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APAO Seeks Award Nominations

The NIH Asian/Pacific American Organization (APAO) seeks nominations from NIH employees for its 1997 Outstanding Achievement and Scholarship Awards. Recipients will be honored during the evening program of the annual Asian/Pacific American Heritage Program on May 30. The categories of awards are as follows:

Category I:
For significant accomplishments in advancing NIH's EEO goals;

Category II:
For significant accomplishments in scientific research or administrative work;

Category III:
A scholarship of $1,000 to an outstanding college-bound student whose total family yearly income is below $60,000.

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 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 members of APAO. (The membership of APAO is open to all employees of NIH. To join, email Treasurer Mary Yuen at

Instructions on what to include in the category III nominating package are available from Dr. Rita Liu, to whom all award nominations should be sent. She is in Parklawn Bldg., Rm. 10-42. The closing date for nominations is Apr. 18. Recipients will be notified in mid-May.

Spring Craft Fair, Mar. 20

The Friends of the Clinical Center is holding a spring craft fair in the Bldg. 10 Visitor Information Center and first floor on Thursday, Mar. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds from the fair benefit patients and their families with special needs while participating in research protocols at the CC.

It is expected that more than 50 craftspeople will be exhibiting and selling their wares. Registrants include potters, weavers, dried floral arrangers, glassmakers, jewelry makers, woodcrafters, knitters and seamstresses. With Easter and Mother's Day, and June weddings approaching, it's a good time to buy gifts.

Each craftsperson has been asked to donate an item for raffle. Raffle tickets will be sold outside the B1 cafeteria Monday, Mar. 17, Tuesday, Mar. 18, Wednesday, Mar. 19 and the day of the fair. Each raffle ticket is $1 or six for $5. Raffle tickets will be drawn throughout the day on Mar. 20 and winners will be able to select their own prize.

For more information, call Kai Lakeman at (301) 530-7530.

Orioles Tickets on Sale

On Thursday, Mar. 20, the R&W Gift Shop in Bldg. 31 will hold its annual sale of Baltimore Orioles season tickets. The sale begins at 8 a.m. outside the gift shop. Customers should arrive early if they have a particular game in mind. Members may buy one set of tickets the first time through the line. After 1 p.m. they can come back for additional sets. You must be an R&W member to buy tickets. Bring your R&W membership card.

Pianist Schiff Performs, Mar. 23

The FAES Chamber Music Series will present Andras Schiff, piano, on Sunday, Mar. 23 at 4 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Tickets are $20 at the door; students/fellows, $10. For more information call 6-7975.

Myeloid Stem Cell Meeting, May 4-7

The 1997 Molecular Aspects of Myeloid Stem Cell Development meeting will be held at Annapolis Historic Inns in Annapolis, Md., from 2 p.m. on May 4 to noon on May 7. Keynote speakers include Hartmut Beug, Thomas Graf, Pier Pelicci, Janet Rowley and Charles Sherr. For more information, call Patti Hall, Foundation for Advanced Cancer Studies, Inc., (410) 658-2882 or email,

Ashe Memorial Elm Relocated

An American Liberty elm tree originally planted across from Bldg. 10 in memory of tennis champion Arthur Ashe has found a new home: owing to construction of the new Clinical Research Center, the tree was recently replanted adjacent to the Bldg. 31A patio. The tree was dedicated on World AIDS Day, Dec. 5, 1994, in a brief ceremony honoring Ashe, who died of AIDS in 1993. A plaque mounted on a stone at the base of the tree completes the memorial.

Need Your Own Web Server?

SILK (Secure Internet LinKed), a powerful new Web technology developed by DCRT, enables you to create and manage your own Web server and build client/server applications in a secure production environment. Use SILK as your Web server without having to buy and maintain hardware and software. You perform all functions using only a Web browser -- DCRT does the rest for a modest monthly fee. To learn more, come to DCRT's demonstration of SILK on Thursday, Mar. 20, at 1:30 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. For more information, see

Women's History Month Marked, Mar. 27

Do you know about the many contributions made by NIH women, women in the community and by women in every era of American history?

On Thursday, Mar. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., join keynote speaker Judy Mann for a brown bag lunch in Bldg. 1's Wilson Hall in celebration of Women's History Month. Beverages and dessert will be provided and everyone who attends the program will receive a memento.

