everyone is aware, parking on campus has recently become tighter.
NIH's success in securing the necessary funds for a series of projects
to improve buiilding and campus infrastructure and to expand our
research and clinical facilities has resulted in many of the difficulties
you are experiencing in getting around and parking on the campus.
Since federal parking policies limit the amount of parking we can
provide on the campus, the Office
of Research Services (ORS), in concert with other NIH offices
and employee groups, is working on creative short- and long-term
measures to minimize the impact of ongoing and future construction
include increased leasing of off-campus parking spaces with enhanced
shuttle bus service to the campus, increasing TRANSHARE
and carpool participation (for example, NIH is requesting lesgislation
in FY 1998 to make IRTAs and visiting fellows eligible for the subsidy),
and expanding the privatization of parking management, similar to
that occurring in the ACRF garage. The latter would include a fee
for parking for visitors and service contractors to cover the cost
of a contract-operated system and to fund more effective shuttle
service. Under this proposal, visitor parking would be consolidated
in a few attendant-controlled locations. Attendant-assisted parking
could be expanded to employee lots to increase the capacity of the
existing parking facilities.
problem of parking and transportation, however, cannot be addressed
by NIH management alone. It will require all NIH employees working
together toward the common goal of building a better NIH. Your ideas
and input are welcome. The NIH Parking and Transportation Working
Group (P&TWG) is soliciting additional members to work on these
issues. Please e-mail acting chairman Tim
Wheeles with your ideas.
ORS will be starting a new web page in the next few weeks that will
provide detailed information about campus construction activities,
their impact on circulation and parking, and parking mitigation
measures as they are introduced. In the meantimw, the P&TWG
discusses off-campus parking, shuttle service, TRANSHARE subsidies,
ride sharing, etc. Alternatively, you can call the Employee Transportation
Services Office at 402-RIDE for more information.
Frederick Research Festival
year, April showers bring May research festivalsthe Ft. Detrick-NCI-FCRDC
Spring Research Festival, to be specific.
marks the first time the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel
Command has teamed up with its civilian housemate to showcase the
vast array of biomedical research in progress at the Frederick-based
facilities. The event will take place on the "blue-gray field,"
just inside the Ft. Detrick gates in front of the main Army building,
May 21 and 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by public lectures
geared to a lay audience each evening at 7:00 in Strough Auditorium.
April 4, is the deadline for poster submission by NCI-FCRDC scientific
staff (posters are being solicited from Frederick-based personnel
poster registration is available.
presentations. Research posters will be on exhibit throughout
the festival, with selected submissions scheduled as 10-minute talks
during scientific sessions both days from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Four
Young Investigator Awards ($100 each) will be given for the best
posters presented by FCRDC students, technical support staff, and
County Middle School and High School Science Fair participants,
as well as Werner Kirsten student interns at FCRDC, will be participating
in the poster exhibit. An award will be given to the best poster
by a Werner Kirsten student intern.
Special Exhibits. Exhibits designed
to demonstrate to both the scientific staff and local community
the large number of different biomedical efforts under way at the
Frederick facility will be sponsored by the Army, NCI, NIAID,the
USDA, and SAIC.
Fair. The Safety and Environmental Protection
Program, the Office of Occupational Health, and the NCI Office of
Cancer Communications will offer health tips, advice, and information
on cancer and AIDS.
more information about poster registration or fair events, contact
Young: phone: 1-301-846-5700.