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Neuroscience Research Center Plans Discussed

Congressman John Porter (R-IL, l), recently retired chair of the House appropriations subcommittee on labor, HHS, and education, and a major force behind the recent NIH budget growth, discusses plans for the new NIH National Neuroscience Research Center with Drs. Gerald Fischbach (second from l), Steven Hyman (second from r) and Alan Leshner, directors of NINDS, NIMH and NIDA, respectively. At a special event held at the Cloisters on Jan. 4, more than 150 principal investigators from nine institutes — the first gathering of its type — heard Fischbach and Hyman describe their vision of a new intellectual framework for joint efforts in neuroscience research. Architect Rafael Vinoly explained how the new building will support that vision through shared, flexible space, easy traffic flow and ample areas for interaction among scientists and with the public. In his remarks, Porter reflected on his longstanding interest in promoting collaboration among NIH institutes and his conviction that NIH must always strive to inform the public about its research efforts and advances. The building will be named in honor of Porter.

Maryland Prepaid College Trust Presentation

The NIH Office of Community Liaison, NIH Recreation and Welfare Association and NIH Federal Credit Union invite all staff to attend a presentation on the Maryland Prepaid College Trust Program. The Maryland Prepaid College Trust is a state program that allows you to save for a child's future education based on what Maryland's public colleges cost today. More detailed information about the trust is available online at The presentation will be held on Friday, Feb. 9 from noon to 1 p.m. in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 6 (on the 6th floor of the C wing). A representative of the program will give an overview and be available to answer questions. Feel free to bring your lunch. If you have further questions about the presentation, contact the Office of Community Liaison, 496-3931.

Randall Robinson To Speak at NIH, Feb. 23

TransAfrica President Randall Robinson will be the keynote speaker at NIH's annual Black History Month Observance on Friday, Feb. 23 at 11:30 a.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

Closure of Parking Lot 10K

This spring, construction on the new NIH Fire Station will begin. Unfortunately, the new facility will require closure of parking lot 10K at the northwest corner of the campus.

To accommodate the parking needs of NIH employees, the Office of Research Services is expanding attendant-assisted parking to lot 41A in the early spring. As at the other managed parking facilities on campus, first arriving employees will self-park and lock their cars in the existing striped spaces as they do currently. Once the facility is full, attendants will direct employees to established parking locations (i.e., aisles), where parkers will leave their car and ignition key, and receive a claim ticket. Vehicle keys will be secured by attendants using key security locks. As self-park spaces open, stacked cars will be moved into available spaces. Departing employees whose cars are stack-parked will present their ticket, and attendants will unsecure the key and move any blocking vehicles. Attendant operating hours are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Monday - Thursday. The attendant booth located near Bldg. 41 will remain open and hold remaining keys for parkers until 2 a.m. Any keys not picked up by then will be kept in a safe until the next business day.

Shuttle buses are available at lot 41A/B to transport employees around campus every 10 minutes. Shuttle bus services run from 6:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. For more information on parking and the shuttle schedules, visit the ORS web site at or call the Office of Facilities Planning at 496-5037.

New Law May Affect Your Retirement Benefits

On Sept. 19, 2000, the President signed legislation that may affect you. The Federal Erroneous Retirement Coverage Correction Act (FERCCA) provides relief to employees who were in the wrong retirement plan for at least 3 years of service after Dec. 31, 1986.

If you have never been told that you were in the wrong retirement plan, you may be in the wrong plan and not know it. Despite agencies' extensive efforts to find and correct retirement coverage errors, there are still some employees in the wrong retirement plan. If this is you, or if you think this law may apply to you, you need to contact your personnel office to get more information.

Your personnel office can look through your official personnel folder and make a determination as to whether or not you are in the right retirement plan.

If you want to find out more information about FERCCA, you may go to OPM's FERCCA web site at

Rall Bldg. Receives Signs

Signs were recently installed at the David P. Rall Bldg. on the campus of NIEHS to designate the building as such. Rall was a scientist at the National Cancer Institute before joining NIEHS as its second director in 1971. NIEHS is located in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Renewal of NIH Parking Permits

NIH General Parking Permits for campus employees whose last names begin with C and D will expire on the last day of February 2001. In order to obtain a new permit, an employee must visit the NIH Parking Office in Bldg. 31, Rm. B3B04. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Remember to bring a valid NIH identification card, driver's license and vehicle registration certificate. For more information, call 496-6851.

Intern Program Seeks Applicants

Consider becoming a leader for the 21st century! Looking for an opportunity to change jobs or career paths, meet new people, enhance your career potential, learn new skills? That's what the NIH Management Intern Program is all about.

Recruitment is open from Feb. 12 through Mar. 12. The application process will be online at

The program — now lasting 2 years instead of 1 — uses entry-level career development training designed for talented men and women who have a clear interest in and commitment to a career in public service. Via rotational assignments, interns learn about potential administrative career tracks, i.e., grants and contracts management, general administration, human resources management, budget, legislation, information technology, EEO, human resource management, public affairs, legislative analysis and program/management analysis. Recently graduated interns include VerLyn Francisco, Allyson Browne, Wendy Hadfield, Julie Townshend, James Washington, Jason Donaldson and Presidential Management Interns Kelly Green Kahn, Tamara Oyola, Cynthia Vinson and Matt Longabaugh.

Detailed program information will be provided at the sessions listed below.

MI Information Session Schedule

   (All times are 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Feb. 7   Rockledge II, Rm. 9104/9100
6701 Rockledge Dr.
Feb. 8   Neuroscience Center, Conf. Rm. D
6001 Executive Blvd.
Feb. 13   Executive Plaza North, Conf. Rm. C
6130 Executive Blvd.
Feb. 14   Natcher Bldg., Rm. F1/F2
Feb. 15   Bldg. 10, Rm. 2C116
(Medical Board Rm.)
     For more information call 496-2403.

Sailing Club Open House

Do you think you might like sailing? Have you thought: someday I'll learn to sail? Have you longed to be sailing on the Chesapeake Bay? Do you need to refresh or check out your sailing skills? Can you imagine being with a group of fun, skilled sailing instructors, enthusiasts and boat owners? All of this and more are open to you through the NIH Sailing Club at low cost.

Check it out over pizza and beer on Thursday, Mar. 1 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the FAES House at the corner of Old Georgetown Rd. and Cedar Ln. Admission is $5 at the door, soda free, beer/wine $2.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Marcia Angell on Feb. 14, who will give the NIH Alumni Association's annual James A. Shannon Lecture on "The Ethics of Clinical Trials." She is a lecturer in social medicine, Harvard Medical School.

On Feb. 21, Dr. Laura L. Kiessling, professor, departments of biochemistry and chemistry, University of Wisconsin, will speak on "Tuning Signal Transduction with Synthetic Ligands."

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

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