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October 6, 2017
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NIH Surpasses Feds Feed Families Goal

Each year, NIH has managed to reach its Feds Feed Families goal, collecting non-perishable goods to benefit local food banks, NIH patients and their families.

Allison Bloss (l) and Shrylnee Speed from the Office of Research Services at a campaign information table
Allison Bloss (l) and Shrylnee Speed from the Office of Research Services at a campaign information table

This year, employee support was beyond anything witnessed before. With a goal of 31,000 lbs., NIH exceeded the mark by an astounding 59,000 lbs., collecting almost 91,000 lbs. The generosity has a direct benefit to the Capital Area Food Bank, the Children’s Inn, the Safra Lodge and food banks in Frederick, Baltimore, Arizona, North Carolina and Montana. Due to the overwhelming success, NIH even extended support to victims of Hurricane Harvey, with a donation to the San Antonio
Food Bank.

“Employee dedication and participation was beyond anything we’ve seen in the past,” said Timothy Tosten, acting director, Office of Research Services and the Feds Feed Families campaign chairperson. “Through increased awareness, IC events such as hosting contests, socials and the Food Fight Challenges, enthusiasm was at an all-time high.”

Donations included:

  • 17,538 lbs. of non-perishable goods donated to the Capital Area Food Bank, the Children’s Inn and the Safra Family Lodge

  • $5,662 of vouchers purchased through the “Fighting Hunger” food vouchers at Eurest cafeteria check-out lines—all voucher proceeds will be donated to the San Antonio Food Bank to assist families affected by Hurricane Harvey (56,620 lbs. of food to be donated)

  • 6,424 lbs. collected and donated by Frederick and Baltimore, as well as Arizona, North Carolina and Montana NIH offices

  • 9,657 lbs. donated through the Capital Area Food Bank’s online giving

Shrylnee Speed, program coordinator, thanked the “incredible efforts” of volunteer staff, who “enthusiastically helped with sorting, weighing and packing the collected food. I was awestruck to see the amazing work NIH does to help those in need.”

Donna Siegle, NCI acting executive officer, represents this year’s Food Fight Challenge winner.
Above, Donna Siegle, NCI acting executive officer, represents this year’s Food Fight Challenge winner. Below is NHGRI’s winner in the collection box decorating contest.
NHGRI’s winner in the collection box decorating contest.

 

Science Program for Kids Needs Teachers

Science Program for Kids Needs Teachers

Adventure in Science (AIS), a non-profit science education program for children, is planning its 25th year at NIH. The program, which meets on Saturday mornings October through March in Bldg. 10, is designed to show 8- to 11-year-olds the fun of science using hands-on activities—from building (and launching) model rockets to dissecting frogs, visualizing the activity of enzymes, measuring their lung volumes and more.

AIS teachers are mostly volunteers from the NIH community, from postdoctoral fellows to institute directors. This is a great opportunity to exercise your teaching skills with an enthusiastic audience. You can volunteer to teach for only one Saturday or for several.

If you are interested in AIS, read the “About Us” section at www.adventureinscience.org. Then, if you want to volunteer, think about possible topics you might teach and send your contact information to Ed Max (eemax68@gmail.com). Enrollment for children is completed for this year, but will be open for 2018-2019 next spring, as announced at www.adventureinscience.org/ais-registration.

HR Debuts New Web Site

More than a year ago, the Office of Human Resources information management team began conducting user testing on the OHR web site. They wanted to gauge employees’ level of satisfaction as they were using the site. When testing was complete, it was clear that a new kind of site was needed.

The team conducted three focus groups with all types of users across NIH, including administrative personnel, interns, management analysts, managers and program analysts. They collected information concerning main navigation, design, language, style, structure and more. Then they did more user testing—this time by giving users a mockup of what the new site could look like. Also, user testing was completed with the public.

HR Debuts New Web Site

Now, thanks to all the feedback, the new OHR web site is here. Changes include:

  • Simplified language and labeling, focusing strictly on HR topics to make it easier to understand for the average user

  • A modern design with an intuitive navigation

  • Audience pages for new, current and retired employees, with quick links to help you jump to information easily

  • A repository of frequently asked questions by HR topics

  • Streamlined HR topics for a public web site. NIH employee-only topics (off-boarding, HR systems information, etc.) have been moved to the IntraHR site.

If you go to the old link—hr.od.nih.gov—you will be automatically redirected to https://hr.nih.gov. So make sure to bookmark the new link.

HR wants to hear from you and continue to improve the site. Provide feedback by completing the “Can We Make This Page Better?” form at the bottom of each page.

 

Event To Honor Rep. Louis Stokes, Oct. 12

“Celebrating the Life and Legacy of the Gentleman from Ohio,” a fireside chat with NIH director Dr. Francis Collins and the family of former U.S. Congressman Louis Stokes, will be held Thursday, Oct. 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Louis Stokes Laboratories (Bldg. 50). The event is hosted by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and the NIH Office of the Director. All are welcome.

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