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NIA Sculptor's Work Exhibited

NIA artist and sculptor Nancy Rosztoczy (profiled in the Jan. 14, 1997 issue of the NIH Record in an article entitled "NIA's Rosztoczy Creates Cast of Characters After Hours") has placed an exhibit of her sculptures at the Bethesda Regional Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. It will be there through May 31, 1997. The exhibit includes nine characters from Dickens' A Christmas Carol Collection, five characters from the Nutcracker series, five portrait sculptures (head studies, from young to old), and a commissioned gold medallion featuring a portrait of Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White. The Bethesda Regional Library hours are: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

Video Workshop Series at Executive Blvd.

In May, the NIH Employee Assistance Program (EAP) will continue its Executive Blvd. video workshop series with "Creativity and Innovation."

The workshops employ a two-part approach. At each session, a segment of an expert speaker's videotape is shown first. Counselors from EAP then lead a group discussion about the topic. The topics address typical workplace issues faced by NIH'ers.

The lunchtime, drop-in format is planned to make attendance simple. The series is free, open to all employees, and no registration is required. The workshops are all held in EPN, Conf. Rm. C/D. For more information call 6-3164.

The sessions on creativity will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: May 7, 14 and 21.

Watch for announcements of future EAP video series on the Division of Safety home page at

LeDoux To Give 23rd Solowey Lecture, May 8

The 23rd annual Mathilde Solowey Award Lecture in the Neurosciences will be presented on Thursday, May 8 at 11 a.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10.

Sponsored by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, the lecture will be given by Dr. Joseph E. LeDoux of the Center for Neural Science at New York University. He is a world renowned neuroscientist and author of the recent bestseller The Emotional Brain, which is also the title of his talk. Dr. Phil Skolnick, chief of the Laboratory of Neuroscience, will introduce LeDoux. For more information, call 6-7975.

Blue Cross/Blue Shield Day, May 14

Blue Cross/Blue Shield of the National Capital Area will be on the NIH campus Wednesday, May 14 to assist enrollees who have claims or enrollment problems. A representative will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 8, armed with a laptop computer to access directly the enrollee's records at company headquarters.

No appointment is necessary. Assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield comes to the NIH campus one day each month, usually on the second Wednesday of the month.

Preschool Holds Yard Sale, May 14

The NIH Preschool's first annual yard sale will be held on the Bldg. 35 patio on Wednesday, May 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Items for sale include children's clothes, toys, books, baby items such as car seats, walkers, high chairs, and assorted household items. Proceeds will benefit the preschool.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series -- held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 -- features Dr. David M. Livingston, chairman, department of medicine, Harvard Medical School, on May 14. His talk will be on "Functional Analysis of the BRCA1 Gene Product."

On May 21, Dr. Mina J. Bissell, director, life sciences division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will present "The Central Role of ECM and Integrins in the Regulation of Tissue Specific Genes, Apoptosis, and Cancer in the Mammary Gland."

For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Hilda Madine, 4-5595.

M.D. IPA Service Day, May 15

M.D. IPA Health Plan will be on the NIH campus Thursday, May 15 to assist enrollees who have questions or enrollment/claims problems. A representative will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 6.

No appointment is necessary. Assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Seminar on Child Care, Development, May 15

The NIH day care oversight board is sponsoring a brown-bag lunchtime seminar on "The Relation Between Family, Child Care and Child Development -- Implications for Families and for Policy," on May 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Bldg. 1, Wilson Hall. Dr. Sarah Friedman, scientific coordinator for NICHD's Study of Early Child Care, will present recent findings from this comprehensive longitudinal study. All NIH employees, and parents of children in NIH day care centers, are invited to attend. Preregistration is not required and the seminar is free. For more information contact Gladys Bohler, 6-9231.

Thrift Savings Plan Open Season Scheduled
May 15 Through July 31

The Thrift Savings Plan is having another open season from May 15 through July 31. FERS employees who were hired before Jan. 1, 1997, 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 ICD personnel office. More detailed information is provided in the Summary of the Thrift Savings Plan for Federal Employees booklet and is available in your ICD personnel office.

NIH Asian Cultural Programs, May 16 and 30

This year marks an important milestone in the NIH Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Program -- its 25th anniversary. Everyone is invited to join in the celebration, which consists of a lunchtime program of food and demonstrations of Asian arts and crafts on May 16, and an evening program of Asian music and dance, martial arts demonstration and Chinese stories on May 30.

May 16: 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 demonstrations of bonsai, calligraphy and noodle making, and sales of Korean crafts. A team from Tai Yim Kung Fu School will perform the Lion Dance, which is thought to bring good luck and scare away evil spirits. 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 30 will appear 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, the Clinical Center, Office of the NIH Director, NCI, NHLBI, NINDS and NIH Federal Credit Union.

Chamber Music Concert, May 18

The Rock Creek Chamber Players will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 18 in the 14th floor assembly hall at the Clinical Center. This free public concert, sponsored by the recreation therapy section, will include a duet for violins by Viotti; DeBussy's Syrinx, for solo flute; Prokofiev's Overture on Jewish Themes, for clarinet, string quartet and piano; and Brahms' trio for violin, horn and piano. For more information call (202) 337-8710.

