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Dietary Supplements Database Launched

The NIH Office of Dietary Supplements recently launched its new International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS) database of published international scientific literature on dietary supplements. IBIDS is available free of charge on ODS's home page,

The purpose of the database is to help scientists and the public locate credible, scientific literature on dietary supplements. The computer interface was designed to be user-friendly so individuals with all levels of expertise may use it easily. For those unfamiliar with dietary supplement terminology, a drop-down list of standard keywords is available.

The database is one of the specific mandates for ODS designated in the original Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, which created the office. ODS initiated an interagency cooperative agreement with the Food and Nutrition Information Center, National Agricultural Library, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop and maintain the IBIDS database.

Symposium on Biology of Stress

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences and the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research are cosponsoring a day-long symposium on "The Biology of Stress." The meeting, highlighting current research exploring biological mechanisms of stress, will be held on Thursday, Feb. 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1.

Participants will discuss how stress affects the body via hormones and general metabolism, the cardiovascular system, the brain, and the immune system, placing particular emphasis on how studying stress-induced changes can help scientists learn more about basic biological processes. The meeting is open to all and no preregistration is needed. Visit the OBSSR Web page at for further details, or contact Susan Persons at 402-3930.

Garden Club Meets, Feb. 4

The next NIH Garden Club meeting will feature Christine Price and Toni Victor, horticulturists at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. They will talk about horticulture at the National Zoo, including volunteer activities, horticulture as part of program planning at the zoo, and Amazonia. The meeting is Thursday, Feb. 4 at noon in Conf. Rm. A at the Natcher Bldg. The session is open to all. For more information, visit the club's Web site at

Memorial Service Set for Rodbell

A memorial service for Nobel Laureate Martin Rodbell will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12, in the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Conference Center at 111 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, N.C. Rodbell died Dec. 7 at the University of North Carolina Hospitals after an extended illness.

Rodbell's wife, Barbara, of Chapel Hill, his daughter Suzanne Richardson of Cabin John, Md., and his sons Paul of Silver Spring, Md., Andrew of Bethesda, Md., and Philip of Ringham, Mass., plan to attend the service, along with many colleagues. All who knew Dr. Rodbell, as well as friends of the family, are welcome. There will be several scheduled eulogies, and then others who have a remembrance to share will be invited to speak.

There has been a memorial page established on the NIEHS Web site at for people to leave messages in remembrance of Rodbell. A printed compilation of these thoughts will be presented to the Rodbell family at the service.

Countering Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Experts from NIDCD and NIEHS recently met with counterparts at the National Institute on Occupational Safety and Health for a congressionally recommended meeting on communicating the risk to the American people of noise-induced hearing loss. NIOSH's Max Lum (c) is shown speaking with industry representatives about building partnerships to prevent the problem. The communication plan that emerged from the meeting will be available on the NIDCD Web site at

Skills Development Offered

The Administrative Skills Development Curriculum is being offered in 1999. The curriculum is open to all NIH administrative staff in one-grade-interval jobs who have IC approval and funds authorization.

All participants will take part in a workshop, "Planning for Career Advancement for Administrative Support Staff," Mar. 16-18. Enrollees will use data from professionally administered assessments to formulate individual development plans. These plans, approved by participants' supervisors and personnel offices, will guide employees through the program. A minimum of six courses must be completed in 3 years to receive a certificate of completion. At least two courses must be taken each year.

Interested individuals should submit training nominations to the Division of Workforce Development. Participants will receive confirmation from DWD. For more information, call or email Pauline Irwin, 402-3385,

FAES Chamber Music Series Opens

The FAES Chamber Music Series will open its 1999 season with Michala Petri, recorder, on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. On Sunday, Feb. 14, Bruno Canino, piano, and Rocco Filippini, cello, will perform at 4 p.m. Concerts are in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Tickets are available at the door for $20; students/fellows, $10. For details, call 496-7975.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series -- held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 -- features Dr. James Smith on Feb. 3, speaking on "Health and Economic Outcomes of New Immigrants." He is RAND chair in labor markets and demographic studies, RAND Population Research Center, Santa Monica, Calif.

On Feb. 10, Dr. Mark S. Ptashne, Ludwig professor of molecular biology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NY, will discuss "Imposing Specificity by Localization: Mechanism and Evolvability."

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

Chamber Music Concert, Jan. 31

The Rock Creek Chamber Players will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31 in the 14th floor assembly hall at the Clinical Center. Reservations are required for this free public concert, sponsored by the recreation therapy section. The program will include Mozart's sonata for bassoon and 'cello, Piston's quintet for flute and strings, and Fauré's first quartet for piano and strings. For reservations and information call (202) 337-8710.

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