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April 22, 2016
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Hopkins’ Krimigis To Speak on Human Spaceflight, May 10

Dr. Stamatios “Tom” Krimigis

Dr. Stamatios “Tom” Krimigis of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory will teach a Demystifying Medicine course on Tuesday, May 10 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the first-floor conference room in Bldg. 50. The title of his lesson is “Robotic Planetary Exploration and Thoughts about Human Spaceflight.”

A physicist and space scientist, Krimigis was the principal investigator on several NASA spacecraft, including Voyagers 1 and 2, and has participated in NASA missions to every planet in the solar system.

The Demystifying Medicine course, jointly sponsored by FAES and NIH, is designed to help bridge the gap between advances in biology and their application to major human diseases. All are welcome to attend this talk, at which Krimigis will discuss the challenges of prolonged human spaceflight and the role of biomedical scientists in space exploration. The course will be videocast live and then archived at http://videocast.nih.gov.

Women’s Health Week Recognizes Pinn at May 10 Event

The 17th annual National Women’s Health Week will be held May 8-14. As part of the week’s activities, the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health will host the inaugural Vivian W. Pinn Seminar. It will honor Dr. Vivian Pinn, the first and former director of ORWH, and will feature a keynote address from Dr. Lauren Wood, senior clinical investigator at the National Cancer Institute. It takes place Tuesday, May 10 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Bldg. 60’s main hall.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information about the seminar, visit www.nih.gov/women.

Career Symposium Scheduled, May 6

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education invites all NIH graduate students and postdoctoral trainees, both basic scientists and clinicians, to its 9th NIH Career Symposium on Friday, May 6 at the Natcher Conference Center from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Program will include breakout sessions highlighting career opportunities for biomedical scientists. Panel sessions cover academic, government, industry and non-profit career paths. More than 80 speakers will provide career insights. Get details at www.training.nih.gov.

Bike to Work Day, May 20

The Bldg. 1 pit stop is the campus gathering point for each BTWD. This was the scene in 2015.
The Bldg. 1 pit stop is the campus gathering point for each BTWD. This was the scene in 2015.

Join the NIH Bicycle Commuter Club and Office of Research Services, Division of Amenities and Transportation Services for Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 20. It is a celebration of bicycling as an environmentally friendly, fun and healthy way to get to work.

Registration is free and you can sign up for one of the NIH-affiliated pit stops. Events will be held at Bldg. 1 from 7 to 9:30 a.m.; Rock Springs Business Park (Marriott HQ) from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m.; and Rockville-Fallsgrove (near NCI Shady Grove) from 6:30 to 9 a.m.

You can also sign up for any of the 83 pit stops in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Help us defend our proud title as the employer with the most participants by identifying your workplace as the National Institutes of Health.

You must pre-register for the pit stop you plan to visit to receive a 2016 Bike to Work Day T-shirt (available while supplies last). At Bldg. 1, all NIH’ers who show up riding a bicycle and wearing a helmet may enjoy breakfast snacks and a raffle drawing. Register by Monday, May 16 at biketoworkmetrodc.org.

APAO Announces Activities for Asian American Heritage Month

Three events will be presented at NIH in observance of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which is celebrated each year in May.

“Diverse Career Pathways of Asian Pacific American Scientific and Administrative Workforce at NIH” is a panel discussion planned for Wednesday, May 4, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1. Robin Kawazoe of the NIH Office of the Director will address administrative career perspectives; Dr. T. Jake Liang of NIDDK will present intramural perspectives; and Dr. Francisco Sy of NIMHD will speak on extramural perspectives. The panel presentations and discussion will be preceded by lunch. A contribution of $10 is suggested to cover lunch. This event is co-sponsored by the NIH Asian and Pacific American Organization (APAO) and the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. RSVP to Jimmy Do, Jimmy.Do@nih.gov.

All HHS employees and contractors are invited to attend the “HHS Pre-Conference Agency Forum,” hosted by the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) on Monday, May 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The forum, part of FAPAC’s 31st National Leadership Training Program, will address challenges of fostering the recruitment, retention and career development of the Asian American and Pacific Islander workforce at HHS. Attendees are requested to register at http://fapac.org/hhsforum; attendees may also view the webcast on event day at http://videocast.nih.gov/.

This year’s Kuan-Teh Jeang Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, May 17, from 2 to 3 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10, will be delivered by Dr. Mien-Chie Hung of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The title of his lecture is “Novel Signaling Pathways in Cancer Cells and Development of Targeted Therapy.” The event is presented by the NIH Office of Intramural Research and co-sponsored by APAO.

NLM Cosponsors Conference on Best Practices of Biomedical Research

FDA commissioner Dr. Robert Califfin
FDA commissioner Dr. Robert Califf

NLM is teaming with the Friends of the National Library of Medicine and Research!America to host a conference, “Best Practices of Biomedical Research: Improving Reproducibility and Transparency of Preclinical Research.” It will take place June 9-10 at the Bethesda Marriott, 5151 Pooks Hill Rd. The session will feature discussion about challenges with non-reproducible research and highlight positive strategies to achieve significant quality improvement in preclinical research studies. It will also generate constructive and practical messages to benefit producers as well as users of biomedical research discoveries.

