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June 17, 2016
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Little To Give Next ‘Mind the Gap’ Seminar, June 29

Dr. Todd D. Little

Dr. Todd D. Little, director of the Institute for Measurement, Methodology, Analysis and Policy and professor of educational psychology and leadership at Texas Tech University, will speak on “Optimizing Inferences Using Principled Missing Data Treatments” at the Office of Disease Prevention’s next Medicine: Mind the Gap seminar. It will be held Wednesday, June 29 from 11 a.m. to noon via NIH VideoCast, http://videocast.nih.gov/.

Missing data present a common problem for prevention research; improperly handling missing data can severely compromise the validity of a study’s inferences. Little will highlight the power and utility of modern principled treatments for missing data to optimize inferences. He is internationally recognized for his quantitative work on various aspects of applied structural equation modeling, as well as his substantive developmental research.

Little will accept questions before and during his presentation via email at prevention@mail.nih.gov and on Twitter with #NIHMtG.

Safety, Health & Wellness Day Set

NIH Safety, Health and Wellness Day will be held Wednesday, June 22, rain or shine, at the Clinical Center south complex from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come learn about safety, health and wellness opportunities at NIH.

The Office of Research Services, Office of Research Facilities, NIH occupational safety and health committee, laboratory sustainability group and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases are combining efforts to increase workplace health awareness and promotion.

Each year, the event gets bigger. This year’s version will include activities such as health screenings, IC exhibits, heart-saver CPR training demonstrations, a farmer’s market, physical fitness activities, adult dependent and elder-care information, nutrition demonstrations and tastings and much more.

Attendees are encouraged to register for this event, including the fitness classes, by visiting https://nih2016.eventbrite.com. Fitness classes will fill fast, so sign up as soon as you can.

More than 50 exhibitors will showcase nutrition, fitness and occupational health and wellness information and activities. Plan to have lunch and choose from specialty food trucks that will serve a variety of cuisines for purchase.

For more information, visit http://go.usa.gov/cuWR4. Individuals who need interpreting services may contact Carole Harman at (301) 402-8180. For other reasonable accommodation, contact Alan Marcus at (301) 827-5558 and/or the Federal Relay, (800) 877-8339.

Demolition of Bldg. 34 Continues

near-complete demolition of the old section of Bldg. 34.

Still upright is the newer section of the building (34A), awaiting complete demolition in June.

Bldg. 34, the old campus utility plant, is now being demolished to make way for the new Thermal Energy Storage (TES) System, which will feature an 8-million-gallon water tank 100-feet high and 120-feet wide. The top image shows near-complete demolition of the old section of Bldg. 34. Still upright is the newer section of the building (34A), awaiting complete demolition in June. The TES, along with the industrial water storage system—a 5-million-gallon water tank standing 65-feet high and with the same diameter as the TES—will increase the efficiency and reliability of the NIH Central Utility Plant and ensure that NIH research and patient care can continue uninterrupted if there is an unexpected power outage or disruption in public utility services.

PHOTOS: BILL BRANSON



Graduate & Professional School Fair Scheduled

The NIH Graduate & Professional School Fair will be held on Thursday, July 14 from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Natcher Conference Center.

The fair provides an opportunity for NIH summer interns (especially those in college) and postbacs, as well as other college students in the D.C. area, to prepare for the next step in their careers by exploring educational programs leading to the Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., M.D./Ph.D. and other graduate and professional degrees.

More than 150 outstanding colleges and universities from across the U.S. will send representatives from graduate schools, medical and dental schools, schools of public health and other biomedically relevant programs to the fair in hopes of recruiting NIH trainees.

The day will also include workshops on getting to graduate and professional school, M.D./Ph.D. programs, interviewing, careers in public health, computational biology/bioinformatics, psychology and dentistry. Exhibits will be open from 9:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

A list of institutions planning to attend and registration information can be found at https://www.training.nih.gov/gp_fair.

Japanese Ambassador Visits NIH

Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae of Japan and his wife Nobuko visited NIH on the morning of May 11, meeting the ambassador (r) meets with NIH
principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak. At right, Sasae (l) and his wife (r) are joined by (from l)
scientific directors Dr. Alan Koretsky (NINDS), Dr. Robert Balaban (NHLBI), Dr. Tom Misteli (NCI) and NIH
deputy director for intramural research Dr. Michael Gottesman. The guests from Japan also visited with
some 300 Japanese scientists working at NIH, including members of the NIH Japanese Fellows Association.
Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae of Japan and his wife Nobuko visited NIH on the morning of May 11, meeting
administrative and scientific leaders in Bldg. 1 then visiting the Clinical Center for a tour and roundtable
meeting with Japanese investigators working at NIH. At left above, the ambassador (r) meets with NIH
principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak. At right, Sasae (l) and his wife (r) are joined by (from l)
scientific directors Dr. Alan Koretsky (NINDS), Dr. Robert Balaban (NHLBI), Dr. Tom Misteli (NCI) and NIH
deputy director for intramural research Dr. Michael Gottesman. The guests from Japan also visited with
some 300 Japanese scientists working at NIH, including members of the NIH Japanese Fellows Association.

PHOTOS: BILL BRANSON

NIH Observes Police Awareness Day with Barbecue, Demonstrations

Lt. Lawrence Brown grills chicken to perfection. Christina Jamison (l) and Mary Rainey serve up lunch for Sgt. James Duke and Maj. Pamela Datcher.
At left, Lt. Lawrence Brown grills chicken to perfection. At right, Christina Jamison (l) and Mary Rainey serve up lunch for Sgt. James Duke and Maj. Pamela Datcher.

PHOTOS: ERIC BOCK

The NIH Police hosted the 22nd Police Awareness Day on May 18 in front of Bldg. 1. Officers talked to employees about their jobs, held educational demonstrations and, of course, grilled chicken, hamburgers and Italian sausages with peppers and onions for attendees. Officers from several surrounding law enforcement agencies also attended the event. Police Awareness Day is part of National Police Week, which honors police officers killed in the line of duty.

NIH Hosts HHS Asian Pacific Forum

FAPAC forum participants included (from l) Dr. Dar-Ning Kung, NLM; Dr. Trinh Ly, NIAID; Tyrone Banks, EDI; Dr. Nga Hawk, NCI; Dr. Jian Yang, NIDDK; Dr. Richard Nakamura, CSR; Dr. Jing Bao, NCI; Dr. Minkyung Son; Dr. Chuan-Ming Li, NIDCD.
FAPAC forum participants included (from l) Dr. Dar-Ning Kung, NLM; Dr. Trinh Ly, NIAID; Tyrone Banks, EDI; Dr. Nga Hawk, NCI; Dr. Jian Yang, NIDDK; Dr. Richard Nakamura, CSR; Dr. Jing Bao, NCI; Dr. Minkyung Song; Dr. Chuan-Ming Li, NIDCD.

PHOTO: YAN GU

The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) and HHS recently co-sponsored a forum to observe Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

FAPAC was founded in 1985 as a nonprofit educational organization. One of its goals is to assist the federal and District of Columbia governments in promoting equitable participation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the federal workforce.

The NIH chapter of FAPAC was established on Jan. 16, 2016. Its mission is to promote representation of AAPIs in the NIH workforce, particularly in grade level GS-15 and above, and promote awareness of AAPI cultures and heritage. New members can join at www.fapac.org/membership.

The forum included Debra Chew, director of NIH’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Dr. Richard Nakamura, director of the Center for Scientific Review.

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