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Vol. LXIII, No. 7
April 1, 2011
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Author Kaye To Give DDM Seminar

The third seminar in the Deputy Director for Management (DDM) 2010-2011 series “Management and Science: Partnering for Excellence” will feature Dr. Beverly Kaye, an internationally recognized authority on retention and engagement in the workplace. She will speak on Thursday, Apr. 14 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, on the topic, “Love ’Em or Lose ’Em: Getting Good People to Stay.” Her talk will address the importance of employee engagement and the leader’s role in retention.

Videocasting and sign language will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to attend should call (301) 496-6211 or the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339. For more information about the DDM Seminar Series, visit www.ddmseries.od.nih.gov or call (301) 496-3271.

Bench-to-Bedside Awardees Lecture, Apr. 8

The Clinical Center and the translational research interest group will present a Bench-to-Bedside Lecture on Friday, Apr. 8, 1-3 p.m., Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. Speakers are Dr. Alan S. Wayne, head, hematologic diseases section, Pediatric Oncology Branch, NCI, speaking on “Bench-to-Bedside Development of Novel Therapies for Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia” and Dr. Deborah Persaud, associate professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, who will discuss “Therapeutic HIV Vaccines’ Effects on Viral Reservoirs.”

The lecture series highlights novel research projects resulting from partnerships formed under the Bench-to-Bedside Award Program, established in 1999. For more information, visit www.cc.nih.gov/ccc/btb/lectures.html.

Earthquake Assistance Fund Available

The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) has established a fund to help earthquake victims in Japan. Voluntary contributions may be sent to FAES in Bldg. 60, Suite 230 (One Cloister Court, Bethesda, MD 20814) and designated for the “Japanese Earthquake Fund.”

Join the NIH-HHS Mentoring Program

NIH wants you to join the HHS Mentoring Program. Federal employees interested in serving as mentors and mentees across the NIH community are invited to join the NIH April 2011 cohort. The cornerstone of the program is “Partnering for Excellence” through building a confidential, interactive relationship. The Mentoring Program does not take the place of NIH scientific mentoring and customized IC leadership mentoring programs available to employees in some institutes and centers. Instead, it fills gaps where programs do not exist and enables NIH-wide or even across-HHS relationships. Visit the NIH-HHS Mentoring Program site at http://trainingcenter.nih.gov/HHS_ Mentoring.html.

Mitochondrial Biology Symposium, May 16-17

The 2011 NHLBI Mitochondrial Biology Symposium: Advances in Mitochondrial Dynamics and Mitochondrial- Cytosolic Communications will be held May 16-17 at the Natcher Conference Center. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Douglas C. Wallace, chair in pediatric mitochondrial medicine and metabolic disease and director of the Center for Mitochondrial and Epigenomic Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Submit your abstract online by Apr. 8; registration deadline is Apr. 29 at www.NHLBIMitochondrialSymposia.org and is free. For more information contact Elizabeth Meyer at elizabethmeyer@strategicresults.com.

NIEHS Invites Ideas for Strategic Planning

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences seeks input for its new strategic plan. There are two ways to get involved. You can submit a visionary idea and nominate a workshop participant.

“We are looking for innovative ideas to help define the institute’s future directions, research goals and resource priorities,” said NIEHS deputy director Dr. Richard Woychik, who is leading the strategic planning effort.

Ideas can be submitted at http://strategicplan.niehs.nih.gov/. All ideas will be posted to the web site and anyone can comment on the ideas or give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down rating. Submissions will be accepted through Apr. 30.

NIEHS is also accepting nominations for a stakeholder community workshop that will be held in mid-July in Research Triangle Park, N.C. You can nominate yourself, a respected colleague or anyone who is passionate about understanding the environment for the purpose of improving public health and preventing disease. Nominations can be made at www.niehs.nih.gov/about/od/strategicplan/nomination/index.cfm.

STEP Forum on Water’s Importance

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science in the Public Health forum on the topic “Life’s Matrix: Water on a Very Crowded Planet,” on Tuesday, Apr. 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

Water permeates our bodies and our world. Access to clean drinking water is a basic human need, yet such access is limited in large parts of the world. Moreover, pollution from a variety of sources is an ever-increasing problem. Where are the reserves of drinking water and are they shrinking? How does access to water affect global health and the success of nations? This forum will address what makes water so special that life cannot exist without it.

New Look for NIH Home Page

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Assuming all goes well, the familiar look of www.nih.gov will change late in the day on Apr. 7. The fresh look complements the appearance and feel of the current administration’s web presence and is more in line with the philosophy of open, participatory government. From the navigation tabs across the top, the “mega” drop-down menus provide additional functionality while minimizing page clutter. For example, you can browse or search for health topics without leaving the page you’re on. The new design also: has a human-centric mood with overtones that reflect science and medicine; is easy to read and has an uncluttered look; and incorporates a strong presence for the NIH logo and banner. The new look is a product of the Online Information Branch, Office of Communications and Public Liaison, OD.

FAES Offers Free Community Shred Day

On Friday, Apr. 22, from 4 to 7 p.m., the FAES, in collaboration with Torn2Shredz, will sponsor a Free Community Shred Day as part of its observance of Earth Day. The event will take place at the FAES Social & Academic Center, 9101 Old Georgetown Rd. (across the street from NIH, on the corner of West Cedar Ln. and Old Georgetown Rd.). Limited compact fluorescent light bulb and battery recycling will also be available.

Watch on closed-circuit TV while your old bank and credit card statements are destroyed and then sent for recycling. Protect your identity while you protect Mother Earth. Attendees are asked to limit themselves to 2 bankers boxes worth of personal documents. For more information, contact FAES property manager Rose McNeely at (301) 530-2194 or FAESSAC@gmail.com.


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