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USPHS celebrates officer promotions

Family members, coworkers, and fellow US Public Health Service officers celebrated the promotion of 32 NIH employ- ees at the Seventh-Annual USPHS Commissioned Corps Promotion Ceremony July 23 in the Lipsett Amphitheater.

The ceremony opened with the presentation of the colors by the Surgeon General’s Honor Cadre and the singing of the national anthem and the Public Health Service’s March by the USPHS Commissioned Corps music and choral ensemble. “It is my pleasure to welcome all of you to celebrate together the accomplishments of this diverse group of uniformed officers,” said Dr. Lawrence A. Tabak, NIH acting deputy director. Clinical Center nurse Brent Bonfiglio is promoted to commander by Rear Admiral Carol Romano (right) and his nurse manager, Joan Sheeron, at a US Public Health Service ceremony July 23. Within the dietician category, Nancy Se- bring was promoted to captain and Jenni- fer Graf was promoted to lieutenant com- mander. Under the nurse category, Brent Bonfiglio was promoted to commander and Tracey Chinn, Shayna Herbert, Jen- nifer McLellan, Reggi Parker, April Poole, and Leslie Wehrlen were promoted to Twelve Clinical Center USPHS Officers in four of 10 categories were promoted at the ceremony—with the changing of shoulder boards to denote the new position.

lieutenant commander. Mary Byrne,

a pharmacy officer, was promoted to commander. Among the Health Services officers, Sabrina Ivory was promoted to lieutenant command- er; and among the therapist officers Kieu-Phuong Vu was promoted to

lieutenant commander. The USPHS Commissioned Corps

is one of America’s seven uniformed services—an elite team of more than 6,000, full-time public health professionals dedicated to advanc- ing public health science.

Rear Admiral Carol Romano (left) poses with recently promoted nurse specialist LDCR Leslie Wherlen and Wherlen’s husband Andrew and children Nathan and Holly.

“The mission of each and ev- eryone here is at the forefront of public health and helping everyone live healthier, better lives,” Act- ing Surgeon General Rear Admiral Dr. Steven K. Galson said at the ceremony, “and in this institute, the work you are doing shines.”

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Clinical Center News National Institutes of Health Department of Health and Human Services Building 10, 10 Center Drive, Room B1L409 Bethesda, MD 20892-1504

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NIH & Wikipedia work to spread knowledge of medical research

Dr. Ronald Summers, chief of the Clinical Center’s Radiology and Imaging Sciences’ Image Processing Group, is impressed by the thor- ough coverage of Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia.

“It’s a mode of conveying infor- mation on technical, scientific, and health topics to a very broad audi- ence,” Summers said. “Every time I Google something it’s one of the first sites to come up.”

He had previously looked into editing a Wikipedia page, but found the process intimidating. Summers put the project aside until the NIH Office of Communications & Public Liaison hosted the NIH Wikipedia Academy on July 16. Staff and volunteers from the Wi- kimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization that operates Wikipe- dia, came to campus for a day-long conference to explain the philoso- phy and mechanics of the site.

“With the broad range of experts from the National Institutes of Health, we see a great oppor- tunity for increasing the quality of all health-related information on Wikipedia,” said Sue Gardner, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Summers attended and learned that the editing process required only a couple simple formatting codes. He edited a page that night. “I see it as part of my mission as a scientist to communicate,” said Summers.

The Web site—www.wikipedia. org—has instructions on editing pages. For more information on NIH protocol and intent, contact the NIH OCPL.

Published monthly for Clinical Center employees by the Office of Communications, Patient Recruit- ment, and Public Liaison, Sara Byars, chief.

News, article ideas, calendar events, letters, and photos are welcome.

Submissions may be edited.

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