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Credit Union Opens Clinical Center Branch

On Apr. 14, the NIH Federal Credit Union opened the doors of its newest branch, located in Bldg. 10, in space formerly occupied by SunTrust bank, which closed its NIH branch last fall.

The new location — on the B1 level just outside the main cafeteria — features all of the same services as other NIHFCU branches, plus added services such as safe deposit boxes and foreign currency exchange. Members also have access to a full-service ATM, a deposit "drop box," and an Internet kiosk. Members can use the kiosk to access the credit union's web site, online banking and online loan applications.

NIH employees, government employees who work at NIH, contractors, fellows and students are eligible to join NIHFCU. In addition, NIH patients and their families are also eligible to join.

"We're delighted to have this opportunity to be right at hand for so many of our members at the Clinical Center," said Lindsay A. Alexander, president and CEO of NIHFCU. "We believe that members will take advantage of the added convenience for loans and deposit accounts."

The Clinical Center branch hours of operation are: Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Friday: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.; Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Saturday hours are curtailed during orange security alert periods).

For more information visit or call the Telephone Service Center at (301) 718-0208; TDD (301) 881-5822.

NIH Record Establishes Advisory Group

The NIH Record invites any interested employee to consider volunteering for an editorial advisory group that would suggest story ideas to the editors, so that the publication could be more broadly useful to all readers.

Stories must somehow relate to NIH and its mission, but can involve extracurricular pursuits as well as job-related ones. The main criteria for making a suggestion should be, "Would this story be interesting to a wide variety of my fellow NIH'ers?"

If you would like to suggest good Record stories occasionally, or know someone who would, contact Editor Rich McManus ( or Assistant Editor Carla Garnett ( or call the Record office at 496-2125. Also, feel free to write Letters to the Editor; the Record welcomes input from NIH'ers.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Pascale Cossart on May 7, giving the NIH Director's Margaret Pittman Lecture on the topic, "Fascinating Strategies Used by the Bacterial Pathogen Listeria Monocytogenes to Establish an Infection" (see story04).

On May 14, Dr. Joachim Frank, chief, laboratory for computational biology and molecular imaging, New York State department of health, HHMI investigator and professor, New York University department of cell biology, will present "What Makes It Tick? Attempts to Understand the Dynamics of the Ribosome Using Cryo-electron Microscopy."

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

Ever Work on Welfare Island?

The Roosevelt Island (New York) Historical Society is seeking persons who worked or studied at the hospitals on Welfare Island. Roosevelt Island was Welfare Island prior to 1973. The hospitals were Goldwater Memorial Hospital, Bird S. Coler Hospital, City Hospital, Metropolitan Hospital, Neurological Institute, Cancer Institute, Strecker Laboratory and Columbia University Research Facility. The society is collecting this material for its archive and to learn more about the island's past. Contact Judith Berdy, president, 575 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, NY 10044, call (212) 688-4836 or email

STEP Forum on 'Communicating Science'

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will offer a Current Controversies in Medicine Forum on the topic, "Communicating Science: What Have We Cured Today?" on Thursday, May 1 from 8 a.m. to noon in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

Scientific discovery is fine, but the public wants better health. The NIH mission is to uncover new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone; this includes fostering communication of medical information, identifying research findings that can be applied to the care of patients and helping transfer such advances to the health care system. Yet the path between discovery and the application to improve public health can take years and be costly. How does NIH balance investment in discovering new knowledge with the need to make optimal use of current findings? What are the most effective ways to convey information and transfer advances?

The STEP forum will explore the challenges and responsibilities of supporting research for new discoveries as well as supporting the translation and communication of new research knowledge to private industry, clinicians, Congress and the public. The forum is offered for ESA credit.

NIH Parenting Festival, May 14

The NIH Parenting Festival will be held on Wednesday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the first floor conference room in Bldg. 50. Did you know that NIH has a wealth of information and internal resources to assist you as a parent? No matter what the age of your child — infant, toddler or teenager — the Parenting Festival has something to offer you. Over 20 tables will be staffed with information and resources on lactation services, child care referrals, family health benefits, flexible spending accounts, savings plans, family leave, adoption and foster care, latest research on children's health, on-site parenting experts and much more. There will be drawings, prizes and giveaways as well.

The event is sponsored by the NIH child care board in cooperation with the ORS Worksite Enrichment Programs Branch and the NIH Work/Life Center. For more information call 435-1619.

NIH Library Classes Begin May 8

Seize the moment this summer — take one of the NIH Library's classes such as Drug Information, Clinical Trials, or EndNote 6. Learn how to find and evaluate information in the many online books, journals and databases available to NIH staff. Free, hands-on classes covering 12 topics are offered in the library training room, Bldg. 10. For more information, call 496-1080 or visit

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 12. 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, 402-5197 or visit

BECON Symposium Targets Team Science

The Bioengineering Consortium (BECON) has scheduled its sixth annual symposium for June 23-24 at the Natcher Conference Center. Titled "Catalyzing Team Science," it will examine the forces that encourage and discourage team approaches to biomedical research, and explore ways in which NIH, academia and others can stimulate and reward team efforts.

