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Interest in Stem Cells?

A number of scientists on campus are considering starting a Stem Cell Interest Group. If you are interested in participating in such a group, email either Dr. Snorri Thorgeirsson at or Dr. Francis Ruscetti at

Blood Bank Has New Hours

As of the start of the new year, the NIH Blood Bank is open every Thursday until 5:30 p.m. to accommodate employees who prefer to donate blood later in the afternoon. The bank's hours are: Mon., Wed., Fri., 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Tue. 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Thu. 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The blood bank is always looking for new donors to help support patient care in the Clinical Center. If you are interested in giving blood, call 6-1048 to schedule an appointment. The bank is located in the Clinical Center, Rm. 1C416.

Camera Club Holds Two Meetings

The NIH R&W Camera Club adds a special feature in 1997 -- slide shows by club members. The first exhibit in the series is Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. in Bldg. 31C, sixth floor Conf. Rm. 8. Club vice president Dr. Yuan Liu will present "Driving Across the Iberian Peninsula." All are welcome.

The club will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in Bldg. 31, Rm. 6C09. Guest speaker is Sherwin Kaplan, who will talk about how to take good pictures of animals in the zoo. He has been a member of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society since 1986 and has been its Photographer of the Year three times. The subject of the evening's competition is portrait photography. Formats include black and white prints and color prints and slides.

All are welcome. For more information contact Liu, 4-6382, or visit the club's homepage at

Video Workshop Series Resumes

In February, the NIH Employee Assistance Program (EAP) will continue the 1996-1997 season of its video workshop series "Tuesdays at the Little Theater." The next topic is "Dealing with Conflict and Confrontation."

The workshops employ a two-part approach. At each session, a segment of an expert speaker's videotape is shown first. Counselors from EAP then lead a group discussion about the topic. The topics address typical workplace issues faced by NIH'ers.

The lunchtime, drop-in format is planned to make attendance simple. The series is free, open to all employees, and no registration is required. The workshops are all held in the Bldg. 10 Visitor Information Center's Little Theater. For more information call 6-3164.

The sessions on conflict and confrontation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: Feb. 4, Feb. 11, Feb. 18, Feb. 25, Mar. 4.

Watch for announcements of future EAP video series on the Division of Safety home page at

Conference on Managed Care Opens Series

The National Institute of Nursing Research and the Clinical Center's department of nursing are sponsoring a conference entitled "Managed Care: Crisis and Opportunity for Clinical Research." It will be held Thursday, Feb. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

The conference will feature prominent experts in the field. Presenters will include: Dr. Neil R. Powe, Johns Hopkins; Dr. Colleen Conway-Welch, Vanderbilt University; Dr. Dorothy Brooten, Case Western Reserve University; Dr. Jeffrey Harris, Massachusetts General Hospital; Dr. Madison Powers, Georgetown University; and Dr. David Blumenthal, Mass General.

This conference is the first in a series entitled "Expanding the Horizons of Health Care Through Research," which will run through this year and cover such topics as chronic illness, pain management, neuroscience and disease management and genetics.

Admission is free and open to all but seating is limited. For more information call Marianne Duffy, 6-0207, or check NINR's home page on the World Wide Web (

Chamber Concert Set, Feb. 2

The Rock Creek Chamber Players will perform on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 3 p.m. in the 14th floor assembly hall, Bldg. 10. The program will include Scarlatti's "Cat's Fugue" sonata for solo keyboard; Robert Ward's Serenade for Mallarme, for flute, viola, cello and piano; and Schubert's Octet, Op. 166. For more information about this free public concert, sponsored by the Clinical Center's recreation therapy section, call (202) 337-8710.

Seminar on Freedom of Information Act

The Bethesda/Medical chapter of the National Contract Management Association is hosting a brown bag lunch seminar entitled "Freedom of Information Act: A Case in Study." Speakers include Dr. Donald Stablein, president, Emmes Corp., and Victoria McEneney, attorney, McKenna & Cuneo. The meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Executive Plaza North, Conf. Rm. H. Contact Sharon Miller, 6-8611, for details.

PC Buying Advice, Feb. 4

Whether for the office or home, selecting a new PC can be confusing. Not only must you make sense out of lists of cryptic options, but you should also buy with an eye to the future.

To help you make an informed decision, DCRT's Customer Services Branch is presenting a seminar on Tues., Feb. 4, 10-11:30 a.m., in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. Rather than recommend a particular brand or model, DCRT will instead demystify the many available options and provide you with general guidelines, including which processor to choose and what speed; how much RAM and what type; how large a hard disk and what kind; which size monitor and what video options; and which operating system makes sense for you.

Lecture Focuses on Keratectomy

The STEP Science for All Series will present "Photorefractive Keratectomy: Are You Ready to Leave Your Eyeglasses Behind?" on Thursday, Feb. 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1.

The featured speaker will be Dr. Terrence P. O'Brien, director of ocular microbiology at Johns Hopkins' Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute. Photorefractive keratectomy is a new laser procedure to correct nearsightedness or improve distance vision. The talk will review the latest information on the safety and effectiveness of this surgical technique, which offers the prospect of distance vision without a need for eyeglasses or contact lenses. After the presentation, O'Brien will be available to answer questions from the audience.

The session is open to all NIH'ers on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance registration is not necessary. Inform STEP of any need for sign language interpretation/reasonable accommodation by Jan. 31. For more information call 5-2769.

Hispanic Organization Meets

The NIH Hispanic Employee Organization will meet to develop an action plan and priorities for 1997 on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 1-4 p.m. in the Clinical Center's Little Theater, Rm. B1C218. All employees interested in Hispanic issues at NIH are invited to participate. For more information contact Raymond Mejia, 6-9972; email

Conference Examines HIV Transmission

NICHD's Center for Population Research is sponsoring a conference titled "The Reproductive Tract and HIV Transmission," Feb. 11-12 in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A. Deadline for registration is Feb. 5. For information call Connie Hamilton, 6-1101. The registration form is available on the NICHD home page at

Line Dance Classes Expand

To keep pace with demand, the R&W Country Western Dance Club now offers beginners' level classes in line dancing and couples dancing -- during lunchtime and after work -- both in the Clinical Center and at the Rockledge Fitness Center. Learn such popular dances as the Electric Slide, Slappin' Leather, Cowboy Reggae and many more. To receive the club's monthly email newsletter, send your email address to For more information call 6-5031.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series -- held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 -- takes the day off on Feb. 5, but returns on Feb. 12 with Dr. Robert G. Roeder, professor and head of the Laboratory of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Rockefeller University. He will lecture on "The Role of General and Gene-Specific Coactivators in the Regulation of Eukaryotic Transcription."

For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Hilda Madine, 4-5595.

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