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November 6, 2015
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Credit Union Offers Visa Cards Supporting NIH Charities

The NIH Federal Credit Union is offering a new line of Visa credit cards that allow cardholders to choose the option of redeeming their points to make donations to the NIH charities—the Children’s Inn, Friends of Patients at the NIH and Special Love/Camp Fantastic.

There are 5 new cards available, all with no annual fee and other benefits, including a rewards program in which Signature Rewards cardholders can redeem points for cash back, travel, merchandise and discounted gift cards.

NIH Visa Card

“We are excited to launch our new cards with all their money-saving features,” said Steven Levin, NIHFCU’s vice president of marketing & business development. “Signature cardholders will also like the sleek DNA design that these cards feature. And, of course, we are delighted to provide support of the NIH Charities through the rewards redemption program and hope to explore other ways to assist these causes through the card program in the future.”

Rick Wieczorek, NIHFCU’s president & CEO said, “We are thrilled to bring our new card program to the NIH workforce and the local biomedical community. There’s a card option for everyone, including unique terms for NIH fellows, making it easier for them to establish credit here in the U.S.”

The new credit cards are the first of several new products and services NIHFCU plans to announce through the coming year. To learn more about the new cards and special introductory offers, visit nihfcu.org/CreditCards.

Use or Donate Reminder

Don’t forget to officially schedule your “use or donate” annual leave no later than Saturday, Nov. 28.

If you don’t plan to use your excess annual leave balance, you should consider a donation to others in need of paid leave. Employees have two options for donating leave to colleagues who have exhausted their own leave and have a medical emergency that prevents them from working.

Consider making a donation through the NIH Leave Bank or to a participant of the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program. Both of these donations can be made in the Integrated Time and Attendance System.

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

Subar Places First in Triathlon World Championships

NCI’s Dr. Amy Subar runs bikes and swims to an age-group triathlon championship.
NCI’s Dr. Amy Subar runs, bikes and swims to an age-group triathlon championship.

NCI’s Dr. Amy Subar recently won a gold medal in the sport of triathlon for women ages 60-64 at the 2015 International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Grand Final and World Championships in Chicago. She completed the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike race and 10-kilometer run event in 2:35:32 and achieved a personal best in all three events.

Subar, a program director in NCI’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences and an expert in dietary assessment, has been running since she was 18. Since turning 50, she has completed one triathlon a year. Subar started training for the 2015 World Championships in January 2014 with a coach. In August 2014, she qualified at the USA Triathlon Nationals and earned a spot on Team USA to compete in the 2015 World Championships.

Nominees Sought for NIH Safety Award

The NIH “Mission First, Safety Always” Award, presented by the Office of Research Services, Division of Occupational Health and Safety, showcases personnel who have demonstrated leadership, innovation and involvement in their organization’s safety culture and promoted safety in the workplace.

Nominate a colleague who has demonstrated safety leadership, with practical examples in two or more of the following areas:

  • Leadership attributes that set the nominee apart from his or her peers
  • Starting and/or leading a safety initiative
  • Engaging peers and transforming the safety culture of the organization
  • Promoting safety as an important part of your program
  • Working to correct unsafe or unhealthful workplace conditions or hazards.

Submit nominations by visiting the DOHS web site at http://go.usa.gov/XPJW. Nominations are open until Dec. 18. If you have questions, email ORSSafetyDay@mail.nih.gov or send written questions to DOHS, Bldg. 13, Rm. 3K04, MSC 5760.

NIH Holds Safe Workplaces Photo Contest

The 2015 NIH “In Focus! Safe Workplaces for All” Photo Contest, presented by the Office of Research Services, Division of Occupational Health and Safety, challenges anyone with a passion for photography to capture an image of workplace safety and health.

Winners’ photos will be shared with the NIH community through ORS safety publications, pamphlets and posters. First, second and third place photographs will be framed and displayed outside the ORS director’s office and featured on the DOHS web site. The winners will also receive recognition and a framed certificate from NIH leadership.

Submit your photographs by visiting the DOHS web site at http://go.usa.gov/XEzY.
The contest is open until Dec. 18. If you have questions, email ORSSafetyDay@mail.nih.gov or send written questions to DOHS, Bldg. 13, Rm. 3K04, MSC 5760.

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