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Officers' Orientation Program, July 2

NIH will sponsor an all-day orientation for commissioned officers on Wednesday, July 2, in the Natcher auditorium, balcony C. If you plan to attend, contact the Division of Senior Systems, 6-1443, for a registration form. All are invited.

Blue Cross/Blue Shield Service Day, July 9

Blue Cross/Blue Shield of the National Capital Area will be on campus Wednesday, July 9 to assist plan enrollees who have claims or enrollment problems. A representative will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on that day in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 8 armed with a laptop computer to access the enrollee's records at company headquarters.

No appointment is necessary. Assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield comes to the NIH campus 1 day each month, usually on the second Wednesday of the month.

NIH Sailing Association Open House, July 12

Join the NIH Sailing Association for its annual open house Saturday, July 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Selby Bay, in Davidsonville, Md. (for directions to Selby Bay, see the NIHSA website:; click on NIHSA Guidebook; go to Table of Contents, then click on Location of the Boats). The event is a great time for prospective new members to check out the action and to sign up for the 6-week basic training course that begins Wednesday evening, Aug. 20.

Food, drink and boat rides will be available and volunteers are needed. Tom Murphy, the event coordinator, needs flyer distributors, chefs, sous-chefs, captains for ride-arounds and sign-up representatives. He can be reached at (301) 405-1874, (301) 262-8574, or by e-mail:

Basic training class cost is $110 plus $35 club membership dues. The course includes six evening classroom sessions, a Saturday morning orientation at the marina and three or four weekday afternoons on South River, near Annapolis. For onboard instruction, there are two students and one instructor in the club's Flying Scots (19-foot, sloop-rigged centerboard daysailers). Students who successfully complete the course qualify to sail these boats for low charter fees. Students must be NIH/NOAA employees, patients, or contractors, as well as R&W members. Application forms and details on the sailing club are available at the R&W activities desk in Bldg. 31, Rm. B1W30.

Tube Down the Shenandoah, Aug. 2

Discover the beauty and serenity of the Shenandoah River on Aug. 2 with the R&W Association. The slow-moving shallow river flows between the Blue Ridge and Massanutten Mountain and through the George Washington National Forest. The trip's finale is an all-you-can eat steak dinner, complete with all the trimmings. The cost is $32 for adults or $22 for ages 8 and under (tube and steak) or $15 (tube only&emdash;no discount for kids). On the day of the trip you can rent an extra tube for your cooler. Details and directions are available when you register at the R&W activities desk, 6-4600.

FAES Graduate School Announces Fall Course Schedule

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, chemistry, 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. 15; mail registration ends Aug. 29 and walk-in registration will be held Sept. 3-9. 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.

Fall 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 6-7976.

'To Market, to Market...'

The Farmers' Market is back at NIH through Oct. 28. Open Tuesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. in parking lot 41-B (behind the National Library of Medicine), it offers a variety of products from Maryland and Pennsylvania farms, including homegrown and fresh-picked fruits and vegetables in season, fresh plants and dried flowers and herbs, bedding plants, houseplants, organic produce, pies, yeast and quick breads, cookies, and homemade jellies & jams. The market is sponsored by the Montgomery County Farmers' Market Association.

R&W Annual Meeting

The R&W Annual Meeting on June 9 got a big kickoff from Channel 4 weatherman Bob Ryan (above, r), who wields a knife to cut a cake for guests. Joining him are (from l) Linda Doty, president of R&W, Karen Ciaschi of R&W, Larry Chloupek of Special Love, Inc., Linda Smith, also of Special Love (and the Clinical Center recreation therapy section), Ruth Sragner of R&W, Dave Smith of Special Love, and R&W General Manager Randy Schools. Ryan was on hand to donate to Special Love proceeds from his weather book. Honored (below) at the meeting in Lipsett Amphitheater were recipients of certificates of appreciation for their work in the NIH community. They are (front row, from l) Kathleen Dietrich, Philippe Thevenaz, Leslie Boggs, Dana Chambers and Ruth Browne. At rear are (from l) Gregory Pochepko, Doty, Jeanne Barrie, Alice Smyth, Shirlene Hamilton and Pamela Jenkins.

The Internet Dental Forum

Members of the Internet Dental Forum (IDF) listen to Dr. Pam Robey (far r) discuss research in NIDR's Intramural Craniofacial and Skeletal Diseases Branch. During the visit, the dentists met with NIDR director Dr. Harold Slavkin and toured the labs. IDF, which now boasts over 1,000 members worldwide, invites dentists to discuss cases and clinical practice information via the Internet. IDF was established 2 years ago by Arizona dentist Dr. David Dodell. Recently, 3M Dental gave the group an educational grant to expand its efforts.

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