Front Page

Previous Story

Next Story

NIH Record

News Briefs

Russian Delegation Visits NIH

A Russian delegation sponsored by the U.S. Information Agency visited NIH recently to take part in a 1-day program organized by FIC as part of a USIA study tour "Nutrition and Public Health: A Freedom Support Project for Russia." The visitors met with representatives of NIDR and NIDDK, and were briefed on the role of the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements and on opportunities for international collaboration. Russian participants included (from l) Dr. Sergei Khotimchenko, director, Laboratory of Food Toxicology, Institute of Nutrition, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences; Valentina Prisyazhnyuk, deputy, Moscow City Duma (Council); Dr. Loudmila Goultchenko, deputy director, department of sanitary and epidemiological surveillance, Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation; Dr. Lydia Tereshkova, director, Division of Nutritional Hygiene, Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation; and Dr. Eleonora Sakharova, deputy director, Central Research Institute of Stomatology.

Congressman Xavier Becerra Visits

Congressman Xavier Becerra of California raises his hand to ask a question during a visit to NIH. He and Delegate Robert Underwood of Guam along with eleven staff of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus came to the campus on Apr. 27 for an orientation tour arranged by the Office of Legislative Policy and Analysis. They discussed NIH minority programs and recruitment with Director Harold E. Varmus, Deputy Director Ruth Kirschstein and staff. They also visited the Clinical Center and received briefings on a number of topics including colon cancer diagnostics, human papilloma virus research, diabetes clinical studies, cholesterol and high blood pressure education programs, and genomic mapping.

APAO Sponsors Two Events

The NIH Asian Pacific Islander American Organization is sponsoring a Resumé/171 brown-bag lunch seminar on Thursday, May 28 at 11:30 a.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1. APAO will also sponsor a bone marrow registration drive Friday, May 29 in Wilson Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Children's Inn Needs Volunteers

Overnight and weekend volunteers are needed to staff the Children's Inn, especially on holiday weekends.

Weekend resident volunteers typically serve three or four times a year, managing the inn from 6 p.m. Fridays through 2:30 p.m. Sundays. On 3-day holiday weekends and other special occasions, two volunteer teams may divide the responsibilities. One full-time staff member is onsite at all times. One-night shifts on Thursdays are also available.

The two-person overnight teams are most frequently married couples, two friends or mother/daughter pairs. The teams receive inn operations and procedures training and reside at the inn during their weekend experience as onsite hosts, facilitators and managers. The training is easy. The weekend is the best time to find out how special the children and their families are. To help, call Laura King, director of volunteers, 496-5672.

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

The NIH quality of worklife committee invites you to come hear three former NIH'ers talk about "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 will be available. For reasonable accommodation, call 496-4197.

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, 1998, 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.

History Now

NIEHS director Dr. Kenneth Olden (l) and Dr. Paul Kotin, the first director of what started as the Division of Environmental Health Sciences in 1966, pause before Kotin's portrait in the Bldg. 101 lobby of NIEHS headquarters. Kotin was scientific director for etiology at NCI at the Bethesda campus in 1966 when he became the first director of the fledgling division, which attained institute status in 1969. He joined the private sector in 1971, and visited the institute recently to discuss beryllium-related health issues as a representative of the beryllium industry.

Bike To Work, May 22

Celebrate National Bicycle Month and National Heart Month by bicycling to work on Friday, May 22 and joining the NIH R&W Bicycle Commuter Club for orange juice and bagels between 8 and 9 a.m. in front of Bldg. 1, rain or shine. If you can't cycle in that day or are merely considering bicycle commuting, the club can supply information on parking, showers, routes, etc.

R&W Has Discount Tickets

R&W has discount tickets available for Showboat at the Kennedy Center Opera House, Saturday, June 13 at 8 p.m. Orchestra seats, rows Y and Z in front of the overhang, are $71. This is a savings of $2 per seat, in addition to no service charge.

Tickets are also available to Henry VIII at Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater on Sunday, June 14 at 1:30 p.m. Orchestra seats, rows K and L, are $57, which is a savings of $3 per seat with no service charge.

For baseball fans, there will be an Orioles Bullpen Party on Saturday, July 25 when the O's take on the Seattle Mariners at 1:15 p.m. Tickets include upper reserve seat (left field), getting into the game early (at 11:15 a.m.) for a picnic in the bullpen area that includes hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans, cole slaw, popcorn, beer and soda. Price is $27, which includes tips and taxes. Transportation to the game may also be available; call R&W at 496-4600.

Bldg. 50 Construction

The floor of the Bldg. 50 construction site has transformed from a muddy cauldron to an even grade from which the foundation of the building will soon rise. Work on bid package 2 has begun with contractor Bell Co. preparing to work on the concrete frame and basement slab.

Frederick Festival Offers Free Lectures

Two scientific leaders will deliver lectures on May 28 at 7 p.m. as part of the Ft. Detrick-National Cancer Institute Frederick Cancer Research and Development Center Spring Research Festival. The presentations will be held at Strough Auditorium and all are welcome.

Dr. Edward A. Sausville, associate director of NCI's Developmental Therapeutics Program, will explain NCI's role in "Drug Discovery and Design Research." Col. Gerald W. Parker, Jr., commander, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, will discuss, "Can It Happen Here? Bioterrorism in the U.S."

To learn more about these government research areas, join the Spring Research Festival, May 28-29, at the Ft. Detrick parade grounds. The festival will also include scientific poster sessions, a career and health fair, and commercial exhibits from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. For details, visit the festival's Web site at

Photo Competition Set, May 19

The annual NIH-Wide Photographic Competition is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 6. The competition is open to all NIH'ers and government employees, their family members and NIH Camera Club members. Any subject matter is acceptable. Black & white, color prints and 35 mm chrome slides will compete for cash prizes. Prints (mounted) must be at least 5x7 and no larger than 16x20.

Three professional photographers will judge the competition. Cash prizes will be given to the winners of each category. Honorable mentions will receive an award ribbon. Entries will be collected outside Conf. Rm. 6 between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

'Take Your Child to Work Day,' May 28

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. For a list of featured activities or to register your child, visit the Web site at For more information, contact Karen Basnight, 594-2751 or O.H. Laster, 496-6302. For reasonable accommodation, contact Carlton Coleman, 496-2906 (voice/TTY).

Appeal for AB Blood Donors

The Clinical Center Blood Bank (department of transfusion medicine) urgently needs AB type whole blood donors to participate in research protocols. The donation process takes only 15-20 minutes and compensation is available for qualified donors. Call 496-1048 for more information.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series -- held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 -- features Dr. Donald E. Ingber on May 27, speaking on "Integrins, Mechanical Forces, and Control of Gene Expression." He is associate professor of pathology, Harvard Medical School, and research associate in surgery and pathology, Children's Hospital, Boston.

The special Monday lecture on June 1 by Dr. Leon E. Rosenberg, who was to give the second annual James A. Shannon Lecture, has been postponed to Oct. 26.

On June 3, Dr. Carl F. Nathan, professor of medicine, Cornell University Medical College, will discuss "Nitric Oxide and NO Resistance Genes: Lessons from Tuberculosis."

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

Up to Top