Mann, author of The Difference: Growing Up Female in America and prizewinning columnist for the Washington Post, has been writing about women, families, politics and gender conflicts for more than 17 years. Her presentation will encompass the theme of the 1997 Women's History Project, "A Fine and Long Tradition of Community Leadership."

National Women's History Month began as a local celebration in Sonoma County, Calif., in 1978. It quickly spread across the nation, and is now celebrated in thousands of schools, workplaces, and communities.

Musical Benefits Children's Inn

"Moppetts Through the Year," a musical variety show presented by Katherine Mizell's Modelling Moppetts & Stage II Models, is the theme of the 28th annual Bunny Benefit, proceeds from which go to the Children's Inn at NIH. Performances are scheduled at Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, Mar. 15-16 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information call (301) 774-1194.

NIH Expands Recycling Opportunities

Recently, the Office of Research Services introduced a plan for campus-wide recycling expansion to NIH executive officers and administrative officers. The program will be directed by the Environmental Protection Branch (EPB) of the Division of Safety, and will build on the current NIH recycling program.

Expanded recycling will be implemented in stages across campus. The campus has been divided into "clusters" of buildings, each of which will have the opportunity to participate. Because of the varied characteristics of NIH buildings, a customized recycling plan will be created in collaboration with EPB and volunteer coordinators from the buildings. This joint effort will take into account factors such as available space for recycling containers, staff needs and interests.

In addition, recycling collection containers will be placed outside buildings for collecting aluminum, newspapers and unsorted (commingled) glass, plastic and metal containers. All recycling containers will be identified with the blue and green NIH recycling logo and with information about the material that can be recycled in the container.

Further information is available on the NIH Recycling Home Page:

Symposium on Science of Brain Disease

Twelve NIH institutes will host this year's Brain Awareness Week symposium, "The Science of Brain Disease," Mar. 18 from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The schedule is:

8:30 a.m. - "Molecular Biology of Alzheimer's Disease," Dr. Sangram Sisodia.

9:15 a.m. - "Glutamate Receptor Autoantibodies and Rasmussen's Encephalitis," Dr. James McNamara.

10:45 a.m. - "Representation of the Visual Scene in the Cerebral Cortex," Dr. John Maunsell.

11:30 a.m. - "Asymmetric Division and Fate Determination in the Developing Cerebral Cortex," Dr. Susan McConnell.

1:30 p.m. - "T-Pa for Acute Stroke: From Bench to Bedside," Dr. John Marler.

2:15 p.m. - "Imaging the Actions of Alcohol and Drugs of Abuse," Dr. Nora Volkow.

3:15 p.m. - "Forward Genetic Approaches to Neuroscience and Behavior in the Mouse," Dr. Joseph Takahashi.

4:00 p.m. - "Genetically Modified Mice in the Service of Memory: A Second Generation Approach," Dr. Eric Kandel.

For details of the program, call JoAnn Pass, NIA, 6-1752.

Sailing Course Offered

Join the fun with the NIH Sailing Association. Basic training classes start Wednesday evening, Apr. 9 from 7:30 to 9:30. Cost is $110 plus $35 club membership dues. Course includes six evening classroom sessions, a Saturday morning orientation at the marina and 3 or 4 weekday afternoons on South River near Annapolis, with two students and one instructor aboard the club's Flying Scots (19-foot sloop-rigged centerboard daysailers). Students who complete basic training qualify to sail these boats for low charter fees.

Students must be NIH/NOAA employees, patients, or contractors, as well as R&W members. Application forms (class and membership) and more information on the Sailing Club are available at the R&W Activities Desk in Bldg. 31.

Workshop To Explore Breast Cancer, Virus Link

The possible role of viruses, including interactions between viruses and environmental factors, in the etiology of breast cancer will be the focus of a workshop to be held Mar. 18 in the Natcher Conference Center. The 1-day conference will be held in Rms. F1 and F2, starting at 8:30 a.m.

The objectives are to review what has been learned about the role of viruses in breast cancer, to stimulate communication on this topic within the research community, and to develop recommendations for future research.

