Newsletter

22nd Annual NIH Police Day – May 12th

The NIH Police will host their 22nd Annual NIH Police Awareness Day on Tuesday, May 12th from 11am – 2pm in front of Bldg. 1.  Many local, state and federal law enforcement agencies will be attending. The day will include K-9 demonstrations, various other activities and demonstrations, and a cookout with a menu that will consist of a combination of: hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled chicken breasts, Italian sausages with onions & green peppers, baked beans, potato chips, soda or water. This event is a great opportunity to showcase the many fine organizations to whom we owe a debt of thanks for our safety.  In the event of rain, the location will be moved to the Building 31A Patio.  Those with questions should contact Brett Alexander, NIH Police Community Policing Officer, at 301-496-3020, or at alexanderba@mail.nih.gov.  Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact the NIH Police Communications Center at 301-496-5685 and TTY 301-496-0063.  Make all requests to the attention of Cpl. Brett Alexander.  There is no rain date scheduled. If the weather is inclement, the location will be changed to the Building 31A Patio.

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.

Cookies and Goodies Needed Happy Days Party – May 21st, 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 May 21st 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 Wed., May 20th.

8th Annual NIH Take a Hike Day June 4th

In support of White House Initiatives promoting a healthier Federal workforce and the US Surgeon Generals National Prevention Strategy, all employees and contractors are encouraged to participate in the 8th Annual “Take a Hike” event on Thursday, June 4th from 11:30am – 1:30pm in front of Bldg. 1.  All NIH employees and contractors are invited to walk around the perimeter of the NIH campus (approx. 3.25 miles) rain or shine.  Support your Institute/Center when you register!  Registration opens May 7th.  Find more info at http://www.ors.od.nih.gov/pes/dats/wellness/Pages/index.aspx.

Camp Fantastic BBQ – June 16th 

Join us Tuesday, June 16th as we host the Annual Camp Fantastic BBQ.  The R&W has been hosting this event to since the camp was established in 1983.  Camp Fantastic provides quality programs for children living with cancer.  Join us on the Bldg. 31 Patio for an afternoon of good food, live music, dancing, games and more!  Also, don’t forget to enter the door prize drawing for a chance to win lots of great prizes, and make sure to stop by and check out the special Silent Auction during the event.  Food tickets will go on sale at the end of May.  Look for more info online at www.fedesp.org/nih and in the June R&W Newsletter.

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

NEW R&W Monthly Vendor Fairs Beginning May 7th 

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.  On May 7th visit the following participants: Sprint, NIHFCU, Zipcar, Aldon Management, AT&T, PNC Bank, Liberty Mutual Insurance, First Command Financial Services, Virginia Suite Hotel, Axa Advisors, Pallas at Pike & Rose, Metro 710, Colesville Towers, and Cole Spring Plaza.  The expo will also take place with a variety of vendors on Thursdays, 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.

2015 Mobile Mammography Screenings

The George Washington Breast Cancer Center will make three visits to NIH for our 2015 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:

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.

Don Bosco Crist Rey Corporate Work Study Program

Don Bosco Cristo Rey (DBCR) High School and Corporate Work Study Program is part of a nationwide Cristo Rey Network dedicated to changing the landscape for low-income students in major urban markets.  DBCR provides these young men and women from the DC area a rigorous college preparatory program while allowing them to experience a professional work environment and earn their own tuition.  Students are placed in professional settings including law and government offices, construction firms, universities, and hospitals.  DCBR is looking for partners who want to make a difference in the lives of young people by hiring these deserving students.  DBCR makes administration easy for corporate partners by processing all payroll, legal, tax and worker’s compensation paperwork through the school’s business office.  The NIH R&W has been a part of this program since its inception and overseen more than 20 students.  If your Division or Institute would like to learn more about the program contact Kathleen Merlo at 301-891-4750 x140 or merlok@dbcr.org or visit http://www.dbcr.org/.

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.