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NIH Chamber Orchestra Recruits New Members for 1997-98 Season

The NIH Chamber Orchestra is gearing up for its 1997-1998 season. The group's repertoire includes works written by J.S. Bach, Schubert, Mozart, Handel and their contemporaries. The orchestra is open to all musicians; there are no auditions. Play what you feel comfortable with. Get to know some good music. Rehearsals are held every other Thursday, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Natcher Auditorium. Next rehearsal is Sept. 4. New persons should bring a music stand to rehearsal. For more information, check out the group's Web site at or contact its conductor, Gary Daum of Georgetown Preparatory School's music faculty at (301) 897-8184.

Martial Arts Club Meets, Sept. 8

The R&W Chinese Martial Arts Club starts training sessions, beginning Sept. 8, every Monday, Wednesday 1 p.m. and Thursday, 12:45 p.m. at the Malone Center, Bldg. 31, B4 fitness center. Training includes meditation, exercise and traditional kung fu in the jow ga style. All are invited to free introductory sessions Sept. 8 and 10 -- just show up in comfortable clothing. For more information call (703) 759-9869.

Human Genetics Exhibit Opens Sept. 9

"Revolution in Progress: Human Genetics and Medical Research," an exhibit that explains how genetics has become central to the science of medicine, opens on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, will celebrate the opening in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10, with a noon lecture titled, "Where We Are and Where We Are Headed: The Current Status and Future Direction of Research into Genetics."

A ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception will immediately follow the lecture. The exhibit will be located on the balcony over the Visitor Information Center in Bldg. 10 and is sponsored by the DeWitt Stetten, Jr., Museum of Medical Research, NHGRI, NIAID, NCI, NHLBI and NIGMS. For more information contact the museum at 6-6610.

APAO To Meet, Sept. 25

The NIH Asian and Pacific Islander American Organization will hold its annual general assembly on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 1:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1. The meeting will include election of officers and seven council members. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served after the meeting. For more information call Prahlad Mathur, 2-8213.

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 2-2059. For more information, call 6-0487.

Fruits, Veggies for Sale

The Farmers' Market at NIH is open from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 28 on parking lot 41-B behind NLM. Currently featured are nectarines, blueberries, sweet and sour cherries, plums, raspberries, yellow and white sweet corn, tomatoes, squash, green beans, wax beans, and apricots. Organically grown produce is also available, including heirloom varieties of tomatoes and green beans, red raspberries and squashes. They have pies and breads as well. The market is sponsored by the Montgomery County Farmers' Market Association.

Maryland Renaissance Festival Tickets Available at R&W

The 1997 Maryland Renaissance Festival is open now through Oct. 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and R&W has discount tickets. Enjoy a day of entertainment, food, crafts, and attractions. Tickets are $11 for adults (regular price $12.95) and $4.50 for children (regular price $4.95). Children under age 7 are free. Call 6-4600.

Follow Construction Progress on the Web

From the new walkway ascending toward Stone House, one can peer over the fence along the utility tunnel construction project and view the giant hole in the ground that will become the basement of the new Consolidated Laboratory Facility, also known as Bldg. 50. The former parking lot is now a busy construction site as dump trucks remove dirt night and day. Shoring for the foundation can be seen at the far end of the site, near Bldg. 13. Those who don't want to hazard a stroll to the area can follow construction progress on the Web. ORS has created a site ( on its home page that includes a camera that regularly refreshes the view of the project. From the comfort of your office, you can check in on progress without getting any dust on your shoes. The Website will also keep NIH'ers apprised of milestones as the building goes up. Completion is planned for June 2000.

Minority Supplement Program Grantees on Campus

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development recently brought together many of its Minority Supplement Program grantees on campus at "Scientists, Tools and Research for the 21st Century: A Conference for NICHD-supported Underrepresented Minority Scientists." It was designed to highlight grantees' exciting research, help them reach the next stage of their research careers, and celebrate the achievements of both the program and its beneficiaries. The program supplements existing grants supporting individuals at various stages of their careers from high school to undergraduate and postgraduate study and into the early stages of the scientific ranks. In the past 7 years, NICHD has awarded almost 200 minority supplements, with last year's additions totaling $2.2 million.

New NIH Neuroscience Center

Executive Implosion: Construction workers clear away the last vestiges of 6001 Executive Blvd. The building at that address was imploded earlier this summer to make way for the new NIH Neuroscience Center, which is scheduled to be built by the Washington Science Center Joint Venture. NIH recently leased the future structure -- slated to be ready for occupation by winter 1999 -- to house some administrative offices of NINDS, NIMH and NIDA, which will relocate from the Federal and Parklawn Bldgs.

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