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December 1, 2017
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DDM Series Enters 12th Season

The Deputy Director for Management (DDM) Seminar Series is set to offer another round of leadership and management presentations beginning this month.

The 12th annual series will host speakers known for delivering insights into motivation, innovation and workforce dynamics. The seminars provide NIH employees the opportunity to advance their knowledge of best practices in a variety of leadership and management issues.

The first seminar features Travis Mills speaking on “Self-Motivation and Overcoming Adversity” on Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The series continues in the new year with three more seminars: Lisa Bodell, “Innovation and Simplification: Times of Change” on Feb. 8; Sheila Heen, “Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well” on Apr. 5; and Christine Porath, “The Impact of Civility and Incivility on Worker Productivity” on June 14.

Presentations will be available at http://videocast.nih.gov/ for those who cannot attend or when Masur Auditorium reaches capacity.

Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to participate should call (301) 496-6211 4 work days before the event.

For more information about the series and to view previous videocasts, visit http://www.ddmseries.od.nih.gov/.

Webinar Discusses Web Site on Research Methods, Dec. 13

Dr. David M. Murray, NIH associate director for prevention and director of the Office of Disease Prevention, will present the webinar “Research Methods Resources: A New Website from the NIH Office of Disease Prevention” on Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. to noon.

The webinar, sponsored by the NIH Office of Disease Prevention, will provide a guided tour of the new Research Methods Resources web site and discuss its relevance to changes in NIH requirements for applications for clinical trials submitted on or after Jan. 25, 2018. The webinar will include examples to illustrate the use of the sample size calculator for group- or cluster-randomized trials, which is included on the web site.

Register for the event at https://nih.webex.com/nih/onstage/g.php?MTID=e47b0a107b0f65b7efb6039359c24be57.

Murray will accept questions during his webinar via WebEx and on Twitter with #NIHMtG.

Property Management Portal Opens

The NIH Property Management Portal was recently approved for implementation across all institutes and centers during FY 2018.

It is a web-based application that facilitates open communication between the IC community and its property professionals (property accountability officers and property custodial officers). The portal allows direct access to personal property records, promoting increased awareness and accountability for government property.

The NIH Property Management Branch is managing a working group for this project as well as hosting information sessions via WebEx. Sessions are open to the NIH community on Dec. 6, 13, 20 and 27. Sign up for sessions at https://doodle.com/poll/2ywawyepzhma6wis.

For more information, contact Emily Ballou, (301) 594-5569, emily.ballou@nih.gov or Michael Fratina, (301) 451-9605, michael.fratina@nih.gov.

Become a Leave Bank Member Today

Open enrollment for the 2018 NIH Leave Bank is under way and ends Dec. 11. Protecting your income while helping others has never been this easy, so don’t miss this final opportunity. Enrollment in the Leave Bank is open to all NIH federal employees. The membership period will begin on Jan. 7, 2018.

The Leave Bank is a pooled bank of donated annual and restored leave available to eligible members. The program acts like an insurance policy for your paycheck and amounts to paid leave for members who have exhausted all of their own sick and annual leave and are affected by a personal or family medical condition.

To become a 2018 member, access ITAS and enroll under “Leave Bank Membership.” If you are currently a 2017 Leave Bank member, your membership will automatically continue into 2018, unless you opt-out. For each membership year, there is a membership contribution requirement. The annual membership contribution is 1 pay period’s worth of annual leave accrual (4, 6 or 8 hours) per year. If you don’t have the needed accrued leave, you can still join; the membership contribution will automatically be waived.

For an informational video on how to enroll, visit https://hr.nih.gov/benefits/leave/leave-bank/becoming-member. Questions may be directed to (301) 443-8393 or LeaveBank@od.nih.gov.

CDC Director Fitzgerald Visits NIH

co-deputy director of the VRC. During her morning at NIH, Fitzgerald also met with NIMH director Dr. Josh Gordon and with Dr. Jim Anderson, director of NIH’s Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives. Fitzgerald was named 17th director of CDC in July and previously served as commissioner of the Georgia department of public health from 2011 to 2017

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald (right, c), director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, visited NIH on Nov. 2, getting an overview of NIAID from its director Dr. Anthony Fauci (l) and meeting with NIH director Dr. Francis Collins (r). She also visited the Vaccine Research Center for updates on NIH vaccine efforts with Dr. Barney Graham (above, l), co-deputy director of the VRC. During her morning at NIH, Fitzgerald also met with NIMH director Dr. Josh Gordon and with Dr. Jim Anderson, director of NIH’s Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives. Fitzgerald was named 17th director of CDC in July and previously served as commissioner of the Georgia department of public health from 2011 to 2017.

PHOTOS: CHIA-CHI CHARLIE CHANG
Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald (right, c), director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, visited NIH on Nov. 2, getting an overview of NIAID from its director Dr. Anthony Fauci (l) and meeting with NIH director Dr. Francis Collins (r). She also visited the Vaccine Research Center for updates on NIH vaccine efforts with Dr. Barney Graham


NINR’s Miller Receives National Award

Dr. Jeri L. Miller

Dr. Jeri L. Miller, chief of NINR’s Office of End-of-Life and Palliative Care Research, has been selected by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine’s (AAHPM) board of directors as the recipient of an AAHPM Presidential Citation Award to be presented during the annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care this coming March. The award acknowledges individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of hospice and palliative medicine. The AAHPM citation recognizes the “outstanding efforts and the leadership role of the NINR Office of End-of-Life and Palliative Care Research to stimulate innovative research initiatives, creating opportunities for collaborative activities and facilitating interdisciplinary science.” AAHPM is the only national medical specialty society for hospice and palliative medicine. Since 1988, it has supported hospice and palliative medicine through professional education and training, development of a specialist workforce, support for clinical practice standards, research and public policy advocacy.

DEC. 7
Diez Roux To Give 1st NIMHD Director’s Lecture

Dr. Ana. V. Diez Roux

Dr. Ana. V. Diez Roux will discuss “Challenges and Opportunities for Health Disparities Research” on Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. Her presentation is part of a new quarterly lecture, the NIMHD Director’s Seminar Series. The goal of the series is to highlight novel research discoveries by prominent researchers who are advancing the science of minority health and health disparities.

Diez Roux is dean and distinguished university professor of epidemiology in the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. A physician and epidemiologist, she is known internationally for her research on the social determinants of health. For more than 20 years, her work has affected public health research, policy and practice.

Diez Roux’s presentation will address conceptual models of health disparities, implications for research and action; methodological challenges; emerging directions and promising areas for collaboration.

Diez Roux received an M.D. from the University of Buenos Aires, a master’s degree in public health and a doctorate in health policy and management from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

For reasonable accommodation, call (301) 402-1366 or the Federal Relay, 1-800-877-8339.

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