The NIH Bicycle Commuter Club and the Division of Amenities and Transportation Services invite you to celebrate Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 18. Join your friends and colleagues as we celebrate bicycling as an environmentally friendly, fun and healthy alternative to driving.
Beginning in March, participants can register for free at www.biketoworkmetrodc.org. As the event approaches, DATS will send reminders to the NIH community with updates and NIH-affiliated pit stops. But remember to enter your employer as “National Institutes of Health.”
This will help us defend our title as the employer with the most participants. Additionally, anyone who registers gets a free 2018 Bike to Work Day T-shirt (available while supplies last).Robust Azalea Leads Off Campus Spring
This azalea, shown in full bloom on Feb. 28,
was among the first harbingers of spring on the
NIH campus, along with daffodils and crocuses.
Located on the hillside between Bldgs. 31 and 15K,
it is an “early blooming deciduous azalea—that
is, an azalea that loses its leaves in the winter,”
explained Brandon Hartz, NIH landscape architect
in the Office of Research Facilities. “These
deciduous types are far less commonly planted
than the evergreen types that are everywhere.
There are at least 20 different species of
deciduous azalea and they are commonly
hybridized when nursery-grown, so [the photo
above] is likely a hybrid of two different species
to get the best traits of both. It is a lavender
flowering deciduous azalea, which is even less
common since most deciduous azaleas have
warmer flower tones like white, yellow or orange.
Azaleas are in the rhododendron genus as well,”
cautioned Hartz, “so like rhododendrons, they are
prone to deer damage.”
Holy Comic-Con at the Inn, Batman!
The Children’s Inn at NIH hosted Comic-Con, a celebration of comic books, on Feb. 28. Inn residents and their families met some of their favorite comic book characters, created superhero-themed art projects and watched a live musical performance of video game music. Superheroes from the Foundation 4 Heroes and Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion (a Star Wars costuming organization) mingled with residents and their families and posed for photos. The Leidos Scoop ice cream truck stopped by to provide sweet treats—even caped crusaders get hungry. The Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra capped off the event with a performance of music from popular video games. The orchestra is conducted by Nigel Horne of NLM’s Information Resources Branch.