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Vol. LXVII, No. 11
May 22, 2015
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8th Annual NIH Take a Hike Day, June 4

Come and join this year’s official starter NIH director Dr. Francis Collins for the 8th annual Take a Hike Day. If you have not participated in the past, consider it this year.

Meet your coworkers and make new friends while exercising.

All NIH employees and contractors are invited to participate in the walk/fun run on Thursday, June 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. You can run or take a leisurely stroll around the perimeter of the NIH campus (approximately 3.2 miles—remember to bring your badge) while taking in the sights and sharing some laughs with your coworkers. The event will be held rain or shine. Although all employees and contractors are encouraged to participate, obtain your supervisor’s approval before registering. Take a Hike Day is a voluntary event.

To register go to www.ors.od.nih.gov/pes/dats/wellnes/hike/Pages/hike.aspx.

Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Carole Harman at harmanc@ors.od.nih.gov, (301) 402-8180 or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339). Requests should be made at least 5 days before the event.

The event is sponsored by the NIH Office of Management in partnership with the Office of Research Services, Division of Amenities and Transportation Services.

Author Sinek To Present at DDM Seminar

The Deputy Director for Management (DDM) announces the final DDM seminar of the 2014-2015 series “Management and Science: Partnering for Excellence.” The event on Thursday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, will feature Simon Sinek, who will discuss “Inspiring Trust and Loyalty in Organizations.” He will explain how leaders can inspire cooperation, trust and change.

Videocasting and sign language will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to attend should contact the NIH Training Center at (301) 496-6211 or the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

For more series information, visit www.ddmseries.od.nih.gov or call (301) 496-3271.

Employee Survey: What’s Your View?

Are you interested in helping make NIH a more engaging and fulfilling place to work? We want to hear from you. The 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) opened May 5 and will close on June 12. The theme is “Employees Influencing Change.” It is an opportunity for federal employees to provide feedback by rating their level of engagement and satisfaction in a variety of performance categories such as work experience, work/life programs, leadership, diversity and inclusion. NIH values your feedback and uses the results to promote positive changes throughout the organization. It is one of the fundamental ways in which the NIH community learns how to improve as both a place to work and as an agency that sets standards of excellence in medical research.

Eligible NIH employees onboard with HHS on or before Oct. 31, 2014, should have received an email invitation from the Office of Personnel Management to participate in the FEVS. The survey takes about 25 minutes to complete and responses will be confidential. Take a few minutes to share your perspective between now and June 12. For those who have already completed the survey, thank you for taking time to respond and helping ensure that NIH excels at providing a safe, effective and engaging workplace for all employees.

For questions about the FEVS, contact Evans Aine at ainee@od.nih.gov or Allison Kruszewski at kruszewskial@od.nih.gov.

Butte Lectures on Precision Medicine, June 3

Dr. Atul Butte

The next talk in the National Library of Medicine Informatics Lecture Series is “Data-Driven Precision Medicine” by Dr. Atul Butte on June 3 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Lister Hill Center Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

Butte is founding director of the newly established Institute of Computational Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, and a professor of pediatrics. His lab builds and applies computational tools to convert hundreds of trillions of points of molecular, clinical and epidemiological data collected by researchers and clinicians worldwide over the past decade—now commonly known as “big data”—into new diagnostics, therapeutics and insights into rare and common diseases.

The talk will be broadcast live and archived at http://videocast.nih.gov/. Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Ebony Hughes, (301) 451-8038, Ebony.Hughes@nih.gov or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

NIDA Director Keynotes Congress in Spain

NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow recently met with clinicians, patients and volunteers at the Center of Proyecto Hombre, a drug addiction treatment facility in Barcelona, Spain. She was in Barcelona as the keynote speaker for the IV International Congress on Dual Disorders and Dual Pathology, which took place Apr. 17-20. She presented “Brain Addictive Circuits Are Common to Other Mental Illnesses” to an audience of 2,000 attendees from 70 countries and led a general session on the topic of “ADHD and Addictions, a Pattern of Dual Disorders.” Volkow is shown above (front, fifth from l) with patients, their families, staff and volunteers at the center.
NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow recently met with clinicians, patients and volunteers at the Center of Proyecto Hombre, a drug addiction treatment facility in Barcelona, Spain. She was in Barcelona as the keynote speaker for the IV International Congress on Dual Disorders and Dual Pathology, which took place Apr. 17-20. She presented “Brain Addictive Circuits Are Common to Other Mental Illnesses” to an audience of 2,000 attendees from 70 countries and led a general session on the topic of “ADHD and Addictions, a Pattern of Dual Disorders.” Volkow is shown above (front, fifth from l) with patients, their families, staff and volunteers at the center.

Calling All Storytellers

StoryCorps, a national oral history project, is returning to the Clinical Center May 27-29 and June 4-6 to preserve voices of our community—and you are invited to participate. StoryCorps (http://storycorps.org/) is not a journalist interviewing you, but rather 40 minutes of meaningful conversation between you and someone you know well: a family member, friend, coworker or caregiver. It’s an opportunity to ask questions that matter and preserve your stories for future generations. Anyone can participate: patients, families, researchers, doctors, nurses, staff, volunteers, etc. If you or someone you know may be interested in having your story recorded and archived, check out the web page at www.nih.gov/about/storycorps/.

Town Hall Meeting on Workforce Diversity, June 9

You are invited to attend a town hall meeting with Dr. Hannah Valantine, chief officer for scientific workforce diversity, and Debra Chew, director, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, for all NIH employee resource group members and those interested in the topic. It will be held on Tuesday, June 9 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Bldg. 49, Rm. 1A51/1A59. For more information or to submit questions/comments, email COSWD@mail.nih.gov. For special accommodations, call Trish Flock or Julia Casselle at (301) 451-4296.

NIDA’s Drug Facts Week Materials Reach Egypt

Thanks to a partnership with a former NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey drug abuse fellow, hundreds of students in Egypt are reading NIDA materials designed for teens to discuss scientific facts about drug abuse and addiction. The students celebrated National Drug Facts Week and held events at more than a dozen schools and youth clubs, led by three addiction specialist psychiatrists, three adolescent psychiatrists and a team of social workers from Alabassiya Hospital, the most recognized psychiatry hospital in Egypt. The students above attended an NDFW event at the Helmeiet el Zatoon youth club in Cairo. The next National Drug Facts Week begins Jan. 25, 2016.
Thanks to a partnership with a former NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey drug abuse fellow, hundreds of students in Egypt are reading NIDA materials designed for teens to discuss scientific facts about drug abuse and addiction. The students celebrated National Drug Facts Week and held events at more than a dozen schools and youth clubs, led by three addiction specialist psychiatrists, three adolescent psychiatrists and a team of social workers from Alabassiya Hospital, the most recognized psychiatry hospital in Egypt. The students above attended an NDFW event at the Helmeiet el Zatoon youth club in Cairo. The next National Drug Facts Week begins Jan. 25, 2016. To see press coverage and event photos from more than 1,500 events around the country and internationally in 2015, go to http://teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-facts-week.

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