OHR Hosts Virtual Q&A on Leave Policies, Programs, Dec. 8
The Office of Human Resources encourages all NIH federal civilian employees to join it on www.yammer.com on Tuesday, Dec. 8 for a question-and-answer session on leave policies and programs. Four 1-hour sessions will provide employees with an opportunity to talk with experts about:
Participants may post their questions prior to and during the event and experts will be responding during the sessions. The Q&A will continue to be available after the Yam Jam is complete.
If you have any technical issues and/or require assistance in order to participate in the Yam Jam, contact Sandra Scarbrough at (301) 402-3866.
Dr. Larry Pinkus, who runs the vascular cell and molecular biology study section at the Center for Scientific Review, won a silver medal in the individual sabre in his age group (70+) at the 2015 Veterans World Championship held recently in Limoges, France.
“I was undefeated all day and seeded number 1 until losing the final match against a French fencer,” he said. “This was the 7th USA World Championship Team I have been on and the 4th individual medal I have won in my career.”
Pinkus was also on the gold medal-winning USA sabre team, which consisted of two fencers from each age group. “We won all 6 of our matches,” he said. “I won 9 of my 10 bouts in the team competition and both of my bouts in the first-place match against Germany, which USA won by a score of 30-28 points. Although I had injured my left Achilles tendon in the individual, which slowed me down, I forgot about that and felt no pain while fencing. However, the rest of the time I was limping. Adrenaline is a remarkable thing!”
Pinkus began fencing in college at Johns Hopkins University. He won the sabre championship of Virginia 5 times, regional championships and many other tournaments. He also was president of the NIH Fencing Club from 1992 until 2007, when the gym in Bldg. 10 was closed.
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Leave Bank Enrollment Ends Dec. 14
Open enrollment for the 2016 NIH Leave Bank is under way and will end on Dec. 14. Protecting your income while helping others has never been this easy. Enrollment in the Leave Bank is open to all NIH federal employees. The membership period will begin on Jan. 10, 2016.
The Leave Bank is a pooled bank of donated annual and restored leave available to eligible members. It acts like an insurance policy for your paycheck and amounts to paid leave for members who have exhausted all of their leave and are affected by a personal or family medical emergency.
To become a 2016 member, access ITAS during open enrollment and join under “Leave Bank Membership.” If you are currently a 2015 Leave Bank member, your membership will automatically continue into 2016, unless you use ITAS to opt out. The annual membership contribution is one pay period’s worth of annual leave accrual (4, 6 or 8 hours).
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