Newsletter

Cookies and Goodies Needed Viva Italiano – April 23rd, 5:30 pm

Cookies and goodies are needed for the Clinical Center monthly party!  If you are interested in contributing some goodies for the party please deliver the items to the R&W office in Bldg. 31, Rm. B1W30 or the R&W in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1C06 on April 23rd by noon.  Fran at our Rockledge R&W store will also accept goodies if it’s more convenient to drop off there.  Please deliver to Rockledge I, Rm. 4202 by the end of the day on Wednesday, April 22nd.

May 15th is Bike to Work Day

Join the NIH Bicycle Commuter Club (NIHBCC) in celebrating National Bike Month and Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 15th, from 7am – 9:30am at NIH-Bldg. 1, 6:30am – 8:30am at Rock Springs Business Park (Marriott HQ) and 6:30am – 9am Rockville-Fallsgrove (pit stop close to the NCI Shady Grove building).  These buildings will be featured among many local pit stops supported by the Washington Area Bicyclists Association in a salute to bicycle commuting.  NIH often wins the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s (COG) award for being the area’s biggest employer of Bike to Work Day participants.  Complete your free registration at http://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org/register-now/ and help us defend our proud title this year. You must pre-register for the pit stop you plan to visit to receive a Bike to Work Day 2015 T-shirt; available while supplies last.  At the NIH pit stop, all employees and contractors who show up riding a bicycle and wearing a helmet may enjoy breakfast snacks and participate in a raffle drawing.  If you have never tried commuting by bike to NIH and aren’t quite sure how to begin, visit http://www.nihbike.com and click on the “Commuting” link.  Bike to Work Day is a rain or shine event.  Volunteers are always appreciated to help with preparations before Bike to Work Day or on the day of the event. If you would like to help out, please email Vernon Anderson at andersonve@nigms.nih.gov.  Bike to Work Day participation enhances awareness of the myriad benefits bicycle commuting brings to personal health, the community, and the environment.

NIH Ski and Travel Club is Headed to South Africa

The NIH Ski and Travel Club’s trip to South Africa, with optional extension to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, will take place September 24 – October 14, 2015.  The optional extension to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe returns October 17, 2015.  The cost for South Africa only is $4,755 per person while South Africa and Victoria Falls is $6,200 per person.  The group will depart from Dulles Airport.  Contact Bob Bingaman with questions or to make a reservation at 301-788-9802.  Limited space remains! Trip Itinerary

NIH Blood Bank Give Red, Save Green

The NIH Blood Bank and the NIH/NOAA R&W have joined together to raise awareness for the importance of blood and platelet donations.  As an added incentive, those who donate will receive a coupon from the NIH Blood Bank for $2 off an R&W membership.  The NIH Blood Bank, an integral part of Bethesda’s health care community, provides a lifesaving service that benefits our citizen’s every day.  The NIH Blood Bank collects blood and blood products, which help take care of and save the lives of patients in our community.  This lifesaving service would not be possible without the generous time and effort of volunteer blood and platelet donors.  The NIH Blood Bank is conveniently located in Bldg. 10 and provides reserved, free parking spaces for donors Monday – Friday from 7:30am – 5pm.  Call 301-496-1048 to schedule your appointment or visit bloodbank.nih.gov for additional information.  Thank you for caring…your help is appreciated!

NEW R&W Monthly Vendor Fairs

Do you like discounts?  Are you looking for that perfect getaway?  The R&W is now providing an on-campus resource for all your discount, travel and program needs.  Every month, R&W partner vendors will visit the Bldg. 10 South Lobby to highlight their programs and special offers for NIH employees and contractors.  Take some time to find out about special promotions, events, tickets, services or just simply stop by to take a break and learn more about what the R&W has to offer. Either way, we look forward to bringing this new and exciting event to the NIH community.  Some participating vendors include: Sprint, Verizon, The Baltimore Zoo, NIHFCU, Zipcar, and many more.  The expo will take place Thursdays, May 7th, June 4th, July 9th, August 6th, September 3rd, October 1st, November 5th, and December 3rd in the South Lobby of Bldg. 10 from 10am – 2pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

Departmental Tennis League Celebrating its 98th Season

The HHS Tennis Team participates in the Departmental Tennis League (DTL) with other federal agencies. Our season goes from late April to July. Matches are once a week from 6pm-8pm after work. DTL matches are played exclusively on outdoor clay courts at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center (16th and Kennedy St. NW). Each match consists of 5 doubles pairings (10 players/team), male or female. The league is for more competitive players. All HHS employees, contractors, and family members are eligible to play in the league. Contact Elliot Rosen at elliot.rosen@fda.hhs.gov for more info.

