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Vol. LXVI, No. 13
June 20, 2014
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Author Nast Gives DDM Seminar, June 26

The Deputy Director for Management (DDM) announces the fourth DDM seminar of the 2013-2014 series “Management and Science: Partnering for Excellence.” The event on Thursday, June 26 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 will feature author Jamie Nast, who will discuss “Idea Mapping.” Nast will focus on how to access your hidden brain power, learn faster, remember more and achieve success. This interactive session will stimulate whole-brain visual thinking to enhance memory, planning, creativity and communication.

Videocasting and sign language interpretation 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 more information about the series, visit www.ddmseries.od.nih.gov or call (301) 496-3271.

New ‘RLA’ Badge To Replace Legacy Badge for Some NIH’ers

NIH RLA Badge

Starting July 1, NIH will begin issuing a new type of identification credential, the restricted local access (RLA) badge, to NIH staff who won’t require a PIV card (HHS ID badge) but will still need physical and logical (NIH computer or network system) access. Candidates for the new badge include people in three categories:

Short-term staff who will be at NIH less than 6 months (including summer students beginning in 2015); intermittent staff; and foreign nationals. Summer students entered into NED July 1 or later will also be issued an RLA badge.

Individuals in these three categories whose badge request is entered into NED before July 1 will not receive an RLA badge. Only badge requests entered in NED on or after July 1 will receive the RLA badge. Any individuals in the above categories who currently possess an HHS ID badge or NIH legacy badge will receive an RLA badge when their current badge is renewed.

Issuance of the RLA will require both an enrollment and issuance appointment.

The RLA badge is valid for 3 years when issued to foreign nationals and intermittent staff. RLA badges issued to short-term staff are valid for a maximum of 6 months. When RLA badges are issued to summer students, they will be valid through Sept. 30 of the year issued.

Cedar Lane Construction To Mar Summer Commute

Commuters who use Cedar Ln. east of Rockville Pike to drive to and from NIH are in for difficulties this summer as the intersection of east Cedar and the Pike is closed for repairs until Aug. 22. Walkers and bikers, however, will find the way clear.

The construction is part of a project to improve the intersection of Rockville Pike at Cedar Ln. in the wake of the National Naval Medical Center’s absorption of Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Once this portion of the work is complete, the intersection will include a new, dedicated right-turn lane for northbound Rockville Pike traffic, a relocated entrance to Stone Ridge school and replacement of underground utilities.

The project’s impact is nearly identical to the disruption NIH’ers faced in the summer of 2011, when the bridge over Rock Creek near the corner of Cedar and Beach Dr. was rebuilt. Like that project, the current work is timed to coincide with summer break for county public school students.

As was the case 3 years ago, a detour route will carry commuters around the project, using Strathmore Ln. and Rockville Pike as alternatives.

For more information about detour routes, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/brac/Resources/Files/CedarLaneClosureSHA-DetourMap052014.pdf or http://traffic.nih.gov.

Tree of Hippocrates, Part II

Tree of Hippocrates, Part II

There is actually a second Tree of Hippocrates at NIH, in addition to the one dedicated on Apr. 25 in front of the National Library of Medicine. The second clone (above, shrouded in a 20-gallon bag of water, which slowly nourishes the roots) is planted in front of the Clinical Research Center. Like its sibling, it has a dedicatory plaque and the same mission to remind caregivers: “First, do no harm.” Savvy NIH’ers will recognize that the volcanic stone on which the plaque is embedded is the same one that sat for years on Center Dr., marking the original campus Tree of Hippocrates, which stood from 1961 to 2013.

 

Dr. Jeffrey Kahn (l) of Johns Hopkins University’s Berman Institute of Bioethics and NIH director Dr. Francis Collins recently participated in Clinical Center Ethics Grand Rounds on the topic of chimpanzees in research.
Photo: Ernie Branson

Grand Rounds Focuses on Chimps in Research

Dr. Jeffrey Kahn (l) of Johns Hopkins University’s Berman Institute of Bioethics and NIH director Dr. Francis Collins recently participated in Clinical Center Ethics Grand Rounds on the topic of chimpanzees in research. Kahn chaired an Institute of Medicine (IOM) panel—convened at NIH’s request—that concluded most current uses of chimps for biomedical research are unnecessary because alternatives exist. Last year, Collins accepted most of the IOM’s recommendations and NIH is now taking steps to retire the vast majority of its research chimps.


Graduate School Fair Set, July 16

The NIH Graduate and Professional School Fair will held on Wednesday, July 16 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Natcher Conference Center. The fair provides an opportunity for NIH summer interns and postbacs to prepare for the next step in their careers by exploring educational programs leading to the Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., M.D./Ph.D. and other graduate and professional degrees. More than 150 colleges and universities will send representatives. The day will also include workshops on getting to graduate and professional school, interviewing and careers in public health, psychology and dentistry. New this year will be a diversity discussion series. Exhibits will be open 10 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. Find a list of institutions planning to attend and registration details at https://www.training.nih.gov/gp_fair.

EDI Hosts ‘Think Big’ Seminar, July 16

Join the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for an empowerment seminar, “Think Big or Stay Where You Are,” on Wednesday, July 16 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1. Cynthia Dunn, director of equity, diversity & inclusion at the Internal Revenue Service, will be the facilitator. The seminar will provide additions to your career development tool kits. The training will cover the importance of taking control of your career and the benefits of having an individual development plan, mentors and shadowing/detail assignments. Also, the training will address how to identify barriers that may impede your ability to move forward in your career and strategies to overcome those obstacles.

The event is sponsored by EDI’s Black, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and Native American portfolios. Sign language interpreters will be provided. For more information, contact Victoria Gross, (301) 451-0746, Victoria. Gross@nih.gov or the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

NIAMS Hosts Career Forum

Shown are Drs. Amanda Boyce (front, second from l) and Marie Mancini (front, third from l) and NIAMS leaders including director Dr. Stephen Katz (front, c), deputy director Dr. Robert Carter (front, third from r) and Dr. Susana Serrate-Sztein (second row, third from r).
NIAMS recently hosted a career development forum for extramural researchers who are in the third year of a mentored clinical scientist development (K08) or patientoriented research (K23) grant. In addition to the K awardees, the forum included physician-scientists who recently received R01 awards and established researchers who held an open discourse on the challenges junior investigators face when pursuing research independence. It also provided an opportunity for K awardees (shown above) to interact with NIAMS program officials. These included Drs. Amanda Boyce (front, second from l) and Marie Mancini (front, third from l) and NIAMS leaders including director Dr. Stephen Katz (front, c), deputy director Dr. Robert Carter (front, third from r) and Dr. Susana Serrate-Sztein (second row, third from r).

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