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Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Robert J. Lefkowitz on June 19; he is HHMI investigator and James B. Duke professor of medicine and professor of biochemistry, Duke University Medical Center. His topic is "Beta-Arrestins: Traffic Cops of Cell Signaling."

On June 26, Sir Richard Peto, professor of medical statistics and epidemiology, Oxford University, will give the annual Robert S. Gordon Jr. Lecture on "Halving Premature Death."

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

Chamber Players To Perform, June 16

The Rock Creek Chamber Players will perform on Sunday, June 16 at 3 p.m. in the 14th floor assembly hall, Bldg. 10. The program will include Telemann's viola concerto in G major, his Gulliver Suite for two violins, two etudes and a nocturne for solo piano by Chopin, and Brahms' piano trio in C major. For more information about this free public concert, sponsored by the Clinical Center's recreation therapy section, call (202) 337-8710.

TSP Now Accepts Transfers, Rollovers

The Thrift Savings Plan now accepts transfers and rollovers from more types of eligible retirement plans. Effective Apr. 1, the TSP accepts transfers and rollovers of eligible section 403(b) annuities (such as the TIAA/CREF), 457(b) plans, Simplified Employee Pensions (SEPs), and traditional individual retirement accounts (IRAs), in addition to transfers and rollovers already accepted. The Federal Employees' Retirement System Act does not allow the TSP to accept after-tax balances (amounts you contributed that had already been taxed); therefore, transfers from IRAs (and all other plans) must consist solely of balances that will be subject to income tax upon distribution. This means, for example, that a Roth IRA would not qualify for transfer or rollover. The Thrift Board has revised the TSP-60, Request for a Transfer Into the TSP, to reflect this change in law. Employees who have TSP accounts may obtain a TSP-60 from the TSP web site ( or from the TSP Service Office (504-255-6000).

Workshop on Dynamic Presentations

HRDD is launching the second in the series of workshops for women in science, "Giving Dynamic Presentations." This is a 1-day session designed to equip scientists with specific methods for capturing and holding audience attention and speaking with confidence, poise and enthusiasm. Participants will learn through videotaped presentations, technique review and individual coaching. The workshop will be held Monday, June 17, with a half-hour individual coaching session on June 19. For more information, call HRDD at 496-6211 or visit

FAES Announces Concert Schedule

The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences has announced the performers and dates in the 2002-2003 season of its Chamber Music Series. This is the series' 35th year, and there is a venue change. Formerly held in Masur Auditorium, the concerts will now be held at the Landon School's Mondzac Performing Arts Center. With the exception of the Jan. 20 concert, all performances will be Sundays at 4 p.m.

Oct. 6   Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia with Ignat Solzhenitsyn, conductor and pianist
Oct. 20   Auryn Quartet with David Soyer, cello
Nov. 3   Prazak Quartet
Nov. 17   Peter Serkin, piano
Jan. 12, 2003   Viktoria Mullova, violin, Charles Abramovic, piano
Jan. 20, 2003   Radu Lupu, piano (Monday, 8 p.m.)
Feb. 2, 2003   Richard Goode, piano
Feb. 23, 2003   Wolfgang Holzmair, baritone, Russell Ryan, piano
Mar. 2   Winner, Borciani Quartet competition
Mar. 23   Trio Fontenay

Tickets for individual concerts may be purchased 2 weeks before the performance, or on the day of the concert. Cost is $25 for adults; $10 for students and fellows. For more information call 496-7976 or visit

NIH Director's Awards Ceremony

Everyone is invited to the 2002 NIH Director's Award Ceremony, which will be held Wednesday, June 19 at 1:30 p.m. in the Natcher main auditorium. Recipients of the NIH Director's Award will be recognized, along with recipients of the NIH Director's Award for Mentoring, and the Commissioned Corps Distinguished Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Outstanding Service Medal. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in the event should contact their IC award coordinator.

National Day of Prayer Observed

The National Day of Prayer was celebrated at NIH this year on May 2, on the lawn in front of Bldg. 1. Guest speaker Pastor Kevin Williams addressed the annual nondenominational gathering to pray for the nation and our leaders. Some 80 employees participated in the observance. The ceremony was sponsored by the Noontime Christian Fellowship, which welcomes all to its meetings every Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. in the second-floor classroom of Bldg. 21.

FAES Announces Fall Courses

The FAES Graduate School at NIH announces the schedule of courses for the fall semester. The evening classes sponsored by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences will be given on the NIH campus.

Courses are offered in biochemistry, biology, biotechnology (daytime courses), chemistry, imaging sciences, immunology, languages, medicine, microbiology, pharmacology, psychiatry, statistics, toxicology, administration and courses of general interest.

It is often possible to transfer credits earned to other institutions for degree work, and many courses are approved for category 1 credit toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award.

Classes will begin Sept. 17; mail registration ends Aug. 30 and walk-in registration will be held Sept. 3-10. Tuition is $100 per credit hour, and courses may be taken for credit or audit. Courses that qualify for institute support as training should be cleared with supervisors and administrative officers as soon as possible. Both the vendor's copy of the training form and the FAES registration form must be submitted at the time of registration. Note that FAES cannot access training forms entered in the NIHTS system; a signed hard copy (vendors' copy of SF182 form) is needed in order to process registrations for classes.

Catalogs are available in the graduate school office in Bldg. 60, Suite 230, the foundation bookstore in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1L101, and the business office in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1C18. To have a catalog sent, call 496-7976 or visit

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