Front Page

Previous Story

Next Story

NIH Record

News Briefs

New Management Cadre Class Welcomed

NIH recently welcomed 15 new participants to the Management Cadre Program. They attended a week of orientation that included a 31/2 day leadership development seminar. Guest speakers included Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, NIH deputy director; Naomi Churchill, director, Office of Equal Opportunity; Stephen Benowitz, NIH chief executive officer; Cassandra Isom, assistant director, Office of Science Policy; and members of the leadership development committee.

This competitive 18-month program was established in 1994 to enhance the career growth and potential of GS/GM 12, 13, or 14 employees. The program is an important component of NIH's efforts to develop well-qualified candidates to help meet its future leadership needs. For more information, contact Pauline Irwin, program manager, 2-3385.

The 1997 management cadre participants are (front, from l) Megan Columbus, NIAAA; Susanne Strickland, OD; Dr. Willo Pequegnat, NIMH; Calvin Jackson, OD; program manager Pauline Irwin; (middle row, from l) Dr. Pamela Clax, NIAID; Dr. Mary Lawrence, NCRR; Valeria Shropshire, NIEHS; Dr. Ron King, NHGRI; Kristianne Cooper, NIAID; (top, from l) Stacey Vandor, DCRT; Mary Chunko, OD; Donald Bordine, NHGRI; Ricardo Herring, ORS; and Dr. Barbara Rapp, NLM.
Absent is Dr. Alfred Gordon, NINDS.

Symposium To Honor NIDDK's Davies

NIDDK will honor Dr. David R. Davies with a symposium titled "Structural Thinking in Molecular Biology," on Apr. 25 in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event celebrates Davies' 42 years of contributions to the study of structural biology at NIH.

Davies is chief of the section on molecular structure in NIDDK's Laboratory of Molecular Biology and is an international authority in the field. He was first to use x-ray diffraction to elucidate the three-dimensional structure of an antibody molecule, and he and his colleagues provided the first detailed picture of how an antibody protein works. He is also codiscoverer of the first triple-stranded polynucleotide helix.

Among the speakers is Nobel Laureate Max Perutz of the University of Cambridge who will discuss "How the Structure of Proteins Was Not Solved." Other speakers will discuss "Tolerance and Intolerance in Protein Structure and Function," "ZDNA and mRNA Editing," "The Structure, Mechanism and Regulation of Trimeric G Proteins," and "Chromatin Structure and Gene Expression."

National Nurses Week, May 6-12

To help promote awareness of the vital role of nursing research, and to commemorate National Nurses Week, May 6-12, the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) will host a Capitol Hill breakfast briefing on May 7 for members of Congress, their staff, and the public. The topic will be "Pain Management," featuring two nurse researchers funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research: Dr. Gayle Page of Ohio State University and Dr. Christine Miaskowski of the University of California, San Francisco. This briefing is the second in a series of three. For more information, contact FNINR at (202) 638-2352.

Members of House Commerce Subcommittee on
Health & Environment Visit NIH

Four members of the House commerce subcommittee on health and environment and their associates, as well as other congressional staff, visited NIH Mar. 17 for an afternoon overview of activities here. Above, Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) shares a laugh with Dr. Francis Collins (l), director of NHGRI, as Diane Wax, director of NIH's Office of Legislative Policy and Analysis (back to camera) and Dr. Richard Hodes, NIA director, look on. Below, Rep. Michael Bilirakis (R-Fla., at left) and Rep. Greg Ganske (R-Iowa), who is a plastic surgeon, participate in a discussion in the Conte Bldg. The Capitol Hill entourage learned about the Human Genome Project, the aging brain, NLM information innovations, cancer therapy and AIDS.

Travel Expo Set, Apr. 30

The R&W Travel Expo is Wednesday, Apr. 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Visitor Information Center, Bldg. 10. Representatives from travel agencies, hotels and resorts, tourism bureaus, and theme parks will be on hand to help you plan your next vacation. Don't miss it!

