Hands-On Demonstrations Highlight 'Take Your Child to
Photos by Carla Garnett, Ernie Branson
NIH offered hands-on demonstrations and exhibits to hundreds of
employees and their children all over campus as the agency
observed "Take Your Child to Work" Day on Apr. 22. More than
two dozen special sessions or tours were scheduled throughout the
day, including "Inside Your Mouth: How Do You Sound, What Do
You See?," by Dr. Barbara Sonies of the speech-language pathology
section of the Clinical Center's rehabilitation medicine department;
"The Developing Chick Embryo Lab Tour," by Dr. Michael
Donovan of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and
Stroke; "Oral Bacteria Collection," by the National Institute of
Dental and Craniofacial Research; American Sign Language
workshop by the Office of Equal Opportunity; "Tour of the Brain,"
a brain-imaging demonstration by the National Institute of Alcohol
Abuse and Alcoholism; "DNA Detective See, Touch and
'Spool' Real DNA," by the National Human Genome Research
Institute; a tour and video viewing of the Children's Inn at NIH; and
crime prevention, fingerprinting and K-9 demonstrations by the
Division of Public Safety's crime prevention, fire prevention and
police branches. NIH'ers used the day to encourage children to
consider careers in medical research and the fields that support it.
Dr. Gregory Zirzow, an NINDS biologist for 26 years, instructs
guests at "Dissection Day" in the NIH Visitor Information Center's
Little Theater during Take Your Child to Work activities.
Zirzow and his daughters (from l) Sarah, Amanda and Ashley
explore the wonders of cow eyeballs and sheep brains and kidneys.
"It was great fun," Zirzow reports, "except the kids did not like the
smell of formaldehyde."
||Phlebotomist Matthew Corley demonstrates blood drawing techniques. Disembodied arm in foreground is only a model limb.
| NIH's Visitor Information Center saw a steady stream of customers for its lab techniques demo.
Dr. Cheryl Kitt, NINDS program director for pain,
neuroendocrinology and neurotoxicology, set up "Know Your
Brain," a demonstration that examined a variety of brain images
on computer, via microscope and other diagnostic scans in the
institute's Bldg. 31 conference room. She says she also takes her
hands-on exhibit to local schools to promote medical research and
to show the benefits of research using animals. Shown clutching a
magnifying glass in between Kitt's daughter Jillian and son Peter,
is neurologist-in-training Jamesha Vail-Pardlow.
Vail-Pardlow, who accompanied his sister and mom, Nikisha Vail
of NIH's Office of Equal Opportunity, took up residence at the
microscope in Kitt's display.
|Lauren Long of NCI's Pediatric Oncology Branch helps son Aaron view sample slides at the "Know Your Brain" display.
Ultrasonographer Mary Bradford (c) shows visitors |
to the Clinical Center's radiology department how to scan a volunteer's kidney.
|In the Medical Arts and Photography Branch of NIH's Office of Research Services, Gil Jones and Joy Jackson give a tour of the audio/video facilities.
|Medical Illustrator Howard Bartner shares some of his work with the tour group.
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