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Exchange Program in Neurosciences Agreed On

NINDS director Dr. Gerald Fischbach (l) and Dr. Kazuo Sasaki, director-general, Okazaki National Research Institutes, Japan, recently signed a memorandum of understanding for an exchange program in the neurosciences. The Brain Research Cooperative Program will facilitate collaborative neuroscience research and training between the United States and Japan.

Tae Kwon Do Beginner's Class

he NIH Tae Kwon Do Club is offering a beginner's class for adults and mature teens starting Monday, 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 http://www.recgov.org/r&w/nihtaekwondo.html.

New Hospital Site To Gain Larger Workforce

A thin blanket of snow covers the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center worksite just before Christmas. Officials say the site will soon swarm with more than twice as many workers as have appeared so far.

R&W Has Ski Lift Tickets

R&W will be offering discounted lift tickets for the 2000-2001 season at Ski Roundtop, Liberty Mountain and Whitetail Ski Resorts. Discounts range from $2 to $10, depending on the time of week, and whether equipment rental is involved. R&W also will be selling a beginners' package for $50 that includes an all-day lift ticket, complete ski or snowboard equipment rental and a class lesson. This package is for those 8 and older. Tickets are on sale through Mar. 15 only and are nonrefundable. Call 496-4600 or visit the activity desk in Bldg. 31 for tickets.

Time To Renew Your R&W Membership

Unless you have already signed up for 2001, your 2000 R&W membership expired as of Dec. 31. Take advantage of a full year of benefits by joining early in 2001. R&W offers discounts, fitness, gift shops, services, travel opportunities, discounted tickets, special events, fundraising for the NIH charities and much more. Visit any gift shop or www.recgov.org (click on NIH and then click on membership). There is also a mail-in coupon on the cover of the January issue of the R&W newsletter.

Chamber Music Concert Set, Jan. 28

The Rock Creek Chamber Players will perform their first concert of the new millennium on Sunday, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. in the 14th floor assembly hall, Bldg. 10. This free public program will include J.S. Bach's Italian Concerto for solo keyboard, Henry Cowell's Seven Paragraphs for string trio, Saint-SaŽns's "The Elephant" from Carnival of the Animals, a trio for piano and strings by the contemporary composer Ivana LoudovŠ, and Spohr's nonet for winds and strings. For information, call (202) 337-8710. January issue of the R&W newsletter.

STEP Session on Diet, Supplements

The STEP (staff training in extramural programs) committee will present a Science in the Public Health event titled "Health and Hype: The Scoop on Diet and Supplements" on Thursday, Feb. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Natcher main auditorium.

We are bombarded every day with information about new diets that promise fantastic results. Should you choose low-carb or high-carb? High-protein or low-protein? All fruit? Liquids only? Should you fast? Promises of a "magic bullet" in the form of supplements such as herbs, botanicals, vitamins and "miracle drugs" surround us. Do any of these diets or supplements work? Do the results last? Are they the key to good health?

If you are confused by all of this information and all of these claims, don't despair. The session is open to all NIH employees on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance registration is required. Inform the STEP office at 435-2769 about any need for sign language interpretation or reasonable accommodation by Feb. 2. More information about STEP events can be found on its web page at http://odoerdb2.od.nih.gov/oer/training/step/step.htm.

R&W Has 'Snow White' Tickets

Disney on Ice's Snow White is coming to the MCI Center on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. Ticket price is $20. Children under 2 are admitted free. Call 496-4600 or visit the activity desk in Bldg. 31 for tickets.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Trudi M. SchŁpbach on Jan. 24, who will discuss "Signaling Through the EGF Receptor and the Establishment of the Dorso-Ventral Pattern in Drosophila Oogenesis." She is professor of molecular biology and HHMI investigator at Princeton University.

On Jan. 31, Dr. Gary G. Borisy, professor, departments of molecular biology and zoology, University of Wisconsin, will speak on "Actin Machinery: Pushing the Envelope."

On Feb. 7, Dr. Susan Scrimshaw, dean, school of public health, and professor of community health sciences and anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago, will lecture on "Beyond Health Disparities: Behavior and Cultural Diversity in Health."

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

'Donate a Phone' Campaign

Don't throw out that old cell phone (even if it doesn't work). CIVIL is joining forces with NIH's R&W, the Work and Family Life Center, the Employee Assistance Program and NIAID to help victims of domestic violence receive donated wireless phones. Starting Jan. 29 and through Apr. 28, boxes will be set up at each R&W store for donations of any wireless hand-carried cellular or PCS phone that you no longer need. This collection is for the Donate a Phone campaign under the CALL to PROTECT program cosponsored by the Wireless Foundation, Motorola and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV).

The phones are distributed to potential victims and are preprogrammed to dial 911 and one non-emergency number such as a domestic violence shelter or counselor. If you would like to donate a phone, place it in one of the drop boxes, along with the battery and charger (if available) or you can mail it directly to: CALL to PROTECT, c/o Motorola, 1580 E. Ellsworth Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48108.

Newer, functional phones will be distributed to victims; older phones, or phones in need of repair may be sold with proceeds used to support NCADV or other domestic violence programs.

If you need one of these phones, call a local shelter or your area police to find out if there is a participating organization in your community. For more information about the campaign, visit www.donateaphone.com.


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