Speakers will include NCATS director Dr. Christopher Austin, FDA commissioner Dr. Robert Califf, NLM Acting Director Betsy Humphreys, NIGMS director Dr. Jon Lorsch and Stanford’s Dr. John Ioannidis.

The complete program, along with information about registration, travel and accommodations, can be found at www.fnlm.org.

Public Service Recognition Week, May 1-7

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins supports #PSRW and #Proud2ServeUSA.
NIH director Dr. Francis Collins supports #PSRW and #Proud2ServeUSA.

Public Service Recognition Week honors those who serve our nation as federal, state and local government employees. Events are being held May 1-7. Here is how NIH employees can participate:

  • Take a photo of yourself with the completed “I Heart Public Service” template at https://hr.od.nih.gov/about/iheartpublicservice.pdf. Be sure to take high-resolution photos.

  • Upload your photo to Facebook and/ or Twitter using the following hashtags: #NIH, #PSRW and #Proud2ServeUSA. The #NIH hashtag allows NIH to find our employees. This can be done during the week of May 1-7.

  • Or send your photo to NIHforJobs@ od.nih.gov. Images will be posted on NIH social media outlets.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Anait Freeman at anait.freeman@nih.gov. Visit http://publicservicerecognitionweek.org/events for a list of local observances.

Next Protocol Navigation Lecture Set, May 2 in Bldg. 50

The IRP Protocol Navigation Training Program Seminar Series continues with a lecture to be held Monday, May 2 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Bldg. 50, Conf. Rm. 1227/1328. The program is a trans-NIH effort to develop resources and tools and to provide training for intramural staff and contractors involved in protocol development, writing, coordination and management. Valerie Bonham, senior attorney in the NIH branch of the HHS Office of the General Counsel, will present on the NIH Human Data Sharing Policy. For more information, contact Marcia Vital, (301) 451-9437, vitalm@mail.nih.gov.

Mazet To Give Leiter Lecture

Dr. Jonna Mazet
Dr. Jonna Mazet

PHOTO: GREGORY URQUIAGA, UC DAVIS

Dr. Jonna Mazet will give the 2016 Joseph Leiter NLM/Medical Library Association Lecture, Wednesday, May 4. It will take place at 1 p.m. in Lister Hill Center auditorium, Bldg. 38A. Her topic will be “Emerging Infectious Diseases in the 21st Century: A Prevention Paradigm for Surveillance, Information Sharing and Health Diplomacy.”

Mazet is professor of epidemiology and disease ecology and executive director of the One Health Institute at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, where she focuses on global health problem-solving, especially for emerging infectious diseases and conservation challenges. Currently, she is global director of a $175 million viral emergence early warning project, PREDICT, that has been developed with the U.S. Agency for International Development Emerging Pandemic Threats Program. She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2013.

The lecture will be recorded and broadcast live on the web and later archived at http://videocast.nih.gov.

Apply Soon for Health Disparities Research Institute

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities will host the Health Disparities Research Institute Aug. 15-19.

The program provides a unique opportunity for early career researchers who are interested in health disparities and minority health research to learn more about the latest science and receive guidance on their own research project from leaders in the field.

Approximately 60 promising early career researchers, including senior postdoctoral scholars, research associates and assistant professors, will be accepted into the competitive program. Preference will be given to those who demonstrate a high potential to benefit from the program and incorporate the training into their own research.

The free program will feature seminars, small group discussions and consultations with NIH staff involved in minority health and health disparities-related research. Participants will receive advice on research strategies and methods specific to their project and how to develop their project into an R01, R21 or K award application.

The online application will open soon on the NIMHD web site, http://bit.ly/hdinstitute16, and will close at 5 p.m. on June 1. For more information, contact the course planning committee at NIMHDHealthDC@mail.nih.gov.

MAY 10
Ungerleider Gives Roberts Lecture

The next Anita B. Roberts Lecture will be given by Dr. Leslie Ungerleider, senior investigator in the Laboratory on Brain and Cognition and chief of the section on neurocircuitry at the National Institute on Mental Health. Her talk, “Functional Architecture of Face Processing in the Primate Brain,” will be held on Tuesday, May 10 at 1 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1. The Roberts series highlights outstanding research achievements of women scientists in the Intramural Research Program at NIH. The NIH women scientist advisors committee and ORWH sponsor the seminars.

Ungerleider’s research involves examining the neural mechanisms for the processing of facial identity and facial expression in the brains of human and nonhuman primates. She has more than 40 years of research experience in the field of cognitive neuroscience, with a focus on visual perception and attention. She is an NIH Distinguished Investigator and member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine.

The series is dedicated to the memory of Roberts and honors her role as an exceptional mentor and scientist. She was chief of NCI’s Laboratory of Cell Regulation and Carcinogenesis from 1995 to 2006. Prior to her death in May 2006, she spent 30 years at NIH as a research leader. The lecture is open to all and will be followed by a question-and-answer session addressing career issues for women in science. Sign language interpreters will be provided on request.

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