Buzzing For Change

Students from George Washington University will host their ninth annual head-shaving marathon to benefit Special Love, an NIH related charity for children with cancer.  Buzzing for Change is a one-day student-run charity extravaganza at colleges and universities around the country.  There will be awesome music, free pizza and lots of people getting their haircuts!  This year, there will be a $5 minimum to be involved.  Participants shave their heads for money (pledges you collect) or just cut off enough (8” or more) to donate to Locks of Love.  Not sure about the hair cut…you can always volunteer.   Money raised from the event will be given to Special Love to help support children living with cancer.  Prizes will be awarded to top-earners.  So if you are looking to get a haircut why not head over to GWU and see what the buzz is all about!

When: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Where: Kogan Plaza (H St. between 21st and 22nd)
Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Buzz your head!  Cut your hair!  Make a difference!

For more information about Buzzing for Change visit www.buzzing4change.org.

2015 Mobile Mammography Screenings

The George Washington Breast Cancer Center will make two visits to NIH for our 2014 Mammography Screening. All NIH employees, their families, contractors, visiting scientists and others associated with NIH are eligible to participate.

The screening dates are as follows:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 – Building 45

Thursday, September 3, 2015 – Building 10

Thursday, December 17, 2015 – Building 45

The van will be on-site from 9:30am - 3:30pm taking prescheduled appointments. Reservations can be made no more than 1 month prior of screening date. Each screening is conducted by a female technologist, and a board certified radiologist specializing in mammography will interpret the images. Appointments should take approximately 20 minutes. Most insurance companies will cover the cost (approx $350) of the screening. To see if your insurance is accepted or to make an appointment, call 202-741-3252. If there is no answer, please leave a message with your name and phone number. The GW Mammovan staff will call you back and schedule your appointment. Please have your insurance card and doctor’s information available when calling to make an appointment.

Who is Eligible?

Any woman IS eligible if she meets the following:

  • She is age 40 or older
  • She is not pregnant or breast-feeding
  • She does not have breast implants
  • She does not have any prior history of breast problems (patients who need a 6 months follow up must get a Diagnostic mammogram not Screening)
  • She is not having symptoms such as a lump in either breast or unusual breast pain
  • She has a referring physician or doctor of record (Ex. Medical Doctor, OBGYN doctor)
  • She has not had a mammogram within the last 12 months

Individuals with disabilities who need Sign Language Interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this screening should contact the R&W at 301-496-6061 and/or the Federal Relay 1-800-877-8339 or email wassermankt@mail.nih.gov. Requests should be made at least 10 days in advance of the appointment. For more information about mammography, breast cancer, or other types of cancer call the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER or see www.nci.nih.gov.

NIH Philharmonia Orchestra Concert

The NIH Philharmonia Orchestra will present its third concert of the season on April 25th at 7:30pm at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church (917 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD).  The concert Sacrificial Spring includes Stravinsky – The Rite of Spring (piano four-hands version), Piano soloists Carlos Rodriguez and Ralitza Patcheva; Stravinsky – The Rite of Spring (1913 orchestral version); and Dvorak – Slavonic Dance, op. 46, No. 1.  Tickets are FREE.  For further information visit the orchestra’s website www.NIHPhil.org.

NIH R&W-Sponsored Co-Ed Softball League

Join the R&W Co-Ed Softball League.  Teams play once each week from mid-April to mid-August.  There are openings for individual players or an entire team.  All skill levels welcome!  The league is also seeking someone to umpire occasional games ($25/Game).  For more info contact Rob Willcoxon at 301-443-7903 or Robert.Willcoxon@nih.gov.

2015 R&W Seminar Series Begins

Retirement Planning Seminar: Challenge Your Concerns and Take Control – April 7th – 12pm – 1pm – Bldg. 31 Rm. 2 – With the markets and economy changing all the time, you may feel less than confident about reaching your retirement goals. This seminar will offer tips and strategies that can help you:

  • Plan to bring your retirement dreams and goals more within reach.
  • Determine how much you’ll need to save to reach your dreams, and find smart and sensible ways to save more.
  • Learn ways to generate dependable income that could last through your whole retirement.

