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August 12, 2016
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Ornament of a Moment
The Fogarty International Center held a picnic July 26 at Bldg. 16. Event organizer Bruce Butrum waved a wand around to make bubbles, one of which was appropriately magical as it held a reflection of Bldg. 16—affectionately called Stone House—on its thin, shimmering and very fragile surface.


Employee Rights: Race, Religion and…Restrooms?

In a recent decision by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Lusardi v. Department of Defense, the EEOC addressed two issues involving the rights of transgender employees. Can an agency deny a transgender employee who has transitioned to the opposite gender the use of restroom facilities that correspond with his or her gender? And can the intentional use of an employee’s former gender pronoun and name constitute a hostile work environment?

Tamara Lusardi was a civilian employee with the Department of the Army at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. She agreed to use a private restroom during the initial period of her transition. On two occasions, when the private restroom was unavailable, Lusardi used the women’s restroom. Both times she was confronted by a supervisor who informed her that she was required to use the private restroom until she could show proof of having undergone “final surgery.” Lusardi’s supervisor also repeatedly referred to her by her former male name and male pronoun in the presence of others in a manner intended to mock or humiliate her.

The EEOC established that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin and religion, does not require an employee to provide proof of a medical procedure as a prerequisite for equal opportunity. Therefore, an agency may not determine access to facilities on the basis of the completion of medical procedures that will establish proof of an employee’s gender. The EEOC also determined that in this case the intentional use of an employee’s former gender pronoun and name can constitute a sex-based hostile work environment.

In March, North Carolina’s legislature passed House Bill 2, a law that prevents transgender individuals from using bathrooms corresponding to the gender with which they identify. NIH, in accordance with federal law, asserts that denying transgender individuals access to restrooms and other workplace facilities consistent with their gender identity is a violation of Title VII. HB2 has no bearing on NIH employment or operations.

For more information on preventing and addressing workplace harassment, visit To reach out to the EDI Guidance team about NIH workplace concerns, visit

Outdoor Film Festival at Strathmore, Aug. 20-22

The 20th Comcast Outdoor Film Festival will take place Aug. 20-22 on the lawn at Strathmore. Bring your blanket, chairs (low ones only) and anyone who loves movies. The movies are free. Food, wine and beer will be available to purchase. There will also be a raffle to help raise funds for the NIH Charities (Friends of Patients at the NIH, the Children’s Inn and Camp Fantastic/Special Love); donations are accepted as well.

Aug. 20     Jurassic World

Aug. 21     Minions

Aug. 22     The Wizard of Oz

Pfizer's Centers for Therapeutic Innovation Proposal Portal Opens Sept. 6

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences continues to manage NIH's collaboration with Pfizer's Centers for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI) network. The next call for proposals opens on Sept. 6; the submission deadline is Oct. 7.

The Pfizer CTI program at NIH is designed to help bridge the gap between early scientific discovery and its translation into new medicines through public-private resource sharing. It pairs leading NIH intramural researchers with Pfizer resources to pursue scientific and medical advances through joint therapeutic development. Goals include identifying biologic compounds with activity in a pathway or target of interest to both NIH and Pfizer and then together moving the compounds into the clinic to test them.

The CTI model is the first NIH-wide biologics initiative with a pharmaceutical partner that NCATS coordinates on behalf of all NIH intramural researchers. For more information, visit and To set up a meeting that can include non-confidential discussion about pre-proposal ideas, contact Pfizer CTI representative Dr. Nader Halim at and copy

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Register Now For NINR Anniversary Event

Registration is now open for NINR’s scientific symposium “Advancing Science, Improving Lives: A Window to the Future,” which will take place on Sept. 14 from 3 to 5:45 p.m. at the Washington Hilton. The symposium, one of NINR’s 30th anniversary events, will bring together scientists, health care professionals and members of the public to examine the advancements in nursing science that build the foundation for clinical practice and enhance the health of the nation.

The symposium will feature distinguished scientific speakers and include panel discussions on the topics of sleep and omics science. The event is free, but registration is required. For more information and to
register, visit

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