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Vol. LXII, No. 6
March 19, 2010
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Briefs

STEP Forum on Alcohol, Mar. 25

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science in the Public Health forum on the topic “Alcohol Use to Alcoholism—Molecules to Management” on Thursday, Mar. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

NIH is thinking about drinking. You may be thinking about drinking too. But when does a good time become a big problem? Most Americans know someone who abuses alcohol; for example, 30 percent of 12th graders have engaged in binge drinking. What are the recent advances in the molecular biology and genetics of alcoholism and potential drug therapies? Come learn about the latest approaches in dealing with the behavioral aspects of alcoholism and managing the disease via rehabilitation programs.

Rapoport To Give Next Roberts Lecture

Dr. Judith Rapoport

Dr. Judith Rapoport will give the eighth lecture in the Anita B. Roberts lecture series, which highlights outstanding research achievements of women scientists in the Intramural Research Program. Her talk on “Brain Development in Healthy, Hyperactive and Psychotic Children” takes place Thursday, Mar. 25 at 1 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10.

Rapoport is chief of the Child Psychiatry Branch, NIMH. Her research focuses on diagnosis in child psychiatry, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. Over the past decade, her group has been studying the clinical phenomenology, neurobiology and treatment of childhood onset schizophrenia as well as normal and abnormal brain development in childhood and adolescence.

The lecture, sponsored by the NIH women scientist advisors committee and the Office of Research on Women’s Health, is open to the public. Sign language interpreters will be provided on request. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Deirdre Andrews at (301) 496-3891 and/or the Federal Relay, 1-800-877-8339, 5 days before the lecture.

Long-Term Admin Support Contracts Awarded

The highly anticipated Long-Term Administrative Support Contracts (LTASC) are now available. These contracts provide access to long-term (at least 12 months) administrative support. LTASC is not bound by the 120-day rule on temporary services and offers a single, consistent mechanism that can be used across all institutes and centers.

“The LTASC vehicle will provide all of NIH with an excellent option for procuring administrative support from a very qualified group of pre-screened vendors,” said Tom Keith, associate director of the Office of Logistics and Acquisition Operations. “The vehicle is aligned with NIH’s corporate objective to consolidate contracts and will help us meet our small business contracting goals.”

Labor categories range from general clerical to executive assistant.

An LTASC support team will be available to support ICs through the task order process. A user-friendly web site has been established to provide easy access to ordering procedures, points of contact, answers to frequently asked questions and other useful information. Visit the site on the NIH intranet at http://LTASC.od.nih.gov or contact Elizabeth Leslie, LTASC contracting official, at lesliee2@od.nih.gov or Gary Tyler, LTASC project officer, at tylerg@od.nih.gov.

Join the NIH-HHS Mentoring Program

Permanent federal employees interested in serving as mentors and mentees across the NIH community are invited to join the NIH April 2010 cohort. For more information, including links to online registration and a calendar of events, see the NIH-HHS Mentoring Program web site at http://trainingcenter.nih.gov/hhs_mentoring.html.

Play About Darwin’s Impact, Mar. 22-23

The NIH community is invited to attend the world premiere of From Orchids to Octopi: An Evolutionary Love Story. The play was commissioned by NIH as part of the continuing celebration of Darwin’s 200th birthday known as Evolution Revolution. Written by award-winning playwright Melinda Lopez, the show is filled with art, science, animals and history. Details may be found at www.nigms.nih.gov/News/Meetings/DarwinPlay2010_a.htm.

Showtimes are Monday, Mar. 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Mar. 23 at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Bethesda Theatre, 7719 Wisconsin Ave. Tickets are $15 at the door or in advance (with additional fees) through Ticketmaster. School groups are admitted free during the 10 a.m. showing. Following the evening performances, audience members are invited to join a conversation with scientists and cast members. For more information, contact Alisa Machalek at (301) 496-7301 or alisa.machalek@nih.gov.

Ice Now, Porter II Later
A frozen pond at the site of the future Phase II of the Porter Neuroscience Research Center was captured by Dawn Walker at sunrise on the morning of Feb. 25. Walker is a technical laboratory manager in NCI’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology. Porter Phase II is in the contracting process at the moment; proposals were due on Mar. 15. Construction, using ARRA funds, is expected to start in early summer.

A frozen pond at the site of the future Phase II of the Porter Neuroscience Research Center was captured by Dawn Walker at sunrise on the morning of Feb. 25. Walker is a technical laboratory manager in NCI’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology. Porter Phase II is in the contracting process at the moment; proposals were due on Mar. 15. Construction, using ARRA funds, is expected to start in early summer.

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