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Vol. LXVII, No. 19
September 11, 2015

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NIH Institute Relay, Sept. 15

Last year, NIH director Dr. Francis Collins blew the whistle starting the first heat of the NIH Institute Relay. Teams have already been seen circling Bldg. 1, testing out the race route.

ABOVE: Last year, NIH director Dr. Francis Collins blew the whistle starting the first heat of the NIH Institute Relay. Teams have already been seen circling Bldg. 1, testing out the race route.

The 32nd NIH Institute Challenge Relay will be held Tuesday, Sept. 15 in front of Bldg. 1, beginning at 11:30 a.m. The NIH Recreation and Welfare Association, members of the original NIH Health’s Angels running club and the ORS Division of Amenities and Transportation Services will present this year’s race. Can your team unseat “Run from Obesity” as the fastest team? The relay consists of teams of five runners, each whom runs a ½-mile loop around Bldg. 1. Deadline to sign up is Sept. 11. Registration is available at and the entry fee is $15 per team. To volunteer or for more information, contact the R&W office at (301) 496-6061 or email David Browne at

Campbell Opens NLM Program

Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell

Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell, a national leader in research and advocacy in the field of domestic violence, will speak at the opening program for “Confronting Violence, Improving Women’s Lives,” a special display at the National Library of Medicine. The event will take place Thursday, Sept. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A, and will also be videocast.

“Confronting Violence” tells the story of the nurses who changed the medical profession and dramatically improved services to victims of domestic violence in the late 20th century. Campbell, a professor and mentor at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, as well as national program director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, was an important member of that group. Exhibition curator Dr. Catherine Jacquet, assistant professor of history and women’s and gender studies at Louisiana State University, will also give remarks.

APAO Seeks Award Nominations

The NIH Asian & Pacific Islander American Organization (APAO) will continue its tradition of honoring employees in the NIH Asian Pacific American community for their excellence. Nominations are being solicited for four categories through Oct. 9.

This year features a new category, Young Investigator Award, to recognize achievements by visiting fellows, clinical fellows and research fellows who have spent less than 7 years at NIH. The other three categories are: Scientific Achievement Award for scientists/researchers who have made significant accomplishments in biomedical research; Leadership Excellence Award for non-scientists and scientists who exemplify leadership excellence by example, mentorship and empowerment of Asian and Pacific Americans to promote diversity and support the overall mission of NIH; and Kuan-Teh Jeang Distinguished Service Award to recognize an APAO member who has made an outstanding contribution or demonstrated continual high quality service to the NIH Asian Pacific American community.

Nominees must work or have worked recently (within the previous 1 year) at NIH. Awardees will be honored at the APAO awards holiday luncheon on Dec. 2 in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1.

Submit a 1-page statement to support why you think an individual is deserving of recognition and include a CV of the nominee. A review committee composed of APAO members, non-members representing several institutes/centers and former award recipients will evaluate all entries. Nominate electronically no later than close of business Oct. 9 to Dr. Shioko Kimura, committee chair, at For details, ask for the 2-page award nomination manual.

NAS Holds Workshop on Environmental Stress

The National Academy of Sciences and NIEHS will hold a free workshop Sept. 30–Oct. 1 to explore the factors that affect how an individual responds to environmental stress. “Interindividual Variability: New Ways to Study and Implications for Decision-Making” will focus on recent scientific advances that could shed light on sources of variation in responses between different people. The event is part of the Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions series and will be held at the NAS Keck Center in Washington, D.C. Within any population, factors such as heritable characteristics, stress, body weight and genetics can influence the type and degree of response that people may have to environmental stressors. Accounting for this interindividual variability is a challenge for decision-makers tasked with setting chemical safety regulations.

Join researchers, professionals and policy experts to explore new tools and ways they may be used to advance the science behind risk-based decisions. The workshop will be webcast. Registration is required to attend, whether in person or via webcast. Visit for details.

Register for NINR’s 30th Anniversary Symposium

Register now for “Advancing Science, Improving Lives,” the National Institute of Nursing Research’s 30th anniversary scientific symposium and poster session. This event marks the beginning of a year-long observation of the institute’s first 30 years at NIH.

The symposium will be held Tuesday, Oct. 13 in Natcher Conference Center. The symposium will consist of keynote addresses, scientific presentations, a scientific panel discussion and a research poster session. It will highlight many of the accomplishments of NINR and its scientists and showcase the positive impact that nursing science has had on the lives of millions of Americans. This event is free of charge, but registration is required. For more information and to register, visit

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