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Role of Children in Research Examined

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will offer an Administrative Strategies session titled, "Calling All Kids? Children in Research" on Thursday, Apr. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Bldg. 38A's Lister Hill Auditorium.

Children are more than miniature adults. Understanding childhood development, preventing disease in children, and designing effective, age-appropriate therapies for children require sound research involving children, not adults. In 1998, NIH established a policy encouraging the inclusion of children as participants in research involving human subjects. Nevertheless, pediatric research evokes special sensitivities and challenges. This forum will examine technical, ethical and legal issues associated with the participation of children as research subjects.

Children Send Care Package Overseas

The staff, parents and children of Executive Child Development Center recently banded together to send handmade good wishes and prepaid telephone cards to U.S. soldiers overseas. The children embraced the project with enthusiasm, said Beth Levy (shown below with a group of kindergartners), assistant director of the center. The older classes made banners and books and wrote letters to the troops. The preschoolers made a banner, picture frames, bookmarks and fans with personal notes of thanks attached. The infant and 2-year-old suites contributed hand and footprints to create books and an American flag (shown above, fashioned with Cheerios) to boost the spirits of those away from home and loved ones. Parents and staff contributed enough money to purchase 60 prepaid telephone cards to accompany the children's care packages. In all, seven packages were mailed out to various locations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The names of soldiers were obtained from, an Internet bulletin board that posts soldiers' names and addresses along with requests for books and letters of support.

NCI Starts Shredding Paper

Leo F. Buscher, Jr., NCI's chief grants management officer, holds a paper grant folder that can now be destroyed. Destruction of NCI paper grant files is now possible since staff are able to work electronically by accessing all documents contained in official grant files via a web-based application. In February, the NIH records officer announced that the National Archives and Records Administration had approved a change allowing the official grant file to be in electronic or paper format, or a combination of both for both funded and unfunded grants. Buscher is holding a set of documents that reads, "First paper file to be destroyed."

National Day of Prayer Marked, May 6

The National Day of Prayer tradition predates the founding of the United States when the Continental Congress issued a proclamation setting aside a day of prayer in 1775. In 1952, Congress established an annual day of prayer and, in 1988, that law was amended designating the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May. This year's observance will be held Thursday, May 6 in front of Bldg. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. People of all faiths are invited to join together seeking strength from God to face the problems of this nation, requesting guidance for the uncertainties of tomorrow, and giving thanks for the blessings that our country has enjoyed throughout its history. There will be music as well as remarks from guest speaker Kevin Williams of Love and Faith Outreach Church, Clinton, Md. The event is sponsored by the Noontime Christian Fellowship.

'Share the Health' Expo Set, Apr. 24

"Share the Health: NIH's Premier Health and Fitness Expo" will be held on Saturday, Apr. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Montgomery Blair High School, 51 University Blvd. East, Silver Spring. Sponsored by the NIH Office of Community Liaison, the event promotes community health through the prevention of disease. Share the Health allows people of all ages to learn, experience and discover new ways to lead a healthier life.

For more information or to register for this free event, call (301) 650-8660 or visit

Employees Invited To Bring the Kids

The 10th annual "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" begins at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Apr. 22. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the institutes and centers will host educational and fun activities designed to let your child experience the world of biomedical research.

Volunteers are still needed to sponsor activities for the children. If you work in a laboratory or administrative office and would like to be a presenter, contact Sandra King, (301) 435-2524 voice, (301) 435-2899 TTY, or; or Gary Morin, (301) 496-4628 voice, (301) 496-9755 TTY, or To volunteer to help during the event or for more information, visit The national web site also includes more information about the day,

The committee organizing "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work" is asking NIH'ers for activities and handouts (pens, cups, brochures, pencils, water bottles, etc.) to include in registration ("goody") bags. The committee invites participation by ICs, labs, departments, offices and support services; it needs help to make the event a success by designing interesting on-the-job activities. Activities will be hosted at several locations throughout campus. For more information, contact King or Morin.

FARE Abstract Competition for Fellows

The 11th annual Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) 2005 competition will again provide recognition for outstanding scientific research performed by intramural postdoctoral fellows. FARE winners will receive a $1,000 travel award to use for attending and presenting their work at a scientific meeting. One-quarter of the fellows who apply will win an award.

Fellows 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, 2004, and Sept. 30, 2005.

The FARE 2005 competition is open to postdoctoral IRTAs, visiting fellows and other fellows with fewer than 5 years total postdoctoral experience in the NIH intramural research program. In addition, pre-IRTAs performing their doctoral dissertation research at NIH are also eligible. Questions about eligibility should be addressed to your institute's scientific director. Fellows are asked to submit their application, including abstract, electronically until Apr. 30 via Winners will be announced by the end of September 2004. More information is available on the web site above. Questions may be addressed to your institute's fellows committee representative.

Tae Kwon Do Beginner's Class

The NIH Tae Kwon Do School is offering a beginner's class for adults and mature teens starting May 10. The curriculum combines traditional striking arts, forms and sparring with emphasis on self-defense. No experience is necessary. Class will meet in the Malone Center (Bldg. 31C, B4 level, next to the NIH Fitness Center) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and will continue for about 2 months until participants can be integrated into the regular school training. Dues are $40 per quarter and a uniform costs $30. Interested persons are welcome to watch regular training sessions. For information call Andrew Schwartz, (301) 402-5197 or visit

NIH Chamber Orchestra in Concert, Apr. 24

The NIH Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Jess Parker, will perform in concert on Saturday, Apr. 24 at 8 p.m. at Saint Elizabeth's Catholic Church, 917 Montrose Rd., Rockville, Md.

Selections will include Schubert's Symphony #6, Mendelssohn's Midsummer's Night Dream Overture and Debussy's Reverie arranged by Gary Daum. Admission is free, but a donation to the NIH charities is appreciated. For more information, email Daum at

Effects of Stress Discussed, Apr. 27

In anticipation of the NIH anxiety disorders screening event on Wednesday, May 5, NIMH and the NIH Work/Life Center are sponsoring a lecture titled, "The Effects of Stress: Resilience, Vulnerability, and Anxiety Disorders," presented by Dr. Daniel Pine of NIMH's Mood and Anxiety Program. His talk will be held on Tuesday, Apr. 27 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The presentation will also be broadcast live at

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. James R. Lupski on Apr. 21; his topic is "Genome Architecture, Rearrangements, Evolution and Genomic Disorders." He is Cullen professor of molecular and human genetics and professor of pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine.

For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Hilda Madine, (301) 594-5595.

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