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May 20, 2016

NLM Lecture Salutes Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and master navigator
Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and master navigator

On Monday, May 23 at 11 a.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A, NLM will host a special presentation by Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and master navigator—He Lani Ko Luna, A Sky Above: In Losing the Sight of Land, You Discover the Stars.

Thompson will describe the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage and its iconic double-hulled canoe, Hōkūle’a, currently on a 47,000-nautical-mile journey around the world, stopping at 85 ports in 26 countries, including Old Town Alexandria on May 15. He will discuss the rich history of deep sea voyaging, exploration and oceanic wayfinding, the indigenous system of orientation and navigation at sea and the efforts to use these experiences to revitalize a once dynamic maritime culture of the Native Hawaiians. He will explain the symbiotic relationships between land, sea, sky and people and their cultural, ecological and personal health.

Hōkūle’a was part of the NLM exhibit Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness.

Remember to Take Employee Survey

Don’t forget to take the 2016 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS). The survey opened at the beginning of May and will remain open until Thursday, June 16. NIH is committed to continuously improving as a place to work and as an agency that sets standards of excellence in medical research; this is your opportunity to provide candid feedback on your work experience, organization and leaders.

Eligible NIH employees (full- and part-time permanent, non-seasonal employees, hired on or before Oct. 31, 2015) should have received an email invitation from the Office of Personnel Management containing a unique link to participate in the survey. Look for a message with the subject line “2016 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey - Empowering Employees. Inspiring Change!” The survey takes 20-25 minutes to complete and responses are confidential.

If you have any questions or difficulties accessing the survey, call the OPM Survey Support Center (toll-free) at 1-855-OPM-FEVS (1-855-676-3387) or email the NIH Office of Human Resources at

Pride Month Events, May 25-June 30

The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, along with the Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, is sponsoring several events to celebrate Pride Month.

The theme for this year is “Telling Our Stories, Claiming Our Power, Standing in Our Truth.” Four events will take place on campus between May 25 and June 30:

  • May 25 (10-11:30 a.m.) Heeding the ManDate – Project Healthy Living, Porter Bldg., Rm. 640

  • June 8 (1-3 p.m.) Catalyzing Efforts to Collect Sexual and Gender Minority Health Research and Workforce Data, Natcher Bldg., Balcony A

  • June 14 (1-2:30 p.m.) Fostering an Inviting Workplace for Transgender & Gender Nonconforming Employees (training), Bldg. 31, C Wing Rm. 7

  • June 30 (10-11:30 a.m.) Health Care and Research for the Transgender Community, Bldg. 10, Masur Auditorium

For more information contact Ryan Mahon at

Take a Hike Day, June 2

The 9th annual NIH Take a Hike Day will be held Thursday, June 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in front of Bldg. 1.

Join guests including Shellie Pfohl, executive director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, at the event. All NIH staff are invited to walk or run around the perimeter of campus—about 3.25 miles from start to finish—rain or shine.

The event also launches the U.S. surgeon general’s “Step It Up” campaign at NIH. Commissioned Corps officers at NIH are responding to surgeon general Dr. Vivek Murthy’s call to action to promote walking and walkable communities by promoting taking the stairs at NIH workplaces. Make every day a “Take a Hike Day” by taking the stairs and “Step It Up!”

There will also be Take a Hike Day activities at various off-campus locations. For more information and to register, visit

Tables and water will be supplied. If you would like to sponsor a water station and show your IC spirit, contact Michelle Aikens at or (301) 402-8180.

Those who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Carole Harman at, (301) 402-8180 and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339). Requests should be made at least 5 days before the event.

Submit Ideas for Cancer Moonshot Initiative

As part of the Vice President’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative, the National Cancer Institute has launched an online engagement platform to enable the research community and the public to submit cancer research ideas to a blue ribbon panel of scientific experts.

Any member of the public is encouraged to submit ideas for reducing the incidence of cancer and developing better ways to prevent, treat and cure all types of cancer.

Research ideas may be submitted in the following areas: cancer clinical trials; data sharing; dissemination & population sciences; immunotherapy & immunoprevention; pediatric cancer; tumor evolution & progression; other exceptional opportunities.

To submit your scientific research ideas to the Moonshot Initiative visit

Scientific ideas can also be submitted to or by phone to the Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER.

To sign up for updates on the engagement platform and other aspects of the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative, visit

Re-Opening of Bldg. 1 Café

Go salad and sandwich station

The Bldg. 1 Café re-opened on Apr. 18 under new management by Eurest Dining Services, which operates the coffee bars in Bldgs. 10/CRC and 35. Located on the third floor, the Bldg. 1 Café serves breakfast, lunch and snack items with an emphasis on healthy options. It is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. The daily menu features Starbucks coffees, pastries, juices, paninis, soups and sushi, as well as the popular On-the-Go salad and sandwich options. The café, open to all NIH staff and visitors, is a service of the Office of Research Services’ Division of Amenities and Transportation Services. For more information, contact the DATS food team at (301) 402-8180 or visit the NIH Food/Concession Program Services page at

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