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Bench Honors NIH's 'Iron Man'

NIH deputy director Dr. Ruth Kirschstein and NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci recently dedicated a bench in front of Bldg. 4 to the memory of Roskey Jennings. At the time of his death at age 87 in October 1998, Jennings was still working at NIAID. Nicknamed "the Iron Man," Jennings was honored for 66 years of dedicated service to NIH. He holds the length of service record for NIH, HHS and quite possibly the federal government. Jennings worked for 43 years without ever taking a sick day. "Roskey was at NIH even longer than I have been," laughed Kirschstein to the delight of a host of friends and coworkers. She said Jennings was the only NIH employee to have his own parking space and now a bench dedicated in his honor. Fauci said Jennings would be pleased at this recognition. "During his career, Roskey received many NIH awards for outstanding service. He was a loyal, dependable and dedicated employee who is sorely missed," Fauci concluded. The bench's memorial plaque bears Jennings' nickname and the dates of his NIH tenure.

Morella Honored By NIH Alumni

Shown at the NIH Alumni Association annual meeting are (from l) NIH alumna Dr. Jane E. Henney, FDA commissioner, who spoke on "Back Home Again via Indiana, Kansas and New Mexico," Dr. John F. Sherman, Rep. Constance A. Morella (R-Md.), who received the 1999 NIHAA Public Service Award, and Dr. William S. Jordan, Jr., outgoing NIHAA president. The meeting was held June 12 at the Lasker Center. Newly elected NIHAA officers for 1999-2001 are Dr. William I. Gay, president, Dr. Murray Goldstein and Dr. Jerome G. Green, vice presidents, and Storm Whaley, secretary/treasurer. The NIHAA is now in its 11th year and has more than 2,200 members. For information about joining, call (301) 530-0567.

Open House for Neuroscience Center

An open house marked the completion of the Neuroscience Center, a new building on Executive Blvd. that houses staff from NINDS, NIMH and NIDA. Speakers at the event emphasized the advantages of having the institutes that focus on neuroscience located in the same facility. They also dedicated a tree that now stands in front of the building. Shown by the tree are (from l) Dr. Gerald Fischbach, NINDS director; Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, NIH deputy director; Dr. Alan Leshner, NIDA director; and Dr. Richard Nakamura, NIMH deputy director.

Microbe Exhibit at Smithsonian

Looking for fun weekend activities this summer? Consider visiting "Microbes: Invisible Invaders...Amazing Allies," a new interactive children's science exhibition currently on display at the Smithsonian Institution, where the microbial universe becomes larger than life. Produced in collaboration with NIH, the exhibit is hands-on and kid-friendly. The exhibit can be seen at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr., SW, Washington, D.C., next to the Smithsonian "Castle."

Must a Growing NIH Pollute?

Can a fast-growing, fast-building NIH avoid becoming a major environmental polluter and thereby causing some of the health problems it is trying to alleviate? That's the theme of an unusual conference Nov. 1-2 in the Natcher Conference Center, sponsored by NIEHS and the National Association of Physicians for the Environment. Speakers include House Appropriations subcommittee chairman John E. Porter, who will be introduced by NIH director Dr. Harold Varmus, Surgeon General David Satcher, former Sen. Lowell Weicker Jr., and former Rep. Paul G. Rogers, who is chairing the conference. Information and registration can be requested free by emailing Details on the conference may be found at

Pharmacology Course Begins Sept. 2

The Principles of Clinical Pharmacology course, sponsored by the Clinical Center, will begin in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10 on Sept. 2. The course is held on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to approximately 8 and will run through Apr. 27, 2000. It covers topics such as pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism and transport, assessment of drug effects, drug therapy in special populations, and drug discovery and development. Lecturers include 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.

Registration is open to all interested persons free of charge. Syllabus materials will be provided for each lecture. Certificates will be awarded at the end of the course to students who attend 75 percent of the lectures. More information, including the registration form, is available on the course Web site at

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, Division of Public Safety, and their immediate family), 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. Previous slogans include "Be Cool About Fire Safety," "Smoke — Silent and Deadly" and "There's a Lot of Little Reasons to Prevent Fire." 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. 30. Send or fax entries to the fire prevention section, Bldg. 15G, Rm. 2. Fax number is 402-2059. For more information call 496-0487.

Garden Club Meets, Aug. 5

The next meeting of the NIH Garden Club will feature a discussion by members who have worked with landscape designers. Some simply had plans drawn, some had plans plus some work done (some do-it-yourself work, too) and some said "do it all!" What was helpful, what do they wish they had known before they started, and what they would do differently next time — all these issues will be addressed on Thursday, Aug. 5, noon to 1 p.m. in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 7. The meeting is open to all. Check the club Web site for more information:

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