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OSE Film Festival Starts, July 10

The Office of Science Education announces its 10th annual Science in the Cinema film festival. Science in the Cinema is a free 6-week film and discussion series. This year's summer series kicks off on Thursday, July 10 with the film, Iris. Every Thursday evening for 6 consecutive weeks, a popular film with a medical science theme is screened beginning at 7 p.m. Following each movie, an interactive discussion with the audience is led by an expert on the film's subject matter.

Each event is held in Natcher auditorium. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. All films will be shown with open captions. American Sign Language interpreters and real-time captioning will be available for the post-film discussions. For more information, visit or call 496-0609.

Gottesman Hosts Appreciation Breakfast

Colleen Crone, executive assistant to NIH deputy director for intramural research Dr. Michael Gottesman, poses with her boss at the Office of Intramural Research's annual appreciation breakfast June 16 at Stone House. Crone presented mock certificates to prominent members of the OIR, highlighting humorous, and heartfelt, characteristics of her coworkers. In brief remarks, Gottesman acknowledged recent pressures that have affected staff but assured colleagues that they are highly valued, and that top NIH leadership would go to bat on their behalf. Crone, who has been at NIH for more than 25 years, remarked affectionately, "We all strive to 'be like Mike.'"

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, immunology, languages, medicine, microbiology, pharmacology, 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. 14; 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. Note that FAES cannot access training forms entered in the NIHTS system; a signed hard copy (vendors' copy of SF 182 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 schedule sent, call 496-7976 or visit

Bullpen Party at O's Game, July 19

The R&W annual Bullpen Party will take place on Saturday, July 19 with the Baltimore Orioles taking on the 2002 World Series champions, the Anaheim Angels. Tickets are $32 (adult or child), and will include a ticket to the game (game time is 7:05 p.m. with entrance to the bullpen area approximately 2 hours before the game for a picnic). Menu includes pit beef sandwich, hot dogs, coleslaw, baked beans, chips, salsa, soda and beer. To purchase tickets, call the R&W activities desk at 496-6000 or stop by any R&W gift shop. This event benefits Special Love/Camp Fantastic. Bring your friends and family for a great day at the ballpark and show your support for R&W and Special Love/Camp Fantastic programs for children with cancer.

NIH Offers ClinPRAT Training

The NIH Clinical Pharmacology Research Training (ClinPRAT) program is a 3-year postdoctoral research fellowship training program sponsored by the Clinical Center and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The program emphasizes the application of laboratory pharmacology, biostatistics, pharmacokinetics and chemistry to the study of drug action in humans.

Postdoctoral training positions are available starting July 1, 2004, and in subsequent years. Candidates must have the M.D. degree. In general, they will have completed 3 years of residency training and will be board-eligible in a primary medical specialty when entering the program. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Candidates' qualifications are evaluated by the clinical pharmacology steering committee. Selection is highly competitive and preference will be given to applicants with outstanding potential. Most successful candidates either have had Ph.D. degrees in addition to their M.D. degree or substantial prior research experience. The stipend is determined by the candidate's educational and professional experience. ClinPRAT fellows have the opportunity to participate in the NIH General Loan Repayment Program. For more information visit or call Donna Shields at 435-6618.

Principles of Clinical Pharmacology Course

The Principles of Clinical Pharmacology course, sponsored by the Clinical Center, will begin in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10 on Sept. 4. The course will be held Thursdays from 6:30 to approximately 7:45 p.m. and will run through Apr. 22, 2004. "Many medical schools don't offer formal courses in clinical pharmacology," said Dr. John Gallin, director of the Clinical Center. "This program covers what researchers need to know concerning the clinical pharmacologic aspects of drug development and use."

The course covers topics such as pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism and transport, assessment of drug effects, drug therapy in special populations and drug discovery and development. An outstanding faculty has been assembled to present the lectures including Dr. Carl Peck of Georgetown University's Center for Drug Development Science, Dr. Jerry Collins of the Food and Drug Administration, and the Clinical Center's Dr. Arthur J. Atkinson, Jr., who is also the course director. The faculty has also prepared a textbook, Principles of Clinical Pharmacology, that follows the sequence of the course lectures and is available in the FAES bookstore in Bldg. 10, and from

This is the sixth year that the course is being offered. Registration is free and open to all. Certificates will be awarded at the end of the course to students who attend 75 percent of the lectures. For more information and online registration, visit

Celebrate New Year's in Banff, Canada

The NIH Ski Club will be traveling to Banff, Canada, Dec. 28, 2003-Jan. 4, 2004. The package includes air transportation from Dulles, all ground transportation, 7 nights at the Banff Springs Hotel, and baggage handling in and out of hotel. The cost is $1,296 per person based on double occupancy. Space is limited. Contact Bob Bingaman for more information or to sign up, (301) 829-2079 or email

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