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September 22, 2017

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 achievements.

Nominations are being solicited for four categories through Monday, Oct. 23. Categories are Scientific Achievement Award—for scientists/researchers who have made significant accomplishments in biomedical research; Leadership Excellence Award—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; and Young Investigator Award—to recognize achievements by visiting, clinical and research fellows who have spent less than 7 years at NIH. A fourth category, Kuan-Teh Jeang Distinguished Service Award, 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 have previously worked (within the past year) at NIH. Awardees will be honored at the APAO awards ceremony on Dec. 6 in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1.

Submit a 1-page narrative/statement to support why you think an individual deserves recognition and include a CV of the nominee. You may nominate different individuals for the appropriate award category. A review committee composed of members from the APAO and non-members representing several institutes and centers, as well as former award recipients, will evaluate all nominations. Submit nominations electronically no later than Oct. 23 to Dr. Shioko Kimura, awards committee chair, at For details, ask for the 2-page award nomination manual.

NIMHD Hosts 2nd Health Disparities Institute

HHS Secretary Tom Price spent a couple of hours at NIH on Aug. 10 touring NIAID’s Vaccine Research Center. After a meeting (above) with top NIH leaders including NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, NIH principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak and acting chief of staff Dr. Carrie Wolinetz, the secretary and several of his top staffers heard science briefings on NIH’s Approach to Emerging Infections by NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci (below, l) and a VRC overview with updates about the Zika vaccine program by VRC director Dr. John Mascola.
The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities held its second annual Health Disparities Research Institute at NIH Aug. 14-18. This year’s cohort included 54 scholars, with disciplines ranging from M.D. and Ph.D. to R.N. and Psy.D.

Outdoor Film Festival Draws Crowds, Benefits Kids

The 21st Comcast Outdoor Film Festival benefitting the NIH Children’s Charities took place Aug. 24-26 at Strathmore, drawing some 9,500 patrons and raising more than $6,500.

The biggest attraction was Moana, shown on the first night. More than 3,500 people stretched out on the lawn, enjoying burgers, dogs, popcorn, candy and ice cream.

The other films drawing date-night attention were The LEGO Batman Movie and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.


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