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2000 Women's Health Seminar Series Marks ORWH 10th Anniversary

The Office of Research on Women's Health will kick off the 2000 Women's Health Seminar Series at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17 in the Natcher Auditorium, Bldg. 45. The seminar will focus on AIDS in women, examining epidemiology and control, perinatal transmission, treatment and prevention. Speakers will include Dr. Neal Nathanson, NIH associate director for AIDS research; Dr. J. Brooks Jackson, Johns Hopkins University; Dr. Victoria A. Cargill, NIH Office of AIDS Research; and Dr. Zeda Rosenberg, Family Health International. The program will conclude with a question-and-answer session.

The program will be telecast on the Mbone. For information on how to access the seminar through this venue, visit

This year's seminar series marks ORWH's 10th anniversary and a decade of progress in women's health research. The next ORWH seminars include diabetes in women at 1 p.m. on June 15 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10; stress in women on Sept. 21 and brain and heart attacks in women on Dec. 7. For more information on the seminar series, call 402-1770.3.

Managing Workplace Violence

The NIH director has established CIVIL, a coordinated NIH resource that is now available to help the community prevent and respond to workplace threats and violence. In case of a violent situation involving immediate danger, dial 911, if on campus or dial 9-911, if off-campus.

Call CIVIL (C-I-V-I-L or 2-4845) if: you need help assessing the potential seriousness of a threatening situation; you are experiencing a threatening situation at work and need intervention from trained staff; you become aware of a workplace situation involving intimidating, harassing or other unproductive/dangerous behaviors and need consultation; or a situation involving threats or aggressive acts has already occurred and you need assistance managing the aftermath and its effect on staff.

Egwuagu To Deliver BSA Black History Month Lecture,
Feb. 15

In honor of Black History Month, the NIH Black Scientists Association will sponsor a scientific seminar as part of its "Science Working for Us Seminar Series." The seminar, "Uveitis: Susceptibility and Immunopathogenic Mechanisms," will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 15 in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10 at 10:30 a.m. and will be presented by Dr. Charles E. Egwuagu, a PHS commander and senior investigator, who heads the molecular immunology section, Laboratory of Immunology, National Eye Institute. This seminar is cosponsored by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Sign language interpretation will be available. All are welcome.

Volunteers Needed To Record Scientific Texts

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic of Metropolitan Washington is setting up a recording booth in Bldg. 31 for the convenience of NIH employees. Local students who have visual, learning or other physical disabilities urgently need taped versions of their science textbooks. NIH's Broadcast Services Office is providing studio time to RFB&D from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays when NIH scientists, mathematicians and others can come to record. To learn more about this volunteer opportunity, contact Chris Smith at (202) 244-8990 or for information and to sign up for upcoming orientation sessions.

Get Your Career on the FasTrac

FasTrac provides commercially available computer-based training (CBT) for software and professional development skills. On Feb. 1, NIH's human resource development division made FasTrac's more than 700 CBT courses available at no cost to those who take the classes. Each IC has designated a FasTrac coordinator who will distribute FasTrac accounts to staff in his or her IC. Check the HRDD Web site at to determine who your coordinator is. Visit the Web site at to learn more.

Wanted: Talent for Spring Show

Auditions for the Bethesda Little Theater’s spring musical production will be held Feb. 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Be prepared to sing one song; an accompanist will be provided. Titled A ‘Loverly’ Evening in Camelot, the show will feature songs from musicals by Lerner and Loewe, including Gigi, Paint Your Wagon, Brigadoon, Camelot and My Fair Lady. Performance dates are the first three weekends in May (Friday, Saturday, and two Sunday matinees). All performances will be held in the newly refurbished Masur Auditorium. Additional production assistance is also always needed.

If you have any questions or want to help out backstage, contact Elaine Hughes, (301) 589-0720, More information is available at the Web site:

Administrative Skills Development Curriculum

The Administrative Skills Development Curriculum is a 3-year program designed to help the administrative support staff who are in a one-grade interval series improve their job skills and form and accomplish their career goals. Participation requires supervisory approval and IC funding approval. Participants are required to attend a preliminary 3-day course, "Planning for Career Advancement for Administrative Support Staff," which is designed to help participants assess their strengths and set career goals. Those participants who successfully complete six training courses in 3 years will be awarded a certificate of completion.

"Planning for Career Advancement for Administrative Support Staff," course #2144 will next be offered at Executive Plaza on Mar. 21-23; tuition is $566. If you are interested in attending this course, enter your nomination in NIHITS by Mar. 6. To obtain an information packet, visit or call 496-6211.

Softball Players, Teams, Umpires Wanted

The NIH R&W Freddie Harris Memorial Co-Rec Softball League is looking for players, teams and umpires for the 2000 season. The season starts Apr. 18 and ends in September. For more information, leave a message at 496-2266.

Meeting Professionals Hold Event

The Society of Government Meeting Professionals' national capital chapter will hold its third annual winter meeting and trade show Wednesday, Feb. 23 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, Arlington, Va. If you are responsible for planning meetings, workshops, conferences or other government functions, you will not want to miss this event. Educational workshops begin at 10 a.m., trade show and lunch from 12:30 to 4 p.m., and a dinner cruise at 6:30 p.m. SGMP is offering complimentary registration to all professional meeting planners who wish to attend. To register, contact D. Bondurant & Associates, Inc., (301) 681-4875.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series&emdash;held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10&emdash;features Dr. Joseph Schlessinger on Feb. 16. He is Kimmelman professor and chair, department of pharmacology, and director, Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine, New York University Medical Center. His topic is "Cellular Signaling by Tyrosine Phosphorylase."

On Feb. 23, Dr. David L. Nelson, professor, department of molecular and human genetics, Baylor College of Medicine, will discuss "The Human as a Model System in Genetics: Examples from Fragile X Syndrome and Incontinentia Pigmenti."

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

Pig Pickin' Follows AAALAC Visit

Julius Thigpen (l) of the Comparative Medicine Branch, NIEHS, serves up his barbecued pork to celebrate the successful completion of a site visit by officials of AAALAC, the laboratory animal accrediting association that visits every 3 years to evaluate animal use and care. The exit briefing suggested that NIEHS and CMB did well. To celebrate, CMB invited all its staff and scores of other institute site visit participants to its lakeside pig pickin', which was hosted by CMB Chief Diane Forsythe, Mary Goelz and Thigpen.

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