Camera Club Competition, May 20

The NIH Camera Club will hold an NIH-wide open competition on Tuesday, May 20 at 7 p.m. in Bldg. 30, Rm. 117. Formats include black-and-white and color prints, and color slides. Entries will be accepted in the room from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. that day. There's a limit of four entries per category for each entrant, and a small fee will be collected. Cash awards will be distributed.

NIH Garden Club Meeting, May 21

The NIH Garden Club will meet on Wednesday, May 21 from noon to 1 p.m. in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 7. For the first "plant swap," bring in a plant to trade for a plant someone else brings in; label with name and requirements if possible. Other agenda items will include: NIH Garden Club T-shirt sale, garden tours (Interested in ornamental grasses? A group from NIDR is organizing a trip to a special ornamental grass nursery.) and more. Coming soon -- the NIH Garden Club Web page on the R&W home page.

Burmese Cultural Show, May 31

The Burmese Association of the Capital Area (BACA) will celebrate Burmese New Year Cultural Show and the 20th anniversary of the Association in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, on Saturday, May 31 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Tickets ($30, $15) can be purchased from Mya Hlaing, BACA president, who can be reached at 6-4611.

Reminder: Festival Entry Deadline Is June 13

The 1997 annual NIH Research Festival will run from Oct. 6 to 10. Researchers from all ICDs are invited to submit an application to present posters at the festival; however, space is limited to approximately 320 presentations. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, June 13. Visit the festival home page,, for more details. Applicants lacking access to the Web site may submit entries via fax or email; look for festival flyers with the application form, delivered desk to desk throughout NIH, or contact Greg Roa, 6-1776, email, for more information.

Virology Group Holds Symposium, May 29

The NIH Virology Interest Group will hold a fellows minisymposium on Thursday, May 29, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. in Natcher Bldg., Rm. D. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Philip Murphy, senior investigator, Laboratory of Host Defenses, NIAID. Discussing exploitation of chemokine receptors by viruses will be six speakers, including Ghalib Alkhatib, NIAID; G. Jilani Chaudry, NIMH; Aboubaker El-Kharroubi, NIAID; Anna Ramsey-Ewing, NIAID; Rachel Fearns, NIAID; and Richard Roden, NCI. This event is free and open to the public; for more information call Mark Pavlick, 6-0310, email:

Deadline Soon for ACR Meeting

The American College of Rheumatology 1997 national meeting abstract deadline is June 4. The meeting will be in Washington, D.C., this year, from Nov. 8-12. For more information, contact the ACR Education Department, 60 Executive Park South, Suite 150, Atlanta, GA 30329, phone (404) 633-3777, fax (404) 633-1870, or email

Orientation to Extramural NIH, June 23

The Office of Extramural Programs will present a course titled "Orientation to NIH Extramural Activities" on Monday, June 23. The course is designed for extramural staff with service of 2 years or less and will be held in the Natcher Bldg.'s E1&2 conference room. Preregistered participants may sign in after 8 a.m. The course will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The course will include an overview of NIH organization and history; missions and goals of the ICDs; the process of extramural grant and contract support; and a discussion of special issues and programs.

Participation will be limited to 100 people. Microsoft mail users can email their requests to the ESATRAIN MAILBOX on the NIH global address list or obtain a registration form from Ms. Palacios at (301) 770-4171; leave a message including your name, ICD, title and phone number. All requests must be received by June 6 via email. Applicants will be informed of the decision concerning their registration within 2 weeks of their submission. For more information contact Palacios or email the ESATRAIN MAILBOX.

AALAS Seminar Set, Sept. 10-11

The 24th annual National Capital Area Branch AALAS Seminar will be held at Turf Valley Hotel & Country Club in Ellicott City, Md., on Sept. 10-11. This year's seminar is entitled, "Future Vision: Laboratory Animal Science -- The Next Generation." A variety of sessions will be offered, including posters, workshops, and an entertaining look at women's contributions to science, engineering, invention and math. Abstract submission deadline is Aug. 1 with Dr. John Bartholomew, 6-9733, Room reservations are available at 1-800-666-TURF before Aug. 15. For more information contact seminar chair Dr. James Raber, 2-3909, fax 2-0035.

MAPB Covers the News

If your organization needs a TV program recorded, the Medical Arts and Photography Branch (MAPB) video section can tape shows available on Montgomery Cable TV any day or time of the week. You need only inform the section about the broadcast, give them your X number and arrange to pick up the tape. It's that easy.

MAPB also monitors NBC, ABC, and CBS morning, evening, and nightly news, CNN from 7-9 a.m. and 8-11 p.m., Fox news from 6-9 a.m. and 10-11 p.m., and the News Hour with Jim Lehrer from 9- 10 p.m. The news programs are recorded on VHS tapes and are kept for 1 week. However, MAPB can retrieve programs previously recorded within the last 30 days of a broadcast. MAPB does not tape news programs on Saturdays and Sundays but can fill special ICD requests for programs that air over a weekend.

Prices start as low as $54 and are based on program search time. MAPB can record radio broadcasts that air on NPR, WTOP, WMAL, WRC, WZHT (an all health network), and WJFK radio. For more information contact the video section, 6-4700.

Calling All Image Processors

DCRT is updating its directory of NIH Image Processing Facilities and Researchers, which lists the facilities and personnel involved in all aspects of image processing. To be included in the directory, contact Michael Walsh, 6-6204 (email: or Dr. Benes Trus, 6-1111 (email:

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