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Glenn, Astronauts To Return to NIH, Jan. 27

On Thursday evening, Jan. 27, Sen. John H. Glenn and fellow astronauts from the Space Shuttle Discovery, STS-95, will visit NIH to present "home movies" from their October 1998 scientific research mission. The presentation will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the main auditorium of the Natcher Conference Center. Seating is limited and is available to the public on a first come, first served basis. NIH and NASA are collaborating on a wide range of research areas. The STS-95 mission studied body changes that are shared by astronauts and older people. The presentation celebrates the 25th anniversary of the National Institute on Aging. On Friday, Jan. 28, scientists of the STS-95 mission will participate in a symposium that will feature scientific sessions about the experiments carried out on their flight. The presentation will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Seating is open.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne, professor, departments of anatomy and of biochemistry and biophysics, and HHMI investigator, University of California, San Francisco, on Feb. 9. He will discuss "Wiring the Brain: Molecular Mechanisms of Axon Guidance in Vertebrates."

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

Program on Cancer Research, Feb. 22-23

The National Cancer Institute and the U.S.-Japan Cooperative Research Program will present "Common Frontiers in Cancer Research," on Feb. 22-23 at the Natcher Conference Center. The program is free and includes seminars in cancer genetics, biomarkers/early detection, apoptosis and angiogenesis. Speakers include Masaaki Terada, Tyler Jacks, Caryn Lerman, Yusake Nakamura, Hynda Kleinman and others. To register for the seminar, fax your name, affiliation, email address and telephone number to (202) 331-0111 or email the information to

BLT Gifts To Benefit Patient Emergency Fund, Camp Funshine

The Bethesda Little Theater recently presented a check for $4,500 to the NIH Patient Emergency Fund and a check for $1,500 to Special Love Inc., which will be utilized for Camp Funshine, recreational programming for children undergoing treatment for AIDS. The theater company is a volunteer organization sponsored by the NIH Recreation and Welfare Association. Shown are (from l) Chris Hurley, Clinical Center nurse, representing Camp Funshine; Randy Schools, R&W president; Adrienne Farrar, director, social work department; Teddi Pensinger, SAMHSA and Bethesda Little Theater; Alice "Frankie" Smyth, Bethesda Little Theater; Charles Butler, rehabilitation medicine department; and Brian Campbell, SAMHSA and the Bethesda Little Theater.

NIEHS Marks Native American Culture Day

Dancers in authentic ceremonial dress demonstrated a variety of steps during NIEHS Native American Culture Day recently. The event, sponsored by the EEO office, also included singing, storytelling and ethnic food, fry-bread and spiced tea, and the sharing of Native American friendship bracelets.

Children's Inn Receives Donations

NIH chapter 123 of the Federal Managers Association recently presented the Children's Inn at NIH with a delivery of toys and a check for $250. The FMA collected the toys as admission to its annual holiday party. The toys were used for several Santa nights at the inn to help make sure the holidays were special for children who had to stay there during that period. Shown on delivery day are (from l) Art Bonnet, trustee; Rosamond Rutledge-Burns, president; and Steve Griffin, secretary.

Employees of the Farm Credit Administration (from l) Philip J. Shebest, Mary Garver and Brian Harrington recently visited the Children's Inn at NIH to donate candy, cards and decorations for the holidays. More than a dozen FCA workers gather every year to prepare holiday cheer for inn residents and their families.

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