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Community Briefed about NIH Recycling

Recently, the NIH core community working group was briefed on NIH's expanded recycling program. The group is led by Jan Hedetniemi, director of NIH's Office of Community Liaison, and has members from the community, business and county government. The presentation was well received by both community and Montgomery County representatives. Eileen Kao, director of the Montgomery County recycling program, offered an interactive display for use during NIH recycling program events.

Jan Hedetniemi, director of the Office of Community Liaison, receives a certificate of appreciation and NIH recycling T-shirt for her role as Bldg. 1 floor coordinator from Dr. Robert McKinney, director, Division of Safety.

The briefing noted that expanded recycling will take place in stages across campus by "clusters" of buildings, each of which will have the opportunity to participate. Each NIH building will have a customized recycling plan, developed to meet its recycling needs.

The assistance of building floor coordinators will be important as each building develops a recycling program. Division of Safety director Dr. Robert McKinney presented Hedetniemi with a certificate of appreciation and NIH recycling T-shirt for her role as Bldg. 1 floor coordinator.

The NIH recycling program will include outside containers placed in convenient locations throughout campus. All recycling containers will be identified with the blue and green NIH recycling logo.

For more information about being a floor coordinator or about the recycling program, visit the NIH Recycles home page,

Take Your Child to Work Day, Apr. 24

This is an opportunity to introduce school-age children to the public services their parents provide and to encourage future career decisions that will assure a quality workforce for the 21st century. The observance was launched initially in 1993 as "Take Your Daughter to Work," but NIH broadened it to include sons as well as daughters, and grandchildren as well.

Children can participate in a variety of activities such as displays, tours, presentations and even "hands-on" exercises. Many of last year's popular activities will be available as well as some exciting new ones.

Visit the "Take Your Child to Work" web site: This page will have the most up-to-date information about the day and registration procedures.

Due to space limitations, some activities will require preregistration on Apr. 17 or Apr. 18 between 10 and 1 p.m. in front of Masur Auditorium (Bldg. 10). Registration must be done in person and will be limited to two activities.

Employees are welcome to bring their children to work if approved by the employee's supervisor and certain rules are followed. NIH Manual Chapter 3015 contains information about bringing children into potentially hazardous areas.

Workshop of Bibliographic Standards

There will be a free workshop Apr. 16 titled, "The Future of Bibliographic Standards in a Networked Information Environment: Does the Internet Need Bibliographic Standards?" Sponsored by CENDI, an interagency cooperative organization composed of scientific and technical information managers from a variety of federal agencies, the workshop will bring together speakers and attendees from libraries, information centers and database producers; and from the public and private sectors to discuss the future of bibliographic standards and practices. Hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (registration begins at 8:30 a.m.), Rms. E1-E2, Natcher Conference Center. Registration by Apr. 9 is encouraged. To register or for more information call Kathryn Johnson, 1-800-949-6659.

Blood Safety Advisory Committee Meets

The DHHS advisory committee on blood safety and availability will hold its first meeting Apr. 24-25 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The meeting is sponsored by NIH, CDC and FDA.

The entire meeting -- from 8:30 a.m. on Apr. 24 through its adjournment -- will be open to the public. On Apr. 24, discussion topics will include hepatitis C virus, including its epidemiology, infection related to blood transfusion, and possible public health prevention measures. On Apr. 25, discussion will cover Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and its possible transmittance by blood transfusion.

Those interested in speaking at the meeting must contact Dr. Paul McCurdy, executive secretary, at 5-0065. Presentations are limited to 5 minutes.

Those who want to attend the meeting should register by contacting Wanda Keys at Prospect Associates by phone at (301) 468-6555 or fax (301) 770-5164.

For general information, call Jodi Shelley, 5-0065.

Symposium on Minorities, Cancer

The 6th Biennial Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved and Cancer will be held Apr. 23-27, in Washington, D.C., at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. The symposium brings attention to the issue of the disproportionate incidence of cancer morbidity and mortality in minority and medically underserved populations in the United States. Several NIH institutes will be participating in the forum. For more information, contact T.J. Dunlap or Ruth Sanchez at (713) 798-5383 or email:

Gorgas Memorial/Leon Jacobs Lecture

Dr. Donald R. Hopkins

This year's Gorgas Memorial/Leon Jacobs Lecture will be given by Dr. Donald R. Hopkins, senior consultant for the Global 2000 project of the Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta. His talk, titled "Eradication of Guinea Worm Disease (Dracunculiasis)," will be presented in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1, at 2 p.m. on Apr. 23.

