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Sons of Italy Visit Inn, Welcome New Members

The NIH Lodge #2547 Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) recently presented the Children's Inn at NIH with a delivery of toys for Valentine's Day. Members of the OSIA Lodge who delivered the gifts are (rear, from l) Mabel Battistone, A. Robert Polcari, Cathy Battistone. In front are (from l) Nina Baccanari, 12-year-old inn resident Breann Kasputis of Westland, Mich., and Gina Cianflone. Anyone of Italian descent who is interested in joining the NIH Lodge may call Baccanari (301) 869-4045 or Cathy Battistone (301) 594-1088 for more information.

AALAS Holds Annual Seminar

The National Capital Area Branch of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science is holding its 27th annual seminar entitled "On the Cutting Edge...Biomedical Research in the Electronic Age," on Sept. 28-29, 2000, in Hagerstown, Md. For more information, contact Buster Hawkins at 496-4801.

APAO Seeks Award Nominations by Apr. 10

The NIH Asian/Pacific American Organization (APAO) seeks nominations from NIH employees for its 2000 Outstanding Achievements and Merit Scholarship Awards. Recipients will be honored in the evening program of the NIH annual Asian/Pacific Americans Heritage Program in May. The award categories are as follows:

I. For significant accomplishments in advancing NIH/IC EEO goals;

II. For significant accomplishments in scientific research or administrative work;

III. A scholarship of $1,000 to an outstanding college-bound student.

Nominations for categories I and II should be in the form of letters of recommendation citing the nominee's records and accomplishments. Nominations are open to all NIH employees; one nomination for each letter of recommendation. Nominations can be made by anyone in the NIH community. Nominations for category III can be made by either the parent(s) of a student or by the student. The scholarship award is for a student of AP origin or for children of APAO members.

For instructions on how to apply, visit the APAO homepage ( or contact Dr. Aftab A. Ansari, Bldg. 45, Rm. 5AS-25S. Nominations for the awards should be sent to him as well; closing date is Apr. 10. Recipients will be notified in mid-May.

Lecture on Patents, Intellectual Property

The Bethesda chapter of AWIS (Association for Women in Science) is holding a series of talks cosponsored by NIH's Office of Research on Women's Health and Office of Community Liaison. The next lecture, to be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 14 at the Cloister (Bldg. 60) chapel, is on "Patents and Intellectual Property." Speakers are Dr. Susan Cullen, a consultant who will discuss technology and patents, and Dr. Prema Mertz, primary examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademarks Office.

NLM's 'Breath of Life' Exhibit Extended

Asthma affects an estimated 17 million people in United States. "Breath of Life," a large interactive exhibition at the National Library of Medicine, examines the medical and human history of asthma. The library has extended "Breath of Life" through March 2001, and now offers two weekly guided tours: a 1-hour tour at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays, starting at the entrance of the National Library of Medicine (Bldg. 38); and a 15 to 30-minute tour of "Breath of Life" upon request, following the regularly scheduled (1:30 p.m.) library tour, at the same location, on Wednesdays.

This early nebulizer is a forerunner of today's asthma inhalers. (Courtesy Mütter Museum, College of Physicians of Philadelphia).

"Breath of Life" is a collaborative effort of NLM, NHLBI, NIAID and NIEHS. It presents stories about people with asthma from all ages and walks of life — poets, politicians, doctors, singers and sports heroes. The exhibition also provides resources for learning to cope with the disease, and a glimpse of what future scientific research might bring.

All are welcome to visit "Breath of Life" between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and to take advantage of the guided tours on Wednesdays. Special arrangements for larger groups can be accommodated. For more information or to schedule special group tours, contact Jiwon Kim, 496-5963; or email

Symposium on NIH, University Relations

The STEP committee will present a symposium titled "NIH and Universities: Commonalities, Cooperation and Constraints," on Tuesday, Mar. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Bldg. 38A, Lister Hill auditorium. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

NIH is the largest supporter of biomedical research and awards more than 70 percent of its extramural budget to universities. As a consequence, NIH and universities form a special partnership. Our common interests dictate that we cooperate to address fundamental questions affecting the research enterprise. However, we operate in different worlds, each with unique needs and constraints.

The symposium will explore a number of current policy issues including: FOIA and Data Sharing: Who needs to know? Support of trainees in biomedical and behavioral research: Is there a method to this madness? Monitoring and oversight of public money: Who's minding the store? NIH Streamlining Activities: Are they making it any easier?

Speakers include Dr. Susan Braunhut, University of Massachusetts, Lowell; Dr. Marvin Cassman, director, NIGMS; Geoffrey Grant, associate vice president for research administration, Stanford University; Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, president, University of Maryland Baltimore Campus, and others.

NIH employees are invited to attend. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance registration is necessary. Inform the STEP office about any need for sign language interpretation or reasonable accommodation by Mar. 13. For more information call 435-2769.

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 2000. In order to obtain a new General Parking Permit, an employee must visit the NIH Parking Office in Bldg. 31, Rm. B3B04. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Off-campus employees will be issued the "Off Campus Employee Parking Permit." These permits allow you to park at the NIH Bethesda campus or leased facilities that require an NIH parking permit in the general employee parking lots. Remember, when applying for new/renewal permits, you must bring a valid NIH identification card, valid driver's license and a valid vehicle registration certificate.

RFB&D Invites Potential Volunteers to Open House

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic has installed a recording booth in Bldg. 31, Rm. 2B31 (Broadcast Services Office) for the convenience of NIH employees who are interested in volunteering for this worthy cause. RFB&D records textbooks for students who have visual, learning or other disabilities, and there is high demand for volunteers who can help record scientific texts. On Mar. 14 and 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., RFB&D invites interested people to come to its facility in Bldg. 31 for refreshments and demonstrations of the recording process. Potential volunteers should RSVP by calling (202) 244-8990 or by sending email to

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

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Gary E. Gibson on Mar. 15. He is professor of neurosciences, Weill Medical College of Cornell University. His topic is "Oxidative Processes and Signal Transduction in Alzheimer's Disease: Insights from Brains, Peripheral Cells and Animal Models."

On Mar. 22, Dr. Helen M. Blau, Baxter professor and chair, department of molecular pharmacology, and director, gene therapy technology, Stanford University School of Medicine, will discuss "Research Advances and Clinical and Public Health Implications of Genetic Therapy."

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

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