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STEP Plans Session on Addiction

A Science for All session entitled "Addiction: Old Problems, New Science," will be presented by the staff training in extramural programs committee on Thursday, Apr. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Neuroscience Center Bldg., 6001 Executive Blvd., Conf. Rm. C.

Alcoholism, caffeine and nicotine dependence, and various forms of drug abuse have major social and economic influence today, touching nearly everyone's family or associates. The session will explain what is meant by addiction, dependence and abuse; what is known about the development and underlying mechanisms of addictive disorders; and current strategies for prevention and treatment. The featured speakers will be: Dr. Mark Goldman, University of South Florida; Dr. George Koob, Scripps Research Institute; and Dr. Marc Schuckit, University of California, San Diego.

All NIH'ers are welcome. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance registration is necessary. Inform the STEP office at 435-2769 about any need for sign language interpretation or reasonable accommodation by Monday, Apr. 24.

Mobile Mammography Screening Begins May 2

The George Washington University Breast Care Center will be visiting NIH for its spring 2000 mammography screening. All NIH employees, their families and others associated with NIH (such as IRTAs, visiting scientists, contractors, volunteers) are eligible to participate. The screening dates and van locations are as follows:

  Bldg. 31 (Lot 31D) May 2, 18
  Bldg. 10 (Lot 10H) May 10, 17
(Parking lot behind complex)
May 16
(Visitor parking behind RKL I)
June 7
  Bldg. 45
(front of building)
May 9, July 12

The van will be onsite from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. taking prescheduled appointments. Each screening is conducted by a female technologist; a board-certified radiologist specializing in mammography will interpret the films. Appointments should take about 20 minutes and will cost $138. GW will bill some insurance companies directly or payment can be made by cash or check at the screening (check with your insurance company for reimbursement). To see if your insurance is accepted or to make an appointment, call (202) 994-9999.

Managing the Writing of Others

If you spend seemingly endless hours rewriting material that comes across your desk, you may want to attend "Managing the Writing of Others" to learn a writing, coaching and reviewing process. Using the techniques from the class, you will reduce the time you spend reworking documents and increase writing productivity. For course details, visit

R&W Holds Spring Bazaar

Mark your calendars for the Spring Bazaar on Wednesday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the patio outside Bldg. 31. Crafters will be selling a variety of handmade items such as jewelry, quilts, pictures, clothes and much more.

Hispanic Employee Organization Recruits

The NIH Hispanic Employee Organization is a group of Latinos who work at NIH. There are no dues; the organization's purpose is to address issues that affect Hispanics in general and those at NIH in particular. All at NIH, including employees, fellows, IRTAs, contractors, etc., who share these interests, are eligible for membership. The NIH-HEO meets every third Wednesday of the month from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Bldg. 10, Rm. 8N241 (Aurbach room). To receive the agenda for meetings and other notices, join NIH-HEO by sending email to or by contacting Ray Mejia at 496-9972. Detailed information may be found at: and

Chamber Singers' Spring Concerts

All are invited to join the NIH Chamber Singers for spring concerts featuring a wide variety of material ranging from jazz to sacred Russian music. Two performances are scheduled: Thursday, Apr. 27, Bldg. 10, 14th floor auditorium at 7:30 p.m.; and Friday, May 5, Bldg. 10, Masur Auditorium at noon. For more information about the group, see the web site at

BLT Presents Spring Musical

The Bethesda Little Theatre will present its spring musical, A Loverly Evening in Camelot, featuring the music of Lerner & Loewe. Come hear songs from several Broadway hits including Camelot, Paint Your Wagon, My Fair Lady, Brigadoon and Gigi. The show opens Friday, May 5 and will continue for three weekends. Friday and Saturday evening performances will be May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. Sunday matinee performances will be May 7 and 14 at 3 p.m. All performances are in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at NIH R&W stores or at the door. Group discounts are available. Patients and their families are invited to attend all performances free of charge. For ticket information, call Elaine at (301) 589-0720 or see BLT is an R&W organization whose proceeds benefit NIH charities.

Renewal of NIH Parking Permits

NIH General Parking Permits for campus employees whose last names begin with H, I and J will expire on the last day of May 2000. In order to obtain a new General Parking Permit, an employee must visit the NIH Parking Office in Bldg. 31, Rm. B3B04. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Off-campus employees will be issued the "Off Campus Employee Parking Permit." These permits allow you to park at the NIH Bethesda campus or leased facilities that require an NIH parking permit in the general employee parking lots. Remember, when applying for new/renewal permits, you must bring a valid NIH identification card, valid driver's license and a valid vehicle registration certificate.

FAES Announces Chamber Music Series 2000-2001 Schedule

The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences Chamber Music Series announces the following 2000-2001 program schedule. The location for all concerts is Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Concerts start at 4 p.m. on Sundays. For ticket information, call FAES at 496-7975.

  Oct. 1   Brentano String Quartet
  Nov. 5   Thibaud String Trio
  Nov. 19   Ysaye String Quartet with Jean Claude Pennetier
and Regis Pasquier
  Dec. 3   Auryn String Quartet with Peter Orth, piano
  Jan. 28, 2001   Wolfgang Holzmair, baritone
  Feb. 4, 2001   Trio di Parma
  Feb. 18, 2001   Tokyo String Quartet
  Mar. 11, 2001   Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano
  Mar. 25, 2001   Winners of the Paolo Borciani String Quartet Competition


Day of Prayer Set, May 4

A National Day of Prayer will be observed Thursday, May 4 by the Noontime Christian Fellowship, which will hold a prayer vigil on the lawn in front of Bldg. 1 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. The guest speaker will be Minister Kevin Williams of Love & Faith World Outreach Church, Fort Washington, Md.

'Scientific and Technical Briefing' Course

Researchers, engineers and other technical professionals who present scientific research or other complex information may be interested in a 2-day course, "Scientific and Technical Briefing," offered by NIH's Human Resources Development Division. Learn how to deliver presentations that are strategically organized and polished. For course details, visit

Rowley Reflects on Science Career

The Bethesda chapter of AWIS (Association for Women in Science) is holding a series of talks cosponsored by NIH's Office of Research on Women's Health and Office of Community Liaison. The final talk in the series, to be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 25 at the Cloister (Bldg. 60) chapel, is titled "Reflections on a Scientific Career." Speaker is Dr. Janet Rowley, Blum-Riese distinguished service professor of medicine, University of Chicago; she is also this year's NIH Margaret Pittman Lecturer.

'Metals in Medicine' Meeting

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences and several other NIH components are hosting a meeting, "Metals in Medicine: Targets, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics," to be held June 28-29 in the Natcher Conference Center. Meeting participants will explore the role of metals in the development of therapeutic drugs and in vivo diagnostic agents. The meeting is free. For a printable meeting flyer and a list of speakers, topics and registrants, visit the Metals in Medicine web page at, where online registration is available and encouraged by May 1. For more details, contact meeting organizer Dr. Peter Preusch (594-5938 or

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Janet D. Rowley, who will give the NIH Director's Margaret Pittman Lecture on Apr. 26. Rowley is Blum-Riese distinguished service professor, departments of medicine and of molecular genetics, cell biology and human genetics, University of Chicago. Her topic is "Cancer Cytogenetics: Is It Passť?"

On May 3, Dr. Barry R. Bloom, dean of the faculty and professor of immunology and infectious diseases, Harvard School of Public Health, will discuss "A View of Public Health and Biomedical Research." This is the NIH Director's R.E. Dyer Lecture.

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

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