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G. Burroughs Mider Lecture

Dr. Leslie Ungerleider will give this year's G. Burroughs Mider Lecture, discussing the brain circuitry underlying seeing, remembering and thinking. An internationally recognized neuroscientist and chief of the National Institute of Mental Health's Laboratory of Brain and Cognition, she will explain how insights gained from studies in monkeys are now being confirmed and extended through PET (positron emission tomography) and fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) studies in humans. For example, older brain areas specialized for certain functions in the monkey have just recently been pinpointed in humans, having been displaced during evolution as areas serving uniquely human functions emerged. The Mider lectureship, established in 1968, annually honors an NIH scientist for significant research contributions. Ungerleider trained in experimental psychology at New York University and Stanford University prior to joining NIH in 1975. Her talk, "Neural Mechanisms of Human Cognition: Insights from Brain Imaging Studies," will be held Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

Blue Cross/Blue Shield Day

Blue Cross/Blue Shield of the National Capital Area will be on the NIH campus Wednesday, Feb. 11 to assist enrollees who have claims or enrollment problems. A representative will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 9, armed with a laptop computer to access directly the enrollee's records at company headquarters.

No appointment is necessary. Assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield comes to NIH one day each month, usually on the second Wednesday of the month.

Pisano Travel Grants Available

A new grant is now available to encourage those interested in doing historical research related to the NIH intramural programs.

The John J. Pisano Travel Grants, administered through the DeWitt Stetten, Jr., Museum of Medical Research at NIH, are named in honor of Dr. John J. Pisano (1929-1985), a distinguished biochemist and former chief of the section on physiological chemistry, Laboratory of Chemistry, NHLBI. The program is funded by the John J. Pisano Memorial Fund of the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, Inc., a non-federal organization associated with NIH.

The Pisano grants will be awarded for travel costs to Bethesda to conduct research. Questions may be addressed to the NIH historian, Dr. Victoria A. Harden, at 496-6610, or email vharden@helix.nih.gov.

One or two grants each year are expected to be available at the level of $1,500 for United States residents and $2,000 for recipients who reside outside the U.S.

Applications for an award during the 1998-99 academic year must be received in the NIH Historical Office, Bldg. 31, Rm. 2B09 by 5 p.m. on Mar. 31, 1998.

Seminar on Government Contracting

The Bethesda/Medical chapter of the National Contract Management Association is hosting a brown bag lunch seminar entitled "My Company's Been Excluded from the Competitive Range -- Now What?," on Wednesday, Feb. 18 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in EPN, Conf. Rm. H. Speaking will be attorney Jeffrey Weinstein. All are welcome; no registration needed. For more information call Sharon Miller, 496-8611.

Fogarty Center Offers Tax Help to Visitors

The Fogarty International Center will sponsor a series of tax year 1997 tax preparation workshops to help participants in the NIH Visiting Program complete federal and state tax forms. The workshops will be approximately 3 hours long. Participants should bring copies of their W-2, 1042S, and/or 1099 forms to the workshop.

The schedule is as follows:
Date Time Location Who Should Attend
Feb. 27 10 a.m. 31/Rm. 6C10 Visiting Fellows
Feb. 27 1:30 p.m. 31/Rm. 6C10 Visiting Associates/Scientists/Special Experts
Mar. 6 10 a.m. 31/Rm. 6C6 Visiting Fellows
Mar. 61:30 p.m. 31/Rm. 6C6 Visiting Associates/Scientists/Special Experts
Mar. 13 10 a.m. 31/Rm. 6C10 Visiting Fellows
Mar. 13 1:30 p.m. 31/Rm. 6C10 Visiting Associates/Scientists/Special Experts
Mar. 20 10 a.m. 31/Rm. 6C10 Visiting Fellows
Mar. 20 1:30 p.m. 31/Rm. 6C10 Visiting Associates/Scientists/Special Experts
Mar. 27 10 a.m. 31/Rm. 6C6 Visiting Fellows
Mar. 27 1:30 p.m. 31/Rm. 6C6 Visiting Associates/Scientists/Special Experts
Apr. 3 10 a.m. 31/Rm. 6C10 Visiting Fellows
Apr. 3 1:30 p.m. 31/Rm. 6C10 Visiting Associates/Scientists/Special Experts

FAES Concerts Scheduled

The FAES Chamber Music Series will present Stephen Prutsman, piano, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. On Sunday, Mar. 1, the Artemis Quartet will appear at the same hour and venue. Tickets to both concerts are $20 at the door; $10 for students and fellows. For more information call 496-7975.

Director's Seminar Set, Feb. 20

The NIH Director's Seminar Series of Friday noontime lectures in Bldg. 1's Wilson Hall continues on Feb. 20 with Dr. Steven Holland of NIAID's Laboratory of Host Defenses speaking on "Interferon Gamma, Its Receptor, and Interleukin-12: Key Players in the Pathogenesis and Therapy of Mycobacterial Infections." Continuing medical education credit is available.

Singers Dispel Winter Blahs, Need Tenors

The NIH Chamber Singers invite you to one of their concerts on the theme, "The Cure for February: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry... and Then Sleep!" They will be on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Clinical Center's 14th floor assembly hall; on Thursday, Feb. 19, at noon in Natcher's balcony B; and on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at noon in the Clinical Center's Masur Auditorium. Admission is free; all are welcome. For more about the concert and the NIH Chamber Singers, or if you are interested in becoming a member of the group, visit its Web site at http://www.recgov.org/r&w/chamber/. Tenors especially are needed by the a cappella group; contact Esteban at 402-3449 or BallestE@cbmb.nichd.nih.gov for information.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series -- held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 -- features Dr. Floyd E. Bloom on Feb. 18, speaking on "Animal Models of Neuro-AIDS." He is chairman and member, department of neuropharmacology, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, Calif. On Feb. 25, Dr. Leslie Ungerleider, chief, Laboratory of Brain and Cognition, NIMH, will discuss "Neural Mechanisms of Human Cognition: Insights from Brain Imaging Studies." This is the annual G. Burroughs Mider Lecture.

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

Chamber Music Concert, Feb. 22

The Rock Creek Chamber Players will give a concert of 20th century music at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22 in the 14th floor assembly hall at the Clinical Center. This free public concert, sponsored by the recreation therapy section, will include Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time; Hindemith's sonata for viola and piano, Op. 11, No. 4; and Stravinsky's arrangement for clarinet, violin and piano of a suite from his own The Soldier's Tale. For more information call (202) 337-8710.


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