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Vol. LXVI, No. 12
June 6, 2014
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Common Fund Hosts Anniversary Symposium, June 19 in Masur Auditorium

On Thursday, June 19, the NIH Office of the Director will host a symposium to commemorate a combined 10 years of achievement by the NIH Roadmap/NIH Common Fund. Join us as we look back over a decade of discovery and showcase the extraordinary achievements of this unique set of programs. NIH leadership, both past and present, will discuss the history of the Common Fund and share a glimpse of what the future may hold. Grantees from several Common Fund programs will present scientific findings and share how Common Fund support played a critical role in these discoveries. The symposium will also feature winning videos from a competition that was open to all Roadmap/Common Fund grantees, as well as a special song performance by NIH director Dr. Francis Collins.

The symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The event will be videocast at https://videocast.nih.gov. For more information, visit http://commonfund.nih.gov/commemoration or contact Rachel Britt, rachel.britt@nih.gov.

IntraMall Holds Summer Showcase, June 11-12

The 16th annual NIH IntraMall Summer Showcase will be held in the South Lobby of Bldg. 10 on Wednesday, June 11 and Thursday, June 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is hosted by the IntraMalls electronic purchasing site designed exclusively for NIH to simplify purchasing.

Since opening in June 1998, the IntraMall has become a leading NIH web site for government purchase cardholders to locate, buy and track purchases from hundreds of the most frequently used suppliers, offering more than 14 million laboratory, office and computer items.

Those with a valid fda.gov or nih.gov email address may register for a free lunch at www.intramalls.com/showcase. A daily list of vendors will be displayed to assist you in visiting more than 60 suppliers to learn about new product and service offerings.

If you require reasonable accommodation to participate, call 1-888-644-6255 during business hours.

About 2,000 National Cancer Institute employees and contractors recently participated in a tornado response drill at the NCI Shady Grove facility. It was part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s PrepareAthon! Campaign, which conducts bi-annual National Days of Action. NCI Emergency Preparedness Program volunteers helped carry out the exercise.

NCI Shady Grove Trains for Emergency Response

About 2,000 National Cancer Institute employees and contractors recently participated in a tornado response drill at the NCI Shady Grove facility. It was part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s PrepareAthon! Campaign, which conducts bi-annual National Days of Action. NCI Emergency Preparedness Program volunteers helped carry out the exercise. The drill allowed NCI staff to practice escape to nearby safe areas and ensured that occupancy levels in each shelter area did not exceed capacity. Prior to the drill, 19 members of the NCI emergency response team received FEMA certificates for completing the national Community Emergency Response Team curriculum.

20th Police Awareness Day Draws Crowd

The NIH Police hosted NIH’s 20th
annual Police Awareness Day on
May 13 on the lawn in front of
Bldg. 1. As grill smoke filled the
air and popular music played,
attendees enjoyed lunch (r), a
pretty day and a variety of exhibits
put on by local law enforcement
agencies. Among the attractions
were horses used by U.S. Park Police. Children from the NIH preschool program found
them irresistible. There was a serious side to the BBQ as well; the names of 105 officers
who were killed in the line of duty in 2013 were listed on a plaque and solemnly
recalled.

The NIH Police hosted NIH’s 20th annual Police Awareness Day on May 13 on the lawn in front of Bldg. 1. As grill smoke filled the air and popular music played, attendees enjoyed lunch (r), a pretty day and a variety of exhibits put on by local law enforcement agencies. Among the attractions were horses used by U.S. Park Police. Children from the NIH preschool program found them irresistible. There was a serious side to the BBQ as well; the names of 105 officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2013 were listed on a plaque and solemnly recalled. Below, Chief Alvin Hinton (l) and Lt. Udon Cheek remember fallen officers.

Chief Alvin Hinton (l) and Lt. Udon Cheek remember fallen officers

Photos: Chris Jones

Graduates of the NIH Executive Leadership Program recently had an opportunity to tour a lab featuring NCATS’ ultra-high-throughput screening robotic system. ExLP alumni spent a morning learning about cutting-edge research at NCATS and exploring some of the promising translational drug discovery and development taking place at NIH.

Executive Leadership Program Alumni Visit ‘Robot Lab’

Graduates of the NIH Executive Leadership Program recently had an opportunity to tour a lab featuring NCATS’ ultra-high-throughput screening robotic system. ExLP alumni spent a morning learning about cutting-edge research at NCATS and exploring some of the promising translational drug discovery and development taking place at NIH.

 

Ceremony Launches Child Care Bldg. Construction

Ground was broken for the new Northwest Child Care Center on Apr. 29. The facility is scheduled to open in 2015 with room for 170 children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. On hand at the ceremony were (from l) Brian Rabin and Dr. Sheri Schully of the NIH child care board; Dr. Alfred Johnson, director of the Office of Research Services; Colleen Barros, NIH deputy director for management; and Tony Clifford, chief engineer for the Office of Research Facilities. The project officer for the new building, also known as Bldg. 23, is Thor Sigfusson.

Ground was broken for the new Northwest Child Care Center on Apr. 29. The facility is scheduled to open in 2015 with room for 170 children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. On hand at the ceremony were (from l) Brian Rabin and Dr. Sheri Schully of the NIH child care board; Dr. Alfred Johnson, director of the Office of Research Services; Colleen Barros, NIH deputy director for management; and Tony Clifford, chief engineer for the Office of Research Facilities.

Photo: Ernie Branson


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