U.S. Savings Bonds Drive Kicks Off, May 9

NIH will kick off its 1997 U.S. Savings Bonds drive on Friday, May 9 at 11:45 a.m. on the patio outside the B1 cafeteria of the Clinical Center. The theme of this year's campaign is "It's a Great Way To Save." The National Institute of Nursing Research will be the host of this year's effort. Featured will be a free raffle, music by the Walter Johnson High School Jazz Ensemble and a guest appearance by Washington Warthogs soccer players and "Rooter," the team mascot. In case of inclement weather, the kick off will be held in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. All NIH'ers are invited!

Conference on Effects of Neural Impulses

A conference on control of genes, development and plasticity by neural impulses will be held June 9-10 at Natcher Auditorium. Bringing together new research on gene regulation by neural impulse activity with research on cell adhesion molecules, intracellular signaling and synaptic plasticity, this conference explores the molecules and mechanisms that coordinate the structure and function of the brain. Registration information and a preliminary program are available at: . For more information contact Dr. R. Douglas Fields, 0-3209; fax 6-9939, email:

Chamber Singers Need Women

If you're a soprano looking for a group to sing with, the NIH Chamber Singers would like to hear from you. To find out more about the group, visit its Web site,, or come to the Spring Concert performance on Wednesday, Apr. 23 at noon in auditorium B in the Natcher Bldg. If you'd like to join the fun, email David Ehrenstein at, or phone 6-7232.

CC Essential Maintenance & Safety Program

Those massive tower cranes looming above the east and west sides of the Clinical Center are participants in the CC essential maintenance & safety program, which will continue through 1998 to extend the life of the facility. The program will replace the main heating and air conditioning systems; replace and upgrade lab fume hoods; install fire sprinklers; and rewire the facility for a new combined LAN and telephone system. The roof of five building wings will also be raised using the cranes to install the new main heating and air conditioning systems. The cranes are being used to minimize the number of disruptions to patients and staff.

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.

Seminar on Child Care, Development

The NIH day care oversight board is sponsoring a brown-bag lunchtime seminar on "The Relation Between Family, Child Care and Child Development -- Implications for Families and for Policy," on May 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Bldg. 1, Wilson Hall. Dr. Sarah Friedman, scientific coordinator for NICHD's Study of Early Child Care and one of its approximately 30 investigators from 14 locations across the U.S., will present recent findings from this comprehensive longitudinal study. These findings, first presented on Apr. 4 at the meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development pertain to cognitive and language development and mother-child interaction during the first 3 years of life. All NIH employees, and parents of children in NIH day care centers, are invited to attend. Preregistration is not required and the seminar is free. For more information contact Gladys Bohler, 6-9231.

Mother's Day Bazaar

On Tuesday, May 6 in Bldg. 10's Visitor Information Center, there will be a Mother's Day Bazaar from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There will be 30 vendors with a variety of wares to make your Mother's Day shopping easy. There will be jewelry, crafts, handbags and all kinds of gifts. Put this R&W event on your calendar and beat the madness of the malls.

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. Sponsored by NIH, CDC, and FDA, the meeting is open to the public. To speak at the meeting, contact Dr. Paul McCurdy, executive secretary, at 5-0065. To attend the meeting, register with Wanda Keys at Prospect Associates, (301) 468-6555 or fax (301) 770-5164. For general information, call Jodi Shelley, 5-0065.

More Minority Research Needed?

On May 19-20, a conference to address the need for increased research on communication disorders and stroke in African-American and other cultural groups will be held at the Natcher Conference Center. The conference, "Communication Disorders and Stroke in African-American and Other Cultural Groups: Multidisciplinary Perspectives and Research," is sponsored by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders and Howard University. Topics include epidemiology, assessment and management of sequelae of stroke, cultural variables, and contemporary issues in acute stroke management and assessment. In addition, environmental and cultural influences on rehabilitation and research, and issues regarding quality of life will be discussed.

For registration information or requests for reasonable accommodation, contact Nancy Shapiro at (301) 907-9655.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series -- held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 -- features Dr. Tom Maniatis, Mallinckrodt professor of molecular and cellular biology, Harvard University, on Apr. 30. His talk will be on "Combinatorial Mechanisms for Specific Gene Activation in Response to Extracellular Signals."

On May 7, Dr. Corey S. Goodman, head of the neurobiology division and HHMI investigator at the University of California, Berkeley, will present "Wiring Up the Brain: Genetic Analysis of the Mechanisms Controlling the Generation of Neural Specificity."

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

Up to Top