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Chamber Music Concert, Jan. 26

The Rock Creek Chamber Players will give a free public concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26 in the Clinical Center's 14th floor assembly hall. The concert, sponsored by the recreation therapy section, will include works for brass ensemble by Gabrieli; Chopin's nocturne in E flat major, op. 9, no. 2, and two of his mazurkas for solo piano; Gordon Jacobs' suite for bassoon and strings; and Mozart's divertimento for string trio. For more information, call (202) 337-8710.

FEW Holds Dinner, Jan. 27

The Bethesda chapter of Federally Employed Women (FEW) invites all to its quarterly membership dinner on Monday, Jan. 27 at the Bethesda Four Points Sheraton at 5:30 p.m. The event features author and motivational speaker Blanche Williams-Corey, who has been named America's "achievement architect" due to her entrepreneurial successes. She established the African-American Lively Arts Association, Inc.; Destination Florida, Inc.; and was small business incubator director for the Center for Technology, Enterprise and Development. Her topic will be "Design Your Year for Greatness."

RSVP and remit payment of $25 by Jan. 24 to Michelle Shorter, Bldg. 31, Rm. 9A34G, 594-8842. Sign language interpretation will be provided. For other reasonable accommodation, contact Allyson Browne, abrowne@mail.nih.gov or call 451-0002.

Tae Kwon Do Beginner's Class

The NIH Tae Kwon Do School is offering a beginner's class for adults and mature teens starting Jan. 27. The curriculum combines traditional striking arts, forms and sparring with emphasis on self-defense. No experience is necessary. Class will meet in the Malone Center (Bldg. 31C, B4 level, next to the NIH Fitness Center) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and will continue for about 2 months until participants can be integrated into the regular school training. Dues are $40 per quarter and a uniform costs $30. Interested persons are welcome to watch regular training sessions. For information call Andrew Schwartz, 402-5197 or visit http://www.recgov.org/r&w/nihtaekwondo.html.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Janet Daling on Jan. 29, speaking on "The Epidemiology of Breast Cancer Among Older Women Between 65-79 Years: An Understudied Age Group." She is professor of epidemiology, University of Washington School of Public Health and member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

On Feb. 5, Dr. Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, professor of child development, department of pediatrics, and Virginia and Leonard Marx professor in child development and education, Columbia University, will discuss, "Growing Up Poor in the United States: Research Policy and Practice."

For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Hilda Madine, 594-5595.

Handling Extramural Workplace Stress

The STEP (staff training in extramural programs) committee will hold a session titled, "Extra(mural) Stress: Strategies for Success," on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A (registration begins at 12:30 p.m.).

It is no secret that changing times are stressful. Aside from the everyday stresses of the job, other more global workplace stresses over which we have little or no control can potentially affect the ability of NIH extramural staff to perform their jobs. What strategies can be used to cope with stresses emanating from the threat of homeland terrorism or the impending "soft landing" for the NIH budget? What is the science behind stress and stress-reducing methods like meditation, exercise and special breathing techniques? This session will address practical coping mechanisms not only for our daily workplace stresses, but also for those global stresses that affect our ability to remain effective in our jobs in an ever-changing world.

Restaurant Earmarks Funds for FOCC

Dine out at Willie & Reed's restaurant on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 30 and 10 percent of your bar tab will be donated to the Friends of the Clinical Center (FOCC). The restaurant is located at 4901 Fairmont Ave. in Bethesda. FOCC depends on donations that are used to help support Clinical Center patients during their visits to NIH.

Inn Accepts Donation from Fire Fighters

Tyrrell Flawn (third from r), executive director of the Children's Inn at NIH, accepts a $1,915 donation from members of the local F-271 chapter of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), which raised the funds during two events — the first annual IAFF-Children's Inn Golf Tournament and a charity softball tournament sponsored by local businessman Harold Routzahn. Flanking Flawn for the recent check presentation are (from l) Timothy Knepp, Chris Andreno, Chuck Weaver, Mike Laven, Paul Donaldson and Thomas Hipkins. Not shown are Matt Stevens, John Borden and Chris Pyles.

NIH Chamber Singers Recruit

The NIH Chamber Singers is recruiting sopranos, tenors and basses to round out its merry band of troubadours. Preparations begin soon for the spring 2003 concert series for NIH employees and patients. If you are interested, contact Susan Hauser, hauser@nlm.nih.gov or 435-3209.

Saliva Used for Diagnosis

NIDCR recently hosted the first meeting of its grantees who are part of a new program to develop novel technologies using saliva as a diagnostic tool. In opening remarks, NIDCR director Dr. Lawrence Tabak emphasized the rich opportunities that saliva provides for non-invasive assessment of a variety of oral and systemic diseases. Technologies developed through this program may one day catalyze a shift in our current health system of disease detection to real-time health surveillance.

The meeting provided an opportunity for the grantees to give presentations about their research projects and to meet with Tabak, deputy director Dr. Dushanka Kleinman and NIDCR program directors, including Dr. Eleni Kousvelari who coordinates the effort on behalf of NIDCR. The seven grantees are Drs. Eric Anslyn, University of Texas; Dan Malamud, University of Pennsylvania; Anup Singh, Sandia National Laboratories; David Stahl, University of Washington; David Walt, Tufts University; David Wong, UCLA; and Paul Yager, University of Washington. The co-principal investigators and representatives from NHGRI, NCI and NIAMS also attended the meeting.


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