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June 3, 2016
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Author Pink To Present at DDM Seminar, June 16

The Deputy Director for Management (DDM) announces the fourth and final DDM seminar of the 2016 series “Management and Science: Partnering for Excellence” featuring Daniel Pink, a New York Times bestselling author of A Whole New Mind, Drive, and To Sell is Human. He will discuss “The Puzzle of Motivation,” which overturns the conventional wisdom about human motivation and offers a more effective path to high performance. Come hear the surprising truth about what motivates us and others on Thursday, June 16 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

Videocasting and sign language will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to attend should call (301) 496-6211 or the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

For more information about the series, visit www.ddmseries.od.nih.gov or call (301) 496-3271

Still Time to Fill Out Employee Survey

NIH employees still have time to participate in the 2016 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) if they have not done so already. It only takes 20-25 minutes to share your confidential feedback.

In 2015, NIH’s scores improved over 2014 and were higher than government and HHS-wide scores in every performance category. NIH ranked 81st in the Partnership for Public Service’s 2015 Best Places to Work rankings and third among public health agencies though, so we still have opportunities for improvement. Help make NIH an even more engaging and fulfilling place to work by sharing your perspective before FEVS closes on Thursday, June 16.

Eligible NIH employees (full- and part-time permanent, non-seasonal employees, hired by Oct. 31, 2015) should have received an email invitation from the Office of Personnel Management containing a link to participate in the survey. Search your email for a message with a subject line of “2016 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey - Empowering Employees. Inspiring Change!” sent from the “Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey-HE.” You may want to check your “junk email” folder as well.

If you have any questions or problems accessing the survey, call (toll-free) 1-855-OPM-FEVS (1-855-676-3387) or email NIHFEVS@mail.nih.gov.

NIH Library Bioinformatics Symposium, June 20

Attend the NIH Library Bioinformatics Symposium, Monday, June 20, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10, to learn how scientists are using software licensed by the NIH Library Bioinformatics Support Program to analyze, integrate and annotate data from multiple genomics technologies, including next generation sequencing. Discover the latest applications of these data analysis tools to problems in molecular biology.

Find out how state-of-the-art knowledge bases and pathway analysis applications are transforming downstream functional analysis of high-throughput experiment data. The symposium is free and open to the public. For more information, including a complete schedule of presenters and to register, visit http://nihlibrary.nih.gov/biosymposium2016.

‘Adventure in Science’ Seeks Faculty, Students

Deyaan and Mahilan Guha listen to a sound generator they have created with electronic parts from a kit. volunteer teacher Gareth Prosser performs an experiment on water as students Thomas Dorsey, Saatchi Barochia and Ria Aswathi await the result along with co-teacher Marlene Espinoza.
At left, Deyaan and Mahilan Guha listen to a sound generator they have created with electronic parts from a kit. At right, volunteer teacher Gareth Prosser performs an experiment on water as students Thomas Dorsey, Saatchi Barochia and Ria Aswathi await the result along with co-teacher Marlene Espinoza.

Adventure in Science (AIS), a non-profit science education program for children, is planning its 24th year at NIH. The program, which meets on Saturday mornings October through March in Bldg. 10, is designed to show 8- to 11-year-olds the fun of science using hands-on activities—from building and launching model rockets to dissecting frogs, visualizing the activity of enzymes, measuring their lung volumes and more.

AIS teachers are mostly volunteers from the NIH community, from postdocs to institute directors. This is a great opportunity to exercise your teaching skills with an enthusiastic audience. You can volunteer to teach for only one Saturday, or for several. If you are interested in AIS, read the “About Us” section at www.adventureinscience.org. If you want to volunteer, think about possible topics you might teach and send your contact information to Vathani Arudchandran (Arulvathani.Arudchandran@fda.hhs.gov) and Ed Max (edward.max@fda.hhs.gov).

Enrollment for children will be open for a brief period in June, as announced at www.adventureinscience.org/ais-registration.

For more information about enrollment, send an email with “AIS Enrollment” in the subject heading to Max.

‘Week of Making’ Symposium To Feature Fox, June 20

The National Week of Making, June 17-23, celebrates the ingenuity and creativity of the diverse community of inventors in the Maker Movement. Celebrate the National Week of Making at a symposium, “Making Health: Inspiring Innovative Solutions for Research and Clinical Care,” with a special presentation from Susannah Fox, HHS chief technology officer. The symposium will take place Monday, June 20 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. If you have any questions about the symposium, email 3Dprint@nih.gov. For more information on this and other events throughout the week, visit http://nihlibrary.nih.gov/weekofmaking.

The NIH Library will also host several events and training classes highlighting a variety of 3-D printing and modeling software and 3-D printers available for use at the NIH Library. These activities are free and open to NIH and HHS staff and will be held in the library training room, Bldg. 10. Registration is required; visit the web site listed previously. If you have questions about the library’s events, contact Verma Walker by emailing verma.walker@nih.gov.

Pediatric Palliative Care Resources Available in Spanish

The resources available on NINR’s new Spanish-language campaign web page complement the brochure and make additional NINR campaign materials available to the Spanish-speaking population.

As part of its Palliative Care: Conversations Matter campaign, NINR has released Spanish-language versions of its materials for families of children with serious illnesses. The newly released materials include an at-a-glance fact sheet, a resource card for families on finding support and a series of family stories. In November 2015, NINR released a Spanish-language version of its brochure for families that provides an overview of palliative care. The resources available on NINR’s new Spanish-language campaign web page complement the brochure and make additional NINR campaign materials available to the Spanish-speaking population.

To order or download free copies of the Spanish-language materials, visit https://ninr.nih.gov/conversacionesvaliosas. To learn more about the campaign, visit www.ninr.nih.gov/conversationsmatter.

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