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FARE Abstract Competition for Fellows

The eighth annual Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) 2002 competition will again provide recognition for outstanding scientific research performed by intramural postdoctoral fellows. Winners of FARE will each receive a $1,000 travel award to use for attending and presenting their work at a scientific meeting. Twenty-five percent of the fellows who apply will win an award.

Fellows who apply to FARE submit an abstract of their research, which will be evaluated anonymously on scientific merit, originality, experimental design and overall quality/presentation. The travel award must be used between Oct. 1, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2002.

The FARE 2002 competition is open to post-doctoral IRTA's, visiting fellows, and other fellows with less than 5 years total postdoctoral experience in the NIH intramural research program. In addition, pre-IRTA's performing their dissertation research at NIH are also eligible to compete. Visiting fellows/scientists must not have been tenured at their home institute. Questions about eligibility should be addressed to your institute's scientific director.

Fellows are asked to submit their application, including abstract, electronically, from May 1-31 via http://felcom.nih.gov/FARE Those who can't access the electronic application in their laboratory can find computers in Bldg. 10 at the NIH Library or Cybercafe. Winners will be announced by September 2001. More information is available on the web site above. Questions may be addressed to your institute's fellows committee representative.

Take Your Child To Work Day Shaping Up

The Take Your Child to Work Day planning committee is seeking activities and handout items (pens, cups, brochures, pencils, water bottles, etc.) for the approximately 600 children expected on campus Thursday, Apr. 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The committee encourages participation by group — IC, branch, lab, office — in designing interesting on-the-job activities for kids ages 8 to 15 to help make this year's event as successful as in previous years. Activities should offer learning experiences about the various occupations — scientific/medical and administrative — at NIH, and should encourage youngsters to consider careers in research or research support fields. For more information or to submit activities or goody bag items, call Sandra King at 435-2524 or Ana Kennedy at 402-4157. Keep in mind that all activities must be fully accessible to persons with disabilities. If you need guidance on providing reasonable accommodation, call Gary Morin at 496-4628 or 496-9755 TTY.

Orioles Tickets at R&W

The R&W will have 50 tickets for the following Baltimore Orioles baseball games: May 4-6 vs. the Yankees, May 27 vs. the Rangers, June 14 vs. the Mets, Aug. 12 vs. the Red Sox and Sept. 22 vs. the Yankees. Ticket price is $14.50. Seats are located under cover in the lower reserve section of left-center field. Most seats are in section 87, rows E and F.

FEW Chapter Meeting, Dinner Set

Federally Employed Women, Bethesda chapter, invites you to attend its next meeting on Tuesday, Apr. 10, from noon to 1 p.m. in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 10. Speaker Kristin Arnold, master facilitator, Quality Process Consultants, Inc., will discuss "Conducting Effective Business Meetings." The next FEW membership dinner will be held on Monday, Apr. 16, at 5:30 p.m. Brian Sanderoff, a pharmacist and talk show host, will discuss "Herbs and Women's Health" at the Far East Restaurant's upstairs party room, 5005 Nicholson Lane, Rockville. Fee is $20 per person, to be paid at the door. RSVP required by Apr. 10 to Angela Magliozzi, 496-1642 or email amagliozzi@niaid.nih.gov. For more information about the chapter, visit http://www.FEWBethesda.com.

Fatigue Awareness Day, Apr. 5

The fourth annual national Cancer Fatigue Awareness Day will be held Thursday, Apr. 5. The Hematology/Oncology Program of Care staff at NIH will host a full day of activities to educate patients, family members and staff regarding fatigue awareness and management. The observance will include nutrition education, relaxation and guided imagery, energy-saving adaptive devices, and loads of energizing food and drinks. Stop by for food, fun and activities in the 13 East Day Hospital Patient Education Room, Bldg. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day.

Children's Inn Needs Overnight Volunteers

Overnight resident volunteer managers are needed to staff the Children's Inn. Volunteers typically serve one or two times every couple of months, managing the inn from 6 p.m. Fridays through 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Split shifts are also available. Volunteers are also needed to cover weeknights while staff members are on leave. A staff member is on call at all times.

Two-person teams are most frequently married couples, friends, mother/daughter pairs, etc. However, individuals may volunteer to manage the inn as well. The teams receive inn operations and procedures training and reside at the inn during their experience as onsite hosts, facilitators and managers. This is an opportunity to find out just how special the children and their families are. To help, call Laura King, director of volunteers, 496-5672.

HRDD Offers Management Training

The Human Resource Development Division has teamed with the American Management Association to offer four 2-day management seminars designed for mid-level to senior managers in government scientific agencies. These seminars are: Managing the Innovative Enterprise; Leadership and Team Development for Scientists and Managers; Technical Project Management; and Leading Virtual and Remote Teams.

The material in these seminars has been presented by AMA for leading pharmaceutical and research firms and is being offered to government scientists for the first time. Seminars are open to scientists, managers, technical and support personnel, and other interested employees. For more information, visit http://learningsource.od.nih.gov and click on Management, Supervisory and Professional Development or contact HRDD at 496-6211.

Literary Events Tied to Inn

Two literary events in late April involve the Children's Inn at NIH. On Thursday, Apr. 26 at Chevy Chase Cars in Bethesda, a "Literary Tailgate Party Under the Stars" kicks off the second annual Bethesda Literary Festival and celebrates the Children's Inn and its Vital Signs Poetry Project. Lasting from 7:30 to 9 p.m., the event features Henry Taylor, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Warren Brown, who is auto columnist for the Washington Post, and Davi Walders and participants in the Vital Signs Poetry Project. The event's slogan is, "You bring the family; we'll provide the picnic and entertainment."

On Friday, Apr. 27, Brown, Taylor and Walders join poets Richard McCann and Linda Pastan, among others, for a colloquium titled "Essential Bridges: Using the Humanities in Medical and Therapeutic Settings." It begins at 8:30 a.m. and goes until 5 p.m. at the Neuroscience Conference Center, 6001 Executive Blvd. Cost is $30 and registration is limited to 150 people who must sign up by Apr. 6. For more information call Gil Brown, 496-5672.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Roger A. Nicoll on Apr. 11, who will speak on "Synaptic Plasticity and the Redistribution of Glutamate Receptors." He is professor, department of cellular and molecular pharmacology and physiology, University of California, San Francisco.

On Apr. 18, Dr. David L. DeMets, professor and chair, department of biostatistics and medical informatics, University of Wisconsin Medical School, will present the 2001 Robert S. Gordon Jr. Lecture in Epidemiology, "Managing and Monitoring Multicenter Clinical Trials: Who Is in Charge of What?"

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

Housing Needed for Future Scientists

Every summer, 1,000 students from across the United States come to train on the NIH campus. They are undergraduates, graduate students, medical and dental students who are here from 6 to 10 weeks, usually starting in May or June. If you would like to help by renting a room in your home or rental property to these future physicians and scientists, contact R&W, 496-4600, or see www.recgov.org (click on NIH, then housing).


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