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May 19, 2017

Bike to Work Day, May 19

Dr. Vernon Anderson, president of the NIH Bicycle Commuter Club, shows off the BTWD T-shirt at last year’s event in front of Bldg. 1.
Dr. Vernon Anderson, president of the NIH Bicycle Commuter Club, shows off the BTWD T-shirt at last year’s event in front of Bldg. 1.


The annual Bike to Work Day will be held Friday, May 19. Once again, the pit stop in front of Bldg. 1 will be the focus of NIH’s observation of BTWD. It opens at 7 and goes until 9 a.m. Participants who arrive by bike and who have pre-registered at by May 12 will receive a free 2017 BTWD T-shirt. Registrants should identify the National Institutes of Health (spelled out) as their employer and may select the pit stop closest to their worksite.

The NIH Bicycle Commuter Club, along with the NIH R&W and the ORS Division of Amenities and Transportation Services, coordinates the activities in front of Bldg. 1. In addition to T-shirt distribution, a light breakfast is provided, campus bicycle registration is offered by the NIH Police and a local mechanic provides minor adjustments and assessments of recommended maintenance.

Information will be available from the NIH BCC about cycling facilities and from the Washington Area Bicycle Association on bicycling in the D.C. area and other cycling organizations.

Around 8 a.m., the Carl Henn Award for promoting bicycle commuting and safety will be presented. Henn was a longtime NIH employee and Rockville resident who was an early advocate for bicycle commuting.

Pictures of the event from past years can be found at

Pi Day Reset to May 18

MIT’s Dr. Bonnie Berger
MIT’s Dr. Bonnie Berger

NIH will hold its third annual Pi Day Celebration on Pi Day 2.0, Thursday, May 18. As you may recall, the original Pi Day festivities, on 3.14, were postponed due to inclement weather. The goal of the event is to increase awareness across the biomedical science community of the role that the quantitative sciences play in biomedical science.

NIH Pi Day will feature tours, talks, posters and a keynote address by MIT’s Dr. Bonnie Berger at 1 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. She will discuss 2017“The Mathematics of Biomedical Data Science.”

For all events, sign language interpreters can be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Jacqueline Roberts,, (301) 594-6747, or the Federal Relay, (800) 877-8339.

For more information about the day’s events, visit

‘Safety by Design’ Symposium Set, May 22-24

The Office of Research Services’ Division of Occupational Health and Safety will hold its third symposium in a series promoting a culture of safe and responsible science in the conduct of biomedical research. “Safety by Design – Microbial Inactivation – Lessons Learned and a Path Forward” is scheduled for May 22-24 in Natcher Conference Center.

Presenters include researchers and other experts in inactivation who will discuss the science behind microbial inactivation, review past missteps, identify challenges affecting inactivation such as gaps in scientific knowledge and limited guidance and examine strategies for moving forward. The event offers formal presentations and opportunities to network, exchange ideas, work in small groups and learn. The August 2016 GAO Report to Congressional Committees Improved Oversight of Dangerous Pathogens Needed to Mitigate Risk will frame the symposium program.

Attendees should register by Wednesday, May 10, at

Outdoor Event Returns
Asian American Heritage Month Activities at NIH

The annual outdoor event to celebrate Asian American Heritage is returning to the Bldg. 31 patio after a 2-year break. It will take place on Wednesday, May 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will feature Korean dance, Chinese music and a Tai Chi demonstration. The Bldg. 31 cafeteria will provide Asian cuisine for purchase.

The program will open with a colorful lion dance, accompanied by drums and gongs. NIH groups and community organizations will also be on hand to share health-related and other information. The event is sponsored by the NIH Asian and Pacific Islander American Organization.

For more information, contact Aaron Bell (

Two other commemorative events are planned. The 2017 KT Jeang Memorial Lecture will feature Dr. Xiang-Jin Meng speaking on “The ever-expanding host range and cross-species infection of Hepatitis E virus,” on Tuesday, May 9, 3-4 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The lecture is co-sponsored by the NIH Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Intramural Research. For more information contact Dr. Roland Owens ( A reception follows the lecture.

Lastly, HHS and the Federal Asian Pacific American Council are presenting a full-day leadership training program on Monday, May 15, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kirschstein Auditorium, Bldg. 45. For more information, contact Dr. Eric Zhou ( The latter two events can be accessed via

NIH Marks Public Service Recognition Week, May 7-13

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins shows his support of Public Service Recognition Week.
NIH director Dr. Francis Collins shows his support of Public Service Recognition Week.

Public Service Recognition Week honors federal, state and local government employees. Events in honor of your contributions as a federal employee are being held May 7-13. Here is how NIH employees can participate:

• Take a photo of yourself with the completed “I ‘Heart’ Public Service” template (
Be sure to take high-resolution photos.

• Spread the word the week of May 7-13—Upload your photo to Facebook and/or Twitter using these hashtags: #NIH #PSRW #Proud2ServeUSA. The #NIH hashtag allows NIH to find our employees.

• Send your photo to Images will be posted on NIH social media outlets.

• Add the Public Service Recognition Week logo to your email signature.

• Attend one of the events being held in your honor at

If you have questions or would like more information, email ShaRhaina Brown,

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