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NIH Black History Month Program To Feature Alexis Herman

Alexis M. Herman
Former Secretary of Labor Alexis M. Herman will be the keynote speaker at "Reflections from Our Past: Building for Our Future," the NIH 2003 African American Heritage Month Celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Also, the D.C. chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers will share historical perspectives. The Buffalo Soldiers were black men from across the country who joined African American regiments established after the Civil War. For more information or reasonable accommodation, call Kay Johnson Graham, 496-3403 or Michael Chew, 402-3681 (voice) or (301) 480-3122 (TTY).

Seminar To Discuss Computational Approaches to Biological Systems

An explosion of biological data and dramatic advances in computer technology are providing scientists with the quantitative means to analyze, model and simulate complex biological processes as never possible before. These processes can range from the behavior of single molecules, through cellular processes such as metabolic flux, to the behavior of individual organisms and population dynamics. NIGMS is sponsoring a seminar series featuring scientists on the cutting-edge of these new approaches.

Each lecture will be held in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10, from 11 a.m. to noon. The schedule is as follows:

  Feb. 27: Albert-László Barabási, University of Notre Dame, "Hierarchical Network Structure of Protein-protein and Metabolic Interactions."

Mar. 27: Bernhard Palsson, University of California, San Diego, "Bringing Genomes to Life: The Use of Genome Scale in silico Models."

May 29: Richard Young and David Gifford, both of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "Regulation of Genome Expression in Living Cells."

June 5: Leslie Loew, University of Connecticut Health Center, "The Virtual Cell Project."

For information and reasonable accommodation call Kevin Lauderdale at 451-6446.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Ralph M. Steinman on Feb. 26, giving a talk on "Dendritic Cells and the Control of the Immune Response." He is Henry G. Kunkel professor and senior physician, Laboratory of Cellular Physiology and Immuno-logy, Rockefeller University.

On Mar. 5, Dr. Stephen J. Elledge, professor, department of biochemistry and HHMI investigator, Baylor College of Medicine, will discuss, "Sensing and Responding to DNA Damage."

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

STEP Addresses Interagency Cooperation

The STEP (staff training in extramural programs) committee will hold an administrative strategies forum on the topic, "Coordinating Research Among Federal Agencies: Biodefense as a Case Study," on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. in the Natcher conference center's Rm. E1-E2.

Recent events have highlighted the need for a rapid, cooperative response among federal agencies, including the response to emerging biological threats. However, each agency has different missions, policies and approaches to science, which can complicate interagency cooperation. How can we capitalize on the strengths of each to best accomplish our shared national goals? Representatives from multiple agencies will describe their differing approaches to science funding. Biodefense against naturally occurring organisms or terrorist actions will be used as a case study to explore creative, coordinated solutions. The forum is offered for ESA credit.

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

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