher and CIT Director Andrea Norris.

Inn Hosts Tour, Luncheon

The Children’s Inn at NIH hosted a tour and luncheon on Mar. 18 for the spouses and partners of the institute and center directors. The group learned about the inn’s programs and services and made Thoughtful Treasures for the children’s mail boxes. On hand were (front row, from l) Barbara Mason, Sandy Nakamura, Susan Gardner, Diane Baker and Kevin Norris. At rear are (from l) Pam Sieving, Kirstie Saltsman, Dr. Sherry Mills, Norman Schiff, Elaine Gallin, Brigid Guttmacher and CIT Director Andrea Norris.

Postbac Poster Day Set, May 1

Postbac Poster Day is scheduled for Thursday, May 1 at Natcher Conference Center from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dr. Sharon F. Terry, president and chief executive officer, Genetic Alliance, will deliver the keynote address at noon. The keynote will be followed by presentation of mentoring award(s) to NIH investigators selected by the postbacs. Poster session I will take place from 10 a.m. to noon; poster session II lasts from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

At Poster Day, postbacs share research they have been conducting at NIH and at the same time develop their scientific communication and networking skills. Posters will be reviewed by teams composed of graduate students, postdocs and staff scientists. Authors of the top 20 percent will receive a letter acknowledging their accomplishments.

Investigators, staff scientists and scientific administrators can make an important contribution to the event by visiting posters and engaging authors in discussion. For more information, visit https://www.training.nih.gov/postbac_poster_day.


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