Sponsored by the National Action Plan on Breast Cancer, which is coordinated by the Public Health Service's Office on Women's Health, the workshop will focus on past attempts to identify a human breast cancer virus, criteria for proving a viral causation of human breast cancer, current research, and future directions in exploring links between viruses and breast cancer.

Conference cochairs are Dr. Marjorie Robert-Guroff, chief, section of immune biology of retroviral infection, Laboratory of Tumor Cell Biology, National Cancer Institute, and Dr. Gertrude Case Buehring, associate professor of tumor virology, School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley.

Attendance at the workshop will be limited to the first 100 registrants. There is no charge for registration. For information or to register, call 301) 468-6555 or email

Financial Fair Set, Mar. 19

The R&W is hosting the fifth annual Financial Fair on Wednesday, Mar. 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Bldg. 10's Visitor Information Center in the main lobby on the first floor. There will be CPA's, mortgage specialists, financial planners, bankers, life insurance representatives, car insurance representatives, loan officers and estate planners. There have been many tax law changes that affect us all. With the proper information you can handle your finances to get the maximum benefit. Don't miss the fair!

Springtime Sidewalk Construction

Recent springlike weather has brought out a new round of sidewalk construction at NIH. In the photo above, workmen lay the foundation of a walkway adjacent to Bldg. 34 along Lincoln Dr. Below, the same sidewalk continues into Parking Garage 8. Other new sidewalks span the lawn on the Natcherward side of Bldg. 38A, and the east side of Bldg. 6. The new walkways traverse ground formerly used as footpaths. Wear away enough lawn around here and they'll eventually pave it!

BIG Recruits, Mar. 27

The NIH Chapter of Blacks in Government will host a membership drive at noon on Thursday, Mar. 27 in the Visitor Information Center, Bldg. 10. All are welcome.

Softball Players Needed

The NIH R&W Men's Softball League is looking for additional players for the upcoming season. The softball season runs from April until August and includes both a regular season and playoffs. Games are played weekday evenings at a field close to NIH. The current entry fee is about $15 per player and is less than $1 per player per game. Compared to county softball leagues, this is a real bargain. Current teams are looking for individual players. Prospective players should contact Frank Nice, 6-1561, for more details.

Betts Award Nominations Sought

Nominations are now open for the 1997 Henry B. Betts Award, which includes a $50,000 cash prize and is presented to an individual for outstanding efforts to improve the quality of life for people with physical disabilities. Nominees can nominate themselves, and be in any discipline. Direct inquiries to Henry B. Betts Award, 303 W. Erie, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60610, phone (312) 335-1592 or email hbbaward@nathanpr. Nominations must be postmarked by June 6.

Skills Development Offered

The Administrative Skills Development Curriculum is being offered in 1997. The curriculum is open to all NIH administrative staff in one-grade-interval jobs who have ICD approval and funds authorization.

During a workshop, "Planning for Career Advancement for Administrative Support Staff," participants will form individual development plans. These plans, approved by supervisors and personnel offices, will guide participants through the program. A minimum of six courses must be completed in 3 years to receive a certificate of completion. At least two courses must be taken each year.

The deadline for submitting training nominations is Mar. 24. Participants will receive confirmation from the Division of Workforce Development. For more information, contact Pauline Irwin, 2-3385.

'Oaf of Office' Makes Run, Mar. 5-29

This year's Hexagon Show, "Oaf of Office," runs Mar. 5 to 29 at Duke Ellington School of the Arts and will benefit Community Family Life Services, a non-profit D.C. organization that offers assistance and emergency services to families and individuals. There will be evening performances of the show Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m; a matinee runs every Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Hexagon is a nonprofit, all-volunteer membership organization that each year produces a musical-political-satirical revue. All funds generated by the show go to Washington area charities. Call (202) 333-SHOW for tickets or for more information.

Seminar on Intellectual Property Issues

To learn more about patents, copyrights, trademarks, and other intellectual property issues relating to government contracts. This seminar is open to all. A panel of experts will be available to answer questions. It includes Richard Lambert, counsel for intellectual property, DHHS; Thomas Mays, director, Office of Technology Development, NCI; and William Cotreau, patent attorney. The meeting is Wednesday, Mar. 19 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Executive Plaza North, Conf. Rm. H. Contact Sharon Miller, 6-8611, for details.

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