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Future of Bioengineering Examined, Feb. 27-28

Charting a vision for the future of bioengineering research is the goal of a 2-day symposium spon-sored by NIH on Feb. 27-28 at the Natcher Conference Center. The format includes plenary sessions, panel discussions, scientific posters and exhibits showcasing NIH-funded bioengineering projects to foster future collaborations among academic investigators, industry and small businesses. NIH director Dr. Harold Varmus will open the meeting and Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) will present the keynote address.

Panel topics include: genomics, imaging, biomaterials, instruments and more. Registration fee is $50 and CME credit is available. Internet site for registration and additional information: or contact Kathleen Edmunds, (301) 468-6555; email

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 willbe 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

Capitals Days at MCI Center

Have you been to the new MCI Center downtown yet? Now is your chance to check out the venue and see the Washington Capitals hockey team at discount rates. They play Buffalo on Sunday, Mar. 1 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 instead of $40 for this game. Also, the same price applies on Saturday, Apr. 4 at 3 p.m., when the Caps take on the L.A. Kings. To order tickets, stop by the R&W activities desk in Bldg. 31, or any R&W gift shop, or call 496-4600.

Cafeteria Renovation Almost Done

Phase 1 renovation of the Bldg. 31 cafeteria is almost complete, after a year of work. It is set to reopen Tuesday, Mar. 3. ORS and GSI will have a ribboncutting ceremony on Monday, Mar. 2 at 11:30 a.m. followed by an open house. New features include accent lights; a semi-circle bulkhead with recessed lighting around four new food courts; a Soup and Salad Bar; a Chicago Rotisserie offering chicken roasters and a deli; the Ciao Amigo offering Italian/Mexican style foods; and the Pasta HQ Pizza featuring pasta entrees and pizza. The dining area has more booths for larger groups and two-person tables for smaller groups. Phase 2 of the renovation starts mid-March and is scheduled for completion by mid-June.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 features Dr. Eileen White on Mar. 4, speaking on "Regulation of Apoptosis by Oncogenes and Tumor Suppressor Genes." She is professor, department of molecular biology and biochemistry, Rutgers University, and faculty member at the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, Piscataway, N.J.

On Mar. 11, Dr. Ronald D. Vale, professor of pharmacology and associate investigator, HHMI, University of California, San Francisco, will discuss "The Molecular Mechanism of Kinesin-Driven Motility."

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

'Hexagon '98' Features NIH'ers, Mar. 4

Opening night for the 43rd annual production of Washington's only all-original, political, satirical, musical comedy revue is set for Wednesday, Mar. 4 at Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts in Georgetown. This year's show is titled "Hexagon '98: Of Thee We Zing!"

Several community-spirited NIH'ers are members of Hexagon's all-volunteer theater troupe, including NCI's Dr. David Levin, Dr. Roz Breslow, Dr. Stefanie Nelson, Kimberlee Newball and Michael Smith, and NCRR's Martin Blumsack. Ticket prices for most performances are $20; however, the Mar. 4 and 5 performances are discounted to $15. As always, all proceeds from the show will benefit a local charity; this year's beneficiary is Community Family Life Services.

Over the past 42 years, Hexagon has raised more than $2.4 million for Washington, D.C., area charities. For details, call (202) 333-SHOW or visit its Web site,

Gardening for the Community, Mar. 5

From the Ground Up is a local organization that uses garden products to improve the life of the community. Its codirector, Lou Etgen, will address the March meeting of the NIH Garden Club on Thursday, Mar. 5 at noon in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 8.

From the Ground Up operates an organic farm, producing fruits and vegetables. Half of its produce is distributed for sale at inner city farm stands. These stands are run by local residents involved in community organizations or job training programs. The other half is distributed to people who have purchased "shares." Once a week, they receive a share of the fresh produce from the farm.

