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NLM Hosts Black History Lecture on Folk Medicine


Dr. Eric Bailey of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities delivered a lecture Feb. 20 titled "Tracing the Roots of Black Folk Medicine: A Cultural Anthropological Approach" during NLM's African American History Month celebration. During the presentation in which audience members participated, Bailey discussed the history of several herbal and nontraditional medical practices and beliefs used by African Americans during slavery, when common therapies were unavailable to them. Many of the medicines, he said, were combinations of remedies and folklore blacks brought with them from Africa or learned from American Indians; some of these complementary and alternative medicines are still used today. Sponsored by NLM's History of Medicine Division, Bailey's talk was based on dozens of oral histories he has compiled and gave insight on the cultural perspective and significance of folk medicine traditions to the medical history of America.

Tae Kwon Do Beginner's Class

The NIH Tae Kwon Do School is offering a beginner's class for adults and mature teens starting Apr. 8. The class will meet in the Malone Center (Bldg. 31C, B4 level, next to the NIH Fitness Center) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and will continue for about 2 months until participants can be integrated into the regular school training. Dues are $40 per quarter and a uniform costs $30. Interested persons are welcome to watch regular training sessions. For information call Andrew Schwartz, 402-5197 or visit

Forum on Importance of Sleep

The staff training in extramural programs will present a Science for All Forum titled, "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee: The Importance of Sleep on Performance and Health," on Thursday, Mar. 28, from 8:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Natcher Conference Center's main auditorium.

How does lack of sleep affect job performance, health and quality of life? What's actually happening during this mysterious time? Sleep is fundamental to all of us and is essential for our daily functions. Sleep or lack thereof significantly affects us physiologically, psychologically and may play a role in the prevention and treatment of obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. Although critical to our health and productivity, sleep is a subject often overlooked in the research missions of many institutes.

The session will explore the importance of sleep for health. Topics will include factors that affect sleep including lifestyle choices, drugs and disorders. Information will be provided to help you improve your sleep and suggest potential directions for new research. Attendees earn ESA credit.

Women's History Month Program Set, Mar. 20

All are invited to attend the NIH 2002 Women's History Month Program on Wednesday, Mar. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m in Natcher Auditorium, Bldg. 45. The theme is "The World of Women - Post 9/11." There will be a panel discussion highlighting women and their various organizations' responses to the events of Sept. 11. Panelists include Capt. Patricia Haynes, NIH Police; Cmdr. Angela Martinelli, Public Health Service; Tiffanye Costello, lead instructor, Arlington County fire department; Betty Hastings, medical technician, HRSA and Lt. Brenda Rabbit, D.C. fire department. There will be an awards ceremony recognizing NIH'ers who made positive contributions in reaction to Sept. 11, followed by a reception in the Natcher atrium.

Customized E-Learning Solutions

Are you aware of the benefits of technology-based solutions in improving performance? Most people know about the impact that the World Wide Web has had for organizations in e-government, e-business and e-commerce. But the web can also be used for instruction. E-learning harnesses the power of the web to deliver and monitor student learning and development activities. HRDD can provide custom-built solutions that can be delivered directly to your employees' desktops. For more information, or for a project estimate, contact Kathy Hardin at 496-9439 or email

Privacy Act Training Offered

The NIH Office of Management Assessment will conduct a training symposium to discuss the Privacy Act of 1974 and relevant privacy issues on Wednesday, May 8, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in balcony A of the Natcher Auditorium, Bldg. 45. Issues covered will include collection of information, parts of a system notice, provisions of disclosure, relationship to FOIA, key players and responsibilities as well as civil and criminal remedies. All employees are welcome, and no advance registration is necessary. Individuals who need sign language interpretation and/or reasonable accommodation to participate can contact Karen Sikes, 402-6201,

Chamber Music Concert, Mar. 24

The Rock Creek Chamber Players will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 24 in the Clinical Center's 14th floor assembly hall. The free public concert, sponsored by the recreation therapy section, will include a piano sonatina by Sibelius; Bartok's second string quartet; Poulenc's sonata for clarinet and bassoon; and Schoenberg's Verklaerte Nacht for string sextet. For more information call (202) 337-8710.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Dan R. Littman on Mar. 27, speaking on "Epigenetic Regulation in T Cell Development." He is Kimmel professor of molecular immunology, departments of pathology and microbiology, and coordinator, molecular pathogenesis program, Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine, New York University Medical Center.

On Apr. 3, Nobel laureate Dr. Arvid Carlsson, professor emeritus of pharmacology, University of Göteborg, will give an NIH Director's Lecture on "A Paradigm Shift in Brain Research."

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

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