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Director's Town Meeting, Apr. 23

On Wednesday, Apr. 23, NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni will host his second NIH Town Hall Meeting in the Natcher Bldg.'s main auditorium from 11 a.m. to noon. It will be an opportunity for him to address issues of concern to the broad NIH community. The session will be followed by a question and answer period. To help guide topics of discussion, visit and submit your ideas by noon on Wednesday, Apr. 9. All NIH employees are invited to attend. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign language interpretation will be available and accommodations can be made for persons needing special assistance. The event will also be videocast and can be viewed from your office computer at For more information contact Carol Jabir at or 496-1776.

Students 'Shadow' CIT Staff

Woodrow Wilson High School students Elissa Yorgey, Uthman Adamoh-Faniyah and Cedric Brady took time out of their busy academic lives on Feb. 4 to participate in Groundhog Job Shadow Day 2003. Yorgey worked with Danielle Kaczensky, director of the Center for Information Technology's Administrative Management Office; Brady and Adamoh-Faniyah teamed up with Kay Coupe and staff from CIT's Division of Customer Support.

First instituted in 1998, the popular program usually takes place on Groundhog Day, and encourages qualified students to spend the day "shadowing" selected CIT administrative and technical staff to experience a real workday.

Several institutes and centers, including the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and the National Library of Medicine, also participate in the program, helping high school students gain a new perspective on how their course work relates to possible careers in business administration, information technology and the sciences.

Symposium on Fifties Intramural Work

A symposium titled, "NIMH and NINDB Intramural Research in the 1950s," will be held on Friday, Apr. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Bldg. 50's first-floor conference room, sponsored by the NIH History Office, NIMH, NINDS and the biomedical research history interest group. The symposium will highlight the historic work of the NIMH and NINDB (today NINDS) intramural programs during their first decade of research at NIH.

The symposium will consist of four panels (representing the basic and clinical investigations programs of each institute), each including three speakers, followed by 45-minute open discussions — moderated by historian Dr. Gerald Grob — with former and current NIMH and NINDB scientists. Speakers will provide personal recollections about broad scientific ideas and debates of the time, organizational structures at NIH that supported or hindered research, and what caused lines of research to shift from one direction to another.

The symposium will be webcast ( and recorded, and a proceedings volume will be produced. Contact Dr. Ingrid Farreras at 496-3118 or to register. Registration is free of charge but required due to space limitations. For special accommodation, contact Marilyn Berman at 496-6610 or at (fax: 402-1434).

Employee Needs Organ Donation

An employee with type A blood is in need of a kidney transplant. If there is anyone interested in being tested as a possible donor match that has either type A or O blood, call Wanda at 1-301-524-7432. Federal government donors can use up to 30 days of donor leave, which is not associated with your sick or vacation leave.

NIMH's Zametkin Responds to Tragedy in R.I.

The Public Health Service deployed Dr. Alan Zametkin, a clinical investigator in NIMH's Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program, to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence to provide psychiatric care to burn victims of the Station nightclub fire, which killed 99 and injured dozens more on Feb. 20. Hannah Klein, a senior at Brown University and a recipient of the NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP), assisted Zametkin. Zametkin mentored Klein during her UGSP internship at NIH last summer. During her internship, Klein studied brain imaging of children treated with Prozac and helped develop a new protocol to study the neurobiology and psychology of childhood obesity. Klein took time out of her undergraduate studies to learn about disaster deployment and the psychiatric care of burn victims.

FEW Brown Bag Meeting, Apr. 8

Federally Employed Women, Bethesda chapter, hosts resource specialist Susan Reider of the Division of Employee Relations and Training in NIH's Office of Human Resources at its brown bag meeting on Tuesday, Apr. 8 from noon to 1 p.m. in Bldg. 31, Rm. 6C6.

Reider will discuss job-sharing and the benefits and challenges of the arrangement from employee and manager perspectives. Reider has successfully "job shared" at NIH and the Department of the Navy and will address these issues: finding a job-sharing partner, managing work effectively, the impact of job-sharing on employee benefits, and other topics. She has addressed work life issues within IBM and developed a telecommuting program for the Department of the Navy, where she also serves as a lecturer.

All are welcome to attend. Sign language interpretation will be provided. For other reasonable accommodation, contact Allyson Browne at or 451-0002.

Children's Inn Needs Overnight Managers

The Children's Inn has two openings for paid weekend/holiday resident managers. The manager serves as a live-in backup to the volunteer weekend resident managers responsible for the operation of the inn during their one night or weekend/holiday stay. If there is no volunteer team available to cover the weekend or holiday, the paid weekend/holiday manager assumes all operational duties of the inn. The weekend managers must commit to about 1 weekend a month. This is an opportunity to find out just how special the children and their families are. If interested in submitting your resumé or for more information, call Laura King, director of volunteers, 496-5672.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — normally held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — will not be held on Apr. 2, but resumes at the regular time and place on Apr. 9 when Dr. George M. Whitesides speaks on the topic, "Polyvalency: From Influenza to Anthrax." He is Mallinckrodt professor of chemistry and chemical biology, Harvard University.

On Apr. 16, Dr. Jeremiah Stamler, professor emeritus, department of preventive medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, will give the annual Robert S. Gordon Jr. Lecture on the topic, "Nutrition, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol — And Low Risk."

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

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