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National Bicycle Month Celebrated

NIH'ers who bike to work flock to a picnic table on the lawn of Bldg. 1 May 22 to celebrate National Bicycle Month. A bagel-and-juice spread was prepared by the NIH R&W Bicycle Commuter Club, which also provided literature, trail maps and other handouts. Among the riders who pedaled up to the table were NLM's Dr. Charles Sneiderman (l), NIDR's Dr. Norman Braveman (second from l), and Jay Miller (r), president of the club. NIH director Dr. Harold Varmus also joined the group briefly after cycling in to work.

Summer 1998 Hockey Schedule Set

Has the playoff success of the Washington Capitals got you itching to lace up your skates, hop over the boards and join the action on the ice? If so, the NIH Hockey Club is for you. The summer season -- all Monday evenings at Cabin John Ice Rink in Bethesda -- has already begun. Remaining dates are June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug. 3, 10. Fee is $190 for the session. This includes insurance, NIH R&W membership and ice time. Make your checks payable to NIH Hockey Club (NIHHC) and send to 8617 Rayburn Road, Bethesda, MD 20817. For more information contact: Guy Wassertzug (301) 299-1197 (h), (301) 417-7171 (w) or Ed Ginns (301) 530-9324 (h), (301) 496-0373 x209 (w).

The NIHHC is a nonprofit volunteer organization that sponsors hockey scrimmages as a community service. The games are friendly intrasquad scrimmages involving minimal contact and no checking. Because some incidental contact will undoubtedly occur in the course of the game, and accidents do occur, full equipment is encouraged. Helmets are mandatory and face masks are urged. All players are responsible for having their own accident/health insurance.

In case of inclement weather, call the rink at (301) 365-0132. If the rink is open, the club is skating!

Chamber Music Concert, June 21

The Rock Creek Chamber Players will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 21 in the 14th floor assembly hall at the Clinical Center. Reservations are recommended for this free public concert, sponsored by the recreation therapy section. The program will include Mozart's quartet for flute and strings in D major, songs by Schubert with accompaniment of clarinet and horn as well as piano, and Leonard Bernstein's sonata for clarinet and piano. For reservations and information call (202) 337-8710.

R&W Celebrates Its Members

The NIH/NOAA R&W Association will hold its member appreciation day on Wednesday, June 24 from noon to 1 p.m. in Bldg. 10, 14th floor assembly hall. Awards for outstanding contributions will be made, information about R&W will be available, and refreshments will be served. A discussion of upcoming events and planning for next fiscal year will also take place.

Special discounts for R&W members will be available the week of June 22-26 in all gift shops. Ten percent discounts will be applied those five days, starting with T-shirts (Monday), shorts (Tuesday), jewelry (Wednesday), picture frames (Thursday) and toys (Friday).

If you are not yet a member, now is a great time to join!

IntraMall Ready for Prime Time

After a pilot phase in NCI, the IntraMall -- online catalog shopping for scientific supplies and equipment -- is currently open for use by all NIH institutes and centers at IntraMall simplifies use of IMPAC credit cards and has special features for locating products, identifying specifications and performing comparisons. To promote use of the online mall, Visa U.S.A. will make a donation to the National Foundation for Biomedical Research (the foundation for NIH) for every transaction through the IntraMall using a Visa IMPAC card from June 25 to Sept. 30, 1998.

Also, IntraMall developer CyberSystem Technologies, Inc. will continue to hold orientations for NIH shoppers. To attend an orientation or to receive your IntraMall password for immediate access, contact NCI's Jeff Weiner, 496-7058, or CyberSystem Technologies, 1-888-644-6255.

The Faces and Phases of Eldercare, June 25

A major issue for many in balancing life responsibilities is caring for our aging parents while caring for ourselves. Caregivers are invited to attend an informative brown bag session and learn to: cope with aspects of aging, deal with moods and depression, alleviate feelings of inadequacy, and involve other family members.

The session will be held on Thursday, June 25 from noon to 1 p.m. in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 6. Admission is free. Register by calling the Work and Family Life Center at 435-1619 or by emailing

The event is sponsored by the center, the Employee Assistance Program, and the NIH quality of work life committee. Interpreting services will be available. For reasonable accommodation, call the center.

NIH Community Orchestra, Chamber Singers Join Forces

Celebrate summer with the NIH Chamber Singers and the NIH Community Orchestra. The joint performance will include excerpts from Orff's bawdy Carmina Burana, Mozart's rousing Chorus of the Janissaries, Vaughn Williams' Shakespeare Songs, Barber's Easter Chorale, Faure's Pavanne, and other selections. Concerts will take place on Friday, June 26, at noon, and on Saturday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Clinical Center's Masur Auditorium. Tickets will be available at the door, and suggested donation is $5 to benefit the NIH charities. Patients and families are admitted free. A dress rehearsal on Thursday evening, June 25, will also be open to staff and patients. Check these Web sites for more information: (Chamber Singers) or (Community Orchestra).

Web Site on Craniofacial Genetic Disease

NIDR has recently launched a Web site dedicated to the genetics of dental-oral-craniofacial diseases and disorders. From Achondroplasia to Zellweger Syndrome-3, the site offers genetic information on approximately 100 inherited disorders with craniofacial characteristics. Some of the syndromes such as dentinogenesis imperfecta-1 are specific to the dental-oral-craniofacial spectrum, while others, like Marfan syndrome, have craniofacial components as part of a larger set of characteristics.

The Web site contains a table for each disorder that includes its genetic information as well as a description of its craniofacial features. You can search the site by syndrome name, molecule type, and chromosome number. Each disease or disorder is also linked to the Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man database by gene and syndrome code numbers.

Visit the site at or access it through NIDR's home page at

Baltimore Students Claim NHLBI Art Contest Awards

Fifth graders from Baltimore's Hilton and Patapsco elementary schools recently came to NIH to claim awards given in an NHLBI art contest, held as part of African American History Month. Students had been asked to illustrate how they could become heart healthy; entries hung on banners in GSI cafeterias in February. Besides certificates, the winners got a special tour of NLM, including a visit to its Frankenstein exhibit (at l). Below, Dr. Yvonne Bronner, nutritionist and assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, tells students how they can strive to be their best and encourages them to pursue careers in health and medicine. The events were part of NHLBI's celebration of its 50th anniversary. For more about heart health, visit the NHLBI Web site at

FOCC Thanks Benefactors

The Friends of the Clinical Center, a charitable organization that, since 1984, has provided emergency financial aid to patients at NIH, honored its benefactors this spring at two events: a thank-you dinner at a Bethesda restaurant was held in late April, and on June 9, a reception at the Cloister was held for major donors.

Aid from FOCC is handled on a case-by-case basis, and typically helps with necessities such as mortgage payments, utility bills and transportation costs. FOCC received more than 60 requests last year; the average request was about $750.

Future fundraisers include the WGAY Moviefest, the fall Pumpkin Chase footrace, and a Holiday Bazaar.

To learn more about FOCC, call 402-1093.

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