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Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series -- held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 -- features Dr. Anthony J. Pawson (see story02.htm) on Feb. 4, speaking on "Protein Modules in Signal Transduction." He is professor and head, program in molecular biology and cancer, Mt. Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto. His talk is an NIH Director's Lecture.

On Feb. 11, Dr. Salvador Moncada, director, The Cruciform Project for Strategic Medical Research, University College London, will discuss "The Discovery of Nitric Oxide as a Biological Mediator: A 10-Year Perspective."

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

Gardening in the Winter?

Curious about what's happening in the garden when the temperature is below freezing? The NIH Garden Club will host Alice Sills discussing "Winter Interest in the Garden" on Thursday, Feb. 5, noon - 1 p.m., Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 8. Sills is a Montgomery County master gardener who works at Stadler Nursery. There will be time for questions and the exchange of gardening information. Garden Club meetings are open to all. For more information email Karen Helfert,

Black History Month To Be Observed, Feb. 12

All NIH'ers are invited to attend a seminar on the "African Slaves' Burial Ground." Black History Month will be observed at Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, on Thursday, Feb. 12 from noon to 1 p.m. Mark Mack, an assistant for biological anthropology at Howard University, will discuss the African Burial Ground Project, which is examining the remains of African slaves born in New York when it was one of the original colonies. For more information, contact Joyce Starks, 402-9123.

Singers Dispel Winter Blahs

The NIH Chamber Singers invite you to join them at one of their concerts on the theme, "The Cure for February: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry... and Then Sleep!" They will take place on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Clinical Center's 14th floor assembly hall; on Thursday, Feb. 19, at noon in Natcher's balcony B; and on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at noon in the Clinical Center's Masur Auditorium. Admission is free, all are welcome. For more information, or if you are interested in becoming a member of the group, visit its Web site at

Conversion Services for Year 2000

DCRT now provides a full range of Year 2000 conversion services including automated code conversion for COBOL applications. Whether you need technical guidance or complete conversion services, DCRT experts can help. To learn more, see or call 594-DCRT.

Gene Therapy Conference, Mar. 9

The second Gene Therapy Policy Conference, entitled "Lentiviral Vectors for Gene Delivery," will be held Monday, Mar. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bethesda Marriott. It will focus on research design and safety considerations related to lentivirus vectors for human gene transfer research. Participants will explore the biology of lentiviruses and their advantages/disadvantages over previously proposed gene delivery systems. For more information or to register for the conference (no cost), visit the Office of Recombinant DNA Activities' Web site at

Third Freese Lecture Held

The third annual Ernst Freese Memorial Lecture of the NIH Neuroscience Series took place Jan. 5 in Lipsett Amphitheater and featured Dr. Eugene M. Johnson, Jr. (second from l), a pioneer in discovering and manipulating the neuronal cell death program. Johnson is flanked by Dr. Story Landis (l), NINDS scientific director, and Dr. Audrey Penn, NINDS acting director. The late Dr. Freese made major contributions to our understanding of heredity in the early fifties with his mutational analyses, and continued to make advances in the area of bacterial sporulation. As director of the basic neuroscience program in NINDS, he was also credited with supporting and carrying out molecular neuroscience research in NINDS. His son, Dr. Andrew Freese (far r), was the first Ernst Freese Lecturer.

Readers Needed To Audiotape Books

You can help open the world of books to students who are blind or have learning disabilities at Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic of Metropolitan Washington. Volunteers are needed to record books onto tapes and to send the tapes to students. Books are recorded in all subject areas at all academic levels from kindergarten through graduate school.

RFB&D is located on Metro's Red Line in Friendship Heights on Wisconsin Ave. If you would like to know more, call and sign up for an orientation at (202) 244-8990.

R&W Sponsors Two Ski Trips

The NIH Ski Club has two big trips planned for February. On the weekend of Feb. 13-16, the club will go by motorcoach to Canaan Valley, W.Va. The package includes round trip transportation, three breakfasts, two dinners, three nights lodging and use of the health club. There is also an indoor, heated pool. Price is $248 per person for double occupancy, $204 for triple and $188 for quad.

The club goes to the Poconos Feb. 27-Mar. 1 for a weekend of skiing (at both Montage and Jack Frost mountains), snowmobiling and ice skating at Mountain Laurel Resort. Prices range from $209 to $175.

For more information on either trip, call the R&W activities desk, 496-4600.

Deaf Awareness Program 'Breaks Down Silence'

NIH recently held its annual Deaf Awareness Program, which featured keynote speaker Dorothy Wilkins (left) and entertainer Bernard Bragg (right), founder of the Tony Award-winning National Theatre for the Deaf. Themed "Let's Break Down the Walls of Silence," the program also featured an update on NIH's interpreting services and a deaf culture trivia forum.

Visit R&W's Web Site, Join Now for Opportunities

The R&W has a great Web site, which is kept updated with all the latest trips, tickets, news, events, discounts and much more. Many of the R&W clubs have their own pages. You can access the NIH housing list, get Transhare applications, and obtain store coupons. Point your browser to

Also, become a member of R&W by Feb. 27 and you will have a chance to win a prize package including a pair of tickets to all the major sports teams in town, 100 lottery tickets (you could be a millionaire!), a 26-inch bike plus free Fitness Center membership for a year, or free family outings to area theme parks, cinemas and restaurants. Call Katie or Karen, 496-6061, for more details.

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