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Surgeon General To Present Diggs Lecture

U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher will present the 7th annual John W. Diggs Lecture on Monday, July 23 at 11:30 a.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The topic will be "The National Strategic Plan for the Elimination of Health Disparities."

The program is sponsored by the Speakers Bureau of the NIH Black Scientists Association in collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases' minority scientists advisory committee and Office of Special Populations and Research Training, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the NIH Office of Equal Opportunity, the Office of Research on Women's Health, and the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

The lecture is open to the public. NIH summer students are encouraged to attend. Sign language interpretation will be provided. For other reasonable accommodation, call Michael Chew at 402-3681, TTY 1-800-877-8339.

NIAID Opens Malaria Unit in Rockville

NIAID's Malaria Vaccine Development Unit, located on Twinbrook Parkway in Rockville, officially opened recently. It will develop, evaluate and produce malaria vaccine candidates for clinical trials. Renovation of the building includes additional office, conference and laboratory space featuring state-of-the-art equipment. Joining Dr. Anthony Fauci (r), NIAID director, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony were (from l) Dr. Louis Miller, chief of NIAID's Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases (who first proposed the idea of a malaria vaccine development unit at a policy retreat in the mid-1990s); Dr. Thomas Kindt, director of NIAID's Division of Intramural Research; Dr. Margaret Liu, senior advisor in vaccinology for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, acting NIH director. The second phase of the renovation, scheduled to be completed in the fall, will house the Laboratory of Immunopathology. During the program Fauci said, "With up to a half billion people contracting malaria each year, it is clear that we need new tools to fight malaria. The development of a malaria vaccine is an urgent public health priority, one that NIH — and many public and private sector organizations — are aggressively pursuing."

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. 24; mail registration ends Aug. 31 and walk-in registration will be held Sept. 5-11. 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 will be 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 http://www.faes.org.

'Science in the Cinema' Begins

The Office of Science Education kicks off this year's free 6-week film festival "Science in the Cinema" on Thursday, July 12. Once a week, a popular film with a medical science theme is screened. Following each movie, an interactive discussion with the audience is led by an expert on the subject depicted in the film. Each event is held in Natcher Auditorium, and seating is on a first come, first served basis. All films will be shown with captions; interpreters and real-time captioning will be available for the post-film discussions. Check http://science-education.nih.gov/cinema for this year's schedule.

Seminar on Breastfeeding and Medication Use

In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week 2001, the NIH Lactation Program and the NIH Work and Family Life Center will host a seminar with Dr. Frank Nice, a nationally known expert on breastfeeding and medication use. Nice is a pharmacist director in the Public Health Service and assistant director of the Clinical Neurosciences Program at NINDS. He will provide practical information about commonly used prescription and over-the-counter medications, recreational drugs and herbals.

The seminar will be held on Tuesday, July 31 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Bldg. 31, Rm. 6C7. The first hour will be in a lecture format, followed by a half hour of questions and answers. Space is limited, so call WFLC at 435-1619 (TTY 480-0690) to preregister. Sign language interpretation will be provided. For other reasonable accommodation, contact WFLC. The seminar will be available in real-time and then archived on the NIH Videocast web site at http://videocast.nih.gov/. A videotape will also be available for loan from the WFLC resource collection in 31/B3C15.

Fire Prevention Slogans Sought

Fire up your imaginations and think up a nifty slogan for NIH's observance of National Fire Prevention Week. If you win the contest, open to everyone (except members of the sponsoring Emergency Management Branch), your idea appears on next year's commemorative posters at NIH, along with your name. You can enter as often as you like, and entries should be snappy one-liners about fire prevention. Be sure to print (legibly) or type your slogan on a sheet of white paper. If you submit multiple candidates, rank them in order of preference. Entries are due by Sept. 4. Send or fax entries to the fire prevention section, Bldg. 15G, Rm. 2. Fax number is 402-2059. For more information call 496-0487.

Children's Inn Needs Overnight Volunteers

Overnight resident volunteer managers are needed to staff the Children's Inn. Volunteers typically serve one or two times every couple of months, managing the inn from 6 p.m. Fridays through 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Split shifts are also available. Volunteers are also needed to cover weeknights while staff members are on leave. A staff member is on call at all times. Two-person teams are most frequently married couples, friends, mother/daughter pairs, etc. However, individuals may volunteer to manage the inn as well. The teams receive inn operations and procedures training and reside at the inn during their experience as onsite hosts, facilitators and managers. This is an opportunity to find out just how special the children and their families are. To help, call Laura King, director of volunteers, 496-5672.

Chamber Music Concert, July 22

The Rock Creek Chamber Players will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 22 in the Clinical Center's 14th floor assembly hall. The free public concert, sponsored by the recreation therapy section, will include John Marvin's Journeys for soprano, horn and piano; Persichetti's Serenade No. 6 for trombone, viola and cello; Jolivet's Chant De Linos for flute, strings and harp; and Mozart's quintet for horn and strings. For more information call (202) 337-8710.

Research Festival Calls for Poster Abstracts

The 15th annual NIH Research Festival, the yearly showcase for the intramural research programs, will be held Oct. 2-5. The festival organizing committee, cochaired by Dr. Peter Lipsky, NIAMS, and Dr. J. Carl Barrett, NCI, is now accepting submission of poster abstracts by all NIH staff and FDA/CBER staff from the Bethesda campus. Posters in any area of research conducted at NIH will be considered for presentation but the committee is requesting a limit of one poster submission per presenter. The deadline for online poster submission is 5 p.m., Monday, Aug. 6. Applicants will receive email confirmation of receipt of poster abstracts and will be notified of acceptance by email in mid-August. For a preliminary schedule of events and the online poster registration form, visit the festival web site at http://festival01.nih.gov.

For more information about poster registration or the festival, contact Paula Cohen, 496-1776.

Sailing Club Open House, July 14

Old salts and landlubbers alike are invited to the R&W Sailing Club picnic and sail Saturday, July 14 from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. (rain or shine) at the Selby Bay Sailing Center. Cost is $5 for R&W members and includes food, drink and demonstration sails in the club's 19-foot Flying Scot sailboats. Fall sailing classes begin in August so this is a good chance to preview the boats and meet the members before signing up. Directions to Selby Bay and other information about the open house and sailing club are at http://www.recgov.org/r&w/sailing.

OHRM Hosts Seminars for Summer Students

he Office of Human Resource Management's Human Resource Program Support Division will host a series of brown bag seminars for all NIH summer students. Topics, dates and locations are listed below. If you are interested in attending, RSVP with your name, IC and topic by dates shown via email to contact name(s).

NIH Employees Share Federal Career Experiences: Past and current NIH employees discuss how they entered the federal government and climbed up through the ranks, Bldg. 31, 6th fl. Conf. Rm. 10, Wednesday, July 11, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. RSVP to Alice Madia or Sheila Monroe.

Other NIH Student Programs: Bldg. 31, 6 fl. Conf. Rm. 6, Wednesday, July 25, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. RSVP by July 20 to Madia or Monroe.

NIH Library Offers Training

The NIH Library in Bldg. 10 invites all employees to attend training classes on how to use electronic resources effectively, including how to access full text journals, order and receive articles via email, and how to set up a literature alert service. For details, call 496-1080 or go to http://nihlibrary.nih.gov/training.htm.


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