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Sleep Awareness Day Open House, Mar. 29

Did you know that Garfield the Cat has been named an official NIH "spokescat?" That's right! He has just signed on as spokescat for the "Sleep Well. Do Well. Star Sleeper Campaign" of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research (NCSDR) of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. This is a national educational initiative designed to tell children ages 7-11 — and the adults who influence them — that getting enough sleep each night helps them do their best in whatever they do.

Find out more about this new 5-year educational initiative, as well as other sleep information, at an open house sponsored by NCSDR in the Clinical Center lobby on Thursday, Mar. 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Learn about NIH's growing program of sleep research and education from representatives of NCSDR and other institutes who will be there to discuss their work and answer questions about sleep.

The exhibit is being held in conjunction with National Sleep Awareness Week, Mar. 26-Apr. 1, sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation. "Make Time for Sleep" is the theme and take-home message. For more information, call 496-4236.

NIH-NASA Astrobiology Institute Symposium

NIH and the NASA Astrobiology Institute will hold a joint symposium on Monday, Apr. 2 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

The two organizations share the common goal of understanding the fundamental processes of living systems, including such areas as the origin and evolution of microbial populations, the mechanisms of adaptation to stressful environments and the development of new technology to advance these and other areas of research. The goal of the joint symposium is to initiate a dialog at the scientist-to-scientist level that may lead to new collaborative research on cosmic aspects of life. Areas selected for initial consideration at the symposium are biofilms, oxidative damage/biological forms of iron, and extremophiles. Future interactions are certain to touch on areas ranging from remote sensing to the role of water in life.

Registration is free, and is not mandatory. However, if you expect to attend the symposium, register at the symposium web site,, as it will help greatly in organizing the event. More information on the meeting can also be found at the web site.

Tennis Club Holds Meeting, Mar. 26

Does spring fever have you yearning to get back out on the tennis court? Come hear what the NIH Tennis Club has to say about its activities. Learn about league tennis, tennis ladder and flight tennis opportunities sponsored by the club at an informational meeting on Monday, Mar. 26, 5-7 p.m., Bldg. 31, C-wing, 6th floor Conf. Rm. 7. For more information contact Bill Wagner, 435-0115,

CIT's 'Interface' Offered Online

CIT's Interface publication will become a web periodical beginning in March 2001. Published quarterly, with occasional special issues, for more than 30 years, Interface is one of the primary means of distributing technical computing information about services and facilities at CIT.

Subscribers to Interface whose names are currently on the NIH-STAFF email list will receive email containing a brief abstract of each article and a link to the full article text.

Subscribers whose email addresses are not in the system (mostly individuals who do not work at NIH) will continue receiving the printed version along with instructions on how to join the email list. Subscribers who would like to continue receiving a hard copy may do so by registering online — select "Publications" from

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — announces cancellation of a scheduled talk by Dr. W. James Nelson on Mar. 28. Contact Hilda Madine at 594-5595 about possible rescheduling of this lecture.

On Apr. 4, Dr. Jasper Rine, Goldman professor of genetics and development, department of molecular and cell biology, University of California, Berkeley, will present "Silencing, the Cell Cycle, in DNA Replication."

For information about this talk, or about the need for reasonable accommodation, contact Madine at the number above.

IPMA Spring Conference Set

The 2001 International Personnel Management Association spring training and development conference is scheduled for Tuesday, Apr. 3 at the Bethesda Hyatt Regency. Titled "HR: The Wave of the Future," the conference features Andrea Roane, news anchor from WUSA-TV Channel 9 as keynote speaker. Luncheon speaker is Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan. Topics include telecommuting, retention issues, managing change and diversity in the workplace. For registration information visit Or contact Sandra Murphy,, 496-0411.

Want to Learn to Sail?

If you are longing to learn to sail, hurry and join the NIH Sailing Association. The deadline to enroll in the spring training classes is Monday, Apr. 2, and the class is filling up fast. Any NIH employee or contractor, or NOAA employee, is welcome to join. Classes include six Wednesday evenings on campus, 7:30-9:30, with three or four weekday afternoon on-the-water sessions at Selby Bay Sailing Center. Classes start Apr. 11 and end May 16. Cost is $110 plus $35 membership fee (must have R&W number to join). Applications are available at the R&W activities desk in Bldg. 31. For more information visit

County Women's Fair Set for Mar. 31

he Montgomery County Women's Fair will take place on Saturday, Mar. 31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Natcher Conference Center. Fair activities include a day of workshops, exhibits, networking and opportunities for women. Featured speaker is Dr. Elizabeth Morgan, who will speak on the fair's theme: "2001 — A Woman's Journey." On-site registration is available with discounts for seniors and students with IDs. For more information, call (301) 949-2055 or visit the web site at

Chamber Music Concert, Mar. 25

The Rock Creek Chamber Players will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 25 in the Clinical Center's 14th floor assembly hall. The free public concert, sponsored by the recreation therapy section, will include Dohnanyi's second string quartet; Mozart's sonata, K. 497, for piano four hands; and Bach's double concerto for violins, strings and continuo. For information call (202) 337-8710.

Alcohol Screening Day, Apr. 5

Are you concerned that a family member or friend drinks too much? Are you or others concerned about your drinking? Take advantage of National Alcohol Screening Day for a confidential, free evaluation. It will be held Thursday, Apr. 5 from 6:30 to 9 a.m. and noon to 5 p.m. in Bldg. 10, Rm. 1C254. For more information call Linda Doty, 496-1992.

CSR Announces Review Internship Program

The Center for Scientific Review is establishing the Review Internship Program to provide scientists with training and experience in some aspects of scientific research administration. The program is initially limited to NIH intramural scientists interested in gaining first-hand experience with the peer review process; however, it may be expanded in the future to non-NIH scientists as well.

Applications are now being accepted for positions that will start Aug. 1; the application deadline is Apr. 20. Additional information about the program, application forms and other requirements can be found on the CSR intranet web site http://csrweb/Internship/internship.htm. The program coordinators are Drs. Rona Hirschberg and Anita Miller Sostek. A forum to discuss and answer questions about the new program will be held on Monday, Apr. 2 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in Bldg. 31, Rm. 6C-7. General inquiries can be directed to Mary Elizabeth Mason, 435-1114.

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