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Solowey Award Lecture, May 8

Dr. Dennis J. Selkoe will present the 24th annual Mathilde Solowey Award Lecture in the Neurosciences at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 8 in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10, sponsored by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences. His lecture is entitled, "The Molecular Basis of Alzheimer's Disease."

Selkoe is professor of neurology and neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and codirector of the Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is internationally recognized for his investigations of the pathogenesis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

For more information call 496-7975.

Bond Drive Starts May 11

"Invest Today...Enjoy Tomorrow" is the theme of the 1998 NIH U.S. Savings Bonds campaign. This year, the kickoff ceremony will be a low-key affair at 11:45 a.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1, followed by a luncheon for the bonds canvassers. Guest speaker will be U.S. Treasurer Mary Ellen Withrow, honorary director of the U.S. Savings Bonds program.

The National Human Genome Research Institute is hosting this year's campaign. For more information about purchasing bonds, contact your area savings bonds canvasser.

Director's Seminar Set, May 15

The NIH Director's Seminar Series of Friday noontime lectures in Bldg. 1's Wilson Hall continues on May 15 with Dr. James H. Hurley of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, NIDDK, speaking on "Protein Machines That Transduce Signals." Continuing medical education credit is available.

Rep. George Nethercutt Visits NIH

Rep. George Nethercutt (R-Wash.) (r) meets with Dr. Steven Rosenberg of NCI and examines photographs of a patient undergoing a successful new "cancer vaccine" therapy for malignant melanoma. The congressman toured the Clinical Center and the National Library of Medicine on Monday, Apr. 20, and met with NIH director Dr. Harold Varmus and the IC directors. Twenty-seven staffers of the Congressional Black Caucus also visited NIH recently, mostly within the Clinical Center. They were especially interested in how NIH can get health messages on such topics as diabetes and glaucoma to people with little access to health care.

NIH Asian Cultural Programs Set, May 15, 22

This year, the NIH Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Program will celebrate its 26th anniversary. Everyone is invited to join in festivities including a lunchtime program of Asian food and demonstrations of Asian arts and crafts on Friday, May 15, and an evening program of Asian music and dance on Friday, May 22.

The lunchtime event on May 15 will take place between 11:30 a.m and 1:30 p.m. on the patio of Bldg. 31A. There will be demonstrations of bonsai, calligraphy and noodle making, and sales of Asian handicrafts. Following their enormous success in last year's program, the Korean drummers will provide another exhilarating performance. 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 22 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, several NIH components and the NIH Federal Credit Union. For more information contact Victor Fung,, or Molly Eng, 443-7810.

Image Processing Directory on the Web

A new edition of Image Processing at NIH, a directory of intramural researchers and facilities, is now on the Web at "Image processing will facilitate important biomedical breakthroughs of the next century, and this site will help us keep abreast of image processing work at NIH," says Dr. Benes Trus, who produced the Web-based directory and its earlier print editions. Trus is chief of the image processing research section in the newly formed Center for Information Technology.

The online directory makes it easier for scientists to keep up with image processing activities at NIH, locate experts in each of the biomedical imaging modalities, and share information about software and hardware. In addition, biomedical images and text can be quickly updated and changed on the Web site as new technology becomes available. The site includes links to useful information such as Clinical Center imaging departments and CIT's Scientific Computing Resource Center.

Montgomery Symphony Orchestra in Concert, May 31

The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra will present its fifth annual concert to benefit NIH charities on Sunday, May 31 at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Sponsored by the R&W Association, the concert will raise funds for the Children's Inn and Camp Fantastic. The program will include the London Symphony No. 104 by Haydn and Symphony No. 8 by Beethoven. The Montgomery Symphony is a community group now in its 52nd season. Regular concerts are free and open to the public, but for the NIH benefit the suggested donation is $2 for adults, $1 for children. For more information, contact Liane Lunden, (301) 593-3719.

