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September 23, 2016
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GORMLEY TO DELIVER KEYNOTE
National Disability Employment Awareness Month Kicks Off at NIH

Dr. Maureen Gormley, NINDS deputy director for management, will deliver the keynote address at the National Disability Employment Awareness Month kickoff on Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1.

Dr. Maureen Gormley
Dr. Maureen Gormley

In her talk, “Workplace Stigma Toward Employees with Intellectual Disability,” she will present findings from a study demonstrating that coworker perceptions toward employees with intellectual disabilities change with prolonged organizational contact. She completed the study in the context of Project SEARCH, a school-to-work transition program that has successfully trained and hired youth with intellectual disabilities into the mainstream NIH workforce. Gormley led Project SEARCH at NIH for 6 years and became a strong champion of the program, expanding it across NIH and helping to start programs at the Smithsonian Institution and Montgomery County government.

Gormley, who has spent her career at NIH, has a passion for creating a diverse and inclusive workforce. She holds an undergraduate degree in nursing from Boston College, an M.P.H. from Yale University and a doctoral degree from Fielding in human and organizational systems.

Other kickoff highlights include remarks by Debra Chew, director of the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and the first in a series of “Lightning Round Speakers” spotlighting how #InclusionWorks in the workplace. Three people with a disability will talk for 3-5 minutes each about a contribution they’ve made to NIH’s mission.

Sponsored by EDI’s disability engagement committee and ORS’s Division of Amenities and Transportation Services, the kickoff will highlight other events focused on disability awareness happening throughout October. For more information, visit http://edi.nih.gov/people/sep/pwd/about.

BY OCT. 18
APAO Solicits Award Nominations

The NIH Asian & Pacific Islander American Organization (APAO) will continue its tradition of honoring employees in the NIH Asian Pacific American community for their excellence. Nominations are being solicited in four award categories: Scientific Achievement—for scientists/researchers who have made significant accomplishments in biomedical research; Leadership Excellence—for non-scientists and scientists who exemplify leadership excellence by example, mentorship and empowerment of Asian and Pacific Americans to promote diversity and support the overall mission of NIH; Young Investigator—recognizes achievements by visiting fellows, clinical fellows and research fellows who have spent fewer than 7 years at NIH; and Kuan-Teh Jeang Distinguished Service—recognizes an APAO member who has made an outstanding contribution or demonstrated continual high quality service to the NIH Asian Pacific American community.

Nominees must work or previously have worked (within the past year) at NIH. Awardees will be honored at the NIH APAO Awards holiday luncheon on Dec. 7 in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1.

To nominate, submit a 1-page narrative/statement to support why you think an individual is deserving of recognition and include a CV of the nominee. A review committee composed of APAO members, non-members representing several ICs and former award recipients will evaluate nominations. Submit nominations electronically no later than COB Tuesday, Oct. 18 to Dr. Shioko Kimura at kimuras@ mail.nih.gov. For details, ask for the 2-page Award Nomination Manual.

‘Minerals in Medicine’ Exhibit at CC

The Clinical Center is featuring a “Minerals in Medicine” exhibit as part of a collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History’s department of mineral sciences and its National Gem and Mineral Collection. While the objects were being unpacked, Clinical Center director Dr. John Gallin (second from l) marveled at one of the exhibit’s stones presented by Smithsonian geologist Dr. Michael A. Wise (l). Looking on with amusement are Dr. Frederick Ognibene (second from r), Clinical Center deputy director for educational affairs and strategic partnerships, and Dr. Jeffrey E. Post (r), chairman, department of mineral sciences and curator, National Gem and Mineral Collection. The exhibit highlights the essential role minerals and metals play in medicine, medical devices and in the normal functioning of the human body. Under the loan agreement, the items will be displayed in the Clinical Center’s admissions area for 18 months.
The Clinical Center is featuring a “Minerals in Medicine” exhibit as part of a collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History’s department of mineral sciences and its National Gem and Mineral Collection. While the objects were being unpacked, Clinical Center director Dr. John Gallin (second from l) marveled at one of the exhibit’s stones presented by Smithsonian geologist Dr. Michael A. Wise (l). Looking on with amusement are Dr. Frederick Ognibene (second from r), Clinical Center deputy director for educational affairs and strategic partnerships, and Dr. Jeffrey E. Post (r), chairman, department of mineral sciences and curator, National Gem and Mineral Collection. The exhibit highlights the essential role minerals and metals play in medicine, medical devices and in the normal functioning of the human body. Under the loan agreement, the items will be displayed in the Clinical Center’s admissions area for 18 months.

PHOTO: ERNIE BRANSON

NHLBI Holds Vascular Symposium

Registration is now open for the 2016 National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute symposium “Unraveling Vascular Inflammation: From Immunology to Imaging,” the first of its kind to focus on vascular inflammation emerging research as it relates to immunology, systemic inflammation and multi-modal imaging.

The Oct. 24-25 symposium, to be held at the Natcher Conference Center, will bring together the world’s most renowned experts in the field, providing a forum for international collaboration across disciplines to speed discoveries, fill gaps in existing knowledge and potentially lead to critical breakthroughs in ways to understand vascular inflammation as it relates to future cardiovascular disease events. Keynote speakers include Dr. Frank Nestle, King’s College London; Dr. Paul Ridker, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and Dr. David Newby, University of Edinburgh.

Fast-paced presentations will facilitate exchange of ideas on critical topics, including translational studies involving cardiovascular imagery and quantification and the immunology of inflammation. A poster session, including a competition and cash award, will enable evaluation and discussion of additional research and guidance to early career researchers.

Symposium registration is free. To register, submit an abstract or learn more, visit
https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/news/events/unraveling-vascular-inflammation- immunology-imaging-2016.

OCT. 20
International Opportunities Expo Scheduled

The 10th International Opportunities Expo, sponsored by the visiting fellows subcommittee of the NIH fellows committee (FelCom), is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 20 from noon to 4:30 p.m. in the NIH FAES Education Center, Bldg. 10.

The event focuses on opportunities for postdoctoral fellows and graduate students interested in pursuing international science careers. Representatives from embassies, funding agencies and globally minded science and health organizations will be on hand to answer questions and promote their programs and resources.

Whether you are in the job market or at the beginning of your training, the expo offers the opportunity to gather information to consider an international career. To find out more, visit
https://www.training. nih.gov/for_expo_exhibitors_and_speakers.

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