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Vol. LXVI, No. 23
November 7, 2014
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Briefs

‘AlertNIH’ Offers Emergency Communication

NIH public safety, human resources, public affairs and facilities representatives, with support from senior leadership, have developed an emergency communication service called AlertNIH.

‘AlertNIH’ Offers Emergency Communication Ad

During a major crisis, emergency or severe weather event, NIH public safety officials will use AlertNIH to send event updates, warnings and instructions directly to employees’ government-owned communication devices. Employees have the ability to opt-in to receive these updates on their personal devices too. In order to enroll your personal device, log in to the NIH Enterprise Directory (NED) and scroll to the bottom of your profile to the section titled “AlertNIH.” Click the “Edit” button and select the personal devices you wish to receive updates on. NIH employees are also strongly encouraged to update their NED profiles.

AlertNIH has established a presence on several social media platforms and can be found on Twitter at www.twitter.com/alertnih and Facebook at www.facebook.com/alertnih.

For questions on the AlertNIH service, contact the Office of Research Services, Division of Emergency Preparedness and Coordination at (301) 496-1985 or visit http://alert.nih.gov.

Annual Leave: Use It or Donate It

Annual leave in excess of the maximum carryover balance (in most cases 240 hours) is normally forfeited if not used or donated by the end of the current leave year. If you have not already planned to take those excess hours of annual leave, you should discuss your leave with your supervisor now while there is still time to schedule it. Your bi-weekly Leave and Earnings Statement tells you how much annual leave you must use or donate so that you will not lose it when the leave year ends on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015.

In spite of planning, circumstances sometimes arise that prevent you from taking leave that has been scheduled and approved earlier during the leave year. In such cases, you and your supervisor are jointly responsible for ensuring that any use or donate leave is officially rescheduled in ITAS. This year, your use or donate leave must be scheduled in ITAS no later than Saturday, Nov. 29.

Excess leave can also be donated—more than 95,000 hours of leave were lost last year by employees who didn’t donate their excess leave or seek restoration. Don’t let this happen to your leave—help a colleague in need of paid leave due to a medical emergency. Consider making a donation to the NIH Voluntary Leave Transfer Program and/or the NIH Leave Bank, both of which can be done in ITAS, the Integrated Time and Attendance System.

If you or your supervisor have questions about “use or donate” leave, contact your administrative officer.

Workshop on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Dec. 9-10

The Office of Disease Prevention and the Office of Research on Women’s Health are sponsoring the NIH Pathways to Prevention Workshop: Advancing the Research on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). It will be held Dec. 9-10 in Kirschstein Auditorium, Bldg. 45.

ME/CFS is a complex, multifaceted disorder characterized by extreme fatigue and a host of other symptoms that can worsen after physical or mental activity, but do not improve with rest. The economic burden of ME/CFS, including annual health care costs, is estimated to be between $1.9 billion and $7.2 billion.

To better understand the complexity of ME/CFS, NIH has engaged in a rigorous assessment of the available scientific evidence. This process will culminate in a Pathways to Prevention Workshop that will focus on a set of key questions in the ME/CFS field. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments during open discussion periods. After weighing the evidence, an independent panel will prepare a draft report addressing these questions.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Sign language interpreters will be provided. Those who require reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Deborah Langer via email at langerdh@od.nih.gov.

For more information about the conference, which will also be available through live videocast, visit https://prevention.nih.gov/programs-events/pathways-to-prevention/upcoming-workshops/me-cfs.

NIH To Mark Native American Heritage Month

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, Dr. Gabrielle Tayac, a member of the Piscataway Indian Nation and a historian at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, will present “IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives.” The event is on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. in Bldg. 50, Rm. 1227/1223. For more information, contact Ashley Wells, Ashley.wells@nih.gov or (301) 827-9359.

Community College Day Set, Nov. 25

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education will host Community College Day 2014 on Tuesday, Nov. 25 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Natcher Conference Center. Community college students and faculty will visit the NIH campus to learn about careers and training opportunities in biomedical and health care fields. For registration and more information visit www.training.nih.gov.

Golf Tournament Benefits Children’s Inn

Kent Island Mechanical, a contractor that does a lot of work on the NIH campus, recently held its 4th annual Charity Golf Tournament benefitting the Children’s Inn at NIH. On hand at the presentation of a check for $10,000 raised at the event are (from l) Kyle Benjamin and Tommy Murray of KIM, inn CEO Kathy Russell, Bobby Linton of KIM and Laura King, director of volunteers at the inn.
Kent Island Mechanical, a contractor that does a lot of work on the NIH campus, recently held its 4th annual Charity Golf Tournament benefitting the Children’s Inn at NIH. On hand at the presentation of a check for $10,000 raised at the event are (from l) Kyle Benjamin and Tommy Murray of KIM, inn CEO Kathy Russell, Bobby Linton of KIM and Laura King, director of volunteers at the inn.

 


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