NIH Garden Club meetings are open to anyone interested in gardening. For more information, email Karen Helfert at

Workshop on Signal Transduction, Mar. 7-11

The third international workshop on signal transduction in the activation and development of mast cells and basophils will be held Mar. 7-11. The keynote lecture by Timothy A. Springer of the Center for Blood Research and Harvard Medical School will be on Saturday, Mar. 7 at 5 p.m. in the Natcher Bldg. and is entitled, "Integrins and G Proteins: Structurally Homologous Proteins That Regulate Interactions Outside and Inside the Cell Membrane." The Distinguished Lecture by Henry Metzger, NIAMS, "Regulation of Signal Transduction by the IgE Receptor," will be on Monday, Mar. 9 at 4 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Both lectures are free and open to all.

The entire workshop is free to NIH employees but registration is necessary. This workshop is presented by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences. For more information and registration material, call 496-7975.

'Moppetts' Show To Benefit Inn, Mar. 21 and 22

Katherine Mizell's Modelling Moppetts and Stage II Teen Models will present the 29th Annual Bunny Benefit, "Moppetts on the Airways," a musical variety show on Saturday and Sunday, Mar. 21 and 22 at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Tickets are $5; proceeds benefit the Children's Inn at NIH. For details, call (301) 774-1194.

Circus To Benefit NIH Charities, Mar. 24

Ladies and gentlemen, now hear this! Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is bringing the 127th edition of The Greatest Show on Earth to the MCI Center for the first time ever. The circus and the center are joining on this historic occasion to provide a fundraising opportunity for the NIH charities on Tuesday, Mar. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Funds collected over expenses that evening will benefit the Children's Inn at NIH, Special Love/Camp Fantastic, and Friends of the Clinical Center.

In addition, sponsors will provide complimentary tickets for all children undergoing treatments for illnesses such as cancer and AIDS. The kids will come from the Clinical Center and other local hospitals.

Because the MCI Center can seat more than 17,000 people, a major effort is under way to sell group tickets to schools, churches, synagogues and employers who can fill the seats. Reduced price tickets are available now at all R&W gift shops. The price range, depending on where the seats are located, is $13.50, $10.50 and $7.50. A few $40 seats will go for $30.

"We are hoping to provide a grand time for patients, their families and children of all ages," said Randy Schools, R&W general manager.

Plan now to take your family and friends to the circus, and do a great favor to the NIH charities.

Skills Development Offered, Mar. 25-27

The Administrative Skills Development Curriculum is being offered in 1998. The curriculum is open to all NIH administrative staff in one-grade-interval jobs who have ICD approval and funds authorization.

On Mar. 25-27, all participants will take part in a workshop, Planning for Career Advancement for Administrative Support Staff. They will use data from professionally administered assessments to formulate individual development plans. These plans, approved by participants' supervisors and personnel offices, will guide curriculum participants through the program. A minimum of six courses must be completed in 3 years to receive a certificate of completion. At least two courses must be taken each year.

Submit training nominations to the Division of Workforce Development. Participants will receive confirmation from DWD. For more information, call Pauline Irwin, 402-3385, or email

A recent NIH Record story (Dec. 16, 1997) announced that NICHD would receive a $500,000 grant from the American Medical Association to conduct pediatric pharmacology research. Receiving the check on behalf of the institute are (from l) director Dr. Duane Alexander, deputy director Dr. Yvonne Maddox, and Budget Officer Arthur Fried. AMA president Dr. Percy Wootton (r) presented the check.

Interested in Chamber Music?

The R&W Chamber Music Club now cooperates with Levine School of Music is assembling a chamber music directory, the Washington Area Chamber Players Directory. It lists members of the community who play instruments or sing, and who wish to be able to contact each other to form music groups. To be listed, submit contact information, and optional self-rating and comments to Nancy Breth at, fax it to (703) 241-4072, or mail it to the Levine School, 2801 Upton St. NW, Washington, DC 20008. Use email if possible. When ready, the directory will cost $5 and will be available from Levine School of Music. Questions? NIH campus contact is Sue Epstein, 827-0450 or email Questions can also be emailed directly to Nancy Breth of the Levine School as above.

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