Conference on Translating Research Findings into Practice

The National Institute of Nursing Research and the Clinical Center department of nursing are sponsoring a conference entitled "From Scientific Discovery to Practice -- What Does It Take To Bring About Changes in Health Care?" It will be held Wednesday, May 13, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

The conference will bring together prominent nurse researchers and representatives from health care organizations, hospitals, state governments, and advocacy groups to explore the complexities of moving nursing research findings into the real world. The morning session will highlight the work of five leaders in nursing research who have carried their scientific findings into various practice and policy settings. In the afternoon session, two panels will discuss issues considered by the health care system, hospitals and community health services in assessing the feasibility of adopting and implementing research innovations.

The conference is the second in a series entitled "Expanding the Horizons of Health Care Through Research." Admission is free and open to the public. Preregistration is required. Conference information, including the roster of speakers, is available on the NINR Web site at: or by contacting Marianne Glass Duffy, 496-0207.

NIH Observes 'Take Your Child to Work Day'

NIH will observe "Take Your Child to Work Day" on Thursday, May 28. Employees are welcome to bring their children ages 9 to 15 to work, if approved by individual supervisors. Launched in 1993 as "Take Your Daughters to Work," the event was expanded at NIH to include girls and boys.

Information and registration are available online at Featured activities include tours of the Clinical Center (recreation therapy and radiology departments, surgical suite), Children's Inn, National Library of Medicine, Center for Information Technology; presentations on CPR techniques, oral/dental health, and science education; hands-on lab demonstrations, fingerprinting and child ID cards, fire extinguisher training, orientation to the World Wide Web and various videos and displays.

Web-based registration is encouraged and will be accepted May 21 through 27, 24 hours a day. To register by phone from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., call Ana Kennedy at 402-4157 on May 21, 22 or 27; on May 26, call the NIGMS EEO office at 594-2751. For reasonable accommodation, contact Carlton Coleman, 496-2906 (voice/TTY) by May 11.

Is There 'Life After NIH?' Find Out May 21

Are you thinking about retirement? Do retirees really follow through on their plans to travel, spend more time with their children/grandchildren, paint, start new businesses, go back to school, etc.? The NIH quality of worklife committee invites you to come hear three former NIH'ers talk about their "Life After NIH" in a panel discussion on Thursday, May 21 at 11:45 a.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1. Mattie Jackson, formerly with the Office of Human Resource Management, OD, Moe Hedetniemi, former NICHD executive officer, and Dr. Tom Malone, former NIH deputy director, will share their thoughts, expectations and realities of retirement. Interpreting services are available. For reasonable accommodation, call 496-4197.

Human Resources, Science Partnership Probed

The NIH Office of Human Resource Management and the Office of Equal Opportunity recently sponsored a 2-day professional development conference titled "Partners in Science." Speakers presented insights into how the NIH human resource community can improve its partnership with science managers.

Naomi Churchill, OEO director, and Stephen Benowitz, director of human resources, opened the conference with remarks. Topics included competency-based HR systems, alternative dispute resolution, worklife as a change agent, significant Equal Employment Opportunity Commission decisions and case law, effective consulting and reasonable accommodation as it relates to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, changes in HR technology, steps to taking charge of your career, and strategic thinking for HR practitioners.

NIH director Dr. Harold Varmus discussed the important role human resource staff have played in improving NIH's ability to attract and retain key scientific staff. Dr. Michael Gottesman, NIH deputy director for intramural research, spoke at the awards ceremony honoring some of NIH's most outstanding human resource management staff. He expressed his overall satisfaction with NIH's HR and EEO programs.

Awards for outstanding service were presented to Irma Cruz, NIMH lead personnel assistant; Robin Easter and Deirdre McQueen-Davis, NHGRI personnel assistants; Kevin P. Murphy, CIT personnel officer; Sandra Thomas, NCI EEO specialist; Jane Thurber, CC personnel management specialist; and Fred Walker, director, OHRM Division of Senior Systems. Honorable mention was given to Susan Corey, NCI; Hilda Dixon, OD; Joyce Laplante, OHRM; Julie Manyik, NIEHS; Phyllis Weisbaum, OHRM; and Cheryl Wild, NEI.

