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Black History Month Marked in Cafeterias

GSI cafeterias at NIH celebrated Black History Month by serving heart-healthy dishes from NHLBI's Stay Young at Heart Program. Instrumental in organizing the celebration were Robinson Fulwood, senior manager for public health program development and coordinator of NHLBI's Coronary Heart Disease in Blacks Initiative, and Nancy Sebring, clinical research dietitian at the Clinical Center and chair of the nutrition subcommittee of NIH's worksite health promotion committee.

Congressmen Visit Campus

Dr. Harold Varmus (r) describes plans for the Hatfield Clinical Research Center to U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio of Oregon (l) and Bob Filner of California. The congressmen visited the campus Feb. 24 and received an overview of research into alternative therapies and other projects conducted or funded by various components of NIH including the Office of Disease Prevention, the Office of Alternative Medicine, the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIAID, NIAMS and NIMH.

March Is Women's History Month

NIH will present "Women: Remembering the Past, Discovering the Future" in observance of Women's History Month. Dr. Ellen S. Baker, an astronaut at NASA, will deliver the keynote address on Thursday, Mar. 26 at 11:30 a.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

A medical officer and physician at Johnson Space Center's flight medicine clinic before becoming an astronaut in 1985, Baker has logged more than 680 hours in space and served as a mission specialist on three space flights since 1989.

Also during the program, attendees may win a special prize in the BirthDay Match, by matching birthdays with a woman in history. For more information or for reasonable accommodation needs, contact Sharrell S. Butler, 496-3046, or Patricia Fong, 496-7192,

Kaiser Plan Service Day, Mar. 26

Kaiser Permanente Health Plan will be on the NIH campus Thursday, Mar. 26 to assist plan enrollees who have claims or enrollment problems or questions. A plan representative will be available from 9 a.m. to noon in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 8. No appointment is necessary. Assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

1998-1999 Women's Health Series Begins, Mar. 26

"Women's Health Research for the 21st Century" is the theme for the 1998-1999 ORWH Women's Health Seminar Series. The series kicks off at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 26 in Masur Auditorium. The 2-hour seminar will focus on "Chronic Pain Conditions in Women."

The seminar will open with an overview by Dr. Cheryl Kitt, NINDS. Dr. Linda LeResche, University of Washington, Seattle, will then discuss the prevalence and incidence of chronic pain conditions in women.

Dr. Christian Stohler, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, will continue with a look at chronic disabling pain. The final speaker, Dr. Jon Levine of the University of California, San Francisco, will explain the genetics of pain. The question-and-answer session will be moderated by Dr. Jeanne Sinkford, American Association of Dental Schools.

The next seminar, "Weight: What's Fat? What's Not? What Can We Do?," will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 4 in Lipsett Amphitheater. For more information, call 402-1770.

Chamber Music Concert, Mar. 29

The Rock Creek Chamber Players will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 29 in the 14th floor assembly hall at the Clinical Center. Reservations will be required for this free public concert, sponsored by the recreation therapy section. The program will include Rossini's string sonata in G major, Reinecke's sonata for flute and piano, Mahler's piano quartet and Martinu's nonet. For reservations and information call (202) 337-8710.

NIH Hosts National Sleep Awareness Day, Apr. 2

Sleep! Did you know that not getting enough restful sleep can result in a variety of physical and mental health problems? Or that sleepiness can be a sign of a sleep disorder? Or how about that teenagers need more sleep than younger children and adults? Or that your biological clock changes as you age? Or that insomnia is the perception that you can't fall asleep or stay asleep?

To answer questions like these and educate the public about the benefits of adequate sleep and the consequences of insufficient sleep and sleep disorders, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, home of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research (NCSDR), will join with the National Sleep Foundation and more than 75 other organizations across the country in National Sleep Awareness Week activities, Mar. 30-Apr. 5.

Representatives of NCSDR will be available on Apr. 2, National Sleep Awareness Day, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Clinical Center lobby to answer your questions and provide you with information on a host of sleep issues.

For more information, call 435-0199.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series -- held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 -- features Dr. Philippa Marrack on Apr. 1, speaking on "T Cells and How to Keep a Good Thing Going." She is HHMI investigator and professor, department of medicine, National Jewish Hospital and Research Center, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver.

On Apr. 8, Dr. Susumu Tonegawa, HHMI investigator, professor of biology and neuroscience, and director, Center for Learning and Memory, MIT, will discuss "Memory Mechanisms."

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

Garden Club Discusses Herbs, Apr. 2

The NIH Garden Club will feature a presentation by Susan McCall of the Potomac unit of the Herb Society of America at its next meeting, Thursday, Apr. 2 at noon in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 9. This society maintains local, public herb gardens, including one on the NIH campus. The society also has an annual spring plant sale on May 2. Also on the agenda are plans for a spring plant swap as members get into digging and dividing perennials. For more information about the garden club, gardening information and resources, check out its new Web site:

FAES Concert Set, Apr. 5

The FAES Chamber Music Series will present the Trio SoLaRe at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Apr. 5 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Tickets are $20 at the door; $10 for students and fellows. For more information call 496-7975.

APAO Seeks Award Nominations by Apr. 10

The NIH Asian/Pacific American Organization (APAO) seeks nominations from NIH employees for its 1998 Outstanding Achievements and Scholarship Awards. Recipients will be honored in the evening program of the NIH Annual Asian/Pacific Americans Heritage Program on May 22. The categories of awards are as follows:

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

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

III: A scholarship of $1,000 to an outstanding college-bound student. Total family yearly income will be considered.

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 can be made by anyone in the NIH community.

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 APAO members.

For instructions on how to apply, contact Dr. Rashmi Gopal-Srivastava, Executive Plaza North, Rm. 609, 496-2378. Nominations for the awards should be sent to her as well. The closing date for nominations is Apr. 10. Recipients will be notified in mid-May.

Softball Players Needed

The NIH Men's Softball League is looking for additional players for the 1998 season. Teams consist of about 15 players each. The season runs from April until August and includes both the regular season and a double-elimination tournament.

Games are played once a week on weekday evenings at a field close to NIH. Registration fee for players is around $15, or a dollar a game. Players interested in joining the league should contact Frank Nice, 496-1561, or email

Clinical Research Center Construction

A backhoe completes work on one of two large sedimentation ponds that will flank West Drive during construction of the new Clinical Research Center. This pond is on the east side of the road, and a second pond -- for containing storm runoff -- is being dug on the west side, near the Children's Inn. The clearing at right was once the heavily wooded Wilson Estate; a view of the Clinical Center was impossible from this vantage just a few weeks ago.

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