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Miss America Visits NIH

Miss America 1999, Nicole Johnson, visited NIH recently. During her tour of the NIDDK-Navy Organ-Tissue Transplant Research Center in the Clinical Center, NIDDK director Dr. Phillip Gorden presented Johnson with an award for her efforts in recruiting patients into the Diabetes Prevention Trial-Type 1. Members of Johnson's family were screened for the trial and she has advocated widely for participation in it. Johnson herself was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 19. She has dedicated her year of service as Miss America to diabetes awareness.

'Faces & Phases of Life' Seminar Series

The NIH Work and Family Life Center, in conjunction with the NIH Employee Assistance Program, presents the following free seminars. Call the WFLC to preregister at 435-1619, TTY/TDD 480-0690. Sign language interpretation is available. For reasonable accommodation, call the WFLC at least 48 hours prior to the seminar. Visit WFLC online at


Stress Wars: The Workplace Menace (Sept. 2, 2-3 p.m., Bldg. 1/Wilson Hall)

Aging: The Unfinished Business of Living (Sept. 22, 12-1 p.m., Bldg. 31/6C6)

Jumpstarting Your Career (Sept. 30, 1-3 p.m., Bldg. 31/6C10).

New Interpreting Services Contract

On July 9, an open house was sponsored by the Special Program Services Office, ORS, to introduce the new NIH-wide interpreting services contract vendor, Sign Language Associates, Inc. (SLA). Project Officer Tim Tosten (at left) welcomes the group with interpreting services provided by Andrea Capuyan, SLA lead interpreter for NIH. Tosten helped orient the attendees to the new system. He answered questions, demonstrated the new Web-based request system and distributed the NIH Interpreting Services Consumer Manuals and posters that announced the new contract. Below, SLA Interpreter Bobby Wheeler (l) listens to clients' comments regarding the new contract. For more information on the new contract or to request interpreting services, visit the SPSO Web site,, or call 402-8180 (TTY 435-1908).

Register for NCI All Ireland Cancer Conference

Researchers and oncologists from the United States, Ireland and continental Europe are invited to register for the NCI All Ireland Cancer Conference, Oct. 3-6, 1999, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The conference, sponsored by NCI and the departments of health of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, marks the beginning of a long-term initiative to enhance cancer research in Ireland and promote an international dialogue in the quest for a cure.

Featured speakers include NIH director Dr. Harold Varmus, NCI director Dr. Richard Klausner, and Division of Clinical Science director Dr. Edison Liu, chief of NCI Surgery Branch Dr. Steven Rosenberg, and chief of NCI Radiation Oncology Branch Dr. Norman Coleman as well as Dr. Henrietta Campbell, chief medical officer, Northern Ireland; Dr. James Kiely, chief medical officer, Republic of Ireland; Dr. Peter Daly, associate professor of oncology, St. James's Hospital, Dublin; and Dr. Patrick Johnston, professor of oncology, Belfast City Trust Hospital. The conference includes scenic tours of the Irish countryside, an evening reception of traditional Irish music and golf. For registration information, visit the Web site at or call 1-888-624-1937 and ask for the NCI All Ireland Cancer Conference.

Kids, Families Get Trip to Six Flags

Some 250 NIH families and Clinical Center pediatric patients took advantage of a recent R&W-sponsored trip to Six Flags America. The outing, designed to give children a holiday from the hospital setting, included park admission, parking and a catered meal. The group also sampled a host of new rides at the theme park in Prince George's County, which debuted this summer.

Lecture on Freedom of Information Act

The Bethesda/Medical chapter of the National Contract Management Association is hosting a seminar on the release of information under the Freedom of Information Act as it applies to both the government and contractors. The speaker will be attorney Bernard Fensterwald. The meeting is Wednesday, Aug. 18 from noon to 1 p.m. in Executive Plaza North, Conf. Rm. F. The seminar is open to all and no registration is necessary. Contact Sharon Miller, 435-3783, for details.

NIAMS Hosts Summer Students

NIAMS' Laboratory of Physical Biology recently hosted two interactive cloning lessons for summer students, who used DNA from the skeletal muscle of a mouse.

Shown at left are (from l) NIAMS biologist and session leader Amy Herrara, Jennifer Szilagyi, Tara Knox, Tieu Co, Chris Hessman, Tiffany Reed and Kirsten Ehrenspeck.

At right are (from l) Raushanah Newman, Stephanie Addison, Waldo Johnson, Jennifer Myers, Lindsay Cromwell, NIAMS Summer Student Program Coordinator Sharon Louis and Chimere DeVane.

Y2K Services for Unix

Unix systems at NIH have a new ally to help prepare for the year 2000 and beyond. CIT is offering remediation services to the ICs to ensure that Unix systems achieve both Y2K compliance and an acceptable level of security. To take advantage of this offer, contact Jim Sullivan at 496-7212; email

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