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Vol. LXVI, No. 16
August 1, 2014
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18th Annual Free Outdoor Film Festival

The 18th annual Comcast Film Festival will take place Aug. 15 - 17 at the MCPS Board of Education in Rockville. Teens and adults who are willing to give some of their time to help out from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. for one night or a few nights are needed.

This year’s films will be:

Friday, Aug. 15 The Lego Movie – PG

Saturday, Aug. 16 Gravity – PG-13

Sunday, Aug. 1 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – PG-13

R&W can authorize community service, however it would prefer high schoolers. For details on volunteering, contact Kallie Wasserman at wassermankt@mail.nih.gov.

Credit Union Opens Branch, Upgrades Service

The NIH Federal Credit Union will open its latest paperless branch this summer. The branch will be located at the new National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases facility on Fishers Ln. in Rockville. The branch, accompanied by a full-service ATM, will be open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

In late August, the NIHFCU will be upgrading its infrastructure so that it can serve its more than 40,000 members with the highest level of safety and security and deliver enhanced service options in the future. As a result of this system-wide upgrade, many member services will be temporarily disrupted from 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22 through Sunday, Aug. 24. This includes branch closures, ATM withdrawal and debit card purchase limitations and online & mobile banking availability. NIHFCU members are encouraged to visit nihfcu.org/ServiceUpdate for more details so they can plan ahead to accommodate their transactional needs during this time.

Summer Poster Day Set, Aug. 7

Summer Poster Day 2014 is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 7 at Natcher Conference Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Poster Day lets summer interns share the research they have been conducting and develop communication and networking skills. Any summer intern working in an intramural research group at NIH may present. Investigators, staff scientists and scientific administrators can make an important contribution to Summer Poster Day by visiting posters and engaging authors in discussion. For details, visit https://www.training.nih.gov/summer_poster_day.

NIDA Director Participates in World Science Festival

NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow (r) recently attended the World Science Festival in New York City. She participated in The Brain and Addiction live event, which brought together leading scientists to discuss the big issues and latest developments in the fields of addiction neuroscience. She also participated in The Brain and Addiction Salon event, which more deeply explored the topics raised during the main program. Volkow’s remarks centered around the effects of drug abuse on the brain, neuroscience, brain-imaging techniques and current research. She is shown above with NIDA grantee Dr. Eric Nestler.

NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow (r) recently attended the World Science Festival in New York City. She participated in The Brain and Addiction live event, which brought together leading scientists to discuss the big issues and latest developments in the fields of addiction neuroscience. She also participated in The Brain and Addiction Salon event, which more deeply explored the topics raised during the main program. Volkow’s remarks centered around the effects of drug abuse on the brain, neuroscience, brain-imaging techniques and current research. She is shown above with NIDA grantee Dr. Eric Nestler.


Safety, Health, Wellness Day, Aug. 27

The NIH Safety, Health and Wellness Day will be held Wednesday, Aug. 27, rain or shine, at the Natcher Conference Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the activities and learn about safety, health and wellness opportunities at NIH. The Office of Research Services, Office of Research Facilities, NIH occupational safety and health committee, IC safety and health chairpersons committee, laboratory sustainability group and the National Human Genome Research Institute are combining efforts to increase workplace health awareness and promotion.

The focus of this year’s event is to enhance employee nutrition, wellness, physical fitness, safety awareness and prevent or reduce work-related injuries and illnesses. A wide range of activities and exhibits will be presented including health screenings, nutrition demonstrations and tastings, physical fitness activities, NIH IC exhibits and heart-saver CPR training.

Over 50 exhibitors, including federal agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration and the Defense Intelligence Agency, will showcase nutrition, fitness and occupational health and wellness information and activities.

Plan to stay for lunch and choose from a menu that will include special healthy choices. For more information, visit http://go.usa.gov/XYRm.

Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Carole Harman at (301) 402-8180 and/or the Federal Relay at 877-709-5798. A special shuttle route will run between Bldgs. 10 South, 40 (to service Bldgs. 29, 30, 35, 37, 40 and 49) and the Natcher Conference Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For staff located off-campus, there will be free parking in the MLP-11 (visitor) parking garage off Rockville Pike during the event.

Pancakes, Turkey Tails or Artist’s Fungus?

‘Artist’s fungus’ (Ganoderma applanatum)

“This is on a tree on the south side of the campus, on the walkway just outside the gate near Lot 41. I thought it was an extremely interesting fungus,” said Richard W. Clark of NIAMS’s Office of Science Policy, Planning and Communications. “Almost looks like pancakes! The closest I can come to identifying it is ‘Artist’s fungus’ (Ganoderma applanatum).” NIH landscape architect Lynn Mueller said, “They are often called ‘turkey tails’ and are indicative of interior heartwood rot or root rot. There are many species of this fungus. I’m more concerned about what their appearance means. We will perform an investigative sounding on the tree to determine its interior health.”

Photo: Richard Clark


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