International Symposium Honors Salvatore
NIDDK will hold a "Symposium on International Cooperation in Research" in honor of the late Prof. Gaetano Salvatore at Natcher Conference Center on Friday, Mar. 27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Discussions will include experimental cancer treatment, transcriptional regulation of thyroid-specific transcription factors, thyroid cancer in Belarus after the Chernobyl accident, and thyroid hormone action. A concert of baroque music from Italy by the Smithsonian Chamber Players will follow at 3:30 p.m. All employees are welcome.
Salvatore was born in Naples on July 28, 1932, and was known in the scientific community for his studies on thyroid physiology and diseases. He performed classic studies of thyroid function in primitive chordates and early vertebrates, analysis of thyroglobulin synthesis in these animals and in mammals and the description of an even larger protein, the 27S iodoprotein. His department at the University of Naples became one of the world's foremost centers of thyroid research, and his work was the impetus for the development of a thyroid cell culture system now used throughout the world.
Salvatore came to NIH in 1962 and again in 1971 as a visiting scientist. In 1977, he returned as a Fogarty scholar-in-residence and hosted many NIH scientists in Naples. He was dean of the Second School of Medicine of the University of Naples from 1981 to 1994 and promoted changes in the curriculum that brought Italy's medical teaching up to modern European standards. In 1987, he was appointed president of the Zoological Station in Naples and modernized the famous institution. He was also chairman of the biotechnology committee of the Italian National Research Council and was one of the founders of the European Thyroid Association. Most importantly, he was a mentor and friend to countless medical students and scientists in Italy, the U.S. and throughout the world. He died June 25, 1997, at age 64.
Blue Cross/Blue Shield Day, Mar. 11
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of the National Capital Area will be on the NIH campus Wednesday, Mar. 11 to assist enrollees who have claims or enrollment problems. A representative will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 9, armed with a laptop computer to access directly the enrollee's records at company headquarters.
No appointment is necessary. Assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield comes to NIH one day each month, usually on the second Wednesday of the month.
Talk on Preconception Health, Mar. 12
Dr. Yvonne S. Thornton will give a talk on "Preconception Health Promotion," on Thursday, Mar. 12, 8:45-9:45 a.m., in Natcher Conference Center auditorium. She is director, Perinatal Diagnostic Testing Center, Morristown, N.J., and a member of the faculty at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. She is author of Woman to Woman, and a frequent guest on Good Morning America and other national TV programs. All NIH employees are welcome. For more information, contact Kathleen Peterson, (703) 709-0922.
FAES Concert Set, Mar. 15
The FAES Chamber Music Series will present Wolfgang Holzmair, baritone, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 15 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Tickets are $20 at the door; $10 for students and fellows. For more information call 496-7975.
Director's Seminar Set, Mar. 20
The NIH Director's Seminar Series of Friday noontime lectures in Bldg. 1's Wilson Hall continues on Mar. 20 with Dr. Susan Wray of the Laboratory of Neurochemistry, NINDS, speaking on "From the Olfactory Placode to the Hypothalamus -- Development and Regulation of the LHRH Neuroendocrine System." Continuing medical education credit is available.
NIH Sponsors Women's Fair, Mar. 28
Two NIH components -- the Office of Research on Women's Health and the Office of Community Liaison -- are sponsoring the 1998 Montgomery County Women's Fair at the Natcher Conference Center on Saturday, Mar. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Shown finalizing plans for the event are (from l) Janyce Hedetniemi, OCL director, Angela Magliozzi, NIAID Women's Health Program coordinator and NIH/women's fair planning liaison, and Dr. Vivian Pinn, ORWH director. The fair will feature four sessions of workshops, luncheon speakers, an exhibit area and networking. For a brochure and registration form, call (301) 949-2055.
'Hexagon '98' Plays Through March
The 43rd annual production of Washington's only all-original comedy revue, "Hexagon '98: Of Thee We Zing!" is playing on Wednesdays through Sundays throughout March at Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts in Georgetown. Several NIH'ers are members of the all-volunteer theater troupe. Ticket prices for most performances are $20. As always, all proceeds benefit a local charity; this year's beneficiary is Community Family Life Services. For details, tickets and showtimes, call (202) 333-SHOW or visit its Web site at http://www.hexagon.org.
M.D. IPA, GEHA Service Days
Both M.D. IPA and GEHA health plans will be on the NIH campus Thursday, Mar. 19 to assist enrollees who have questions or enrollment/claims problems. Each plan's representative will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 9. No appointment is necessary. Assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Wednesday Afternoon Lectures
The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series -- held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 -- features Dr. Hazel M. Holden on Mar. 18, speaking on "Carbamoyl Phosphate Synthetase: A 96-angstrom Journey from Substrate to Product." She is professor, biochemistry department, and codirector, Institute for Enzyme Research, University of Wisconsin.
On Mar. 25, Dr. Rudolf Jaenisch, member, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and professor of biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will discuss "Mammalian X Chromosome Inactivation."
For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Hilda Madine, 594-5595.
Fogarty Center Offers Tax Help to Visitors
The Fogarty International Center will sponsor a series of tax year 1997 tax preparation workshops to help participants in the NIH Visiting Program complete federal and state tax forms. The workshops will be approximately 3 hours long. Participants should bring copies of their W-2, 1042S, and/or 1099 forms to the workshop.
The schedule is as follows:
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