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November 2, 2018
Briefs
NIH Veterans Day Celebration, Nov. 7

All are invited to this year’s celebration of Veterans Day, which will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 7 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, from 10 to 11 a.m.

The keynote speaker is U.S. Navy Capt. (ret.) Pius Aiyelawo, chief operating officer of the Clinical Center. Welcoming remarks will be delivered by U.S. Army Lt. Col. (ret.) Cathy Troutman, management analyst at NHLBI. Additionally, a veterans recognition address will be delivered by NIH principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak.

Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Jayne Lura-Brown at luraj@de45.nidr.nih.gov or (301) 594-5342 and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

Community College Day Set, Nov. 20

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education will host Community College Day 2018. This event provides community college students and faculty an opportunity to visit the Bethesda campus and learn about careers and training opportunities in biomedical and health care fields. The all-day event will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Natcher Conference Center. To register and for more information visit www.training.nih.gov.

Nov. 14
Chen To Speak in NLM Series

Dr. Elizabeth Chen
Dr. Elizabeth Chen

The NLM Informatics and Data Science Lecture Series will feature Dr. Elizabeth Chen on Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Bldg. 45, balcony A. She will address “Knowledge Discovery in Clinical and Biomedical Data: Case Studies in Pediatrics and Mental Health.”

Chen is founding associate director of the Brown Center for Biomedical Informatics, associate professor of medical science and associate professor of health services, policy & practice at Brown University.

The talk will be broadcast live and archived at http://videocast.nih.gov/.

Interpreting services are available upon request. Individuals 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).

Mushrooms n Monarchs Visit Campus

On hand at the award ceremony were (from l) Dr. Karen Parker, director, Sex and Gender Minority Research Office; awardees Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld and Dr. Annesa Flentje; and Dr. James Anderson, director, DPCPSI. On hand at the award ceremony were (from l) Dr. Karen Parker, director, Sex and Gender Minority Research Office; awardees Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld and Dr. Annesa Flentje; and Dr. James Anderson, director, DPCPSI.
There was recently a bumper crop of bright orange mushrooms that popped up next to a black gum tree on the west side of Bldg. 37, close to the Old Georgetown Rd./South Dr. exit. They appear to be jack-o-lantern mushrooms, said NCIs Marian Durkin. I took one into a darkroom and can confirm that they are bioluminescent. Also, I have seen a number of monarch butterflies flitting around the butterfly bushes next to the Bldg. 49 entrance and on the west side of Bldg. 35, close to the sidewalk. Such early fall visitors are welcome, despite their lack of PIV cards.

PHOTOS: MARIAN DURKIN
On hand at the award ceremony were (from l) Dr. Karen Parker, director, Sex and Gender Minority Research Office; awardees Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld and Dr. Annesa Flentje; and Dr. James Anderson, director, DPCPSI.

CDC Director To Present on Infectious Harms of Opioid Crisis

Dr. Robert Redfield
Dr. Robert Redfield

Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will deliver the 2018 Joseph J. Kinyoun Memorial Lecture on the intersection between the national opioid crisis and the management of infectious diseases. The NIH community and the public are invited to hear his remarks on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 3 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10.

Titled, “Opioids: Epidemic of Our Time and Impact on Infectious Disease,” Redfield’s talk will explore the impacts of the unprecedented use of opioids in the United States on the management of infectious diseases. While overdose remains the leading cause of death among people who use opioids, this population is also disproportionately affected by viral hepatitis, bacterial endocarditis, HIV and other infections associated with sharing and reusing needles to inject drugs and other behaviors linked to illicit drug use.

The opioid epidemic presents substantial challenges to controlling infectious disease transmission. In the United States, new hepatitis C infections increased by 223 percent from 2010 to 2016, and one in 10 new HIV infections occurs in people who inject drugs. Redfield will discuss the roles that federal public health partners including CDC and NIH can play in addressing this crisis.

Redfield became the 18th CDC director and the administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry in March 2018, capping more than three decades of leadership in public health, research and clinical care with a focus in virology.

After receiving his medical degree from Georgetown University in 1977, Redfield rose to the rank of colonel at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he led some of the earliest clinical studies enrolling people with AIDS. He later became a co-founder of the University of Maryland’s Institute of Human Virology.

The annual Kinyoun Lecture commemorates Dr. Joseph J. Kinyoun who, in 1887, founded the Laboratory of Hygiene, the institution that later would become NIH. Since 1979, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has invited distinguished guests to present their work in the fields of infectious diseases and immunology for this lectureship.

NIH Celebrates ‘America Recycles Day’

America Recycles Day (ARD) is Thursday, Nov. 15. The Division of Environmental Protection will partner with the ORS Division of Logistics Services, sustainable lab practices working group, green team leads council and sustainability partners to host information and recycling activities Monday, Nov. 12 through Friday, Nov. 16.

ARD is a nationwide endeavor to celebrate recycling efforts and promote recycling initiatives. Stop by an information table from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 15 to take the NIH Recycling Pledge, ask questions, get individual recycling bins and pick up recycling information at the following cafeteria locations: Bldgs. 10 (B1 and 2nd floor), 31, 35, 38 and 45.

Containers will be located in the lobbies of Bldgs. 1, 10 South, 13, 31A, 35, 38A, 40, 45 and 50 to collect non-accountable items (e.g., electronics, floppy disks, CDs, cords, microwaves, coffee makers, monitor stands, metal staplers, hole punchers) from the beginning of ARD week until Friday at 2 p.m. In addition, staff can now recycle plastic film (Ziploc bags, grocery bags, dry cleaning bags, shrink wrap, bubble wrap) in the Bldg. 10 Supply Store during ARD and beyond.

The Shady Grove, Baltimore and Research Triangle Park campuses will also host activities. For more information, email 2018 ARD coordinator Jaqie McGauley (jacquelyn.mcgauley@nih.gov).

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