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Mack Tours Clinical Center

Sen. Connie Mack (c) of Florida toured a patient unit with NIH director Dr. Harold Varmus (r) and Dr. Steven A. Rosenberg, chief of NCI's Surgery Branch, during a visit on Mar. 23. A long-time supporter of funding for biomedical research, Mack came to NIH for a number of presentations on current intramural programs and to hold a luncheon discussion with the directors of several institutes. While visiting the Clinical Center, he was able to meet a patient from his home state who is benefiting from the latest "cancer vaccine" trials.

Forum on Emerging Infectious Diseases, Apr. 28

The STEP Forum series presents, "Outbreak! The Real Story on Emerging Infectious Diseases," Tuesday, Apr. 28, from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1. It will provide a comprehensive view of emerging infectious diseases from several perspectives, including countermeasures to be taken by government, industry and individuals, and obstacles to successful prevention and control.

Speaking will be: James Meegan, NIAID, moderator; Stephen Morse, Columbia University School of Public Health; Benjamin Schwartz, Centers for Disease Prevention and Control; Dale Morse, Wadsworth Center and New York State department of health; Dr. John LaMontagne, NIAID. For more information call 435-2769.

Forum on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Apr. 30

"Achieving Desired Results," a free, 1-day forum on alternative dispute resolution will be held Thursday, Apr. 30 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Natcher Conference Center. Presentations and interactive sessions will highlight various ADR tools, focusing primarily on HHS practices.

Workshops include "mediation instead of litigation," "dialogue with practicing ombuds," and "roundtable discussion of real life experiences." Participants will also learn about new federal ADR initiatives and how they may affect the way government does business. All HHS employees, as well as other interested federal workers, are invited to attend. Complimentary continental breakfast and box lunch are included for those who preregister. For more information or to register, contact the Parklawn Training Center, (301) 443-6790, (301) 443-6990 (TDD), fax (301) 443-4264.

TDCs Hold Spring Lecture Series

NIH's technology development coordinators are holding a spring lecture series. All talks are held from 2 to 4 p.m. in Bldg. 31's C-wing conference area.

Thursday, Apr. 30, Conf. Rm. 6 -- Dr. George Keller will give a lecture on "Patent License Monitoring at the NIH Office of Techno-logy Transfer." His talk will cover such subjects as patent royalty collection, patent infringement and corporate compliance.

Wednesday, May 6, Conf. Rm. 10 -- Dr. John Schneller, Spencer and Frank law firm, will give a lecture on "Domestic and Foreign Patent Procedure." He will cover topics such as patent filing deadlines within the U.S. and foreign countries, and patent law terminology.

Tuesday, May 12, Conf. Rm. 10 -- Attorneys Michael Moore and Richard Sauer, Securities and Exchange Commission, will give a lecture on "The Impact of Insider Trading Laws in the Medical Research Community." The talk will alert researchers and clinicians to the legal ramifications of disseminating nonpublic information about clinical trial results.

For more information, contact Lauren Neal, 402-5579.

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 M. Evans on Apr. 29, speaking on "Nuclear Receptors: A Superfamily." He is investigator, HHMI, and professor, gene expression laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

On May 6, Dr. Stephen L. Zipursky, investigator, HHMI, member, Molecular Biology Institute, and professor, department of biological chemistry, UCLA, will discuss "Axon Guidance in the Drosophila Visual System."

A special Thursday lecture will be held May 7 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Masur featuring Dr. Michael A. Zasloff, president, The Magainin Research Institute. He will give the 11th Paul Ehrlich Lecture on "Discovery of Antibiotic Systems in Animals."

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

Little Theatre To Perform Gershwin, May 1

"Gershwin, by George!" is the title of the spring musical presented by the Bethesda Little Theatre May 1 through 16 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, celebrating the 100th birthday of composer George Gershwin. Times and dates of the performances are Fridays and Saturdays (May 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16) at 8 p.m.; and Sunday matinees May 3 and 10 at 3 p.m. To accommodate the hearing- impaired, some performances will be signed. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for children 12 and under. Admission is free for Clinical Center patients and their families. Tickets may be purchased at R&W stores or at the door; group discounts are available. Proceeds will be donated to PEF and Camp Funshine. For information, call Elaine Hughes, (301) 589-0720.

