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NIH Web Site Tops List

The NIH home page on the World Wide Web has "the largest unique audience" among government sites according to data compiled by Nielsen/NetRatings and reported in ZDNet, a web magazine devoted to technology issues. The ratings were based on more than 57,000 U.S. home Internet users for June 2000. Ranking just behind NIH were the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the state of California, the U.S. Postal Service and NASA.

According to ZDNet (www.zdnet.com), a product of Ziff Davis Media Publications, 23 percent of visitors to NOAA's web site are in search of weather reports; 20 percent of those who visit the NIH site conducted a search in the National Library of Medicine files.

Occupying the top rung of web popularity can be a function of when the survey is conducted; ZDNet notes that the Internal Revenue Service web site reached a peak of 2.8 million home U.S. visitors in February (more than double NIH's rating for June), then dropped off to 340,000 in May, after tax deadlines had passed.

Meeting on Urologic Oncology Planned

The first meeting to discuss current topics and strategies in urologic oncology, jointly sponsored by the National Cancer Institute's Urologic Oncology Program and the Society of Urologic Oncology, will be held Dec. 2-3 in the Natcher Conference Center. Register online at http://www.palladianpartners.com/urologiconcology, or contact Anita Allen, Palladian Partners, Inc., (301) 650-8660, ext. 121.

Adventures in Science Available

Every child loves adventure, but most parents would prefer their kids to study hard and get a good education. In NIH's Adventure In Science (AIS) program, children can satisfy their own wishes and their parents' as well.

In this Saturday morning program, children ages 8 through 11 learn by doing. To learn about an internal combustion engine they disassemble a lawn mower to see the parts. To learn about electricity they build circuits from components in a kit. To learn about the circulatory system they take each other's blood pressure, listen to their heartbeats and study the structure of a cow's heart.

The AIS site at NIH will soon begin its eighth year of teaching the fun of science to children. The program runs on Saturdays from October through March and is taught by volunteers from NIH and the surrounding community. A registration fee of $75 is used to buy class supplies.

Parents are also asked to participate in any way they can such as teaching or assisting in a class, purchasing supplies budgeted by the program or managing the AIS library.

Registration for the 2000-2001 year has started. Interested parents can receive enrollment forms by calling the Montgomery Cooperative Extension office, (301) 590-9638, extension 0. Volunteers interested in teaching can call Dr. Edward Max, (301) 827-1806.

Pharmacology Course Offered by CC

The Principles of Clinical Pharmacology course, sponsored by the Clinical Center, will begin Sept. 7. It meets Thursdays from 6:30 to about 8 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10, and runs through Apr. 26, 2001. Topics include pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism and transport, assessment of drug effects, drug therapy in special populations, and drug discovery and development. Faculty includes Dr. Carl Peck of Georgetown University's Center for Drug Development Science, Dr. Jerry Collins of the Food and Drug Administration, and the CC's Dr. Arthur J. Atkinson, Jr., who is also the course director. Registration is free and open to all. For more information, including the registration form, visit http://www.cc.nih.gov/ccc/principles/ or call 435-6618.

Renewal of NIH Parking Permits

NIH General Parking Permits for campus employees whose last names begin with O, P, Q and R will expire on the last day of August 2000. In order to obtain a new permit, an employee must visit the NIH Parking Office in Bldg. 31, Rm. B3B04. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Remember to bring a valid NIH identification card, driver's license and vehicle registration certificate. For more information, call 496-6851.

Fire Prevention Slogans Sought

The Emergency Management Branch, Division of Public Safety, is now accepting slogans for NIH's observance of National Fire Prevention Week. If you win the contest, open to everyone except members of EMB and their immediate family, your idea appears on next year's commemorative posters at NIH, along with your name. Entries will be judged on originality and creativity. You can enter as often as you like, and entries should be snappy one-liners about fire prevention. Be sure to print 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. 1. Send or fax entries to the fire prevention section (attention: J.P. McCabe), Bldg. 15G, Rm. 2. Fax number is 402-2059. For more information call 496-0487.

Technical Consulting, Development Web Site

The Human Resource Development Division has launched a new web site to promote its efforts in the area of technology-based training. HRDD can provide specialized expertise to help organizations improve employee and organizational performance through technology-based learning, performance support systems and training management systems. Contracting with HRDD staff gives you many advantages over obtaining an outside contractor: HRDD is knowledgeable about NIH, its mission, and its organization; and is already at NIH, enabling quick response. For more information, visit http://trainingcenter.od.nih.gov/tcd or call Kathy Hardin, 496-5025.

Free Outdoor Film Festival Returns

The 2000 Outdoor Film Festival, presented by Cable TV Montgomery and the NIH charities, will be held Friday, Aug. 18 through Sunday, Aug. 27 on the grounds between Metro and Bldg. 16. The movies, in order, are: Crocodile Dundee, Goldfinger, My Fair Lady, The Wizard of Oz, Rear Window, Mission Impossible, Rain Man, Casablanca, Grease, and City Slickers. Visit www.filmfestnih.org or call (301) 816-6958 for updates and more information. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. No chairs are provided. Alcohol and smoking are prohibited. Volunteers are needed. Call Karen or Ivana at 496-6061 if you would like to help.


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