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Hands-On Demonstrations Highlight 'Take Your Child to Work' Day

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.

L'monte 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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