Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Catch the former U.S. Poet Laureate speak about her new book Wednesday afternoon via NIH videocast.
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove is set to speak this afternoon at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. The talk is part of NIH Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series. Dove is set to discuss her new book, Sonata Mulattica, a "poetic treatise on the life of 19th-century Afro-European violinist George Polgreen Bridgetower." Dove was the U.S. Poet Laureate from 1993 to 1995 and received the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. She also teaches at the University of Virginia. "Thrilled to host former US Poet Laureate and Pulitzer winner Rita Dove at #NIH!" tweeted NIH director Francis S. Collins Wednesday afternoon. The talk is set to begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday and will last about an hour. Watch the event via …
Friday, February 8, 2013
U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.) will kick off a series of meetings with federal workers Friday.
With the threat of potential cuts to federal programs looming, Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.) is set to host a town hall meeting with federal workers at Bethesda's National Institutes of Health Friday. The town hall will kick off a series of sessions hosted by Cardin at federal facilities to discuss the impacts sequestration on federal employees. A statement from Cardin's office reads: Senator Cardin works every day to ensure that the federal government is attentive to the issues of unique concern to the people who live and work in Maryland. This includes looking out for federal employees who have been contributed to our debt relief with a multi-year pay freeze; protecting resources for federal agencies headquartered in our state that could …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Pact would require notification of the public.
After a fatal “superbug” swept through the National Institutes of Health earlier this year unbeknownst to the public, state and county officials are on the verge of an agreement that will require NIH to report outbreaks of similar hospital-acquired infections, according to Montgomery County's health officer. Last fall, a drug-resistant strain of Klebsiella pneumoniae spread throughout NIH’s research hospital, infecting 18 people. Twelve of those cases were fatal; seven attributed to Klebsiella. Federal and state guidelines did not require NIH to report the outbreak, and NIH officials said they chose not to alert the public earlier because healthy people outside the hospital were at little to no risk, The Washington Post reported. …
The National Institutes of Health owes the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission nearly $1 million, The Gazette reports.
Bethesda's National Institutes of Health owes the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission nearly $1 million and is delinquent by nearly $491,000 on the bill, The Gazette reports. The outstanding debt made up much of the $670,000 that was owed WSSC by federal agencies in November, according to the report. An NIH spokesman told The Gazette that a June and August bill were processed late. The first was paid, the spokesman said, and the second should be remitted to WSSC shortly, which should bring the account balance to zero. Read the full story at The Gazette.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Germantown woman bought 119 iPads with government-issued credit card.
A Germantown woman who used a government-issued credit card to buy 119 iPads and other personal items was sentenced to six months in prison and was ordered to pay $106,096.09, the amount it cost the government, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Friday. According to federal prosecutors, Tamia M. McCoy, 33, used her government-issued credit card to buy electronics, designer perfume, a clutch bag and a queen-size mattress set—some of which she resold online—during her time as a purchasing agent and procurement analyst at the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. McCoy also used the card to pay for house cleaning and cell phone service. To avoid detection, McCoy falsified documents …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Is there a generation gap in Montgomery County?
We have a test for you. Do you call it Montgomery County? Or do you call it MoCo? The answer may tell us something about the different generations in our county. In Montgomery County, seniors are the fastest-growing age group, according to the county’s Division of Aging and Disability Services. The number of seniors in Montgomery County, the state’s largest, increased 130 percent from 1980 to 2010, the agency said. That number is expected to increase an additional 65 percent from 2000 to 2020. The way the blog just up the pike put it, Baby Boomers arrived and "found life so good here that they never left." According to county planning officials, the county has 15 percent fewer adults between 15 and 24 than in 2000 and 17 percent fewer 25…
Friday, October 19, 2012
A Navy traffic study doesn't offer a complete picture as to how traffic has worsened near Walter Reed Bethesda since the BRAC transition last year, according to county BRAC coordinator Phil Alperson.
A Navy traffic study may not offer a complete picture as to how traffic has worsened near Walter Reed Bethesda since the BRAC transition last year, county BRAC coordinator Phil Alperson said at a Thursday Planning Board hearing. Thursday, proposed construction at Naval Support Activity Bethesda, the campus of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, went before the Montgomery County Planning Board for an advisory review. As a part of the federally-mandated Base Realignment and Closure process, a portion of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center merged with the military hospital last year, prompting an uptick in employees and visitors and a host of traffic concerns for thoroughfares around the base. The campus also houses the …
Bethesda campus, which employs 20,000, may see the addition of 3,000 workers over the next 20 years -- and planners want fewer employees driving to work.
A Planning Board Commissioner on Thursday said NIH officials haven’t made enough efforts to reduce the number of parking spots at the Bethesda campus. Planners hope eliminating parking will force more workers to carpool or take metro and take more cars off the roads. NIH, which employs more than 20,000 people in Bethesda, went before the Montgomery County Planning Board Thursday for an advisory review of the facility’s master plan. The long-term vision for the site calls for the addition of about 3,000 workers from satellite locations over the next 20 years, according to a planning staff report. Park and Planning, which has no approval authority over the federal facility’s growth plans, voted yesterday to transmit its comments to the …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
A Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan public hearing is also on the Montgomery County Planning Board agenda.
Campus plans for Naval Support Activity Bethesda and the National Institutes of Health are set to go before the Montgomery County Planning Board for advisory reviews Thursday. A public hearing on the Chevy Chase Lake master plan is also set to go forward at Park and Planning. The hearings are set to begin at 2 p.m. with a review of an NIH draft master plan. Proposals for NIH campus upgrades include consolidation of surface parking into new parking structures, the construction of a new administrative building, and the addition of workers from leased space in satellite locations. The planning board hearing will include a look at traffic impacts of the proposed construction, but a draft environmental impact statement being prepared by NIH isn…
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Grant is part of $89 million Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) project.
- Ben Gross
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski, alongside Rep. Chris Van Hollen, on Monday presented officials with a $40 million check for the construction of a new pedestrian tunnel between NIH and Walter Reed. Part of a total of $89 million in grants to both Montgomery County and the State of Maryland for military base realignment (BRAC) related projects, Montgomery County Director of Transportation Art Holmes and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s General Manager Rich Sarles accepted the ceremonial check on behalf of the project. According to the Congressional press release, the BRAC relocation project could bring as many as 60,000 new jobs to Maryland. The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, part of the overall BRAC, …