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Winter 2001 Extramural Associate Class Arrives

The winter 2001 class of the Extramural Associates Program recently visited with NIH acting deputy director Dr. Yvonne Maddox (second from r). EAs include (from l) Dr. Sylvia Smith of Florida International University, Dr. Rachel Lindsey of Chicago State University and Dr. Reuben Wright of Prairie View A&M University. The class will be at NIH through May 25.

Memorial Service for Roger Cole, Mar. 10

Dr. Roger Cole, chief of the Laboratory of Microbiology, NIAID, during the 1960's and early 1970's, who retired in 1981, died on Feb. 12. Friends, relatives and colleagues are welcome to attend a memorial service in his honor at River Road Unitarian Church, 6301 River Rd., Bethesda, on Saturday, Mar. 10 at 2 p.m.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Clifford Tabin on Mar. 14, who will speak on "Signals Patterning the Vertebrate Embryo." He is professor of genetics, Harvard Medical School.

On Mar. 21, Dr. Tyler Jacks, professor of biology and HHMI associate investigator, MIT Center for Cancer Research, will lecture on "Modeling Cancer in the Mouse."

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

NIH To Mark Women's History Month, Mar. 15

Mark your calendar for the NIH Women's History Month Observance on Thursday, Mar. 15 at 11:30 a.m. in Conf. Rm. F, Natcher Bldg. The program features "Celebrating Women of Courage and Vision — A Panel Discussion," and a slide show quiz with prizes. For more information or reasonable accommodation, call 402-3663.

Biology of Asthma Explored, Mar. 15

A STEP Science and the Public Health event titled "Breathless in Bethesda: The Biology of Asthma," will be held Thursday, Mar. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Natcher Conference Center's main auditorium.

Have you or a family member been diagnosed with asthma? The incidence of asthma is skyrocketing as the number of Americans diagnosed has doubled in the last 15 years. Even more disturbing is that the number of deaths from asthma has doubled in the last two decades, and children are the most susceptible to this disease. The STEP event will discuss possible causes, the latest research, treatment options and prevention.

The speakers include Dr. Floyd J. Malveaux, president for health affairs, Howard University, who is also moderator; Dr. Thomas A. Platts-Mills, professor of medicine, University of Virginia Medical Center; and Dr. Robert P. Schleimer, professor, Asthma and Allergy Center, Johns Hopkins University.

STEP training events are provided for the benefit of NIH employees. This one may be viewed on For reasonable accommodation (a week in advance), or for more information, contact the STEP program office at 435-2769.

APAO Seeks Award Nominations by Mar. 20

The NIH Asian/Pacific American Organization (APAO) seeks nominations from employees for its 2001 Outstanding Achievements and Merit Scholarship Awards. Recipients will be honored in the evening program of the annual Asian/Pacific Americans Heritage Program in May. The award categories are as follows: For significant accomplishments in advancing NIH/IC's EEO goals; for significant accomplishments in scientific research; for significant accomplishments in administrative work; a merit scholarship of $1,000 to an outstanding college-bound student who is a son/daughter of an NIH employee.

Nominations are open to all employees. For instructions on how to apply, visit the APAO home page at or go directly to the awards site: or contact Dr. Aftab A. Ansari, fax 402-2406, email Nominations for the awards should be sent to him as well; closing date is Mar. 20. Recipients will be notified in the third week of April.

Science of Mind-Body Interactions, Mar. 26-28

What are the mechanisms linking emotions and health? How does the brain mediate between events in our environment and changes in our autonomic, endocrine and neurological functioning? These and other mind-body questions will be the focus of the "Science of Mind-Body Interactions" conference being held Mar. 26-28 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Sponsored by more than a dozen institutes and offices, it will feature a keynote address by Dr. Antonio Damasio, author of Descartes' Error and The Feeling of What Happens. Sessions will focus on biology of social interactions, neurobiology of emotions, inflammatory and infectious disease, and sleep. The conference is free to NIH'ers. Advance registration is required; visit

New Booklet on Sjögren's Syndrome

A new, comprehensive booklet on Sjögren's syndrome for the public and patients is now available from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Sjögren's syndrome is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system targets moisture-producing glands and causes dryness in the mouth and eyes. Other parts of the body can be affected as well such as skin, joints, muscles and the nervous system. Sjögren's syndrome can be either primary, when it occurs on its own, or secondary, when it occurs with another disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. Experts believe 1 million to 4 million people in the United States have Sjögren's syndrome.

Questions and Answers About Sjögren's Syndrome includes information about symptoms, diagnosis, the types of doctors to see, treatment and ongoing research. The 36-page booklet was prepared by a medical writer and reviewed by 11 medical experts, as well as the Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation. To read it, visit or order a free copy by calling 877-22-NIAMS.

Renewal of NIH Parking Permits

NIH General Parking Permits for campus employees whose last names begin with E, F and G will expire on the last day of March 2001. In order to obtain a new permit, an employee must visit the NIH Parking Office in Bldg. 31, Rm. B3B04. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Remember to bring a valid NIH identification card, driver's license and vehicle registration certificate. For more information, call 496-5685.

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