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NMA's Hood To Speak at King Commemoration

Dr. Rodney Hood, president of the National Medical Association, will be the keynote speaker for NIH's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., annual observance on Friday, Jan. 12 at 11:30 a.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The theme is "Achieving the Dream, Health Parity in the 21st Century." Also, the nationally acclaimed Morgan State University Choir will provide musical tributes. For more information, contact Tor Moore at 496-8980 or Jacque Ballard at 435-3795.

Introduction to Clinical Research

Registration for the 2001 "Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research" class, to be held Jan. 30 to May 22, is open until Jan. 19. Classes will be held on the NIH campus on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to about 6:30 (some sessions will last until 7 p.m.). Optional breakout sessions held on Monday evenings will allow participants to explore specific topics in greater detail. There is no charge for the course, but enrollment is limited. A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course, including a final exam. For more information or to register, visit

Consumer Liaison Group Needs Members

NCI is seeking nominations for five new members of the NCI director's consumer liaison group (DCLG). A federally chartered advisory committee, the DCLG consists of 15 consumer advocates who are involved in cancer advocacy and reflect the diversity among those whose lives are affected by cancer. The group helps identify appropriate advocates to serve on program and policy advisory committees, advises and makes recommendations to the NCI director and serves as a channel for consumer advocates to voice their perspective on a wide variety of issues, programs and research priorities. New members will be appointed in July 2001 and must be U.S. citizens.

Nominations can be made by organizations, including local/regional and national groups, or individuals, including self-nominations. To receive a nomination package, send your name, advocacy/voluntary organization affiliation (if any), address and phone number to: Liaison Activities, NCI, c/o Palladian Partners, 1010 Wayne Ave., Suite 1200, Silver Spring, MD 20910, fax (301) 650-8676. Nominations must be postmarked by Feb. 15.

Tae Kwon Do Beginner's Class

The NIH Tae Kwon Do Club is offering a beginner's class for adults and mature teens starting Feb. 26. The class will meet in the Malone Center (Bldg. 31C, B4 level, next to the NIH Fitness Center) from 6 to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and will continue for 2 or 3 months until participants can be integrated into the regular club training. Dues $40 (3 months), $30 uniform. Interested persons are welcome to watch regular training sessions. For information call Andrew Schwartz, 402-5197 or visit the club web site at

Renewal of NIH Parking Permits

NIH General Parking Permits for campus employees whose last names begin with A and B will expire on the last day of January 2001. In order to obtain a new permit, an employee must visit the NIH Parking Office in Bldg. 31, Rm. B3B04. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Remember to bring a valid NIH identification card, driver's license and vehicle registration certificate. For more information, call 496-6851.

NIH Library Offers Training

The NIH Library in Bldg. 10 invites all employees to attend training classes on how to use electronic resources effectively, including how to access full text journals, order and receive articles via email, and how to set up a recurring literature alert service. For details, call 496-1080 or access

VRC Web Site Debuts

The Dale and Betty Bumpers Vaccine Research Center recently launched its new web site — the address is The VRC is a unique venture within the intramural research program. Jointly funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the National Cancer Institute, the VRC is spearheaded by those two institutes and the NIH Office of AIDS Research. The VRC is dedicated to improving global human health through the rigorous pursuit of effective vaccines for human diseases.

Sons of Italy Hosts Cannoli Sale for Charity

A pre-holiday cannoli sale by members of the Order Sons of Italy in America's NIH Lodge #2547 netted some $130 for the Patient Emergency Fund, Friends of the Clinical Center, Children's Inn and Camp Fantastic. On hand for the event in the lobby of Bldg. 31 were (from l) Ed Farley, Norma McCain, Anthony Polcari, Nina Baccanari and Cathy Battistone.

NCI Launches New Version of Web Site

On Jan. 8, NCI launched a new version of the NCI Research Resources Web site Designed to help basic, clinical and epidemiological researchers to find the resources they need, the site includes listings of more than 100 products and services developed and available from NCI. The site is integral to NCI's commitment to provide the research community with tools and infrastructure to speed cancer research; it was featured in the Nov. 10, 2000, issue of Science.

Resources listed alphabetically are grouped into 11 categories and include tissue banks, repositories of chemicals and biologicals, genomic maps, animal resources, drug molecule databases, statistics on cancer incidence, analytic software, cancer communication resources and much more. A search engine and a listing of resources by NCI division are both available. Related links point to useful NCI and NIH web sites. Contact information for NCI program directors is also listed. The original launch of the web site took place at the 91st annual American Association for Cancer Research meeting in April 2000. The new look for the navigation bars on the site will direct users to updated listings. An enhanced search function and a listserv to request information about new resources are also new features. Bookmark the site and return often to find new listings on the NCI Research Resources Web site.

Bethesda Little Theatre Presents 18th Holiday Program

Photos by Rich McManus

The Bethesda Little Theatre gave its 18th annual Holiday Program at NIH on Dec. 14 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The free show was the BLT's thanks to the NIH community for its support during the year. The revue included caroling, dancing, a sing-along and favorites of both the Christmas and Hanukkah seasons. As has become tradition, emcee was Ben Fulton (below, l) and Nelva Reckert gave her solo rendition of "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree."

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