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Orientation Fair Set, Sept. 18

The 3rd annual NIH Orientation Fair will be held Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Bldg. 10 on the B1 level in the exhibit area outside the Visitor Information Center. Based on the theme, "Ask me about the NIH," the event will showcase the wealth of professional and personal services that are available to trainees and employees.

"We hope the fair will give all participants a concise and complete grasp of campus resources, making them more capable more quickly and enriching their experience here," said Deborah Cohen of the Office of Education, which is sponsoring the event along with the Office of Research Services and the Work and Family Life Center.

Visitors will find more than 50 booths with representatives from the NIH Library, Office of Animal Care, credit union, parking and police, Work & Family Life Center, occupational safety and many others. They can sign up for email distribution lists, pick up giveaways and get answers to their questions. Sign language interpretation will be available. Individuals who require this or other accommodation should call 496-2427.

NIH Hosts Pavilion at Black Family Reunion

As part of its outreach efforts to address health disparities, NIH will participate in the 17th annual National Black Family Reunion Celebration Sept. 7-8 on the grounds of the Washington Monument. NIH has reserved a pavilion to educate the public about its commitment to conduct and support research that will result in improved health for all people. The National Council of Negro Women reunion attracts more than 500,000 people each year. All are welcome to attend. Admission is free. For more information about the NIH information booth, call Joan Lee of NEI (496-8990), Levon Parker of NINDS (496-5332) or Frederick Allen Whittington Jr. of OD (594-3591).

Employees Enjoy College Baseball

The R&W recently sponsored an evening for NIH employees at Shirley Povich Field in Cabin John Regional Park, where guests saw the Bethesda Big Train play a baseball game. The event included a visit by the Orioles Bird (r), along with Homer, the mascot of the Big Train. With them is Elka Hernandez, a guest of the Children's Inn at NIH, who also threw out the game's first pitch. Bethesda Big Train is a wooden-bat summer league of NCAA amateur college baseball players.

NIH Library Announces Fall 2002 Seminars

Evidence-Based Medicine and Chemistry Resources are two new seminars offered this fall at the NIH Library. Free, hands-on seminars on 12 topics cover how NIH staff can effectively use the library's electronic resources. No registration is required. Seminars are held in the Library Training Rm., Bldg. 10. For more information, call 496-1080 or visit

Course on Beethoven's Quartets

The FAES Graduate School at NIH is offering a Beethoven string quartet performance-lecture course this fall. All 16 quartets will be performed live, with lectures outlining each quartet. The class will be held Mondays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The course is for all NIH music lovers, even those who can't read music. For information about registration (which must be completed by the end of August), call 496-7976 or visit

NIH Toastmasters Celebrate 20 Years

The NIH Evening Speakers Toastmasters Club will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Positano Ristorante Italiano in Bethesda. All are invited to attend the event. Dinner costs $34.50. For details contact Cheryl McDonald, 435-2149, by Sept. 4.

Tae Kwon Do Beginner's Class

The NIH Tae Kwon Do School is offering a beginner's class for adults and mature teens starting Sept. 9. The class will meet in the Malone Center (Bldg. 31C, B4 level, next to the NIH Fitness Center) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and will continue for approximately 2 months until participants can be integrated into the regular school training. Dues are $40 per quarter; a uniform costs $30. Interested persons are welcome to watch regular training sessions. For information, call Andrew Schwartz, 402-5197, or visit the web site at

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