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NIH Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Program

This year, the NIH Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Program will celebrate its 29th anniversary. All are invited to join in festivities including a lunchtime program of Asian food and demonstrations of Asian arts and crafts on Friday, May 11 and an evening program of Asian music and dance on Friday, May 25.

On May 11, the lunchtime festivities will take place between 11:30 a.m and 1:30 p.m. on the patio of Bldg. 31A. There will be a bonsai exhibition and demonstrations of calligraphy, Japanese tea ceremony and floral arrangement (ikebana). Luncheon sales will consist of food from China, India, Japan, Korea, the Philippines and Thailand. Details of the evening program on May 25 will be provided in the next issue of the Record.

The program is sponsored by the NIH Asian/Pacific Islander American heritage committee, the NIH Asian/Pacific Islander American Organization, many NIH components and the R&W Association. For more information contact Victor Fung, 435-3504, email vf6n@nih.gov.

Lunch Kicks Off Bond Drive

A pizza luncheon will be held for NIH U.S. Savings Bond coordinators and canvassers on Friday, May 11 at noon in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1. As part of the U.S. Savings Bond campaign kickoff ceremony, the lunchtime gathering will be addressed by NIH acting director Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, as well as by Center for Scientific Review deputy director Dr. Brent Stanfield. CSR is hosting this year's bond campaign. For more information about purchasing savings bonds, contact your area savings bond canvasser. If you have questions about the campaign, contact CSR's executive office at 435-1099.

NCI-Frederick/Ft. Detrick Spring Research Festival, May 16-17

On May 16 and 17, NCI-Frederick and Ft. Detrick will hold the fifth annual Spring Research Festival and Health Fair/Exposition, which will be held in conjunction with Armed Forces Week. The purpose is to acquaint coworkers and the public with the important research that is conducted at NCI-Frederick and Ft. Detrick and to provide an opportunity for attendees to obtain information to enhance their own health and well-being.

Scientific Presentations — All scientific staff at the two facilities, including technical support, postdoctoral fellows and investigators, are encouraged to present posters describing their research efforts to both their colleagues and the public.

Exhibits — In addition to the posters, other work groups are invited to take part in the festival by creating exhibits and demonstrations to further the public's understanding of the diversified programs that exist at the facilities.

Health Fair/Career Fair/Scientific Instrumentation Expo — As in previous years, the festival will include a Health Fair area featuring a wide range of national and local health-related organizations as well as safety, educational and scientific exhibits.

On May 16, a Career Fair will be held in Bldg. 549. Also, for the twelfth consecutive year, the Biomedical Research Equipment and Supplies Exhibit, sponsored by the Technical Sales Association, will display state-of-the-art equipment designed to facilitate biomedical research. For more information, contact Elynor Sass at e_sass@ncifcrf.gov.

NIH Chamber Singers Spring Concert

The NIH Chamber Singers will be performing an eclectic selection of classical and contemporary songs, featuring compositions by des Pres, Morley, Brahms and Burleigh, plus a collection of "doo-wop" classics. Performances are scheduled in Bldg. 10 for Thursday, May 10, 7:30 p.m. in the 14th floor assembly hall, and Tuesday, May 15, 12:15 p.m., in Masur Auditorium. Admission is free. For more information, see http://www.recgov.org/r&w/chamber/ or call 435-3209.

Contract Managers Hold Seminar

The Bethesda/Medical chapter of the National Contract Management Association is hosting a lunchtime seminar titled "Feeding the Feds," on Wednesday, May 16 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Executive Plaza North, first floor conference center. The talk will address appropriation law issues concerning provision of food and refreshments under government contracts. All are welcome. The speaker is Linda Oliver, associate administrator for procurement law, Office of Federal Procurement Policy. For more information contact Sharon Miller, 435-3783.

Extramural Workshop, Expo To Be Held

The Extramural Enterprise and Extension Systems Workshop Expo will be held on Thursday, May 10 in the Natcher Conference Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The expo will feature IMPAC II user modules and other enterprise systems. A showcase of IMPAC II extension systems that exist or are planned will be presented. Attendees will be able to review the systems, via demonstration and discussion workshops, for ideas on how features and core functionality could be replicated in other applications. Also, attendees will get the opportunity to meet user group advocates of each IMPAC II module. The advocates will be available for discussion and to collect and report participant comments for the closing plenary session. ESA credit and grants management certification credit are offered. To register visit http://era.nih.gov/workshop/register.cfm. For more information, call Felicia Shingler, 435-0690 ext. 608.

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 2001. In order to obtain a new permit, an employee must visit the NIH Parking Office in Bldg. 31, Rm. B3B04. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Remember to bring a valid NIH identification card, driver's license and vehicle registration certificate. For more information, call 496-6851.

Day of Prayer Observed, May 3

The annual National Day of Prayer will be observed Thursday, May 3 in front of Bldg. 1 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a brief message, Bible readings, music and a forum for prayer requests. The observance invites all people of any faith to pray for the good will of the country and its leaders. The program will conclude with participants circling the flag pole in prayer. The event is sponsored by the Noontime Christian Fellowship.

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 leadership development seminar. Guest speakers included Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, NIH acting director; Dr. Yvonne Maddox, NIH acting deputy director; Yvonne du Buy, NIDCR; Dr. Josephine Briggs, NIDDK; and Dr. Philip Chen Jr., OD.

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

The 2001-2002 Management Cadre Program participants are: Dr. Krishna Balakrishnan, OTT; Lisa Coronado, ORS; Claire Driscoll, NHGRI; Marianne Duffy, NINR; Ricardo Gomez, OD; William Jirles, NIEHS; Dr. Dionne Jones, NIDA; Angela Magliozzi, NIAID; Dr. Monique Mansoura, NHGRI; Laina Ransom, NHLBI; Alison Reinheimer, NIAAA; Lisa Strauss, OD; Dr. Paula Strickland, NIAID; Corliss Taylor, OD; and Chris King, CC.

FEW Discusses Allergy, Asthma

Did you know that 17 million Americans are affected by asthma? The prevalence is increasing, especially among children. Asthma death rates are highest among African Americans. Come to the Tuesday, May 8 meeting of the Bethesda chapter, Federally Employed Women (FEW) to hear NIAID expert Dr. Calman Prussin present an overview of asthma and allergic diseases, with insights on what causes asthma attacks and steps you can take to prevent them in yourself and your loved ones. The meeting will be held in Bldg. 1, Wilson Hall from noon to 1 p.m. FEW meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month. For more information visit http://www.FEWbethesda.com.

The New Look of HRDD

In order to provide NIH'ers with ready access to a comprehensive and up-to-date resource of training-related information, the Human Resource Development Division is distributing its HRDD Highlights Newsletter quarterly. The publication contains class schedules for the upcoming quarter (title, dates, location, cost), feature articles on training and staff development topics, and career development program updates and announcements. In addition, complete details of all HRDD programs can be found at your desktop. Simply visit http://LearningSource.od.nih.gov. The site is updated as things change and as new classes are offered.

Wednesday Afternoon Lecture

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Troy Duster on May 9. He will give a talk entitled, "Buried Alive! The Concept of Race in Science." He is Chancellor's professor of sociology and director, American Cultures Center, University of California, Berkeley, and professor of sociology and Institute for the History of the Production of Knowledge.

For more information call Hilda Madine, 594-5595.


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