Extramural Staff Orientation Offered, June 22

The NIH Office of Extramural Programs will present an orientation course titled "Fundamentals of NIH Extramural Activities" on Monday, June 22. Designed for extramural staff with service of 2 years or less, the course will be held 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Natcher Bldg. in the E1&2 conference room. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The course will include an overview of NIH organization and history, missions and goals of the ICs, the process of extramural grant and contract support, and a discussion of special issues and programs.

Participation will be limited to 100 people. Registration will be conducted via email on a first-come, first-served space available basis. Email requests to All requests must be received by June 8. For more information contact Shelly Palacios, (301) 596-2471.

Memorial Service for Linnoila

A memorial service will be held for Dr. Markku Linnoila on Thursday, May 7 at 3 p.m. in the Cloisters Chapel. An internationally recognized scientist, Linnoila joined the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism as its first clinical director in 1983. He also served as chief, NIAAA Laboratory of Clinical Studies, from 1983 until 1991, when he was appointed scientific director, Division of Intramural Clinical and Biological Research. Linnoila died of cancer on Feb. 25.

Forum on Hormone Replacement Therapy

The staff training in extramural programs committee will present a forum on sex hormones and aging entitled, "Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) -- Forever Young?" on Tuesday, May 12 in the Natcher Bldg. main auditorium from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Speakers include: Dr. Sonja McKinlay, New England Research Institutes; Dr. Catherine Schairer, National Cancer Institute; Dr. John McKinlay, New England Research Institutes; Dr. Mark Hirsch, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA; and Dr. Patricia Murphy, Cornell University Medical College. There will be a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Jay Siwek of Georgetown University (and columnist for the Washington Post) and Dr. Estelle Ramey, author of Raging Hormones.

Forum sessions are free and open to all on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance registration is necessary. For more information, contact the STEP office, 435-2769 or its Web site at

Morella To Speak at NIH

The Bethesda/Medical chapter of the National Contract Management Association is hosting a seminar entitled "Health Care in the Millenium," on Monday, May 18 from noon to 1 p.m. in EPN, Conf. Rms. C, D, E and F. Speaking will be Rep. Connie Morella (R-Md.). All are welcome; no registration needed. For more information call Sharon Miller, 435-3783.

Champs Again

The NIEHS men's basketball team won 9 games in a row to cinch its fourth Research Triangle Park league championship in 5 years. Shown are (front, from l) John Couse, Gordon Caviness, Cleo Sims, Claude Springs and Fred Tyson. At rear are (from l) Anthony Enoch, Jeff Davis and A.G. Carrington. Not pictured are Rich Sharp and Coach Al Caviness. The NIEHS squad beat the Radian team 72-57 in the championship game.

Guest Singers Needed

Guest singers, especially tenors and basses, are needed for a special joint concert of the NIH Chamber Singers and the NIH Community Orchestra. Pieces will be performed from Carmina Burana and other works on Friday, June 26 at noon and Saturday, June 27, both in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. For information contact Esteban Ballestar, 402-3449, email: Full rehearsal schedule can be viewed at http://

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series -- held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 -- features Dr. Allan I. Basbaum on May 13, speaking on "The Neurochemistry of Altered Pain States." He is professor and chair, department of anatomy, and member, W.M. Keck Foundation Center for Integrative Neuroscience, University of California, San Francisco.

On May 20, Dr. Patricia S. Goldman-Rakic, professor of neuroscience, neurology and psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, will discuss "Cellular Basis of Mental Phenomena."

TIME CHANGE NOTE: The 11th annual Paul Ehrlich Lecture featuring Dr. Michael Zasloff on Thursday, May 7 will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

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

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