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New Buildings on Campus' Northwest Side

The exterior brickwork is almost complete on the new North Substation (above), an electric supply facility that will eventually provide power to the Clinical Research Center, now under construction. The substation is nestled in woods along Center Drive, just opposite the Cloisters (Bldg. 60). Neighboring the power station will be NIH's new fire house, Bldg. 51, the excavation for which (below) is well under way. The new fire station will replace an obsolete and small facility near the center of campus. The new station will occupy part of what used to be parking lot 10K, near the county fire house at the corner of Cedar Lane and Old Georgetown Rd.

FEW Hosts Talk On Medical Directives

Dr. Anne C. Thomas, a nurse practitioner specializing in elder care issues, will lead a discussion on "Communicating Your Final Wishes: The Medical Directive and Living Will," on Tuesday, Feb. 12 from noon to 1 p.m. in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 6. The talk is hosted by the Bethesda chapter of Federally Employed Women. Come learn about the documents that help record your advance medical directives and healthcare decisions for end of life care. The meeting is open to the public. RSVP by Feb. 8 to Yvette Porter: or call 435-1058. Sign language interpreters will be provided. For other reasonable accomodation, contact Claire McCullough by Feb. 7 at or call 435-8601.

Tae Kwon Do Beginner's Class

The NIH Tae Kwon Do Club is offering a beginner's class for adults and mature teens starting Feb. 11. The class will meet in the Malone Center (Bldg. 31C, B4 level, next to the NIH Fitness Center) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and will continue for about 2 months until participants can be integrated into the regular club training. Dues are $40 per quarter and a uniform costs $30. Interested persons are welcome to watch regular training sessions. For information call Andrew Schwartz, 402-5197 or visit the club web site at

Sailing Club Open House, Feb. 28

The NIH Sailing Association will hold an open house on Thursday, Feb. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. at FAES House on the corner of Old Georgetown Rd. and Cedar Ln. Have you longed to cruise on the Chesapeake Bay? Would you like to learn to sail? Does the idea of racing sailboats appeal to you? Can you imagine being part of a group of fun, skilled sailing instructors, enthusiasts and boat owners? Check it out at the NIHSA open house. Admission is $5 at the door and includes pizza and sodas; $2 for beer or wine. Drop by if you are interested in instruction and sailboats for charter, racing, cruises or parties.

Seminar on Role of Hill Staff in Research

A STEP Administrative Strategies Forum on the topic, "Congressional Staffers and Their Role in the Politics of Biomedical Science," will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

Do you ever wonder how congressional set-asides got set aside? Does more money for disease X mean less money for disease Y? While many factors influence biomedical science, funding decisions direct research and drive progress like no others. The seminar will explore the relationship between players in the decision to fund or not to fund research — congressional staffers, advocacy groups and NIH staff. Issues to be addressed include: Who are congressional staffers and how do they become educated about scientific issues? How do staffers evaluate/prioritize and integrate scientific information? How do the interactions among interested parties affect our working lives at NIH? Attendees can earn ESA credit and pre-registration is required. NIH VideoCast will be available.

NIH Alumni Begin Volunteer Program

The NIH Alumni Association is embarking on a Volunteer Program initiative in 2002. Many opportunities exist at NIH and in Montgomery County where alumni can make a difference. Currently, the program is targeting retired or soon to be retired NIH'ers in the local metropolitan area.

Retirement can be thought of as having lots of free time. Instead, retirees can think of themselves as people with a vast amount of experience in a variety of areas. Volunteering is a rewarding activity for both you and the people with whom you interact.

The NIHAA has compiled a directory of opportunities such as volunteering at the Children's Inn and assisting in Montgomery County public schools. Retirees are invited to become involved. There will be a meeting in late April for all alumni interested in the Volunteer Program.

Are you giving back to your community? If not, now is the time to contact the NIH Alumni Association. Call Maggie Heydrick at (301) 663-6043 or email and join the Volunteer Program. Or visit

Senior Leadership Program Announced

The Human Resource Development Division is currently accepting nominations through Feb. 22 for the spring session of the 2002 NIH Senior Leadership Program. Targeted at IC teams of 4-6 senior scientific and administrative leaders, the program focuses on competencies that were identified as critically important to meeting NIH's scientific goals.

The program combines case studies, interactive discussions, experiential learning, assessment data, development planning and a 3-day residential retreat at the Aspen Wye River Conference Center. The curriculum includes sessions led by scholar-practitioners and leaders and individual feedback sessions.

For more information, visit the HRDD web site at or contact Joyce Laplante at 496-6211 (email

College Classes, Group Registration

HRDD/Montgomery College group registration night will be held Thursday, Feb. 7 at EPS, Rm. 8 from 5 to 7:30. Spring enrollment includes the following classes: Introduction to Nutrition, Introduction to Marketing, Medical Terminology II, Principles of Accounting II, Business and Professional Speech Communication, Business Law I.

Courses have prerequisites. Call HRDD at 496-6211 to schedule an appointment to take your English and math placement exams.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Douglas R. Lowy on Feb. 13; he will give the annual NIH Director's G. Burroughs Mider Lecture on the subject "Papillomavirus Virus-Like Particles: For Vaccines Against HPV and Other Diseases." He is chief, Laboratory of Cellular Oncology and deputy director, Center for Cancer Research, NCI.

On Feb. 20, Dr. Georgia M. Dunston, professor and chair, department of microbiology and founding director, National Human Genome Center, Howard University College of Medicine, will talk about "Biomedical Significance of DNA Polymorphisms."

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

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