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May 4, 2018
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Asian American Heritage Month Celebrations Set, May 9 and 23

The NIH chapter of the Federal Asian Pacific American Council invites NIH’ers to a 2018 HHS Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month observance on Wednesday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1.

Featured speakers include Holly Ham, executive director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and Dr. Matthew Y.C. Lin, HHS deputy assistant secretary for minority health. There will be a networking session from noon to 1 p.m.

Register online through the Learning Management System. Registration is not required to view via https://videocast.nih.gov/.

This year’s Asian Heritage Celebration at NIH, on Wednesday, May 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Bldg. 31 patio, will feature a fashion show. Attendees will see colorful clothing and costumes from several traditions including Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino and Indian, as modeled by volunteer NIH staff.

The NIH Asian and Pacific Islander American Organization has sponsored annual observances of Asian American history and heritage at NIH for many years. Enjoy traditional Indian dance and a Chinese music ensemble. You can learn about Chinese calligraphy and Japanese origami and participate in a tai chi group exercise. Asian foods, as well as jewelry and accessories, will be available for sale. Several NIH organizations, institutes and centers will also have information tables.

NIH Holds 11th Annual Career Symposium

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education invites all NIH graduate students and postdoctoral trainees, both basic scientists and clinicians, to participate in the 11th annual NIH Career Symposium on Friday, May 18 at Natcher Conference Center from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The symposium provides an opportunity for fellows and graduate students to learn about scientific career options and explore factors that lead to career success. The all-day program will include more than 20 breakout sessions highlighting career opportunities available to biomedical scientists.

Panel sessions cover academic, government, industry and non-profit career paths. More than 80 speakers will provide insights into their careers. For more information and registration visit https://www.training.nih.gov/.

Public Service Recognition Week Offers Outlets for Pride

Every year since 1985, a week in early May has been set aside as Public Service Recognition Week, a time to thank dedicated public servants from federal, state and local governments across the country.

During this special week, you have an opportunity to share your pride in your public service. One way you can do that is by participating in NIH’s photo campaign for Public Service Recognition Week. Here’s how it works:

  • Take a photo with your completed “I Heart Public Service” template at https://hr.nih.gov/about/events/psrw/PSRW.

  • Post your photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the following hashtags: #NIH, #HHS, #PSRW and #Proud2ServeUSA. The #NIH hashtag allows NIH to find its employees.
  • You can also email your photo to NIHPSRW@nih.gov. Images will be posted on NIH social media outlets.

Another way to participate is by thanking others for their service with the Public Service Star Awards to recognize your coworkers for their outstanding public service. The Star Awards can be found at the same link as I Heart Public Service.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Anait Freeman at anait.freeman@nih.gov. Visit http://publicservicerecognitionweek.org/events for a list of local observances.


Trading Lab Life for Careers in Science Writing, Policy

American Geophysical Union public information specialist/writer Lauren Lipuma (bottom, r) and NIAMS science policy analyst Dr. Stephanie Burrows (above, l) about hanging up their lab coats to pursue careers in science policy, diplomacy and communications. In addition to introducing skills and competencies needed for a successful transition, the presenters discussed ways to find and secure policy and writing jobs and the importance of networking with leaders in the field. Following featured talks, participants had the opportunity to engage directly with speakers, shown above.
The NIAMS Intramural Research Program Career Development and Outreach Branch recently hosted a forum on career paths to science policy and science writing. Intramural trainees heard from the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Office of International and Security Affairs deputy director Dr. Mahlet Mesfin (bottom, l), American Geophysical Union public information specialist/writer Lauren Lipuma (bottom, r) and NIAMS science policy analyst Dr. Stephanie Burrows (above, l) about hanging up their lab coats to pursue careers in science policy, diplomacy and communications. In addition to introducing skills and competencies needed for a successful transition, the presenters discussed ways to find and secure policy and writing jobs and the importance of networking with leaders in the field. Following featured talks, participants had the opportunity to engage directly with speakers, shown above.

PHOTOS: COLLEEN DUNDAS
Dr. Mahlet Mesfin Lauren Lipuma


NIDA’s Volkow Meets with First Responders

NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow met with opioid
NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow met with opioid quick response team chief Will Mueller (l) of Colerain Township, Ohio, and Fire Chief Daniel Goonan of Manchester, N.H., at the recent scientific meeting.

First responders met with NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow recently at the NIDA Clinical Trials Network 2018 annual steering and scientific meeting to discuss policies, strategies and future research on substance use disorder treatment in the midst of the opioid crisis.

The gathering provided a forum for the exchange of research findings on treatment and prevention and exploration of how these findings can inform clinical practice, health care policy and future research directions.

Topics at the meeting included safe and effective medications for opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment; better treatment through use of big data; improved screening in routine medical care; improvement of clinical practice through electronic health record data; alternative outcome measures of effective OUD treatment; treatment models in primary care; women-specific treatment issues; and OUD prevention and treatment for youth.

FEVS 2018 Survey Opens

FEVS 2018 Survey Opens

The 2018 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) is scheduled to open the week of May 7 and will remain open until the week of June 18. This is your opportunity to provide input on a variety of topics within your organization, including: work experience, leadership, diversity and inclusion.

Eligible NIH employees (full- and part-time permanent, non-seasonal employees, on-board on or before Oct. 28, 2017) should receive an email invitation from the Office of Personnel Management containing a unique link to participate in the survey. The survey takes 20-25 minutes to complete and responses will be confidential.

In 2017, the NIH response rate increased by 5.6 percent to 57.1 percent. This year, NIH director Dr. Francis Collins set a goal of 60 percent employee participation.

For questions about the FEVS, visit https://hr.nih.gov/working-nih/fevs or contact the Office of Human Resources at NIHFEVS@mail.nih.gov.

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