OIR Launches New Web Site
The Office of Intramural Research has launched a new web site (https://oir.nih.gov/), part of an ongoing effort aimed at providing clear and concise information about the office and its policies.
One of the site’s architects, OIR assistant director for computational biology Dr. Andy Baxevanis, said the goal of the project was to make “a user-friendly source of information” about the office’s oversight and coordination of research, training and technology transfer activities in NIH labs. The site is responsive and can be viewed on smartphones and tablets.
As part of the site’s development, OIR updated the “Sourcebook” (https://oir.nih.gov/sourcebook), a policy manual for intramural researchers. Baxevanis said the updated edition is organized so that users can quickly scan through the text and find what they need.
The web page for the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (https://oir.nih.gov/wals) was also updated. Baxevanis said the site now features speaker biographies, summaries and videocasts of past lectures in addition to the upcoming schedule.
For more information about the new site, visit http://irp.nih.gov/blog/oir-website.
NIH Career Symposium Set, May 15
The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education invites all NIH graduate students and postdoctoral trainees to participate in the 8th NIH Career Symposium on Friday, May 15 at Natcher Conference Center from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The symposium provides an opportunity for fellows and graduate students to learn about scientific career options and to explore factors that lead to career success. Program includes a keynote speaker and breakout sessions highlighting opportunities available to biomedical scientists. For more information and registration visit www.training.nih.gov.
Two NIH’ers Named to American Academy
|Dr. Michael J. Lenardo
|Dr. Wei Yang
Two NIH scientists were recently elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Michael J. Lenardo is senior investigator and chief, molecular development of the immune system section, Laboratory of Immunology, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Wei Yang is senior investigator, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Members contribute to academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, global security and international affairs, social policy and American institutions and the humanities, arts and education.
Also joining the 2015 class are singer-songwriter Judy Collins, actor Christopher Plummer and pianist-conductor Murray Perahia. The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on Oct. 10 in Cambridge, Mass.
Since its founding in 1780, the academy has included such members as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Martin Luther King, Jr. Current membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.
Alzheimer’s Association Honors Hodes
|NIA director Dr. Richard Hodes (r) receives the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Award from Alzheimer’s Association President and CEO Harry Johns. The award, presented at the association’s annual Advocacy Forum on Mar. 24, recognizes an individual who has made significant advances in Alzheimer’s disease research.
Bike to Work Day, May 15
BTWD takes place on Friday, May 15 with morning pit stops in front of Bldg. 1, Rock Springs Business Park and Rockville-Fallsgrove. Registration is open at www.biketoworkmetrodc.org. Registrants should select NIH as their employer regardless of the pit stop they attend. This enables NIH to get credit so we can continue being the employer with the most registrants in the D.C. area. NIH director Dr. Francis Collins will speak at 8 a.m. on campus. Following his remarks, the NIH Bicycle Commuter Club will present this year’s recipient of the Carl Henn Bicycling Advocacy Award. This year, there is a prize for the individual with the longest round-trip commute. Hudson Trail Outfitters will provide bike maintenance and the NIH Police will conduct bicycle registration. Attendees will be able to enjoy food courtesy of the Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-op and local Giant food stores, as well as Crest Hill Bakery. Sponsors also include The Bicycle Place and Proteus bike shops.