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June 1, 2018
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NAS Elects Two from NIH

Dr. Jamie Chriqui
Dr. Michael Gottesman

Two NIH scientists are among 84 new members and 21 foreign associates elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Dr. Michael Gottesman is NIH deputy director for intramural research and Dr. Clare Waterman is distinguished investigator and director, Laboratory of Cell and Tissue Morphodynamics, Cell Biology and Physiology Center, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Dr. Jamie Chriqui
Dr. Clare Waterman

Those elected May 1 bring the total number of active members to 2,382 and the total number of foreign associates to 484.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit institution that was established under a congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. It recognizes achievement in science by election to membership, and—with the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine—provides science, engineering and health policy advice to the federal government and other organizations.

Take the 2018 FEVS Survey

The 2018 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) will remain open until Monday, June 18. This is your opportunity to provide input on a variety of topics within your organization, including work experience, leadership, diversity and inclusion. NIH uses the results to make changes throughout the organization.

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 link to participate in the survey. The survey takes 20-25 minutes to complete and your responses will be confidential.

In 2017, the NIH response rate was 57.1 percent. This year, NIH director Dr. Francis Collins set a goal of 60 percent employee participation. Take a few minutes to share your perspective so that leaders across NIH can continue to make NIH a great place to work.

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

Assistant Secretary for Health Visits NIH

Adm. Brett Giroir, who became HHS assistant secretary for health on Feb. 15, visited NIH on May 3, touring the Vaccine Research Center and meeting with NIH senior leadership to discuss opioids and the Common Rule. He also met with institute and program directors (All of Us, the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes Program and the NHLBI Sickle Cell Program) before receiving a laboratory presentation on a universal flu vaccine. Above, Giroir gets an update on the need for a flu vaccine from Dr. Jeffrey Boyington and Dr. Michelle Crank. Below, at left, NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci welcomes Giroir to NIH, while at right, Boyington shows him details of a flu virus model.
Adm. Brett Giroir, who became HHS assistant secretary for health on Feb. 15, visited NIH on May 3, touring the Vaccine Research Center and meeting with NIH senior leadership to discuss opioids and the Common Rule. He also met with institute and program directors (All of Us, the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes Program and the NHLBI Sickle Cell Program) before receiving a laboratory presentation on a universal flu vaccine. Above, Giroir gets an update on the need for a flu vaccine from Dr. Jeffrey Boyington and Dr. Michelle Crank. Below, at left, NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci welcomes Giroir to NIH, while at right, Boyington shows him details of a flu virus model.

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NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci welcomes Giroir to NIH Boyington shows him details of a flu virus model.


‘Festschrift’ for NEI’s Ferris, June 5

Dr. Frederick (Rick) Ferris III

NIH’ers are invited to join NEI in celebrating the career of Dr. Frederick (Rick) Ferris III, former NEI clinical director and director of the NEI Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Applications. He retired in November 2017 after 44 years at NIH. The event Tuesday, June 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Kirschstein Auditorium, Bldg. 45, will feature presentations from Ferris’ collaborators who will highlight lessons learned from clinical trials.

Ferris was involved in dozens of clinical trials, including NEI’s first—the Diabetic Retinopathy Study. This and other trials served as the basis for treatment guidelines that cut the incidence of severe vision loss from diabetic retinopathy by 90 percent.

Ferris was also active in clinical trials for age-related macular degeneration. Taking the reins as NEI clinical director in 2000, Ferris ushered the eye clinic into the digital age, overseeing transition to an electronic medical records system to strategically collect data.

For more information and to register, visit https://www.nei.nih.gov/festschrift-frederick-l-ferris-iii-md or email Maria Zacharias, maria.zacharias@nih.gov.

Gennari To Speak in NLM Series, June 6

The next speaker in the NLM Informatics and Data Science Lecture Series will be Dr. John Gennari, who will discuss “Semantic Annotations, Reuse and Reproducibility” on Wednesday, June 6 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Natcher Conference Center, balcony A.

Dr. John Gennari
Dr. John Gennari

Gennari has been a professor in biomedical and health informatics at the University of Washington for more than 15 years. His doctorate is in computer science, but he began working in biomedical informatics in the early 1990s, beginning with work on the Protégé knowledge representation and ontology development system. He has had a wide range of experiences on large, multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary projects, which led to his research focus of knowledge reuse and knowledge sharing. His expertise is in ontology development, standards and semantic web tools.

Gennari is the graduate program director at UW, overseeing the Ph.D. and research M.S. programs. He is currently on the NLM biomedical informatics, library and data sciences review committee.

Sign language interpreters will be provided. Those who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Ebony Hughes, (301) 451-8038, Ebony.Hughes@nih.gov or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

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