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Chamber Music Concert, Mar. 9

The Rock Creek Chamber Players will perform on Sunday, Mar. 9 at 3 p.m. in the 14th floor assembly hall at the Clinical Center. The program, sponsored by the CC's recreation therapy section, will include Vivaldi's Concerto in B minor for four violins, strings, and keyboard; Schoenfield's Cafe Music, for piano trio; and the Shostakovich piano quintet. For more information on this free public concert call (202) 337-8710.

MAPB's New 'Dish' Ready to Serve

With the Medical Arts and Photography Branch's new satellite dish on the roof of Bldg. 31, NIH staff can stay informed while staying in place. The video section can downlink "live" surgeries, lectures, and seminars from around the world, 24 hours a day and broadcast them over the NIH/Montgomery County cable system (channels 40, 41 and 42) or to a TV in an NIH conference room. "It's another step toward connecting NIH to the rest of the medical world," says Ken Ryland, chief of the section.

Gathered around the new satellite dish recently installed on the roof of Bldg. 31 are MAPB employees (from l) Ron Winterrowd, Joy Jackson, Trish Evans, Ken Ryland and Jim French.

To view a program via satellite, NIH need only tell the video section the date, time, and the satellite coordinates and contact person for the event. MAPB will make necessary arrangements with the event sponsor to receive the program. The video section can either transmit the event "live" or record it. To watch a satellite program on NIH cable costs about $75, plus a nominal fee for recording.

Contact Ryland, 6-4700, for more information about satellite capabilities.

String Quartet To Perform

The FAES Chamber Music Series will present the Auryn String Quartet at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 9 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Tickets are $20 at the door; students/fellows, $10. For more information call 6-7975.

Macintosh Buying Seminar, Mar. 3

In spite of Apple's well-publicized troubles, many computer users prefer the Macintosh for use in the home or office.

To help you make an informed buying decision, DCRT's Customer Services Branch is presenting a seminar on Monday, Mar. 3, 10-11 a.m., in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. Topics to be discussed are how to evaluate a user's needs, how to choose from the Apple product line (or a product from one of the many Mac clone manufacturers), selection of a monitor, and software availability. There will be a question-and-answer session following the presentation.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series -- held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 -- features Dr. Bruce W. Stillman, director, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, on Mar. 5. He will discuss "Cell Cycle Control of Replication of the Eukaryotic Cell Genome."

On Mar. 12, Dr. Alan M. Kraut, professor of history at American University and visiting Stetten senior fellow at NIH (see story on Front Page), will present "The Unwelcome Messenger: Dr. Joseph Goldberger -- An NIH Scientist as Social Reformer."

For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Hilda Madine, 4-5595.

ORWH Seminars Continue, Mar. 6

The ORWH Women's Health Seminar Series continues the 1996-97 season with a look at "Arthritis and Osteoporosis." The program will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Mar. 6 in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10.

Dr. Rosemarie Hirsch of NIA will open the seminar with a discussion of "Arthritis: Not Just Your Grandmother's Rheumatism." She will highlight several forms of arthritis, comparing clinical features and available treatments.

Dr. Ethel Siris of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons will present "Diagnosis and Treatment Options for Osteoporosis." She will discuss how the risk of developing osteoporosis and future fractures can be noninvasively estimated through bone mass measurement, as well as therapeutic interventions for postmenopausal women at risk.

Dr. Kate Lorig of Stanford University School of Medicine will wrap up the seminar with an interactive discussion of "Breaking the Cycle." She will focus on pain management and discuss how people with arthritis can break the pain cycle through various methods including exercise, cognitive techniques, and depression management. The seminar will close with a question-and-answer session.

The next seminar, which will focus on "Elder Options and Care Giving," will be held on June 5. Admission is free and open to the public. Registration is not necessary. For information, call 2-1770.

APAO Marks Lunar New Year

The NIH Asian & Pacific Islander American Organization (APAO) celebrated the new Lunar Year -- the Year of the Ox -- on Feb. 7 by organizing a luncheon attended by many prominent NIH scientists and officials.

