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Vol. LXVI, No. 10
May 9, 2014

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Bike to Work Day, May 16

Join the NIH Bicycle Commuter Club in celebrating National Bike Month and Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 16 from 7 - 9:30 a.m. in front of Bldg. 1; 6:30 - 8:30 a.m. at Rock Spring business park; and 6:30 - 9 a.m. at Rockville-Fallsgrove (near NCI Shady Grove). Complete your free registration at and help NIH defend its title as local employer with the most bike commuters. You must pre-register for the pit stop you plan to visit to receive a BTWD 2014 T-shirt, which will be available while supplies last. At the Bldg. 1 pit stop, all employees and contractors who show up riding a bicycle and wearing a helmet may enjoy breakfast snacks and participate in a raffle drawing.

APAO Hosts Annual Ethnic Food Fair, May 21

Come enjoy a sampling of Asian cuisines at the Ethnic Food Fair on Wednesday, May 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Bldg. 31A’s patio. This annual celebration of food, culture and community is sponsored by the NIH Asian & Pacific Islander American Organization (NIH APAO). Area restaurants will have food for sale. Learn about organizations and activities that promote diversity and inclusion at NIH. APAO donates a portion of the proceeds from sales to the Children’s Inn at NIH.

ORWH Presents Neuroscience Forum for Women’s Health Week, May 14

As part of National Women’s Health Week May 11-17, NIH’s Office of Research on Women’s Health will present its annual scientific forum on Wednesday, May 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. The title this year is “Sex Differences and Neuroscience: Past, Present and Future Perspectives.” The forum is intended to motivate and inform the broad NIH community on scientific issues relevant to women’s health research. Featured speakers include Dr. Story Landis, NINDS director; Dr. Cheryl Bushnell, associate professor of neurology and director, Wake Forest Baptist Stroke Center; and Dr. Margaret McCarthy, professor and chair, department of pharmacology, Program in Neuroscience, University of Maryland School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Vicky Holets Whittemore will moderate the panel discussion. For more information, contact Dr. Leah Miller at or visit

Career Symposium Set, May 16

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education invites all NIH grad students and postdoctoral trainees to participate in the 7th NIH Career Symposium on Friday, May 16 at Natcher Conference Center from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The symposium provides an opportunity to learn about scientific career options and to explore factors that lead to career success. Keynote speaker Dr. Gail Cassell, former vice president, Eli Lilly, begins at 8:40 a.m. Panel sessions cover academic, government, industry and non-profit career paths. For details and registration, visit

Chang To Present Jeang Memorial Lecture, May 15

Dr. Yuan Chang

The Kuan-Teh Jeang Memorial Lecture, part of NIH’s observance of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, will be held on Thursday, May 15 from noon to 1 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. This year’s speaker, Dr. Yuan Chang of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), will present “KSHV and MCV: Two views on virus-induced cancer.” Chang is American Cancer Society research professor, distinguished professor of pathology and UPMC chair in cancer virology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. She is co-discoverer of Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus and Merkel cell polyomavirus. For more information about the lecture, contact Dr. Roland Owens of the NIH Office of Intramural Research, (301) 594-7471, The lecture is open to the public. No registration is required.

Police Dog Retires from Service

K-9 Wally White

K-9 Wally White, a chocolate Labrador retriever, retired on Feb. 28 from service with the NIH Division of Police at NIAID’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML). Wally, who turned 9 recently and began having hip problems, started work at RML in March 2007 with handler Cpl. Danny White, with whom Wally still resides. The RML staff celebrated Wally’s retirement on Apr. 23 with dog treats, a tennis ball and plenty of ear rubs.


HHS Green Champion Awards at NIH

Employees are invited to the 2014 HHS Green Champion Awards Ceremony for NIH recipients on Tuesday, June 3 at 9 a.m. in Kirschstein Auditorium, Bldg. 45. The awards recognize excellence and innovation by HHS employees for sustainability efforts in 10 categories including environmental stewardship, sustainable acquisitions and water-use efficiency and management.

Seating for the ceremony will be first-come, first-served. Sign language interpreters will be provided. A meet & greet event will be held at 8:30 a.m. with pastries and beverages for awardees and guests. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Amy Blackburn at (301) 496-7990 or

Symposium on Women’s Health Research, May 16

The first annual C. Everett Koop Memorial NIH Symposium on Women’s Health Research will be held on Friday, May 16 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, in conjunction with National Women’s Health Week.

The theme for this daylong scientific event is “Empowering Women with Uniformed Service.” The symposium features more than a dozen speakers, including acting surgeon general Rear Adm. Boris Lushniak, presenting on a range of women’s health issues. Topics include the epigenetic reprogramming of the female reproductive tract, community-based participatory research and military medicine.

All are welcome. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and introductory remarks begin at 8 a.m. The symposium is sponsored in part by the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

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