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NIEHS Gets Electric Car, Environmental Award

NIEHS director Dr. Kenneth Olden goes for a spin in the institute's new Global Electric MotorCar, or GEM. The car is street legal but has a top speed of 25 miles per hour. It will only be used on the institute's main campus. Facilities Engineering Branch staff use the car instead of a fleet vehicle to run errands between buildings. With a GSA cost of $10,500, the car will pay for itself in about 3 years, officials estimate. NIEHS, located in Research Triangle Park, N.C., recently won the first-ever Environmental Leadership Award from the Environment@RTP, a committee of the Research Triangle Owners and Tenants Association. The award cited use of the electric vehicle as well as overall environmental management, sustainable environmental results, leadership and innovation, employee education, community outreach and voluntary initiatives. The car is produced by DaimlerChrysler. It uses six 12-volt batteries, and has a built-in recharger. Using AC house current, the car recharges in 8 to 10 hours, with a range of 30 to 35 miles per charge. The car looks a bit like a fancy golf cart with hard doors, but it also features slide-down windows, a cargo box and — thank goodness — a heater.

Employee Needs Organ Donation

An employee with type A blood is in need of a kidney transplant. If there is anyone interested in being tested as a possible donor match that has either type A or O blood, call Wanda at (301) 524-7432. Federal government donors can use up to 30 days of donor leave, which is not associated with your sick or vacation leave.

Golf Association Seeks Members

The NIH Golf Association (18-hole coed league) is looking for new members for the 2003 season. The association currently has six teams of up to 25 players each and schedules eight spring/summer stroke-play outings and up to five match-play end-of-summer outings each year at local courses (all mid-week and play is optional). The group caps the year off in the fall with an outing including golf/cart/food for all members and their guests. prizes and trophies are awarded and handicaps are maintained from 0-40 so all are welcome. For more information contact Howard Somers, 496-8477 or visit for more information.

Mathematical-Biological Linkages Meeting

NIH and the National Science Foundation are co-sponsoring a symposium on "Accelerating Mathematical-Biological Linkages" on Wednesday, Feb. 12. The symposium will highlight opportunities at the interface of mathematics and biology and encourage collaboration across that interface. To illustrate the breadth of the interface, symposium sessions will cover the topics of cell structure and function, multispecies systems, and bioinformatics and computational problems. The keynote address, "Mathematics Is Biology's Next Microscope...Only Better; Biology Is Mathematics' Next Physics...Only Better," will be given by Dr. Joel E. Cohen, head of the Laboratory of populations at Rockefeller University and Columbia University and a MacArthur Foundation fellow.

The meeting runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Rms. E1/E2 of the Natcher Conference Center. The meeting is free, but attendance is limited to the first 150 registrants. Register at For more information, contact Dr. John Whitmarsh at or 594-0828.

NIH Sailing Association Open House

The NIH Sailing Association invites everyone to its open house on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the FAES House on the corner of Old Georgetown Road and Cedar Lane. Would you like to learn to sail? Does the idea of racing sailboats appeal to you? Can you imagine being part of a group filled with skilled sailing instructors, enthusiasts and boat owners? Membership includes instruction, sailboats for charter, racing, cruises, parties and fun. Admission is $5 at the door and includes pizza and sodas; $2 for beer or wine. For more information, visit

NIGMS Revamps Web Site

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences began the new year with the launch of its revamped web site, which now offers easier access to funding opportunities, free publications and the latest news from the institute. The site is available at

Visitors to the site will find information about NIGMS programs in genetics and developmental biology; cell biology and biophysics; pharmacology, physiology and biological chemistry; bioinformatics and computational biology; and minority biomedical research and training.

In addition, visitors can view online versions of the institute's award-winning publications. Free printed copies can also be ordered online.

"The new NIGMS web site is designed to be easier to use and more visually appealing while continuing to offer a wealth of content," said Dr. Judith Greenberg, acting director of NIGMS. "Researchers can access valuable and timely information about relevant grants and opportunities for collaboration. Teachers and students can learn about the principles and promise of contemporary biology from our publications. And journalists and other members of the public can find out about important new discoveries in biomedical science that our institute has helped make possible," she said.

The new site is divided into five sections: research funding; training & careers; minority programs; news & events; and "About NIGMS."

The site also features improved navigation and search tools. In addition, it is fully accessible by users with assistive technology devices, such as screen readers for the visually impaired.

Chamber Music Concert Scheduled

The Rock Creek Chamber players will perform on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. in the 14th floor assembly hall, Bldg. 10. The program will include Mozart's G minor string quintet; Nielsen's "Serenade in Vain" for clarinet, horn, bassoon, viola and cello; and other works to be announced. For more information about this free public concert, sponsored by the Clinical Center's recreation therapy section, call (202) 337-8710.

FEW Meeting Set, Feb. 11

Federally Employed Women, Bethesda chapter, will have a business meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 11 from noon to 1 p.m. in Bldg. 40, Rm. 1201-1203. The chapter will discuss its vision, mission and focus, and address new issues and concerns. All are invited to attend. Sign language interpretation will be provided. For other reasonable accommodation, contact Allyson Browne, or 451-0002.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Huda Y. Zoghbi on Feb. 12, giving an NIH Director's Lecture on "Pathogenesis Studies of Polyglutamine-Induced Neurodegenerative Disease" (see story03).

On Feb. 19, Dr. William T. Newsome, professor, department of neurobiology and HHMI investigator, Stanford University School of Medicine, will discuss, "Neural Correlates of 'Experienced Value' in the parietal Cortex."

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

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