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December 15, 2017
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HR Sets Up New ‘Internal Opportunities Board’ Online

The Office of Human Resources announces the new NIH Internal Opportunities Board. The purpose of the board is to promote learning and development opportunities for employees to grow within the NIH community. The board is located at https://ohr.od.nih.gov/iob/. NIH will continue to honor all current collective bargaining agreements and will implement this system consistent with the agreements and its obligations under law, rule or regulation.

‘PuppyCam’ Relieves Stress at NIH

NIH hosted a PuppyCam at the Clinical Center in partnership with Hero Dogs Inc. and the Children’s Inn at NIH on Nov. 30. The Twitter livestream featured service dogs, therapy dogs and puppies-in-training and offered stress reduction tips. Above, the inn’s certified therapy dog, Zilly, made an appearance to let viewers know how she brings comfort, healing and stress relief to children, young adults and their families. She was joined by her certified handler Melissa Dell’Omo (r), special assistant to the inn’s CEO and also Zilly’s designated caretaker, along with inn residents Jordan Larocco (l), 7, of Arizona, and Jayla Lee, 14, of Tennessee.
NIH hosted a PuppyCam at the Clinical Center in partnership with Hero Dogs Inc. and the Childrenís Inn at NIH on Nov. 30. The Twitter livestream featured service dogs, therapy dogs and puppies-in-training and offered stress reduction tips. Above, the innís certified therapy dog, Zilly, made an appearance to let viewers know how she brings comfort, healing and stress relief to children, young adults and their families. She was joined by her certified handler Melissa DellíOmo (r), special assistant to the innís CEO and also Zillyís designated caretaker, along with inn residents Jordan Larocco (l), 7, of Arizona, and Jayla Lee, 14, of Tennessee.

PHOTO: SONJA LUECKE

Waletzky Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Jeremy Waletzky (white shirt in front row) is joined by family members, previous winners of the Jacob P. Waletzky Award from 2004 to the present and NIDA scientific director Dr. Antonello Bonci (back, fourth from l).
Dr. Jeremy Waletzky (white shirt in front row) is joined by family members, previous winners of the Jacob P. Waletzky Award from 2004 to the present and NIDA scientific director Dr. Antonello Bonci (back, fourth from l).

NIDA’s Intramural Research Program hosted an event to honor Dr. Jeremy Waletzky for his work and support of addiction research by presenting him with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Waletzky is the father of Jacob, after whom the Society of Neuroscience Jacob P. Waletzky Memorial Award was named. Jeremy created the award to honor his son, who lost his battle with addiction. Recipients of the award are young scientists whose independent research has led to significant conceptual and empirical contributions to the understanding of drug addiction. To learn about Jacob’s story, read https://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/noras-blog/2015/12/personal-story-despair-hope-origin-jacob-p-waletzky-award. For details on the event, go to https://irp.drugabuse.gov/news/jeremy_wal_event.php.

Acting HHS Secretary 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
Eric Hargan (second from l), acting secretary of HHS, visited NIH on Nov. 28, meeting with institute directors and OD staff in Bldg. 10 and getting clinical updates. Above, he gets oriented to the Clinical Research Center with (from l) hospital CEO Dr. James Gilman (l), NIH director Dr. Francis Collins and NCI director Dr. Norman Sharpless. Below, Hargan listens as Collins leads a discussion in the medical board room. During the morning visit, Hargan also met with Dr. Steven Rosenberg, chief of NCI’s Surgery Branch, and one of his patients, and with Dr. Carlos Zarate, chief of NIMH’s Experimental Therapeutics & Pathophysiology Branch.

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 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

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