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NIH Special Emphasis Committees Return

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management has reestablished the special emphasis programs employment committees. Operating under Executive Order 11478, EEO Commission management directive 714 and other regulations that govern NIH's equal opportunity program, the committees are responsible for providing advice, guidance and recommendations to the OEODM director on employment and advancement of special populations of employees in the NIH workplace. Each committee has a common goal of assisting OEODM in maintaining an environment that is conducive to the recognition, development, promotion, understanding and utilization of employee abilities, skills and knowledge to achieve maximum productivity.

Committees and their current chairs include the American Indian/Alaskan Native employment council, Frank GrayShield, NHLBI; Asian American/Pacific Islander employment committee, Dr. Bill Bunnag, CSR; Black employment committee, Zita Givens, NIA; employees council on disAbilities, Theresa Oliver, NIMH; Federal Women's Program Network, Joan Brogan, OEODM, acting chair; and Hispanic employment committee, Eddie Ribas, OD/OHR.

Career Development Workshop, Mar. 17

The NIH fellows committee will hold a career development workshop titled, "Careers in Biodefense," on Monday, Mar. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. No reservation is required. For more information, contact or A reception will be given following the event.

FEW To Hold Meeting, Mar. 11

Federally Employed Women, Bethesda chapter, hosts writer and speaker Robin Gerber on Tuesday, Mar. 11 from noon to 1 p.m. in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 6C6. Author of Leadership, the Eleanor Roosevelt Way: Timeless Strategies from the First Lady of Courage, Gerber will discuss "The Leader in You: Lessons from Eleanor Roosevelt." All are invited to attend. Sign language interpretation will be provided. For other reasonable accommodation, contact Allyson Browne by Mar. 7 at

STEP Session on 'Designer Medicine'

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will hold a Science in the Public Health session titled, "Hey, Those Are My Genes! The Promise and Problems of Designer Medicine," on Thursday, Mar. 20 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

The program will examine the current status of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease using individual genetic information, and the multiple uses of such information by patients and practitioners, the health care industry and society. The program will also explore the impact of the "post-genomic" era on NIH'ers' responsibilities for promoting and monitoring progress in the research and use of such knowledge. The forum is offered for ESA credit.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Elizabeth H. Blackburn on Mar. 12, giving the annual Florence Mahoney Lecture on Aging (see story05).

On Mar. 19, Dr. Arthur Weiss, professor of medicine and of microbiology and immunology, Ephraim P. Engleman distinguished professor of rheumatology, chief, division of rheumatology, and HHMI investigator, University of California, San Francisco, will discuss, "Regulating T Cell Antigen Receptor Signaling."

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

Employee Needs Organ Donation

An employee with type A blood is in need of a kidney transplant. If there is anyone interested in being tested as a possible donor match that has either type A or O blood, call Wanda at 1-301-524-7432. Federal government donors can use up to 30 days of donor leave, which is not associated with your sick or vacation leave.

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