T H E   N I H    C A T A L Y S T      J A N U A R Y   -   F E B R U A R Y   2000



CIVIL, a newly established coordinated NIH resource, is now available to help the NIH community prevent and respond to workplace threats and violence.

If you feel there is IMMEDIATE DANGER:

Dial 911, if on campus

Dial 9-911, if off-campus

Call CIVIL if:

You need help assessing the potential seriousness of a threatening situation;

You are experiencing a threatening situation at work and need intervention from trained staff;

You become aware of a workplace situation involving intimidating, harassing, or other unproductive/dangerous behaviors and need consultation; or

A situation involving threats or aggressive acts already has occurred and you need assistance managing the aftermath and its effect on staff.

Anyone can call CIVIL directly by dialing C-I-V-I-L or 402-4845.


The Office of Research Services announces that a new performance-based contract has been awarded to WorldTravelService (WTS). The transition began November 15, with full implementation and performance standards effective January 18, 2000.

WTS bring NIH:

•Reservations via e-mail and fax

•Lowest fare guarantees

•Meeting planning services (for a fee)

•Upgraded telephone and fax system

•Web site dedicated to NIH travelers

•24-hour emergency customer support

•Electronic booking (in the future)

A new requirement for this contract entails a nonrefundable service fee, which will be charged for each transaction that results in issuance of an airline or train ticket. A fee-for-service fact sheet and other information is available on the web, or you may call 301-402-8180 to request copies.

WTS is in Building 10, Room 1C200, and is open between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. In addition, WTS has agreed to staff the Executive Plaza South location, Room 150A, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. until they move into a permanent off-site location January 18. WTS can be contacted at 301-496-8900 (staff travel) and 301-496-6676 (patient travel).

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the project officer, Tim Tosten, at 301-402-8180 or e-mail at <tt17b@nih.gov>.



The NIH Bioengineering Consortium (BECON) symposium on "Nanoscience and Nanotechnology" is set for June 25–26.Information can be found on the web.





The NIH Work and Family Life Center and the NIH Employee Assistance Program present the following seminars for Spring 2000.

Preregistration is requested; call WFLC at 301-435-1619. Sign language interpretation is available. For reasonable accommodations, call at least 48 hours in advance at 301-435-1619, TTY/TDD: 301-480-0690. Teleconferencing of all seminars is available to most locations upon request, and videotapes of all seminars can be checked out from the WFLC Resource Library. More information is available at the WFLC web site.

January 4, 12—1 pm, 31/6C6. Caught between Trains: Interruptions in the Mid-Life Journey

January 11, 12—1:30 pm, 31/6C6. Survival Tactics for New Parents

January 18, 12—1 pm, 31/6C6. Levels of Care for the Elderly

January 19, 11—1 pm, 31/6C10. Creating an Individual Development Plan

January 25, 12—2 pm, 31/6C6. Family Violence: What Every Employee & Manager Should Know

February 1, 12—1:30 pm, 31/6C6. Time Management: Concepts for Planning & Prioritizing

February 8, 12—1:30 pm, 1/Wilson Hall. How Your Baby Grows

February 15, 12—1:30 pm, 31/6C6. Paying for Care for Older Relatives: Medicare, Medicaid, & Insurance

February 22, 12—1:30 pm, 31/6C6. Depression in the Workplace

February 29, 12—2 pm, 31/6C6. Communicating Effectively: Starting from Scratch

March 1, 12—1:30 pm, 31/6C6. Overcoming Procrastination

March 9, 12—1:30 pm, 31/6C6. Summer Child Care Options

March 15, 12—1:30 pm, 31/6C6. Estate Planning

March 28, 12—1:30 pm, 31/6C6. University College (UMUC)–Graduate Program Options

April 4, 12—1 pm, 31/6C6. Transition Management: Coping with Workplace Change

April 11, 12—1:30 pm, 31/6C6. Parenting Styles that Work with Teens

April 18, 12—1:30 pm, 31/6C6. Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease

April 25, 11—1 pm, 31/6C6. Preparing Federal Application Materials

May 3, 12—1:30 pm, 31/6C6. Relax Your Body, Clear Your Mind: Relaxation Techniques for Managing Stress

May 9, 12—1:30 pm, 31/6C6. Successful Step Families: Common Concerns, Practical Solutions

May 16, 12—1:30 pm, 31/6C10. Compassion Fatigue: Care for the Caregiver

May 23, 11—1 pm, 1/Wilson Hall Mentoring and Being Mentored in a Dynamic Workplace

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