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Lunch Kicks Off Bond Drive

A pizza luncheon will be held for NIH U.S. Savings Bonds canvassers on Wednesday, May 12, in front of Bldg. 1. The lunch is part of the U.S. Savings Bonds campaign kick-off ceremony, which is scheduled to take place in front of Bldg. 1 at 12:30 p.m.

Invited guest speaker is U.S. Treasurer Mary Ellen Withrow, honorary director of the U.S. Savings Bonds program.

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases will host this year's bonds campaign. For more information about purchasing savings bonds, contact your area savings bonds canvasser.

In the event of rain, the luncheon will take place in Bldg. 10/B1C218 of the Visitor Information Center.

FAES Announces 1999-2000 Chamber Series

The FAES Chamber Music Series announces its 1999-2000 program. The location for all concerts is Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Concerts start at 4 p.m. on Sundays (except on Saturday, Apr. 15, 2000, at 8 p.m.). Tax deductible donations are sponsoring the music series.

Tickets will be mailed early in September; subscription to the series is $165.
Oct. 10 Jonathan Biss, piano
Nov. 21 Michel Dalberto, piano
Dec. 5 Takacs Quartet
Jan. 16, 2000 Artemis Quartet
Feb. 6 Trio Golub-Kaplan-Carr with Toby Hoffman, viola
Feb. 20 Jaime Laredo, violin
Mar. 26 Pamela and Claude Frank, violin and piano
Apr. 9 Richard Goode, piano
Apr. 15 Il Giardino Armonico

For more information contact FAES by email at

Thrift Savings Plan Open Season

The Thrift Savings Plan is having another open season from May 15 through July 31. FERS employees who were hired before Jan. 1, 1999, as well as CSRS employees have an opportunity to change their current election, or make an initial election.

Eligible FERS and CSRS employees may elect to contribute to the G fund (government securities), C fund (stocks), and/or F fund (bonds). FERS employees may contribute up to 10 percent of their salary each pay period and will receive matching agency contributions on the first 5 percent. CSRS employees may contribute up to 5 percent of salary, but do not receive any matching contributions. FERS employees who do not contribute receive an automatic 1 percent agency contribution each pay period. They may choose to distribute this among the three funds.

The features of the plan and directions on how to make a plan election or to change your current withholding are described in the Thrift Savings Plan Open Season leaflet, which will be distributed to eligible employees by their IC personnel office. More detailed information is provided in the Summary of the Thrift Savings Plan for Federal Employees booklet and is available in your IC personnel office.

Author Bebe Moore Campbell To Visit, May 24

Bebe Moore Campbell, author of several books about contemporary urban life including Brothers and Sisters and Singing in the Comeback Choir, will visit NIH on Monday, May 24 in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1.

Bebe Moore Campbell

Her visit completes the NIH Workforce Diversity Initiative's four-part Book Bridge Forum series and will include a book signing from 9:30 to 10 a.m., followed by a reading from Brothers and Sisters at 10. The reading and discussion session will focus on the concept of managing diversity, and its relevance and impact on the NIH community. Employees who participated in previous forums will be recognized during the event, and the first diversity awards will be presented to NIH individuals and groups for their accomplishments in managing diversity.

All are welcome. For reasonable accommodation needs, call the Office of Equal Opportunity, 496-2906 or 496-9755 (tty).

Life Insurance Open Enrollment Period Ends June 30

There is a Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) open enrollment period now through June 30. All eligible civilian employees may elect or increase their FEGLI coverage during this time. The effective date of any elections made during this open enrollment period will not be until Apr. 23, 2000. Employees will receive information from their IC personnel office regarding this period. Contact your personnel office if you have any questions.

New Management Cadre Class Welcomed

NIH recently welcomed 14 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; Stephen Benowitz, director, OHRM; Naomi Churchill, assistant director for management, NIDDK; Martha Pine, chief executive officer, NIGMS; and Dr. Louise Ramm, director, OEA, NCRR.

This 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 1999 Management Cadre participants are Vivian Auld, NLM; Robert Bock, NICHD; Gladys Melendez-Bohler, NINDS; Dr. Diane Case, ORS; Serena Coleman, OD; Dr. Rebecca DerSimonian, NICHD; James Hadley, NIAID; Christine Hollingsworth, NIAID; Joseph Januszewski, CIT; Myrna Lopez, ORS; Patrick Miller, NCI; Yvette Porter, OD; Barbara Wingrove, NICHD; and Judith Wortman, NIAMS.

Tickets Available for 'Best of Times'

There are still two more weekends to see The Best of Times: with Jerry Herman, the Bethesda Little Theatre's spring musical production, featuring songs from Jerry Herman's Broadway hits Mack & Mabel, Mame, Hello Dolly, and La Cage Aux Folles.

The show opened Apr. 30 and is being presented weekends through May 15. Friday and Saturday evening performances start at 8. There is also one more Sunday matinee on May 9 at 3 p.m. All performances will be held in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

Ticket prices are $10, $8 for seniors and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at NIH R&W stores or at the door. Group discounts are available. For ticket information, call Elaine at (301) 589-0720. Clinical Center patients and their families are invited to all performances free of charge. The Bethesda Little Theatre is an R&W organization whose proceeds benefit NIH charities.

FAES Grad School Directorship Open

The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences announces an opening for a part-time position as director of the Graduate School at NIH. As the school enters its 40th year, it offers almost 200 courses, has an enrollment of more than 2,500 students, and has the use of a modern molecular biology teaching laboratory in the Cloister. The current director, Dr. Paul Torrence, is leaving NIH to join Northern Arizona University as professor of chemistry and chair of the chemistry department.

The director must be a scientist who is familiar with the NIH community and its science education needs; however, applicants need not be employed by NIH. The director will be responsible for organizing a new curriculum for the graduate school. Interested scientists should call Lois Kochanski, 496-7975, for more information.

Strayer University Rep Speaks

Strayer University welcomes purchasing agents and the NIH community to a presentation on May 24 in Natcher Conference Center, Rms. A & C 1-2 from 10 a.m. to noon. Guest speaker will be Milton Lawler, campus coordinator, who will discuss making learning through prior work and life experiences pay off for you with a bachelor's or master's degree. For more information call Tina Tyler, 402-0773, or email

R&W Has Variety of Trips

Visit the R&W today to find out about discount vacations to such places as the Canadian Rockies, Hawaii, Grand Canyon, and Tournament of Roses Parade. Packages include air transportation and accommodations. Make your reservations now!

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Lynn M. Matrisian on May 12. She will discuss "Complex Roles for the Matrix Metalloproteinase Matrilysin in Tumor Progression." She is professor and interim chair, department of cell biology, associate director of education, Vanderbilt Cancer Center, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

On May 19, Dr. Jan-Åke Gustafsson, professor and chairman, department of medical nutrition, and director, Center for Biotechnology, Karolinska Institute, Huddinge University Hospital, will speak on "New Dimensions in Nuclear Receptor Signalling."

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

Coming Next Issue...

TThe May 18, 1999, issue of the NIH Record marks the 50th anniversary of this publication. Founding editor Alexander Adler is still an active writer, and will contribute a memorial editorial next issue.

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