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February 26, 2016
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Michie To Give Next ‘Mind the Gap’ Seminar, Mar. 7

Dr. Susan Michie
Dr. Susan Michie

Dr. Susan Michie, professor of health psychology, director of the Centre for Behaviour Change at University College London and co-director of the U.K.’s National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training, will present on the topic “Reducing Waste in Research: Use of Taxonomies and Frameworks of Behaviour Change” at the next Medicine: Mind the Gap seminar. Her presentation is Monday, Mar. 7 from 11 a.m. to noon via NIH Videocast, http://videocast.nih.gov/.

Michie will discuss how interventions to change behavior can improve health and well-being. Better answers are needed to the big question: What interventions are effective in changing what behaviors, for whom, in what circumstances and how? Her presentation will describe a method for specifying the “active ingredients” of interventions.

Michie will accept questions before and during her presentation via email at prevention@mail.nih.gov and on Twitter with #NIHMtG. Register for the event at https://prevention.nih.gov/programs-events/medicine-mind-the-gap.

Informatics Lecture Features Craven

Dr. Mark Craven
Dr. Mark Craven

The next speaker in the National Library of Medicine Informatics Lecture Series will be Dr. Mark Craven, discussing “Inferring Host-Pathogen Interactions from Diverse Data Sources” on Wednesday, Mar. 9 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Lister Hill Center Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

Craven is a professor in the department of biostatistics and medical informatics at the University of Wisconsin and an affiliate faculty member in the department of computer sciences. He will discuss his work in three studies that involve developing and applying predictive methods in order to characterize host-pathogen interactions.

Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Ebony Hughes at (301) 451-8038 or Ebony.Hughes@nih.gov or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

Sailing Association Open House

The NIH Sailing Association invites everyone to its open house on Wednesday, Mar. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the FAES House at the corner of Old Georgetown Rd. and Cedar Ln.

Explore your interest in learning to sail and discover opportunities for sailing with NIHSA. There will be information about 6-week basic training classes, boat chartering, the club’s racing program and social activities offered by NIHSA.

A fee of $5 at the door includes pizza, drinks and snacks. Cash bar for beer and wine—$2 each. Look for NIHSA posters and flyers around campus.

Registration is now open for the spring (April-May) and summer (July-August) basic training classes. For more information, visit www.nihsail.org/.

NIH To Celebrate Pi Day, Mar. 14

Pi Day Ad

NIH will hold a Pi Day celebration on 3.14 (Monday, Mar. 14). The goal of the event is to increase awareness across the community of the role that the quantitative sciences play in biomedical science.

The day will be packed with events, including a keynote address by Dr. Carlos Bustamante, chair of Stanford’s new department of biomedical data science (1 p.m., Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10). The lecture will be open to the public and available by videocast.

For more information, including a schedule of events, visit https://datascience.nih.gov/PiDay2016. You can also join the Pi Day conversation—include #NIH_PiDay in your tweets.

Portrait Honors Lindbergs at NLM

On Feb. 10, the National Library of Medicine was the scene of a special unveiling ceremony for a portrait of former NLM director Dr. Donald Lindberg and his wife, Mary. Lindberg retired in 2015 after more than 30 years of service as NLM director. During his tenure, the Lindbergs were a much-admired team, always closely involved with the people and activities of the library. The painting was created by Virginia artist Bradley Stevens, one of America’s leading realist painters and a noted portraitist. Commissioned and sponsored by the Friends of the NLM, the painting will hang in a prominent location at NLM.
On Feb. 10, the National Library of Medicine was the scene of a special unveiling ceremony for a portrait of former NLM director Dr. Donald Lindberg and his wife, Mary. Lindberg retired in 2015 after more than 30 years of service as NLM director. During his tenure, the Lindbergs were a much-admired team, always closely involved with the people and activities of the library. The painting was created by Virginia artist Bradley Stevens, one of America’s leading realist painters and a noted portraitist. Commissioned and sponsored by the Friends of the NLM, the painting will hang in a prominent location at NLM.

