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Kaiser Plan Service Day, May 22

Kaiser Permanente Health Plan will be on the NIH campus Thursday, May 22, to assist plan enrollees who have claims or enrollment problems or questions. A plan representative will be available from 9 a.m. to noon in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 8. No appointment is necessary. Assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Web Info Day, May 28

Whether novice or nethead, you'll find plenty to interest you at Web Information Day, an all-day program of talks and demos focusing on effective use of the World Wide Web. The event, sponsored by the Division of Computer Research and Technology, is open to all NIH staff.

Web Day begins at 9 a.m. on May 28 in Natcher Auditorium with a keynote address on science and the Internet by Dr. Vinton Cerf, codeveloper of TCP/IP, the computer networking language of Internet communications. Now senior vice president of Internet architecture at MCI Communications Corp., he is on the advisory committee of the Next Generation Internet, which is coordinating the design of a high-speed network to handle the exponential growth of Internet traffic. Web Day seminars and demos will cover page design, intra-nets, Web servers, remote access to the Internet, tools for information providers, biomedical research sites, and more. For more information and schedule, see or call 4-DCRT.

APAO Luncheon Focuses on Appearance, May 30

The NIH Asian/Pacific Islander American Organization will sponsor a brown bag luncheon in Bldg. 1's Wilson Hall at 11:30 a.m. on May 30. A seminar on "How to Make Successful Public Appearances," will be given by Lillian Brown, media consultant to members of the U.S. Senate and Congress, CEO's, and government officials; radio host and producer of "The Georgetown Forum"; makeup artist for Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter and Clinton and author of Your Public Best: The Complete Guide to Making Successful Public Appearances on the Job, at Interviews, on the Platform and on TV, and The Polished Politician: The Political Candidate's Personal Handbook for Looking and Sounding Good, Making Successful Public Appearances, Facing the Media and Getting the Message Across to Voters.

For more information, call Laura Sheehan, 6-0493. For reasonable accommodation, call Carlton Coleman, 6-2906 (voice/tty).

NIH Asian Cultural Program, May 30

Everyone is invited to continue the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the NIH Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Program in Masur Auditorium, Clinical Center, between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Friday, May 30. The Chinese Lion Dance performed by the Tai Yim Kung Fu School will open the program. This will be followed by a demonstration of martial arts by the NIH Aikido Club and the NIH Taekwondo Club. Then, Linda Fang, noted Chinese storyteller, will narrate a couple of spellbinding tales from ancient China. The rest of the program will include Indian dances performed by the Devi Dance Theatre, Philippino dances by the Likas Pamana Foundation for the Arts, and Polynesian traditional music and dance by the Harmony Islanders.

A reception in the NIH Visitor Information Center will immediately follow the program. All are invited to the reception to meet the artists and to feast on Asian pastries and snacks.

Sign language interpretation will be provided. For more information and reasonable accommodation, call 6-2906 or 2-8014 (v/tty).

Burmese Cultural Show, May 31

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

Mammography Screening Dates Added

Because of the tremendous response to the mobile mammography screening, two dates have been added to the schedule: Tuesday, June 10, Rockledge Bldg. and Wednesday, June 11, Natcher Bldg.

Screening is provided by the George Washington University Breast Care Center. The van is sponsored by a 3-year grant from the Cancer Research Foundation of America and is certified by the FDA. Screenings are conducted by female technologists and a board-certified radiologist specializing in mammography will interpret the films. The results will be reported to you and your doctor. Appointments are scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. If you or a family member is interested in scheduling an appointment, call (202) 994-9999. Each appointment should take approximately 20 minutes; screening cost is $75.

Utility Pipe and Tunnel System Upgrade

Work is well under way on an extensive upgrade of the campus utility pipe and tunnel system. Above, a construction excavation site on Center Dr. in front of Bldg. 12A (at left) extends from Service Rd. to Wilson Dr., rerouting vehicle and pedestrian traffic on the main campus thoroughfare. The Utility Tunnel Expansion Project is part of the overall Infrastructure Modernization Program that will improve utility reliability and capacity. "Existing infrastructure systems are undersized, deteriorated, and in some cases, close to failure," according to NIH's Office of Research Services, which is managing the project. Expected to last until July 1998, the multiphased expansion will upgrade and replace steam, chilled water, electric, domestic water and storm drain lines.

NLM Workshop on the Future of Bibliographic Standards

The National Library of Medicine recently hosted a workshop on "The Future of Bibliographic Standards in a Networked Information Environment" at the Natcher Conference Center. Attendees included (from l) Rich Greenfield, consultant to the Library of Congress, Tamas Doszkocs, NLM computer scientist, and Dean Wilder, also of the LC. More than 150 participants explored how information on the Internet is being organized and made accessible.

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