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Lunch Kicks Off Bond Drive

A pizza luncheon will be held for NIH U.S. Savings Bonds canvassers on Friday, May 5, at noon in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1. The lunch is part of the U.S. Savings Bonds campaign kick-off ceremony.

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences will host this year's bonds campaign. NIGMS Executive Officer Martha Pine will briefly address the lunchtime gathering. For more information about purchasing savings bonds, contact your area savings bonds canvasser. Should you have general questions about the campaign, contact the NIGMS executive office at 594-2755.

Frederick Festival Connects Science, Health

Mark your calendars now for the fourth annual NCI-FCRDC-Fort Detrick Spring Research Festival on May 17-18. The NCI-Frederick Cancer Research and Development Center and the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command at Fort Detrick invite all NIH employees and Frederick County residents to participate. Events of interest to both scientists and the public are planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days.

Poster presentations on current research at NCI-FCRDC and Fort Detrick and demonstrations showing the wide range of biomedical research activities under way are planned. A scientific instrumentation expo will be featured from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be oral presentations by postdoctoral fellows each day from 9 to 11 a.m. in Bldg. 549, and there will also be a public lecture on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Bldg. 549. This lecture/video on emerging infectious diseases will be given by scientists from USAMRIID. A health fair will also take place providing tips, advice and information on cancer, AIDS and other diseases, as well as offering free services such as health screenings, body fat analysis and health risk appraisals.

A career fair will be offered to festival attendees from 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17.

The festival will take place on the Fort Detrick parade grounds inside the main entrance. For more information, contact Dr. Howard Young at, Elynor Sass at or visit the festival web site at

NIH Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Program

This year, the NIH Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Program will celebrate its 28th anniversary. All are invited to join the festivities, which consist of a lunchtime program of Asian food and demonstrations of Asian arts and crafts on Friday, May 12 and an evening program of Asian music and dance on Friday, May 26.

For the May 12 event, 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 calligraphy demonstration and an exhibition of Indian rugs. The Mitra Kusuma Quartet will play Balinese music. Luncheon sales will consist of food from China, India, Japan, Korea, the Philippines and Thailand. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the scholarship fund of the NIH Asian/Pacific Islander American Organization. Details of the evening program on May 26 will be provided in the next issue of the NIH Record.

The program is sponsored by the NIH Asian/Pacific Islander American heritage committee, the NIH Asian/Pacific Islander American Organization, a number of institutes and centers, the NIH Federal Credit Union and the R&W Association. For more information, contact (preferably by email) Victor Fung,, 496-1625.

FARE Competition Set, May 1-31

The seventh annual Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) 2001 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.

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, 2000, and Sept. 30, 2001.

The FARE 2001 competition is open to postdoctoral IRTA's, visiting fellows, and other fellows with less than 5 years total postdoctoral experience in the NIH intramural research program. In addition, pre-IRTA's performing their 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, from May 1-31 via Those who cannot access the electronic application in their laboratory can find additional computers at the Scientific Computing Resource Center in Bldg. 12A, Rm. 1018, the User Resource Center in Bldg. 31, Rm. B2B47, as well as the NIH Library in Bldg. 10. Winners will be announced by September 2000. Information will also be available on the web site above. Questions may be addressed to your institute's fellows committee representative. FARE 2001 is sponsored by the NIH fellows committee, scientific directors, Office of Research on Women's Health, and Office of Education. The FARE 2001 award is funded by the scientific directors and ORWH.

Buses Help Beat Beltway Blues

A new express bus service became available May 1 and will run during the Maryland Beltway Bridge Reconstruction Project. The bridge project will begin in mid-May and last until fall 2001. It will affect some 2.7 miles of the Beltway from Georgia Ave. to Route 29 in each direction. NIH, working with various other federal, state and local agencies, has been instrumental in establishing bus service to assist commuters traveling to the east of NIH. There will be free parking at two Park & Ride lots for 300 vehicles. The buses for this new service will be supplied by Dillon Bus Service. In the morning, there will be 30 minutes between buses, beginning at 6:30 and ending at 8:30. Afternoon buses will start at 4 and the last bus will depart at 6:30. Fares are $1 each way. For up-to-date information about this service, visit the web site and choose the Express Bus icon.

APAO Career Workshop, May 24

All are invited to attend a career seminar/workshop sponsored by the NIH Asian/Pacific Islander American Organization (APAO) on Wednesday, May 24 from noon to 4 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1. The program consists of two topics: Taking Charge/How To Jumpstart Your Career, and How To Prepare Better Federal Application Materials.

The first session features Brian Easley from the NIH Work and Family Life Center and includes a motivational video and techniques to manage your career. The workshop will also address the concept of career development and how to develop a career strategy.

After a short break, the second session will be led by Charly Wells from NIH's Office of Equal Opportunity, who will review the federal application process, including how to prepare the SF-171, OF-612, federal resumé and KSA statements. The workshop will also cover tips on improving your interview skills.

If you plan to attend, notify Lucie Chen, 496-5684, or Joanne Wong, 496-9147.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Richard H. Scheller on May 10. He is an HHMI investigator and professor, department of molecular and cellular physiology, Stanford University Medical Center. His topic is "Molecular Mechanisms of Membrane Trafficking and Exocytosis."

On May 17, Dr. Cornelia I. Bargmann will give an NIH Director's Lecture. She is vice chair, department of anatomy, and an HHMI investigator at the University of California, San Francisco. She will discuss "Mechanisms of Odor Discrimination in C. Elegans."

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

Mammography Screening Offered

The George Washington University Breast Care Center's mobile mammography screening van visits NIH in the coming weeks. All NIH'ers, 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 18; Bldg. 10 (Lot 10H), May 10, 17; EPN/EPS (parking lot behind complex), May 16; Rockledge (visitor parking behind RKL 1), 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. 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.

BLT Presents Spring Musical

The Bethesda Little Theatre will present its spring musical, A Loverly Evening in Camelot, featuring the music of Lerner & Loewe. 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. For more information, call Elaine at (301) 589-0720 or see

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