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Squash Court Closes

Though he is smiling here, NIMH's Dr. Joe Campbell is among those who are disappointed to learn that the squash court on the B1 level of Bldg. 35 is closing at the end of summer to make way for a new, sorely needed Physical Biology Center for intramural scientists. The court and its environs will be gutted to build the new center, a joint NCI and NICHD venture that will include electron microscopes, lasers and x-ray crystallography labs. Construction begins this fall and will last 8 months to a year, said Dr. Camelia Smith, ORS program analyst. The possibility of a replacement court will be folded into a review of the adequacy of all fitness facilities at NIH, a matter overseen by the Office of Research Services, with input from the community and the NIH quality of worklife committee. R&W has sponsored the court, which is reserved by signups on a sheet outside the door.

Health Fair Kicks Off Study

With a community health fair, NCI intramural researchers recently kicked off a study in Triana, Ala., of DDT exposure and risk for breast cancer. The fair brought health information materials from NIH to this rural community. Women participating in the study receive breast cancer screening and a standard blood chemistry analysis. The Triana Community Health Initiative, or Project Life! Better Health for a Brighter Future (as the community has named it), is being conducted through NCI's Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics.

In the early 1970's, the Triana population had body burdens of DDT an average of 10 times higher than the general United States population, prompting community interest in a risk study.

Users' Group Creates Electronic Forms

Ever wonder where all those electronic forms come from? The NIH Electronic Forms Users' Group is busy producing forms in FileMaker Pro and PDF formats. Currently, there are nearly 500 forms on its Web site at and the number is growing daily. With assistance from CIT's Technical Assistance and Support Center and with information from official NIH forms files, the group has for the last 3 years been creating good quality, error-free forms that can be used by NIH'ers on both Windows and Macintosh computers. The group invites special requests and will make every attempt to create forms as soon as possible. It also welcomes comments to help create the most "user friendly" forms possible. Contact the group via email at

Cancer Survivors Celebrate

Dr. Ed Liu (r), director of the National Cancer Institute's Division of Clinical Sciences, kicks off a 4-day NCI-Clinical Center cancer survivorship celebration recently by reading a proclamation from President Clinton.


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. 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.

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