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Questions on CRC Construction?

If you have questions about construction surrounding the Hatfield Clinical Research Center, come to the Clinical Center on Tuesday, Mar. 16 for some answers. Project coordinators will be available to talk informally about the construction and the new building in two shifts — 7:30-8:30 a.m. and again 2:30-3:30 p.m. The sessions will be at the Clinical Research Center exhibit on the Clinical Center's first floor, near the admissions desk. To stay abreast of construction news, visit

FAES Concert Set, Mar. 21

The FAES Chamber Music Series will present the Skampa Quartet at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 21 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Tickets are $20 at the door; $10 for students and fellows. For more information call 496-7975.

NIH Celebrates Arbor Day

In observance of Arbor Day, Wednesday, Apr. 7, the grounds maintenance and landscaping section will be planting a sugar maple tree in the lawn behind the Natcher Bldg. cafeteria at noon. Bring a lunch and enjoy this special occasion.

Workshop on Animal Care, Apr. 14

The national capital area branch for laboratory animal science will present "Advanced IACUC Training" from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 14. The workshop will present experienced IACUC members with updates to the USDA regulations and the OPRR and AAALAC guidelines, methods to evaluate pain, stress and distress, and preparation strategies for extreme conditions and emergencies. Materials and lunch will be provided. Cost is $95 for members and $130 nonmembers. For more information contact Sandy Menzies at (301) 417-0804 ext. 17 or email

NCI Holds Lecture Series for Employees

National Cancer Institute deputy director Dr. Alan Rabson recently kicked off NCI's Office of Management Partners in Research Series. In his presentation entitled "Managing the Unmanageable," he entertained the audience with a historical review of NCI's inception and his personal recollections of the institute's major events and directors.

NCI deputy director Dr. Alan Rabson kicks off the new lecture series. On the screen behind him is a slide of Joseph Schereschewsky, founder of the Public Health Service's Office of Field Investigation of Cancer, the predecessor to NCI.

The lecture series is the first of ongoing efforts to strengthen the partnership between NCI administrators and scientists by providing the administrative staff with a better understanding of the science they support. The series will feature speakers from intramural and extramural divisions and will consist of presentations on basic scientific concepts, current research and topics in the news. Scheduled speakers include: Dr. Richard Klausner, Apr. 5; Dr. Marston Linehan, June 14; Dr. Alfred Knudson, Aug. 2; Dr. Michael Potter, Oct. 4; Dr. Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr., Dec. 6.

Presentations will be held in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, check the NCI event calendar at or send email to

Hockey Club Seeks Players

The NIH Ice Hockey Club is starting a new session and there are several openings for players. The session begins Mar. 30 and will go through the end of August 1999. Icetime will be every Tuesday from 9:30 to 11 p.m. at Arc Ice Sports rink in Rockville. If you are nterested, contact Ed Ginns, 496-0373 (email or Guy Wassertzug, (301) 417-7171 For a brief summary of the club and the specifics on the skating, send an email to the club's automated email mailbox at Note that this is a reply mailbox only.

Conference on Biomarkers, Endpoints

A multidisciplinary international conference, "Biomarkers and Surrogate Endpoints: Advancing Clinical Research and Applications," cosponsored by NIH and the Food and Drug Administration, will be held at the Natcher conference center Apr. 15-16. Keynote speakers will be NIH director Dr. Harold Varmus, FDA commissioner Dr. Jane Henney and Dr. John Niblack, executive vice president, Pfizer, Inc. For more information contact Saundra Bromberg, (301) 468-6004, ext. 406; or see; or email

NIMH Director Kicks Off Brain Course

Dr. Steven Hyman, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, kicked off an eight-session lecture series, "It's Dynamic! The Human Brain at Work," to a full-house audience at the Smithsonian Institution on Feb. 1. The series, cosponsored by NIMH and the Smithsonian, is still open for enrollment and is bringing renowned scientists from all areas of neuroscience to discuss what Hyman calls "bottom-up and top-down research efforts."

Both kinds of research are necessary to achieve a comprehensive view of normal and abnormal brain processes, he said. Bottom-up research includes the study of molecular processes, communication between brain cells, neural plasticity and genetic influences on brain functioning and behavior. Top-down research involves the investigation of how brain cells are organized into circuits responsible for various aspects of behavior and mental life, and how experience and environmental factors influence brain structure and function.

The lectures will move progressively "down" the levels of brain analysis to the electrical and biochemical mechanisms underlying thought, emotion and behavior, and then will shift back "up" to show how our understanding of these mechanisms is leading toward new ways of treating and preventing mental illness, said Dr. Dennis Glanzman, chief of the NIMH Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience Research Program and coordinator of the series.

Held 6 p.m. Mondays through Mar. 29 at the S. Dillon Ripley Center of the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., the three remaining sessions can be learned by calling (202) 357-3030. Cost is $15 for Smithsonian Associates and $21 for nonmembers.

Seminar on 'Euro' Significance

The Bethesda/Medical chapter of the National Contract Management Association is hosting a brown bag lunch seminar Wednesday, Mar. 17 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Executive Plaza North, Conf. Rm. J to discuss how Europe has a commitment to economic unification through a single currency known as the "euro." The discussion will be led by attorney David B. Dempsey of Piper & Marbury's government contracts practice group. The seminar is open to all. For more information, contact Sharon Miller, 496-8611.

County Women's Fair Scheduled, Mar. 27

The 1999 Montgomery County Women's Fair will be held on Saturday, Mar. 27 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Natcher conference center. The keynote speaker will be Ann E. W. Stone, a member of the board of directors, National Museum of Women's History. NIH employees are invited to register early for this day of workshops and exhibits on services and opportunities for women. To register or for more information, visit the fair's Web site Registration fee is $10, if postmarked by Mar. 19, $15 on-site; and $8 for seniors and students with ID. The fair is cosponsored by NIH's Office of Research on Women's Health and Office of Community Liaison.

Garden Club Meeting, Mar. 23

The director and head farmer at From the Ground Up will speak about organic farming and community-supported agriculture at the next NIH Garden Club meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 23 at noon, Bldg. 10, Rm. 2C116 (Medical Board Rm.). From the Ground Up is a non-profit effort dedicated to providing fresh, organically grown produce to a variety of communities in the D.C. area. It sells shares of the produce grown on its 15-acre Clagett Farm in Upper Marlboro. There will also be a drop-off site at NIH again this year. For more information, contact Kathy Michels, 435-6031 or Also, check out the Garden Club Web site at

Help in Planning Meetings

How often are you asked to plan a function, but aren't quite sure where to begin? Join the Society of Government Meeting Professionals, an organization especially for government meeting planners and suppliers and learn the fine art of meeting management. The SGMP meets every third Wednesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. at hotels throughout the area. A reception, starting at 6 p.m., follows each meeting. The next one is Mar. 17 at the Sheraton City Center, which will include an educational program on working with contract planners. For more information, call Perry Giovacchini, (703) 549-0704 or Judy Corbett at NHLBI, 496-4910.

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