PHOTO: ERNIE BRANSON

NIH Accountants Volunteer at Food Bank

Volunteering at Manna Food Center were (from l) Manuel Garcia, Marie Novak, Dan Milstead, Ray Hart, Alan Lichtman, Hruta Virkar, Angel Wang, Diana Huang and Kyle Kronenberger.
Volunteering at Manna Food Center were (from l) Manuel Garcia, Marie Novak, Dan Milstead, Ray Hart, Alan Lichtman, Hruta Virkar, Angel Wang, Diana Huang and Kyle Kronenberger.

Nine accountants from NIH’s Division of Financial Advisory Services (DFAS) volunteered Saturday, Jan. 30 to help sort donated canned foods at Manna’s Gaithersburg food distribution center. Manna describes itself as “the premier food bank of Montgomery County, providing food to 40,000 individuals each year and helping distribute rescued food to soup kitchens, food pantries and emergency shelters.”

It was the first weekend community service project for the group, most of them CPAs, whose day job is to negotiate indirect cost rates with companies receiving grants and contracts from NIH.

Nearly half of the department volunteered. Their assignment was to sort recently volunteered foodstuffs into one of 24 different bins of food being readied for distribution. They also had to check the dates on the products to ensure the donations were still usable. The project was organized by Angel Wang, one of the department’s newest hires.

Management Intern Program Recruits

The NIH Management Intern Program, a way to unlock a new career path, is recruiting Apr. 4-8. It is a highly competitive, 2-year career-development program for current NIH employees. MIs come from a variety of job backgrounds including both scientific and administrative fields. Upon completion of the program, MIs transition into an administrative-management career in one of many areas throughout NIH. Eligible employees are invited to apply. For program FAQs and details about eligibility, visit http://trainingcenter.nih.gov/intern/mi/.

Learn more by attending any of these information sessions, all of which are held from noon to 1 p.m.:

  • Mar. 22, Bldg. 31, 6C, Rm. 6
  • Mar. 23, Bldg. 45, NIH Training Center (adjacent to cafeteria)
  • Mar. 28, Rockledge 1, Suite 4000, RT1

Water Main Repair Puts Another ‘Deere’ in Field

The meadow between Bldg. 31 and Cedar Ln. is often dotted with deer. But it was a John Deere backhoe that the Office of Research Facilities’ utility distribution group used to repair a main water line that ruptured on Feb. 4 behind Bldg. 31. The 12-inch pipe provides water to the NIH campus and connects to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission water supply on West Cedar Ln. ORF had to wait for the ground to dry out before bringing in heavy equipment to repair the line on Feb. 10. Above, workmen dig a hole around the ruptured pipe.
The meadow between Bldg. 31 and Cedar Ln. is often dotted with deer. But it was a John Deere backhoe that the Office of Research Facilities’ utility distribution group used to repair a main water line that ruptured on Feb. 4 behind Bldg. 31. The 12-inch pipe provides water to the NIH campus and connects to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission water supply on West Cedar Ln. ORF had to wait for the ground to dry out before bringing in heavy equipment to repair the line on Feb. 10. Below, workmen dig a hole around the ruptured pipe. At right, the backhoe delivers the specially cut length of pipe into the pit. By the next day, little evidence of the effort remained, except tractor tracks.

PHOTOS: RICH MCMANUS
the backhoe delivers the specially cut length of pipe into the pit. By the next day, little evidence of the effort remained, except tractor tracks

At NSC, Old Glory Flies Again

Last spring, the flag that normally flies in front of the Neuroscience Center Bldg. developed a tear and needed to be replaced. John Hamill, retired former chief of NIDA’s Research and Development Contracts Management Branch, reached out to U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin’s office for a replacement. Within a day, Cardin’s staff responded with a promise to send a flag. Shortly thereafter, the new flag arrived, along with a certificate stating that it had previously flown over the U.S. Capitol dome.

Last spring, the flag that normally flies in front of the Neuroscience Center Bldg. developed a tear and needed to be replaced. John Hamill, retired former chief of NIDA’s Research and Development Contracts Management Branch, reached out to U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin’s office for a replacement. Within a day, Cardin’s staff responded with a promise to send a flag. Shortly thereafter, the new flag arrived, along with a certificate stating that it had previously flown over the U.S. Capitol dome. The certificate (r) is now on view at the entrance to NSC. The certificate is now on view at the entrance to NSC.

 

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