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Knight Journalism Fellows Study on Campus

Four newspaper reporters are on campus for 3 weeks to get a taste of science from the inside. In an effort to help deepen journalists' understanding of medical research, the nonprofit Knight Center for Specialized Journalism provided funding for the writers to be headquartered at an NIH institute, interview scientists and get a firsthand look at labs related to a particular area of interest. Shown here during their first days aboard are (from l) Anita Manning of USA Today, hosted by NHGRI and concentrating on infectious diseases and virology; Ken Garber of the Ann Arbor Observer, who is focusing on cancer research and genetics at NCI; Leigh Hopper of the Austin American-Statesman, shepherded by NIAID and looking into infectious diseases; and Mike Stobbe of the Florida Times-Union, who chose to study diabetes at NIDDK.

Blue Cross/Blue Shield Day, Apr. 8

Blue Cross/Blue Shield of the National Capital Area will be on the NIH campus Wednesday, Apr. 8 to assist enrollees who have claims or enrollment problems. A representative will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 8, armed with a laptop computer to access directly the enrollee's records at company headquarters. No appointment is necessary. Assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield comes to NIH one day each month, usually on the second Wednesday of the month.

Addiction Treatment Conference, Apr. 8-9

On Apr. 8-9, the National Institute on Drug Abuse is sponsoring a National Conference on Drug Addiction Treatment: From Research to Practice, to be held at the Sheraton Washington, Washington, D.C. The conference will focus on state-of-the-art treatment approaches resulting from national research programs. Topics will include the health, social, and economic benefits of drug addiction treatment, the roles of medication and behavioral treatment, current issues in the delivery of and access to drug addiction treatment, and how emerging knowledge shapes the research agenda of the future. Gen. Barry McCaffrey, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, will deliver the keynote address at the conference. For registration information, call Robyn Bowie Semsker at (301) 468-6004, ext. 431.

APAO Seeks Award Nominations by Apr. 10

The NIH Asian/Pacific American Organization seeks nominations from NIH employees for its 1998 Outstanding Achievements and Scholarship Awards. Recipients will be honored in the evening program of the annual Asian/Pacific Americans Heritage Program on Friday, May 22. The categories of awards are: for significant accomplishments in advancing NIH/IC's EEO goals; for significant accomplishments in scientific research or administrative work; a scholarship of $1,000 to an outstanding college-bound student. For instructions on how to apply, contact Dr. Rashmi Gopal-Srivastava, EPN, 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.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series -- held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 -- features Dr. Eric S. Lander on Apr. 15, speaking on "Genes and Genomes." He is professor of biology, MIT, and director, Whitehead Institute, MIT Center for Genome Research. On Apr. 22, Dr. Lee Ann Niswander, assistant investigator, HHMI, and assistant member, molecular biology program, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, will discuss "Molecular Control of Vertebrate Limb Development." For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Hilda Madine, 594-5595.

Seminar on Government Contracting, Apr. 15

The National Contract Management Association is hosting a brown bag lunch seminar titled "A New Look at the Service Contract Act," on Wednesday, Apr. 15 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in EPN, Conf. Rm. H. Speaking will be attorney Gilbert Ginsberg. All are welcome; no registration needed. For more information call Sharon Miller, 496-8611.

STEP Presentation on Diabetes, Apr. 16

There will be a STEP Science for All presentation titled, "Diabetes: Are You at Risk?" on Thursday, Apr. 16 from 1 to 3:45 p.m. in Bldg. 1, Wilson Hall. Diabetes is on the rise in the United States. At its worst, the disease is life-threatening, but even in its mildest form the complications can seriously affect quality of life. Learn what diabetes is, what the risk factors and warning signs are, what the potential complications are, and what you can do now to prevent or control this debilitating disease. The featured speakers are: Dr. Richard Eastman, director, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, NIDDK, and Dr. Wayman Wendell Cheatham, medical director, Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals Inc. The event is free and open to all on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance registration is necessary. For more information call 435-2769.

Director's Seminar Set, Apr. 17

The NIH Director's Seminar Series of Friday noontime lectures in Bldg. 1's Wilson Hall continues on Apr. 17 with Dr. Eugene V. Koonin of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, NLM, speaking on "Complete Genomes of Cellular Life Forms -- The First Major Lessons from Comparative Analysis." Continuing medical education credit is available.

Chamber Music Concert, Apr. 19

The Rock Creek Chamber Players will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Apr. 19 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 a Viola Concerto by Telemann, Bartok's Second String Quartet, and Brahms' Quartet for Piano and Strings, Op. 60. For reservations and information call (202) 337-8710.

HEO Holds First 1998 Meeting

The NIH Hispanic Employee Organization recently held its first meeting of the year for the newly elected officers. At left, members and new officers include (from l) Elva Ruiz; John Medina III; Margarita Valencia; Gladys Melendez Bohler, secretary; Dr. Ernest Marquez, past president; Dr. Michael A. Sesma, treasurer; Larry Salas, president; and Dr. Nayda R. Figueroa-Valles. Not shown is Dr. Marta Leon-Monzon, president-elect. As the first item of business at the meeting, Salas presented an award to Dr. Carlos Caban (r) for efforts and leadership in founding HEO and for serving as its first president in 1996. The main topic of discussion at the meeting was development of a plan to increase representation of Hispanics at NIH. Board members welcome suggestions from the NIH community.

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. The 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

Campus Bike Theft Cut Short

An attempted bicycle theft was interrupted Mar. 23 on campus, between Bldgs. 5 and 8. During a routine morning patrol of the campus, NIH Police Sgt. Lawrence Brown noticed a man using bolt cutters to dismantle a bicycle locked to a bike rack. During a brief discussion between the man and Brown, an NIH employee returned to the rack and confirmed ownership of the bike. Brown arrested the suspect, who was not affiliated with NIH; he was charged with theft and held for the night in the Montgomery County Detention Center. "We'd like to take this opportunity to alert employees who ride their bikes on campus," said Capt. Will Liston. "Attempts to steal bikes usually increase around this time every year."

"If you ride an expensive mountain or all-terrain bike, note that this is the preferred target by thieves," adds Jay H. Miller, president of the NIH R&W Bicycle Commuter Club. "Cyclists should consider using more than one lock. A Kryptonite-type lock is essential, but add a good quality cable lock. The second lock should get the thief to consider someone else's bike. There are also lockers at several locations around campus."

To improve communication among NIH bicycle commuters, the club has set up a listserv. To subscribe, email Type "subscribe" in the body of the message. Having problems subscribing? Contact Miller via email at

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