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Thrift Savings Plan Open Season

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is having another open season from May 15 through July 31. FERS employees who were hired before July 1, 2001, as well as CSRS employees have an opportunity to change their current election or make an initial election.

FERS employees may contribute up to 11 percent of their salary each pay period and will receive matching agency contributions on the first 5 percent (FERS employees hired between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2001 will not be eligible for the matching agency contributions until Jan. 13, 2002). CSRS employees may contribute up to 6 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 (Those FERS employees hired between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2001 will not be eligible for the automatic 1 percent agency contributions until Jan. 13, 2002).

As of May 1, 2001, TSP participants are able to allocate their contributions (including agency contributions) among five funds: Government Securities (G) Fund; Fixed Income (F) Fund (bonds); Common Stock Index (C) Fund; Small Capitalization Stock Index (S) Fund; and International Stock Index (I) Fund. Allocation of contributions is not handled by your personnel office; employees will deal directly with the TSP service office on this.

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, which will also be distributed by your IC personnel office. These materials will also explain how to allocate your contributions among the five funds.

NIH Asian Cultural Program, May 25

Everyone is invited to continue the celebration of the 29th anniversary of the NIH Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Program on Friday, May 25 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The program will include performances of Balinese, Cambodian, Chinese, Indian and Filipino music and dance.

A reception in the Visitor Information Center will follow the program. Everyone is invited to the reception to meet the artists and to sample Asian pastries and snacks.

There is no admission charge for the performance and reception, and no reservations are necessary. As this is intended to be a family affair, children (preferably 5 years and older) are welcome.

The program is sponsored by the NIH Asian/Pacific Islander American heritage committee, the NIH Asian/Pacific Islander American Organization, various NIH components and the R&W Association. For information on reasonable accommodation, contact Michael Chew, 496-6301. Sign language interpretation will be provided. For more program information, contact Victor Fung, 435-3504, email vf6n@nih.gov.

Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program

The National Cancer Institute is accepting applications for the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program, a program for holders of doctorates that begins in July 2002; applications are due by Sept. 1, 2001.

The program offers postdoctoral training opportunities in cancer prevention and control. Research into the ethics of prevention is a new feature this year. Fellows may obtain master of public health training during the first year at an accredited university followed by independent research assignments at NCI's Bethesda, Rockville and Frederick facilities.

Fellows enrolled in the program are also eligible to take NCI's Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention. It is held for 5 weeks beginning in July 2001 at 6001 Executive Blvd. This course is also open to the public.

For more information contact Barbara Redding, 496-8640, email br24v@nih.gov, or visit http://dcp.nci.nih.gov/pob.

Carnival of Fitness Set, May 16

There will be a carnival of fitness activities, food, special guests and more at the patio area in front of Bldg. 1 on Wednesday, May 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The R&W has teamed up with the Office of the Director equal opportunity advisory committee to provide NIH'ers a day filled with sports and fitness in recognition of National Employee Health and Fitness Day.

Headlining the event will be Margaret Richard, star of the popular PBS fitness show Body Electric and host of the Exercise with the National Institute on Aging 50 Plus video. There will also be opportunities to: learn about golf (video analysis of your swing), find safe bike routes to the NIH campus through the Bicycle Commuter Club, get some tips for your tennis game (such as choosing the right racquet), learn the most popular line dances with the R&W Country Line Dancing Club and then close out the day by participating in a variety of yoga, fitness and martial arts demonstrations. Plan to participate in an afternoon of food, music, fitness and, most of all, fun!

Langer To Give Chiles Lecture, May 17

Dr. Ana Langer of the Population Council and of the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico will present the third annual Lawton Chiles International Lecture on Maternal and Child Health in the Americas on Thursday, May 17 at 10:30 a.m. at Lawton Chiles International House (Stone House). The title of her talk is: "Are Social Interventions To Improve the Quality of Maternal Health Care in Latin America Effective? Impact, Limitations and Future Challenges." The lecture is sponsored by NICHD, the Fogarty International Center and the Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies at the University of South Florida. To reserve seating, call (813) 974-8888.

NCI Offers Ethics Fellowship

NCI and its Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program are now offering the NCI Fellowship in the Ethics of Public Health and Prevention. It offers ethicists, philosophers, physicians and scientists an opportunity to study ethical issues in cancer prevention research and their application in public health practice. Fellows may obtain master of public health training at an accredited university during the first year of their fellowship, followed by mentored research at NCI, the Clinical Center, DHHS Office of Research Integrity and at such schools as Johns Hopkins and Georgetown. Application deadline is Sept. 1; appointment starts July 1, 2002. For more information call Barbara Redding, 496-8640.

Chamber Music Concert, May 20

The Rock Creek Chamber Players will perform at 7 p.m. (not the usual 3 p.m.) on Sunday, May 20 in the Clinical Center's 14th floor assembly hall. The free public concert, sponsored by the recreation therapy section, will include Mozart's wind serenade, K. 388; his string quintet in C minor; the theme and variations for flute and string quartet by Amy Beach; and works for solo piano. For more information call (202) 337-8710.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — normally held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — has a special Tuesday lecture on May 22 at 3 p.m. in Masur when Dr. Marcia Angell gives the fourth James A. Shannon Lecture on the topic, "The Ethics of Clinical Trials." Angell is senior lecturer, department of social medicine, Harvard Medical School.

On May 23, Dr. Karin Blakemore will give a talk entitled, "In Utero Bone Marrow Transplantation." She is associate professor, gynecology and obstetrics, director, division of maternal-fetal medicine, and director, Prenatal Diagnostic Center, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Mark M. Davis visits on May 30 to discuss "Visualizing T Cell Recognition." He is an HHMI member and professor of microbiology and immunology, Stanford University School of Medicine.

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

Tae Kwon Do Beginner's Class

The NIH Tae Kwon Do Club is offering a beginner's class for adults and mature teens starting July 9. The class will meet in the Malone Center (Bldg. 31C, B4 level, next to the NIH Fitness Center) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and will continue for about 2 months until participants can be integrated into the regular club training. Dues $40 (3 months), $30 uniform. Interested persons are welcome to watch regular training sessions. For information call Andrew Schwartz, 402-5197 or visit the club web site at http://www.recgov.org/r&w/nihtaekwondo.html.

Catch up with IMPAC II at HRDD

The Human Resource Development Division has several new IMPAC II grants management training courses. They are designed to meet the needs of the grants management community. In an effort to customize and centralize training for SRAs and GTAs, HRDD is now offering the following courses at its Executive Plaza location: Committee Management; Peer Review Module; Grants Management. The following courses will be available on an "as needed" basis: Institute Center Operation ICO; CRISP Plus; Quick View; Tech View; Power View. To customize or arrange on-site courses for your organization, contact HRDD at 496-6211.


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