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Natcher Hosts County Women's Fair, Mar. 25

The 2000 Montgomery County Women's Fair will be held on Saturday, Mar. 25, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Natcher Conference Center. The day will include workshops, speakers, exhibits and networking. The keynote speaker will be Diane Rehm, award-winning talk show host on WAMU 88.5 FM. To register or for more information, visit the fair's web site ( The fair is cosponsored by NIH's Office of Research on Women's Health and Office of Community Liaison.

NIH Hosts Sleep Awareness Exhibit, Mar. 27

Gene for narcolepsy discovered. Association found between asthma and sleep disordered breathing. New studies demonstrate performance deficits stemming from insufficient sleep. These are just a few recent findings that the relatively young field of sleep research is already providing about what sleep is, why it's so important to human health and functioning, and what can be done to improve it.

To provide the NIH community with important information about sleep, the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute is sponsoring a sleep exhibit in the Clinical Center's first floor atrium on Monday, Mar. 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The open house is part of the National Sleep Awareness Week observance Mar. 27-31, when the National Sleep Foundation and many other organizations across the country will join together to promote greater understanding of sleep and sleep disorders. The NIH exhibit will feature representatives of NCSDR and other NIH institutes who will answer questions and provide information on multiple aspects of sleep and sleep disorders.

For more information, call the NHLBI communications office at 496-4236.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Wolfgang Baumeister on Mar. 29. He is professor and head, department of structural biology, Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany. His topic is "The 26S Proteasome: A Molecular Machine Designed for Controlled Proteolysis."

On Apr. 5, Dr. Lucy Shapiro, Ludwig professor of cancer research, Stanford University School of Medicine, will discuss "Protein Localization and Cell Differentiation During the Cell Cycle."

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

Alcohol Screening Day Set, Apr. 6

NIAAA is sponsoring the second National Alcohol Screening Day on Thursday, Apr. 6 between the hours of 6:30 and 9 a.m. and noon and 5 p.m. in Bldg. 10, Rm. 1C254 (behind the admissions desk). For information call 496-1992. Free confidential evaluations provided. Open to the public. For more screening locations call toll-free 1-800-405-9200.

Morella Attends FPA Meeting at NIH

Rep. Connie A. Morella (R-Md.), representing the 8th congressional district, which includes Montgomery County, was the guest of the Federal Physicians Association at a meeting at NIH on Mar. 3 attended by numerous NIH physicians. Morella, a past recipient of the FPA Health Care Leadership Award, discussed her current initiatives concerning health and federal employee legislation, including a bill to help NIH and other federal agencies recruit and retain physicians. Her bill, H.R. 207, would include the physicians comparability allowance in base salary for retirement purposes. The FPA is a professional association that has been representing the interests of federal physicians for more than 20 years. Outgoing FPA president is NLM's Dr. Charles Sneiderman (l), who is joined by his successor Dr. Richard Granville of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.

Custom Web Site Design Offered

The NIH Library is now offering fee-based web development services to the NIH community. This service provides easy access to web-based research tools and resources that have been evaluated and indexed by NIH librarians to meet the research needs of your group. A customized web site might be the one-stop solution for your information needs.

To view a customized web site developed by the NIH Library for the NIAID extramural divisions, go to NIAID Rockledge Library Online at This site serves as a portal to frequently used research tools, including genome databases and online journals, as well as Internet sites with breaking news, listservs and statistical resources that are particularly relevant to the work of NIAID extramural staff.

"It really organizes a lot of resources I use all the time and had scattered around in 'favorites,' etc. It also contains many resources I didn't even know existed," said NIAID's Maureen Power. An NIH librarian trained in web site design and construction worked with the NIAID group to design and program their site. The librarian also maintains it so it will remain relevant, and provides training so it will be used effectively.

If you are interested in learning more about fee-based web development services, contact Susan Whitmore at 496-1157, or by email at

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