National Day of Prayer, May 7

The President and the Congress of the United States have designated Thursday, May 7 as a day to take time out to pray for America and for the people of the nation. NIH'ers are invited to bring a heart full of prayer and a friend, and gather around the flagpole in front of Bldg. 1 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to celebrate the National Day of Prayer.

Garden Club Meets, May 7

The next NIH Garden Club meeting will be Thursday, May 7, noon to 1 p.m., in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 8. Plant swaps will resume; if you bring a plant to swap, you can take home a plant someone else brought in. Please attach plant name and nurturing information.

Want fresh, organically grown vegetables this summer and, at the same time, support distribution of vegetables in the inner city? At the February meeting, representatives from the organization From the Ground Up described their program. A pick-up site close to NIH will be established if 15 people express interest. Check the NIH Garden Club Web site for more information: http://www.recgov.org/r&w/garden/info/fgu.htm

Want to keep up with garden news? Join the club's email list at http://hubbabubba.nomius.com:81/guest/RemoteListSummary/NIHGarden and follow directions. You can also send an email message to: NIHGarden-request@list.recgov.org with the word "subscribe" in the message area. Either way, you should receive a welcome message with information about how the list works.

Gershwin Choral Tunes Concert, May 7

The Congressional Chorus will perform a selection of Gershwin choral tunes at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7 in the Clinical Center's 14th floor assembly hall. Reservations are not required, but space is limited for this free public concert, sponsored by the CC recreation therapy section. For more information call Jenny Strasburger, 496-7028 or Jane Millman, 496-5157.

'Take Your Child to Work Day,' May 28

NIH will observe "Take Your Child to Work Day" on Thursday, May 28. Look in future issues of the NIH Record for details on the schedule of activities. For more information, contact O.H. Laster, NIH Office of Equal Opportunity, 496-6302.

FARE Rewards Research Excellence

The Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) this year will again provide recognition for outstanding scientific research. The NIH fellows committee will award 130 basic science and clinical fellows with $1,000 each toward domestic travel and other costs associated with a scientific meeting. The money must be used between Oct. 1, 1998, and Sept. 30, 1999.

Applications, including abstracts, may be electronically submitted, starting June 15 via ftp://helix.nih.gov/felcom/index.html. Access to the electronic application is available at the User Resource Center in Bldg. 31. Submissions may also be hand-delivered to the Office of Education, Bldg. 10, Rm. 1C129 by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 24. Winners will be announced by mid-October. Questions should be directed by email to fellows@box-f.nih.gov or to your institute's fellow committee representative.

FARE '99 is sponsored by the scientific directors, the Office of Education and the Office of Research on Women's Health. FARE '98 was very competitive; 605 abstracts were submitted, of which 120 were selected to receive an award. This represents an overall success rate of 19.8 percent.

Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program

The National Cancer Institute is accepting applications for the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program, a 3-year program for M.D.s or holders of doctorates in a health-related field that begins in July 1999; applications are due by Sept. 1, 1998.

The program offers master of public health training during the first year at accredited universities followed by independent research opportunities within NCI in the Rockville area. There is also a summer cancer prevention and control academic course, which is part of the fellowship program, but open to physicians and scientists interested in specialized instruction on the principles and practices of cancer prevention and control. It is held for 6 weeks beginning in July at Executive Plaza South; prior experience in epidemiology is recommended.

For more information contact Barbara Redding, 496-8640, or email br24v@nih.gov.

Orchestra Contributes to PEF

Karen Ciaschi (second from l) of the NIH Recreation and Welfare Association accepts a check on behalf of the Clinical Center's Patient Emergency Fund. The NIH Community Orchestra raised the $758.18 during its Messiah Concert held last December. On hand for the check presentation are (from l) orchestra members Charles Tolbert, Wendy Williams of R&W, conductor Gary Daum and John Chik. For more information about the orchestra, visit its Web site at http://www.gprep.org/~music/nih.


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