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June 16, 2017

NLM Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Harry Potter Series

Illustration of an alchemy workshop in Johann Mylius’s Opus Medico-Chymicum, 1618
Illustration of an alchemy workshop in Johann Mylius’s Opus Medico-Chymicum, 1618


On June 26, 1997, British author J.K. Rowling published Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first book in the Harry Potter series and the beginning of a global, pop cultural phenomenon.

To celebrate Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary and the world-renowned historical collections of the National Library of Medicine, the library will offer a series of special events, including a week-long display featuring rare books and incunables (books printed before 1501) that influenced the Harry Potter series, and the popular NLM traveling exhibition “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine,” lectures and more. Events will be held June 26-30 at NLM.

The library will display 15th, 16th and 17th-century collection items, which represent the history that informed some of the characters and settings of the Harry Potter series and formed the foundation of the traveling exhibition.

The special display and traveling exhibition explore the magic of Harry Potter and its roots in Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science.

The display and exhibition highlight the important ethical topics Rowling’s stories examine. Visitors can navigate the display using a “Marauder’s Map” and take home coloring pages fashioned from the books and incunables on display.

Harry Potter’s World and the Renaissance books and incunables will appear in the History of Medicine Division reading room at NLM’s Bldg. 38A during the week of June 26. The event is open to the public, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. Reservations are encouraged as only a limited number of people can be accommodated in the reading room. Guided tours are available on request by email at or by phone at (301) 594-1947.

NLM will also offer two special lectures as part of the week-long appreciation. On Tuesday, June 27 at 2 p.m., exhibit curator Elizabeth Bland presents “A Look into the Pensieve: Reflections on Harry Potter at Twenty Years.”

Then, on Thursday, June 29 at 2 p.m., Dr. Stephen Greenberg, head of rare books & early manuscripts at NLM, gives a talk titled “Monsters in the Stacks: How Harry Potter Came to NLM.” Both talks take place in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

To benefit audiences around the world, and especially those who are joining in the celebration of the Harry Potter 20th anniversary, NLM will launch an online curated collection of the 15th, 16th and 17th-century books that will appear in the week-long display, as well as related works.

NIH Supply Center Holds Advisory Council Meeting, June 27

The scene at a recent SCAC meeting
The scene at a recent SCAC meeting

The NIH Supply Center (SC) supports NIH by providing lab, medical and office supplies in a cost-effective and convenient manner. The SC listens to the NIH community and looks for ways to improve products and services.

The SC hosts a Supply Chain Advisory Council (SCAC) every quarter; the meetings are open to all NIH personnel. The next SCAC will be held Tuesday, June 27 at 10 a.m. in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 6C7.

This is a chance to discuss specific requirements that your institute needs in order to guide future procurements. The SC appreciates all feedback; the information helps grow its product portfolio. Over the past year, the SC has added more than 150 new items based on advice from SCAC meetings.

To register for the upcoming SCAC, visit For information about the SC, call (301) 496-9156.

June 20
Committee Addresses Aging, Adult Dependent Care Needs

The Office of Personnel Management estimates that 49 percent of the workforce will be expected to provide elder care for a family member, or loved one, within the next 5 years. The Life@NIH Survey, conducted by the NIH child care board, the Office of Research Services and the Office of Human Resources found that 24 percent of participants will be caring for both children and an adult in the near future. The Sandwich Generation—the cohort of employees not only raising children but also providing care to aging parents and relatives—is presented with challenges associated with multigenerational caregiving.

In response to these challenges, ORS has launched the aging and adult dependent care committee (AADCC). Over the next 3 years, AADCC will explore, collect information/data and assess services in order to provide employees with the tools and support systems they need to plan for aging and for providing adult dependent care.

“Offering various workplace flexibilities is essential in recruiting and retaining the most highly qualified workforce at the NIH,” said ORS Acting Director Tim Tosten. “It is important to provide to our employees comprehensive services so that they can better manage their complex work and family responsibilities.”

If you are currently caring for a loved one, or anticipate caring for someone in the near future, come to a committee meeting and share your needs and challenges. AADCC will meet on a quarterly basis—the next meeting is Tuesday, June 20. If you would like to attend or have questions, email Tonya Lee at

June 28

Panel To Discuss Sexual & Gender Minority Research Data

“Making Our Stories Count,” a panel discussion on better understanding and quantifying lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) data in the federal workforce, will be held on Wednesday, June 28 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Bldg. 40, Rm. 1201.

“Making Our Stories Count,”

The discussion, sponsored by the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office, seeks to create a better understanding of the NIH workforce as we continue toward our goal of fostering an environment where diverse talent is leveraged to advance health discovery. The event will be accessible to those from both administrative and research perspectives.

Participants include JoAnne Keatley of the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health; Elliot Kennedy, HHS senior advisor for LGBT health; AJ Pearlman of the HHS Office for Civil Rights; Alexandra Chandler of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center; Caroline Vagneron of the World Bank; and Mahri Monson of the Environmental Protection Agency.

For details see Watch online at

Sign language interpreters can be provided. Those who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Bali White at (301) 594-0155 or

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