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July 14, 2017
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Woodruff To Speak at Caregiving Summit

Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour, will present the keynote address at The Science of Caregiving: Bringing Voices Together Summit.

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

The event, organized by NINR and its partners, will be held on campus Aug. 7-8. Woodruff will open the summit on Aug. 7 at 12:30 p.m.

Her experience caring for her oldest son has led to her dedication to raising awareness of the critical role of caregivers in our society.

The summit will provide perspectives across the spectrum of caregiving, including the importance of caregiving across the lifespan as well as current and future directions for research to improve the health of patients and caregivers.

Gail Gibson Hunt, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving (a non-profit coalition dedicated to conducting research and developing national programs for family caregivers and the professionals who serve them), and Dr. Laura Gitlin, founding director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Innovative Care in Aging and professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, will serve as directors of ceremonies at the summit.

The event will bring together an audience of researchers, advocates, health care providers, educators and others interested in the science of caregiving. Cosponsors include NCI, NIA, NICHD, NIMHD, NCATS’ Office of Rare Diseases Research and the NIH Offices of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, Disease Prevention and Research on Women’s Health.

Visit https://www.ninr.nih.gov/caregivingsummit for more information and to register.

Annual Graduate & Professional School Fair, July 18

The 2017 NIH Graduate & Professional School Fair will be held Tuesday, July 18 from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Natcher Conference Center. NIH summer interns as well as other college students in the D.C. area can prepare for the next step in their careers by exploring educational programs leading to graduate and professional degrees. More than 195 outstanding colleges and universities from across the U.S. will send representatives to recruit NIH trainees. The day will also include workshops and exhibits, which open from 9:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. For details, visit https://www.training.nih.gov/gp_fair.

Former House Speaker Gingrich Visits

Newt Gingrich (r) shares a laugh with NEI clinical director Dr. Brian Brooks (c) as NEI director Dr. Paul Sieving looks on. The former speaker of the House spent several hours at NIH on June 20.
Newt Gingrich (r) shares a laugh with NEI clinical director Dr. Brian Brooks (c) as NEI director Dr. Paul Sieving looks on. The former speaker of the House spent several hours at NIH on June 20.

Former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich visited NIH on June 20. He met with NIH director Dr. Francis Collins in Bldg. 1 before touring the Clinical Center with CC CEO Dr. James Gilman.

While in the CC, Gingrich sat in on a science briefing with researchers at the National Eye Institute, including NEI director Dr. Paul Sieving and clinical director Dr. Brian Brooks. Sieving gave Gingrich an overview of the institute and research under way.

Then, NEI Stadtman investigator Dr. Kapil Bharti of the unit on ocular stem cells and translational research gave a slide presentation on the latest developments in his regenerative medicine and stem cell research. Gingrich was able to see elements of the science first-hand, visiting Bharti’s lab and viewing cell cultures via microscope.

Gingrich learns about regenerative medicine from NEI’s Dr. Kapil Bharti. Gingrich is welcomed to Bldg. 1 by NIH director Dr. Francis Collins (r) and others.
At left, Gingrich learns about regenerative medicine from NEI’s Dr. Kapil Bharti. At right, Gingrich is welcomed to Bldg. 1 by NIH director Dr. Francis Collins (r) and others.

PHOTOS: CHIA-CHI CHARLIE CHANG

 

Feds Feed Families Under Way

At the 2017 Take a Hike Day on June 8, Feds Feed Families coordinator Shrylnee Speed (l) and ORS employee Tonya Walker staff a table promoting the food drive.
At the 2017 Take a Hike Day on June 8, Feds Feed Families coordinator Shrylnee Speed (l) and ORS employee Tonya Walker staff a table promoting the food drive.
 