To reserve your spot today call 301-634-5565, email jeffrey.mccloskey@ampf.com or register online

http://www.ameripriseadvisors.com/jeffrey.mccloskey/events/.

 Education Planning Seminar: Sending Your Child to College – May 5th – 12pm – 1pm – Bldg. 31 Rm. 2 – During this seminar, you’ll learn ways to:

  • Define a college saving goal that is right for you.
  • Learn about today’s cost and various payment options.
  • Balance retirement and college savings.
  • Understand what goes into college saving and college spending.

To reserve your spot today call 301-634-5565, email jeffrey.mccloskey@ampf.com or register online

http://www.ameripriseadvisors.com/jeffrey.mccloskey/events/.

The Thrift Savings Plan Roth Option – May 21st – 12pm – 1pm – Bldg. 31 Rm. 2This presentation covers the features of the TSP Roth option and who will benefit most by taking advantage of it. It also includes a review of the Roth IRA, followed by a comparison between it and the TSP Roth option.  RSVP to potomac_district@firstcommand.com or 703-418-9360.

NIH R&W Montgomery Aquatic Center (MAC) Corporate Membership

Eligibility for MAC Corporate Memberships apply to any NIH staff member who has both a valid NIH ID badge, current NIH email address, and a current R&W membership. This offer doesn’t extend to family members.  MAC memberships under this promotion are $140 (savings of over $200).  This group membership provides joiners with full access to the MAC, ONLY.  The MAC is located at 5900 Executive Blvd; North Bethesda, MD.  To join NIH employee can sign up for their membership directly at the MAC.  You must present your NIH ID badge, as well as a current R&W membership card with sticker (purchase a new card/sticker at any R&W store location). Registration will open on September 2nd.Call the MAC at 240-777-8070 if you have questions about swim schedules, swim hours, classes, etc.  This opportunity is not part of any official federal fitness program, so neither R&W, NIH, nor any other part of DHHS can take responsibility for injuries or related problems that may develop as a result of using this facility.  Use of the MAC must also be on employee’s personal time only. Neither R&W, NIH more broadly, nor DHHS is necessarily endorsing the MAC.  Before increasing your current level of physical activity, consult with your physician.  The need for medical guidance also applies to the use of saunas and whirlpools, since some medical conditions or effects of certain medications could be worsened by sudden changes in body temperature and/or fluid levels.

AlertNIH The Official Emergency Communication Service for the National Institutes of Health

NIH public safety, human resources, public affairs, and facilities representatives, with support from senior leadership, have developed an emergency communication service called AlertNIH.  During a major crisis, emergency or severe weather event, NIH public safety officials will use AlertNIH to send event updates, warnings and instructions directly to employees’ government-owned communication devices. Employees have the ability to opt-in to receive these updates on their personal devices too.  In order to enroll your personal device, log in to the NIH Enterprise Directory (NED) and scroll to the bottom of your profile to the section titled “AlertNIH.”  Click the “Edit” button and select the personal devices you wish to receive updates on. NIH employees are also strongly encouraged to update their NED profiles.  AlertNIH has established a presence on several social media platforms and can be found on Twitter at www.twitter.com/alertnih and Facebook at www.facebook.com/alertnih.  For questions on the AlertNIH service, please contact the Office of Research Services, Division of Emergency Preparedness and Coordination at 301-496-1985 or visit http://alert.nih.gov.

Rescue One Run

The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad invites you to their 2nd annual, “RES1CUE Run 8K, Presented by Greenhill Companies,” a USATF-certified 8K road race on Sunday, May 3rd at 8am.  The race begins and ends near the station at 5020 Battery Lane.  The course winds through part of the rescue squad’s response area and takes runners past Suburban Hospital, NIH, and the Navy Support Activity Bethesda.  All participants receive a custom designed synthetic performance t-shirt.  Finishers will receive the BCCRS Res1cue Run finishers’ medal.  In addition to the 8K, there will be a Kids’ Ambulance Chase fun run.  There will also be food and several other family friendly activities.  Visit www.rescue1run.com to register or for more info.  General registration is $35, plus a processing fee.  There is a discount for fire/rescue personnel, $30, plus a processing fee and a Kids’ Ambulance Chase registration is $10, plus a processing fee.  All proceeds go to the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing emergency medical, fire, and rescue services in Southern Montgomery County, MD and upper northwest Washington, DC.