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Vol. LXVI, No. 11
May 23, 2014

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7th Annual NIH Take a Hike Day, June 5

In support of White House initiatives promoting a healthier federal workforce and the Surgeon General’s National Prevention Strategy, NIH’ers are encouraged to participate in the 7th annual “Take a Hike” event on Thursday, June 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in front of Bldg. 1. All employees and contractors are invited to walk around the perimeter of campus (about 3.25 miles), rain or shine. Support your institute/center when you register. For more information visit

HHS Green Champion Awards at NIH, June 3

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, Natcher Bldg. The awards recognize excellence and innovation by HHS employees for sustainability efforts in FY 2013. Seating will be first-come, first-served. Sign language interpreters will be provided. A meet & greet event will be held at 8:30 a.m. for awardees and guests. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Amy Blackburn at (301) 496-7990 or

Information Security & Privacy Awareness Refresher Training Are Combined

Two mandatory courses—the information security and privacy awareness refreshers—have been combined. The new format includes both modules and provides a bookmarking feature that allows you to return to the location where you left the course.

Completion of the fiscal year 2014 annual refresher will provide information about your responsibilities to secure NIH resources and protect all forms of personal information, whether it belongs to you, a member of the public, grant applicant, research study participant or patient of the Clinical Center. You will also hear about what you can do in the event of a computer security incident or breach of data to mitigate the risk of harm to the agency and individuals whose information has been compromised.

You will be notified by your institute/center information systems security officer (ISSO) and/or privacy coordinator to take the training within a specified timeframe.

Find the refresher on the NIH Information Security and Privacy Awareness Training web site,

If your IC has identified you as having significant IT security responsibilities, you may be asked to take—or certify you have taken—appropriate role-based security training. Individuals due for this training will be notified by their ISSO.

If you have questions concerning the mandatory training requirement, contact Karen Plá, Office of the Senior Official for Privacy, (301) 402-6201,; Cheryl Ann Seaman, Information Security and Awareness Office, (301) 402-4461,

Savova To Give NLM Informatics Lecture

Dr. Guergana Savova

Dr. Guergana Savova will present “Temporal Relation Discovery from the Clinical Narrative” as part of the National Library of Medicine Informatics Lecture Series on Wednesday, June 4 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Natcher Auditorium, balcony A.

The lecture will cover current research problems in natural language processing (NLP) such as event and temporal expression discovery and linking of events to create timelines of patients’ clinical histories—a research program funded by grants from NLM.

Savova is associate professor at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital. Her research interests are in NLP especially as applied to the text generated by physicians (the clinical narrative).

Savova is on the editorial board of the Journal of the Medical Informatics Association and is a reviewer for several journals including the Journal of Biomedical Informatics and Journal of Language Resources and Evaluation. She is also a member of NLM’s biomedical library and informatics review committee. She holds a Ph.D. in linguistics with a minor in cognitive science and a master’s of science in computer science from the University of Minnesota.

The lecture, sponsored by NLM’s Extramural Programs Division, will be broadcast live and archived at For event details, contact Dr. Jane Ye, (301) 594-4882,

Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Ebony Hughes, (301) 451-8038, or the Federal Relay, 1-800-877-8339.

Correction to HIV/AIDS Story

In the May 9 issue of the NIH Record, in a story headlined “Despite Progress, Challenges Remain in Fight Against HIV/AIDS,” there was an error. We reported, “Typically, patients with AIDS do not contract opportunistic infections when their CD4 count falls below 200.” Patients with AIDS do contract infections when their CD4 count gets that low.

Disability Employment Awareness Series Begins, May 27

The Disability Employment Awareness Series is a trio of workshops sponsored by the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to provide information and strategies for employment of people with disabilities. The first program, a panel discussion on employment of individuals with intellectual disabilities, will be held on Tuesday, May 27 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1.

Next Protocol Navigation Lecture, June 2

The IRP Protocol Navigation Training Program Seminar Series continues with a lecture to be held Monday, June 2 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. Brett Goltz, IT specialist and contractor with NIAID’s Division of Clinical Research, will present “The NIAID iRIS System.” For more information, contact Beverly Barham, (301) 594-2494, or Marcia Vital, (301) 451-9437,

Red Buckeye Tree in Bloom

Red Buckeye Tree In Bloom

No, it doesn’t have anything to do with the Tree of Hippocrates, but the red buckeye (Aesculus pavia) tree near Bldg. 10 is now in bloom. The sign states that the tree is a clone from a Maryland State Champion that died in 2010. “The red bloom is really lovely,” notes NCI’s Dawn Walker.

Photo: Dawn A. Walker




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