The 9th annual Feds Feed Families summer food drive is in full swing after kicking off on June 14. NIH’ers are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items to knock out hunger through Thursday, Aug. 31. All donations will be directed to the Children’s Inn at NIH, the Safra Family Lodge and the Capital Area Food Bank. Food banks see a decrease in donations in the summer months, so now is the perfect time to help. Drop-off boxes are located in 11 on-campus and 18 off-campus buildings. In addition, staff can support the program by buying “Fighting Hunger” vouchers at Eurest cafeterias in Bldgs. 10 ACRF, 10 B1, 31, 35A, 41 and 45. All proceeds will be used to buy food items for donation. Last year, employees donated more than 30,000 pounds of food. No doubt we’ll top last year’s generosity this summer. For details, visit www.ors.od.nih.gov/FedsFeedFamilies/Pages/default.aspx or email FedsFeedFamilies@nih.gov.

NO LONGER A PIPETTE DREAM
DSEIS Hosts Clinic for Affordable, Convenient Calibration

Nearly every NIH lab relies on pipettes for consistent, accurate and precise performance. Routine maintenance and calibration keep them functioning at their best.

Thatís just one reason the Laboratory Equipment Maintenance and Repair Branch in ORSís Division of Scientific Equipment and Instrumentation Services recently hosted a pipette calibration and repair clinic for intramural research labs. DSEIS viewed the clinic as a way to provide convenient, high-quality, centralized pipette maintenance service at a significant cost savings.

During the week-long clinic, a representative from Capital One Calibration performed maintenance on more than 300 pipettesóranging from singles, multis and pipette aids to repeaters, single and multi-electronic.

The multi-step service included external examination for missing or broken parts, disassembly and inspection for wear, cleaning, replacement of defective/missing parts, reassembly, external cleaning and sampling to assure accuracy, repeatability and linearity.

Response was positive. In fact, the clinic was so successful that DSEIS plans to offer centralized maintenance clinics for other equipment and instruments.

Have an idea for a future clinic? Contact Jerry Tyus at (301) 496-4131 or DSEIS_repairs@nih.gov.

For more information about DSEIS, visit https:// dseis.od.nih.gov.

Hands-On ULT Freezer Show Brings Cool to Campus

More than 50 intramural principal investigators, lab managers and other research staff from a range of NIH institutes, offices and centers attended a recent DSEIS Presents: The ULT Freezer Show.

Hosted by the Office of Research Servicesí Division of Scientific Equipment and Instrumentation Services (DSEIS), the show offered an opportunity for the intramural community to get up close and personal with ultra low temperature (ULT) freezers that meet NIH energy-efficiency requirements.

Jaroslav Sebek (second from left), Division of Environmental Protection, explains the NIH policy Jerry Tyus and Anju
At left, Jaroslav Sebek (second from left), Division of Environmental Protection, explains the NIH policy
on ULT freezer management to a member of the NIH intramural community. Jerry Tyus and Anju
Vergheese, both of ORS’s Division of Scientific Equipment and Instrumentation Services, welcome
members of the NIH intramural community to the ULT Freezer Show.

Representatives from four vendors displayed the latest generation of new energy-efficient ULT freezers that consume about half the electricity as new standard efficiency ULT freezers. Each energy-efficient unit can save NIH $500 per year in electricity and cooling costs and reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by 3,800 lbs. of CO2.

At the 2017 Take a Hike Day on June 8, Feds Feed Families coordinator Shrylnee Speed (l) and ORS employee Tonya Walker staff a table promoting the food drive.
Vergheese, chief of the DSEIS Sales and Rental Branch, discusses ULT freezer options with NIDDK biologist Minoo Shakoury- Elizeh.

During the show, DSEIS staff provided details on options for acquiring freezers and other lab equipment and instruments as well as information about ULT freezer maintenance.

Jaroslav Sebek of ORSís Division of Environmental Protection was on hand to discuss NIH policy on management of ULT freezers, the benefits of using energy-efficient ULT freezers and the new Energy Star rating for ULT freezers.

An NIH Supply Center representative was available with information about resources for the intramural research community.

The ULT Freezer Show is the first in the NIH ORS DSEIS Presents series of on-campus events for the intramural research community. Each event will feature a different type of lab equipment or instrument that intramural researchers use in their work. Stay tuned for future DSEIS on-campus events.

For equipment sales and rental, contact Anju Vergheese at (301) 496-9748 or email rental@ors.od.nih.gov. For maintenance, repairs and fabrication, contact Jerry Tyus, (301) 496-4131 or email DSEIS_repairs@nih.gov.

 

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