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December 4, 2015
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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:

  • General Questions on Leave Types and Usage (noon-1 p.m.)
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act (1-2 p.m.)
  • Workers’ Compensation (2-3 p.m.)
  • Leave Sharing Programs, such as VLTP and the Leave Bank (3-4 p.m.)

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.

Fencer Pinkus Stands Out at Worlds

Dr. Larry Pinkus

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.

‘Doctors Caucus’ Visits NIH

On Nov. 16, five members of the House GOP Doctors Caucus—a group of 18 medical providers in Congress who use their expertise to shape health care policy—visited NIH. NIH director Dr. Francis Collins welcomed the group to the Clinical Center’s medical board room for updates on the BRAIN and Precision Medicine initiatives, among other topics. The caucus members included (top, from l) Rep. Larry Bucshon (Indiana), Reps. Diane Black and Phil Roe (both of Tennessee), Rep. Andy Harris (Maryland) and Rep. Ralph Abraham (Louisiana). On the NIH side of the table were (below, from l) NIGMS director Dr. Jon Lorsch, NIH principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak, Collins, NIBIB director Dr. Roderic Pettigrew and NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow. The group also visited NINDS’s functional and restorative neurosurgery unit, which is mapping the cognitive and functional networks of the brain.
On Nov. 16, five members of the House GOP Doctors Caucus—a group of 18 medical providers in Congress who use their expertise to shape health care policy—visited NIH. NIH director Dr. Francis Collins welcomed the group to the Clinical Center’s medical board room for updates on the BRAIN and Precision Medicine initiatives, among other topics. The caucus members included (top, from l) Rep. Larry Bucshon (Indiana), Reps. Diane Black and Phil Roe (both of Tennessee), Rep. Andy Harris (Maryland) and Rep. Ralph Abraham (Louisiana). On the NIH side of the table were (below, from l) NIGMS director Dr. Jon Lorsch, NIH principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak, Collins, NIBIB director Dr. Roderic Pettigrew and NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow. The group also visited NINDS’s functional and restorative neurosurgery unit, which is mapping the cognitive and functional networks of the brain.

PHOTOS: ERNIE BRANSON

NIGMS director Dr. Jon Lorsch, NIH principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak, Collins, NIBIB director Dr. Roderic Pettigrew and NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow. The group also visited NINDS’s functional and restorative neurosurgery unit, which is mapping the cognitive and functional networks of the brain.

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).

More information about the benefit can be found at http://nihleavebank.od.nih.gov. Questions may be directed to the NIH Leave Bank Office at (301) 443-8393 or LeaveBank@od.nih.gov.

‘Jean Jacket Day’ Supports CFC

Team sports jerseys were not the only way for NIH’ers to show their support of the 2015 Combined Federal Campaign. Members of the Information Resources Management Branch, NINDS, recently decided to have a “Jean Jacket” day to promote CFC awareness. Staff gathered in the back parking lot at 6101 Executive Blvd. to demonstrate their dedication. “Along with building camaraderie, we thought it would also be a good cause,” said Sue Titman, deputy chief of the branch.
Team sports jerseys were not the only way for NIH’ers to show their support of the 2015 Combined Federal Campaign. Members of the Information Resources Management Branch, NINDS, recently decided to have a “Jean Jacket” day to promote CFC awareness. Staff gathered in the back parking lot at 6101 Executive Blvd. to demonstrate their dedication. “Along with building camaraderie, we thought it would also be a good cause,” said Sue Titman, deputy chief of the branch.

NIAMS Director Katz Awarded Honorary Doctorate

In recognition of his contributions to the field of dermatology, NIAMS director Dr. Stephen Katz (c) recently received the degree of doctor of science honoris causa from University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. The ceremony took place at the 1st International Symposium on Future in Dermatology: Inflammation in Dublin, where Katz delivered the lecture, “The Future of Dermatology in the 21st Century.” Katz is joined by UCD Prof. Frank Powell (l) and UCD president Prof. Andrew Deeks.

In recognition of his contributions to the field of dermatology, NIAMS director Dr. Stephen Katz (c) recently received the degree of doctor of science honoris causa from University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. The ceremony took place at the 1st International Symposium on Future in Dermatology: Inflammation in Dublin, where Katz delivered the lecture, “The Future of Dermatology in the 21st Century.” Katz is joined by UCD Prof. Frank Powell (l) and UCD president Prof. Andrew Deeks.

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