Amid growing concerns that the paradigm of individual principal investigators working in isolation is not well suited to many areas of contemporary biomedical research, the BECON Symposium will look at the fundamental shift in the conduct of science towards trans-disciplinary teams.

The objectives of the symposium are to identify obstacles and incentives for conducting team science, recommendations for overcoming obstacles and enhancing incentives, and next steps for NIH in the process of working with scientists and administrators to advance team science.

The symposium is structured to draw leaders and critical thinkers such as investigators, university administrators responsible for formulating and overseeing academic policies, managers of information dissemination and funding agencies. The program will include breakout sessions on the following topics: NIH policies, procedures and funding mechanisms; academic institutions' assessment and reward procedures; publication and dissemination issues; models of team science; and institutional administration of research teams.

A preliminary agenda, along with program and registration information, is available at

FARE Abstract Competition for Fellows

The tenth annual Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) 2004 competition will again provide recognition for outstanding scientific research performed by intramural postdoctoral fellows. Winners of FARE will each 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 who apply to FARE 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, 2003, and Sept. 30, 2004.

The FARE 2004 competition is open to postdoctoral IRTAs, visiting fellows and other fellows with less 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 to compete. Visiting fellows/scientists must not have been tenured at their home institute. Questions about eligibility should be addressed to your institute's scientific director. Fellows are asked to submit their application, including abstract, electronically by Apr. 30 via Winners will be announced by the end of September 2003. More information is available on the web site above. Questions may be addressed to your institute's fellows committee representative.

Clinical Center To Celebrate Nurses

Across the United States, nurses will be saluted in May for their dedication, commitment and tireless effort in promoting and maintaining the health of the nation. There are nearly 3 million registered nurses — the largest health care profession — in the U.S. and more than 1,000 work at the Clinical Center, both within the CC and in the institutes and centers.

The CC will host "A Celebration of Nursing — Past, Present and Future," during May 6-12 with events throughout the week in Bldg. 10. Special activities will include: an opening program, 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 6, Lipsett Amphitheater; reception and recognition of outstanding nurses, 11:30 a.m., Thursday, May 8, 14th floor assembly hall; Florence Nightingale birthday celebration, 2 p.m., Monday, May 12, lobby area-nurse recruitment office, first floor; scientific research presentations and posters, entire week.

NIH nurses are invited to attend each of these events. For more information contact Diane DePew at 496-0442 or email

Prayer Day Set At Bldg. 45, May 1

The National Day of Prayer will be observed Thursday, May 1 on the back lawn of the Natcher Bldg. from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a brief message, scripture readings, music and a forum for prayer requests. The observance invites all people of any faith to pray for the goodwill of the country and its leaders. The event is sponsored by the Noontime Christian Fellowship.

Bike To Work on May 2

Friday, May 2 is Bike to Work Day. While the Washington Area Bicycle Association and several sponsors will be hosting events throughout the region, the NIH Bicycle Commuter Club and the R&W are hosting an event on campus. Get together for juice, bagels and conversation with fellow bikers from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in front of Bldg. 1. Not sure how to get to campus by bike? A number of bike routes to campus are posted on the NIH Bicycle Commuter Club web site at Have a great bike route to an NIH worksite that isn't listed? Forward a description to Carl Henn, president of the NIH Bicycle Commuter Club, at

NCI Updates 'Pink Book'

The National Cancer Institute recently announced the availability of a popular resource, Making Health Communications Programs Work: A Planner's Guide. This guide for health communicators, better known as the "Pink Book," has been updated to reflect recent advances in the health communications process. The Pink Book emphasizes a practical approach to health communications, recognizing that one communications plan will not fit all organizations.

The publication guides readers through 4 stages in the health communications process. From planning and strategy development, to assessing the effectiveness of communications campaigns and making refinements, organizations will have clear answers on the best methods of conducting health communications programs.

By following these stages, communicators can assess community needs, create a message, identify appropriate audiences and media for their message, conduct market research, create partnerships and evaluate and improve programs. The book concludes with ready-to-use forms, scripts and samples to create and evaluate successful communication plans.

The Pink Book is available by calling 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237) and can be viewed online at

Cancer Prevention Fellowships Available

The Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program provides a foundation for clinicians and scientists to train in the field of cancer prevention and control. As part of the program, master of public health training is offered at accredited universities during the first year, followed by mentored research with investigators at NCI, typically for about 2 years.

Opportunities for cutting-edge basic science laboratory studies, epidemiologic research and behavioral research have been hallmarks of the program since its inception in 1986. This year, in addition to a specialty track in the ethics of prevention and public health, a new track for clinicians is offered in clinical cancer prevention research.

Other educational opportunities are provided throughout the fellowship period to complement the fellows' training, including the NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention, molecular prevention laboratory training, leadership and professional development training, the weekly NCI Cancer Prevention and Control colloquia series, and weekly fellows' research meeting, as well as a variety of training opportunities outside NCI. The application deadline is Sept. 1, 2003. For more information visit or contact Barbara Redding, 496-8640.

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