Sons of Italy Dinner Dance

Looking for a great night out? Come to the NIH's OSIA Lodge's spring dinner dance at the American Legion Wheaton Lodge on Saturday, Apr. 12. George Simons will provide live dance music, there will be a cash bar from 6:30 p.m., and dinner will include meatballs, pasta dishes, chicken, cheeses, veggies, garden salad and bread. Tickets are $20 per person. Contact Nina Baccanari, (301) 869-4045.

Blue Cross/Blue Shield Day, Apr. 9

Blue Cross/Blue Shield of the National Capital Area will be on the NIH campus Wednesday, Apr. 9 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 the NIH campus one day each month, usually on the second Wednesday of the month.

Golf League Plans 1997 Season

The NIH Golf League is preparing for its 1997 season. Play is once a week with tee times reserved after work at the Falls Road Golf Course. The league accommodates all levels of golf with competitive and noncompetitive play. To play competitively, score cards for 27 holes of golf must be submitted in order to determine a handicap. The season begins in early May, with play on either Tuesdays or Thursdays through Labor Day. For more information or to obtain a registration form, contact Gene Major, president, at 6-1635, or visit the league's Web site at Registration closes on Apr. 25.

NIH Chamber Singers Celebrate NIH in Song

The NIH Chamber Singers' Spring Concert, "NIH in Song: Diseases, Body Parts and Basic Research," will honor each ICD with such songs as "Dry Bones" (NIAMS), "Love Potion Number 9" (NIDA), and "When I'm 64" (NIA). Concerts will be held on Tuesday, Apr. 22 at noon in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 and Wednesday, Apr. 23 at noon in auditorium B, Natcher Bldg. Admission is free. Also, visit the group's Web site at

Spring Musical Features Music of Mercer

Reserve your tickets now for "Too Marvelous for Words -- The Magical Lyrics of Johnny Mercer," presented by the Bethesda Little Theatre (formerly the NIH R&W Theatre Group). There will be evening performances at 8 on May 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, and 3 p.m. matinees on May 4 and 11. All performances are held in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Among the featured compositions are "That Old Black Magic," "Jeepers Creepers," "Satin Doll," and "Autumn Leaves." For ticket information, call Elaine Hughes, (301) 589-0720. Proceeds benefit the Patient Emergency Fund at the Clinical Center.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series -- held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 -- features Dr. Ronald A. Milligan, associate member, department of cell biology, Scripps Research Institute, on Apr. 16. His talk will be on "How Myosin and Kinesin Motors Move."

On Apr. 23, Dr. Frances M. Brodsky, professor in the schools of pharmacy and medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, will present "Endocytosis: Mechanism and Subversion."

For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Hilda Madine, 4-5595.

Play Ian Again, Please

Scotland's Dr. Ian Wilmut (c) is greeted by Dr. Alan Wolffe, chief of NICHD's Laboratory of Molecular Embryology, and NICHD deputy director Dr. Yvonne Maddox after Wilmut's lecture at NIH on Mar. 13. Wolffe invited Wilmut to address the members of the LME before the scientist had cloned Dolly the sheep. By the time Wilmut spoke at NIH, however, the cloning had been announced and interest at NIH was so intense that capacity crowds filled Masur auditorium and four overflow rooms. Still, many NIH staffers were turned away from the lecture. To accommodate those who missed his original appearance, a videotape of the lecture, "Mammalian Cloning: Cell Cycle Effects on the Development of Embryos Produced by Nuclear Transfer," will be shown at the Natcher main auditorium and in balconies A, B, and C on Tuesday, Apr. 22 from noon to 1:30 p.m. The tape will be shown simultaneously at Executive Plaza South, Rm. 540, and on the NIH cable channel, 30/31 or 40/41.

QEM Network Conference

Three members of the NIH Extramural Associates Program winter 1997 class, Dr. Carolyn Caudle (l) from Tennessee State University, Dr. Princilla Smart Evans (second from l) from Fisk University and Dr. Lynda Jordan from North Carolina A&T University (r), recently greeted 1995 NIH EA Dr. Johnnie Jones, now dean of Hampton University's School of Science, at the Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network Conference, an annual summit held in Washington, D.C. Now in its sixth year, the QEM network was formed to establish mechanisms for increasing the participation of minorities in science, math and engineering.

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