Speaking on the theme "Be Proud of Your Heritage," guest speaker Dr. Philip S. Chen, NIH associate director for intramural affairs, said Asians in the United States are realizing gains. He cited a few signs of the changing order: At NIH, positions are opening for Asians at the branch chief and division director level, as well as in tenure-track and staff scientist positions; biomedical research is flourishing in many Asian countries; Asians are beginning to achieve elective offices in the U.S.; an Asian scientist, Dr. David Ho, was named Man of the Year for 1996 by Time magazine; and China has the fastest growing world economy.

Chen said he believes that exceptional and unlimited opportunities exist for Asians to pursue their dreams for contributing to society; that Asians can aspire to greater heights of accomplishments than their ancestors; and that Asians can pass on to future generations an ability to be better prepared for the 21st century.

Video Workshop Series at Executive Blvd.

In March, the NIH Employee Assistance Program (EAP) will continue the 1996-1997 season of the Executive Blvd. video workshop series with the next topic, "Negotiate Like the Pros."

The workshops employ a two-part approach. At each session, a segment of an expert speaker's videotape is shown first. Counselors from EAP then lead a group discussion about the topic. The topics address typical workplace issues faced by NIH'ers.

The lunchtime, drop-in format is planned to make attendance simple. The series is free, open to all employees, and no registration is required. The workshops are all held in EPN, Conf. Rm. C/D. For more information call 6-3164.

The sessions on professional negotiation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Apr. 2.

Watch for announcements of future EAP video series on the Division of Safety home page at

CFC Awards Ceremony, Mar. 3

The annual NIH Combined Federal Campaign awards ceremony will take place on Monday, Mar. 3, at 10 a.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1, to honor the institute, center and division coordinators for this season's CFC campaign.

For the first time in history, NIH has exceeded its campaign goal of $1 million, with participation NIH-wide of more than 50 percent. Such an achievement would not have been possible without the sincere efforts of all NIH'ers who contributed, thus proving -- once again -- that we are a team of winners.

Speaking of winners, this season's CFC raffle winners are: Debbie Whittington (NIDDK), who won two USAir tickets (courtesy of the airline); and Cathryn Valeda (NHLBI), who also won 2 USAir tickets (courtesy of Ober United Travel). All are welcome at the awards ceremony!

Who's Reading Your Email?

The STEP Forum series will present "Electronic Communications: Who's Reading Your Email?" on Wednesday, Mar. 12, from 1-3 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1.

Electronic communication is having an increasing influence on the workplace. Some view electronic communication as similar to spoken words because of its speed and interactive nature; others view it as another version of written text and legal records.

In this forum, four speakers will explain how electronic communications affect the individual and the workplace. They will discuss a variety of topics including: gender, status and stylistic differences in email and their impact on the messages and meaning conveyed to readers; the evolution of policies on the use of electronic communication; issues of privacy and record keeping. The forum will also include a presentation on who has access to your email files through technology and the Freedom of Information Act. Speakers will be: Susanne Anthony, management analyst, Office of Management Policy, NHLBI; Charles Havekost, head, customer support section, DCRT; Dr. Susan C. Herring, associate professor of linguistics, University of Texas at Arlington; and Dona Lenkin, deputy director, Office of Information Resources Management, OD.

The forum is open to all NIH'ers on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance registration is not necessary. Extramural scientist administrator continuing education credit is available. Inform STEP of any need for sign language interpretation/reasonable accommodation by Mar. 3. For more information call 5-2769.

Chamber Music Master Class

On Sunday, Mar. 2, Oliver Edel, formerly cellist of the Roth and Manhattan String Quartets, will coach the NIH Chamber Players on Dvorak's string quartet, Op. 96 (the "American Quartet"). The session will be 2-5 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. Audience members are invited to bring their instruments and stands to participate in a conducted reading of the work after the coaching session. If you plan to play, call (202) 337-2227, ext. 210, and leave a message with the date of the event, your name, and your instrument. Admission is free; donations to defray costs of the event are welcome. For more information, call Suzanne Epstein, 827-0450.

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