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Community Orchestra Concert, June 1

The NIH Community Orchestra will perform on Saturday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Figge Theater on the campus of Georgetown Preparatory School, 10900 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Selections will include: Bach — Brandenburg #4; Daum — Psalm 9:11; Verdi — Hymn and Triumphal March from Aida; Haydn — Symphony #100; Sibelius — Finlandia. For more information email Gary Daum at

Rothstein To Give Solowey Lecture

Dr. Jeffrey D. Rothstein will present the 2002 Mathilde Solowey Lecture Award in the Neurosciences on Thursday, May 16 at noon in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. He is a professor of neurology and neuroscience in the department of neurology at Johns Hopkins University. The topic of his presentation will be "Stumbles and Twitches: How Disorders of Glutamate Transporters Contribute to Neurological Disease."

The lecture is sponsored by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences. A reception will follow the talk. For more information, call FAES at 496-7975.

CIT's Adopted School Holds Science Fair

The Center for Information Technology's adopted school, Woodrow Wilson High School, held its annual science fair recently; two Division of Computational Bioscience staff scientists, Charles Schwieters and Alex Wang, helped judge the entries, along with volunteers from other federal agencies, including the Department of Energy. After spending hours reviewing more than 95 submissions, the judges handed out 24 prizes, including honorable mentions, during the awards ceremony. The first-place winners are also entitled to enter their winning projects in this year's District of Columbia citywide science fair, where they will compete with other local high school science fair winners. Also attending the awards ceremony was Gloria Richardson (l), CIT's diversity and employee concerns officer; she is the main contact between CIT and Woodrow Wilson High. CIT adopted the school in 1992 to encourage and support area students interested in mathematics, science and technology. With Richardson are a few of this year's winners.

GM Scientific Conference, June 4-5

Some of the world's foremost researchers will present their latest findings on "New Directions in Cancer Treatment" at this year's General Motors Cancer Research Foundation annual scientific conference, June 4-5, in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. In addition, the NIH Director's Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series on June 5 will host presentations by each of the winners of the 2002 General Motors Cancer Research Foundation Awards. NIH investigators and staff are invited to attend the conference, which starts at 8:15 a.m., June 4, in Masur. There is no registration. Program details are available at For more information, contact GMCRF at (919) 668-8018 or email

Human-Machine Interface Explored

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) will hold a Science for All module titled, "Cyberscience: Biomedical Applications of Human-Machine Interfaces," on Wednesday, May 30, from 9 a.m. to noon in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

Cutting edge technology and recent advances in biomedical research are providing a glimpse into the future, with the melding of biology and engineering. These advances sweep across multiple scientific disciplines and applied technologies: neural prostheses, augmented sensory systems and robot-assisted surgery are a few examples from a broad spectrum of research activities.

The module will explore how some of these new technological advances are being used both to augment the performance of the human body and to restore lost function. Attendees can expect to be both entertained and intellectually invigorated by specific examples of what biomedical science has already delivered, and more amazingly, what it promises to deliver in the future, in the evolving story of the merging of man and machine, say organizers. Attendees earn ESA credit.

BIG Hosts Spring Fashion Show, May 16

The Young Adult Resource Development (YARD) committee will present its first annual spring fashion show extravaganza, "Dressing for Success in the Workplace," on Thursday, May 16 in the Natcher Conference Center, Balcony B from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The YARD committee of the NIH chapter of Blacks in Government addresses the needs of and develops opportunities for African-American young adults employed at NIH. The committee's mission is to promote personal development, professionalism and excellence in government by sponsoring activities that enhance communication and leadership skills and strengthen relationships between generations. For more information or reasonable accommodation, contact Felecia Taylor, 594-2463 or

Thrift Savings Plan Open Season

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is having another open season from May 15 through July 31, 2002. FERS employees who were hired before July 1, 2002, as well as CSRS employees have an opportunity to change their election or make an initial election.

Eligible FERS employees may elect to contribute up to 12 percent of their salary this open season and will receive matching agency contributions on the first 5 percent (once they become eligible for the agency contributions, i.e., the second open season after being hired). CSRS employees may contribute up to 7 percent of salary this open season, but do not receive agency contributions. FERS employees who do not contribute receive an automatic 1 percent agency contribution each pay period (once they become eligible to receive agency contributions).

The features of the TSP and directions on how to make an 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.

Both the leaflet and the booklet explain how you can allocate your contributions and any agency contributions among the five TSP funds.

NIH Library Offers Training

Learn something new this season at any of the free, hands-on classes applicable to researchers, summer hires, and nurses, among others. A listing of the summer 2002 seminars is now posted on the NIH Library training page at Of special note is the new class, Alternatives in Animal Research.

Cancer Prevention Fellowships Available

The Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP) provides a foundation for clinicians and scientists to train in the field of cancer prevention and control. As part of the program, master of public health training is offered at accredited universities during the first year, followed by up to 4 years of mentored research with investigators at NCI.

In addition to opportunities for cutting-edge basic science laboratory studies, epidemiologic research and behavioral research that have been hallmarks of the program since its inception in 1986, new tracks are offered in clinical cancer prevention and in the ethics of public health and prevention. Other educational opportunities are provided throughout the fellowship period to complement the fellows' training, including the NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention, molecular prevention laboratory training, leadership and professional development training, the weekly NCI Cancer Prevention and Control Colloquia Series and weekly fellows' research meeting, as well as a variety of training opportunities outside NCI. The application deadline is Sept. 1, 2002. For more information visit or contact Barbara Redding, 496-8640.

Box Seats to Orioles Games

The R&W has season tickets to see the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. Tickets are still available for a variety of home games. R&W has first-base line tickets that include a pair of field box seats for $68 in section 14, row BBB and four terrace box seats in section 12 row NN for $108. For more information on available game dates or to purchase tickets, call the activities desk, 496-4600 or stop by Bldg. 31, Rm. B1W30. Don't forget about the R&W bullpen party on July 13 when the O's take on the Oakland Athletics.

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