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NIH Chamber Singers To Perform, May 29

The NIH Chamber Singers will present a concert of sacred and secular a capella pieces in 4-part harmony on Thursday, May 29 at 7 p.m. in the Clinical Center's 14th floor auditorium.

NIH Asian Cultural Program Set, May 30

Everyone is invited to continue the celebration of the 31st anniversary of the NIH Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Program in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, May 30. The program will include performances of Cambodian, Indian, Japanese and Korean music and dances performed by the Cambodian Buddhist Society, Pushpanjali School of Dance, Masayo Ishigure (Koto recital) and the Washington Korean Dance Company.

A reception in the area outside Rm. 1C174 will immediately 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.

Later that afternoon, from 3 to 4 p.m., Dr. Michael M.C. Lai, distinguished professor of molecular microbiology and immunology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, will present a seminar on "SARS: What Have We Learned from 30 Years of Coronavirus Research?" The talk will be held in Bldg. 4, Conf. Rm. 433, sponsored by the NIH- FDA Chinese American Association.

For information on reasonable accommodation contact Charly Wells, 496-6301. Sign language interpretation will be provided. For more information contact Victor Fung, 435-3504 or email

Workshop on SARS Research Challenges

An international group of government, academic and industry researchers will meet at NIH on Friday, May 30, to identify the scientific, technical and logistical challenges to fighting severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS. The workshop, titled "SARS: Developing a Research Response," will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Natcher Conference Center.

The event is sponsored by NIAID, the lead institute for SARS research. Featuring international vaccine, antiviral and coronavirus experts, the workshop will address vaccine development, antiviral development, clinical research, epidemiological trends and diagnostics. HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson and NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci will provide an introduction to the event. All interested members of the scientific, regulatory and industrial communities are welcome to attend.

Space is limited, and advance registration is recommended. More information can be found at For those who cannot attend, the symposium will be webcast at

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. John Kuriyan on June 4, speaking on the topic, "Cancer Drugs and On/Off Switches in Protein Kinases: Structural Studies on the Specificity of the CML Drug STI-571/Gleevec." He is chancellor's professor, department of molecular and cell biology and department of chemistry and HHMI investigator at the University of Calfornia, Berkeley.

On June 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Masur, the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation will hold its 2003 scientific conference, featuring laureates' lectures from the winners of the Kettering, Sloan and Mott Prizes for Cancer Research.

The series then takes the summer off, resuming on Sept. 10. For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Hilda Madine, 594-5595.

Women's Health IG Meets, June 11

The women's health special interest group will meet on Wednesday, June 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1. Guest speaker will be Dr. Nancy Olsen, professor of medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Her topic will be "Autoimmune Disease — Why Female?"

NIH Director's Town Meeting, June 18

The NIH Director's Town Hall meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 18, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Natcher conference center's main auditorium. Dr. Elias Zerhouni will address issues of importance to the broad NIH community, and be available to answer questions. Sign language interpretation will be provided, as will other reasonable accommodation. The meeting can be viewed from desktop computer at

If you have new questions or concerns that you would like to submit for the meeting, send them via the feedback tool located at; deadline for submission is Wednesday, June 4, at noon. Note that questions submitted prior to last month's deadline will be considered, so there is no need for resubmission.

For more information about the event, contact Carol Jabir at, or 496-1776.

VIC To Relocate, Offer Bus Tour

Effective in early June 2003, the NIH Visitor Information Center (VIC) will move from the B1 level of the Clinical Center to a new location on the first floor of the Natcher Conference Center, in Rm. 1AS.13.

The move benefits visitors by offering a more visible and accessible location that helps VIC's staff welcome them and orient them to the campus. The VIC is part of the Special Projects Branch of the Office of Communications and Public Liaison, OD.

The NIH General Tour will be replaced by the NIH Overview to be conducted each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11 a.m. from the Natcher location. Tours can be arranged by appointment, and VIC will retain the same phone number.

To commemorate the relocation and offer guests a chance to learn more about NIH, the VIC is offering a complimentary bus tour of the campus at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 24. Seating is limited, so call to reserve a place today. For information call 496-1776.

Strategic Planning Web Site Debuts

The Office of Strategic Management Planning recently launched its web site. Although it is still being developed, there are many resources for employees including: the NIH Transition Plan for employees affected by consolidation, restructuring or competitive sourcing; a FAQ section that has answers to questions from employees about the Transition Plan; and links to documents/information that introduced many of the current consolidation/restructuring initiatives. Employees can access the new web site at

National Prayer Day Observed

Pastor Kevin Williams of Love and Faith World Outreach Church in Clinton, Md., addresses a gathering for the National Day of Prayer, which was commemorated behind the Natcher Bldg. on May 1. NIH'ers came out to pray for the nation and its leaders. The nondenominational event was sponsored by the Noontime Christian Fellowhip, which meets every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Bldg. 10, 14th floor assembly hall.

Employee Needs Organ Donation

An NIDDK employee with type A blood is in need of a kidney transplant. If there is anyone interested in being tested as a possible donor match that has either type A or O blood, call Wanda at (301) 524-7432. Federal government donors can use up to 30 days of donor leave, which is not associated with your sick or vacation leave.

Apply for Senior Leadership Program

The Training and Development Branch is accepting nominations through July 15 for the 2003 NIH Senior Leadership Program. Now in its third year, the program has been widely praised by senior scientists and administrators for its value and quality. Enrollment is limited for the program, which is held each fall.

The program brings together small teams of senior scientists and administrators from 5 to 7 ICs for an intensive, data-driven learning experience. Participants gain practical leadership skills and knowledge through interactive discussions, case studies and experiential learning. The program includes prominent scholar-practitioners, one-on-one sessions with executive coaches and a 3-day residential retreat at the Aspen Wye River Conference Center.

For details, visit or contact Vickie Baldwin at 496-6211 or email

BIG To Honor Kirschstein, Maddox

The NIH chapter of Blacks in Government will hold a special award presentation honoring Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, senior advisor to the NIH director, and Dr. Yvonne Maddox, NICHD deputy director, on Tuesday, June 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A. All employees are welcome to attend. RSVP by June 3 to Albert Parrish, or call 402-3336. Light refreshments will be served.

New CRC Web Site Debuts

The Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center draws more attention as work on the facility progresses. A new web site provides an overview and specific facts and milestones about the new hospital. There is information on design and construction, and profiles of former Sen. Mark Hatfield and the project partners. The visuals section has images of the floor plans as well as construction photos. To learn more, visit

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