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Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — normally held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation: 2000 Annual Scientific Conference on June 7, starting at 1:30 p.m. Lectures will be given by laureates of GM Sloan, Kettering and Mott prizes for cancer research. The program concludes at 3 p.m.

On June 14, Dr. Vishva Dixit will discuss "Identification of Components of the Cell Death Pathway." Dixit is director of molecular oncology, Genentech, Inc.

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

'Noons in June' Lecture Series

Salutaris, the NIH gay and lesbian employees forum, announces plans for its fourth annual "Noons in June" lecture series and Camp Funshine fundraising efforts.

In June 1996, Salutaris hosted its first Noons in June conference series on each Wednesday of the month. "Since that time, Noons in June has become our signature event," said Kevin Crist, event coordinator. This year, the series will be held each Thursday at noon and features a different speaker who addresses events or research affecting the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees of NIH. Key speakers this year include Dr. Bert Hansen, associate professor of history at Baruch College of the City University of New York, and Tim Bergling, editor/producer for News Channel 8.

In conjunction with Avon Products, Inc., Salutaris will be hosting a special fundraiser for Camp Funshine, a summer camp for children with HIV. The group hopes to raise funds by selling Avon's "Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard Plus" product. For each unit sold thru Salutaris, Avon will donate $3.50 to Camp Funshine.

For more information about Salutaris, visit its web site at

Camp Fantastic Barbecue, June 13

Be sure to attend the annual Camp Fantastic Barbecue — to raise money and awareness for Camp Fantastic/Special Love Inc. — on Tuesday, June 13 on the Bldg. 31 patio. Outback Steakhouse will be providing food again this year. A limited number of food tickets are available for this event. The ticket price is $8 and will include a Barbie Chook and Bacon Sandwich (barbecued chicken breast with Monterey Jack cheese and bacon on a sourdough roll), chips, fruit and soda. Street Life Band will entertain again this year along with some other special guests. There will also be a raffle to raise additional funds. Don't miss out on this chance to win many prizes including two round-trip domestic airline tickets donated by WorldTravelService, 2 day/1 night mid-week stay at Caesars Pocono Resort, two Hershey Park passes, two Paramount's Kings Dominion passes, wellness packages from the NIH Fitness Center, Baysox tickets, Hard Times Café gift certificates, two Colonial Williamsburg passes, three passes to Sesame Place, four passes to Six Flags America, $25 DSW Shoe Warehouse gift certificate, and Frederick Keys tickets. Raffle ticket prices are 1 for $5, 3 for $10 and 9 for $25. Food and raffle tickets are available at any R&W store. If you would like to help sell food and/or raffle tickets for this event, contact Karen or Ivana in the R&W office at 496-6061. Volunteers are also needed for the day of the event to set up, serve food and clean up.

NLM Mounts Exhibit of Rare Medieval Books, Manuscripts

To celebrate the return of a long-lost medieval manuscript, the National Library of Medicine has mounted a small exhibit of treasured medieval manuscripts, dating from the 11th through the 15th century, and printed works that date from the 15th through the 17th century.

The manuscript, Treatises on Medicine, written in Latin in England in the 12th century on vellum (calf skin), mysteriously disappeared from the library some 50 years ago. This returned treasure will be featured with approximately 25 other books and manuscripts including a splendidly illuminated manuscript from 13th-century Oxford, an Arabic text from 1094 (the oldest item in the NLM collection), and several copies of Hippocrates' Aphorisms, one of medicine's cornerstones. Much of Hippocrates' medical advice can be recognized as today's common sense. He focused on prevention, lifestyle and dietary medicine — not magic bullets.

Other treasures in the exhibit include works by physicians who practiced in Salerno, Italy, between the 10th and 12th centuries and who were famous for the high quality of their medical knowledge and care; texts that made up the curriculum in the first faculties of medicine; and books that demonstrate the flourishing of medical literature in medieval England.

The exhibit will be on view through June 30 in the History of Medicine Reading Room, on the first floor of the National Library of Medicine.

NIH Chamber Singers Spring Concert

By Harrison Wein

The NIH Chamber Singers entertained a small but enthusiastic audience in Masur Auditorium during lunch on Friday, May 5 for the second of their two spring concerts. The impressive range of selections began with four Vespers by Sergi Rachmaninoff and ended with three light pieces that included the popular standards The Way You Look Tonight and Stand By Me.

During the course of this ambitious program the group delivered plenty of wonderful moments to liven a languid Friday afternoon. The women, introduced as "The Chamberettes," sang three traditional mountain ballads, and the men answered with the spirited barbershop-style I Got a Feelin' I'm Fallin'. Steve Bauer provided an endearing tenor solo in My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose. The punchy French Renaissance piece, Il est bel et bon provided the perfect ending.

The spring concert was dedicated to the memory of Gail Jacoby, a former member who died in an airplane accident this past November. It was a charming and heartfelt tribute.

Renewal of NIH Parking Permits

NIH General Parking Permits for campus employees whose last names begin with K and L will expire on the last day of June 2000. In order to obtain a new General Parking Permit, an employee must visit the NIH Parking Office in Bldg. 31, Rm. B3B04. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Off-campus employees will be issued the "Off Campus Employee Parking Permit." These permits allow you to park at the NIH Bethesda campus or leased facilities that require an NIH parking permit in the general employee parking lots. Remember, when applying for new/renewal permits, you must bring a valid NIH identification card, valid driver's license and a valid vehicle registration certificate. For more information, call 496-6851 or send email to

Montgomery College News

Montgomery College is renewing its affiliation with NIH. Previously, the college offered skills assessment and college courses. Now, as part of the new affiliation, the college is offering not only onsite college courses, but also certificate programs, CLEP and DANTES testing, skills assessment and college information sessions for all NIH employees. In addition to new courses and information sessions, the college has representatives at NIH for 11/2 days a week to provide counseling and skills assessment testing. The college's counselors are located at the Human Resource Development Division in EPS/100 and can be reached at 402-3382 or via email at Visit the training center web site for more information.

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