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Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Part I Scheduled

NIH's annual Hispanic Heritage Month observance part I, "Hispanic Contributions to Research in the United States — Novel Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Cell Activity," will be held on Monday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Clinical Center's Lipsett Amphitheater.

Following remarks by Dr. Teresa Chapa, president of NIH's Hispanic Employee Organization, and Dr. Cristina Beato, HHS acting assistant secretary of health, Dr. Nora Volkow, NIDA director, will discuss "Participation in the Science Enterprise." Other speakers and topics include Dr. Ruben Adler of Johns Hopkins University, "Making Stem Cells Do What We Want: A Developmental Perspective"; Dr. Nicolas G. Bazan of Louisiana State University, "Synaptic Lipid Signaling in the Life and Death of Neurons"; and Dr. Silvio Gutkind, chief, Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer Branch, NIDCR, "AIDS Malignancies and Signaling Networks: A Case of Molecular Hijacking." A reception follows in the Clinical Center B1 atrium.

For more information, contact Elsa Berenstein via email or phone 496-2514.

Use Employee Express to Manage Benefits

Effective Oct. 1, NIH employees will manage many of their benefits online. Employee Express is an automated system that provides access 24/7. Employees can make changes to their benefits information anywhere at anytime. Employee Express is efficient, reduces paperwork and gives employees control and flexibility. Beginning Oct. 1, Employee Express will be used exclusively for:

  • tax withholding (federal & state exemptions/amount);
  • direct deposit/financial allotment changes;
  • home address changes;
  • Federal Employee Health Benefit Plan enrollment/changes (during open season);
  • TSP percentage of salary deductions (during open season).

You will need a personal identification number (PIN) to use the system. Don't get "stuck" without your PIN. To get a PIN and to learn more about Employee Express, visit

NIAMS Hosts Conference, Sept. 22-23

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases is sponsoring "Immunomodulatory Drugs in the Treatment of Skin Diseases: What Can We Learn About Pathophysiology?," a conference at the Natcher Conference Center on Sept. 22-23. The conference is cosponsored by the NIH Office of Rare Diseases.

Four sessions will examine current and future therapies and will focus on Immune Regulation as it Relates to Skin Diseases and Their Therapies; Immune Pathophysiology and Therapy of Atopic Dermatitis and Psoriasis; Immune Abnormalities and Their Regulation in Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma, Graft vs. Host Disease, and Rheumatic Skin Diseases; and Other Diseases with Potential for Immunomodulatory Drug Therapy.

For an agenda and registration form, visit and and click on News and Events and then Upcoming Meetings. Or, request by email or phone:, (202) 973-8724.

NIH Library Offers New EMBASE Class

You may use PubMed consistently, but have you also learned to use EMBASE? NIH'ers have access to this database of medical and drug-related bibliographic citations. Let NIH Library staff teach you to efficiently search EMBASE or any other library resource covered in 14 topic areas. Free, hands-on classes are held in the Library Training Rm., Bldg. 10. For more information, call 496-1080 or visit

FEW Brown Bag, Sept. 9

Federally Employed Women, Bethesda chapter, will present Ginny Gong, lecturer and talk-show host, at its brown bag meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 9 from noon to 1 p.m. in Bldg. 45, Rm. F1-F2. Gong will discuss "Diversity Today in the Workplace." Host of "Ginny's…where East meets West," she serves as consultant on various school and community initiatives and boards. She is currently director of Montgomery County's interagency coordinating board. All are welcome to attend. Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation should contact Allyson Browne, 451-0002, and/or the federal relay, 1-800-877-8339.

Class Offered on Clinical Research

Registration for the 2003-2004 "Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research" is now open. The course will run from Oct. 20, 2003, to Feb. 24, 2004. Classes will be held on campus on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 5 to approximately 6:30. There is no charge for the course; however, the purchase of a textbook is required. A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course, including a final exam.

Close to 500 students registered for the program held earlier this year, which was also broadcast to Children's National Medical Center (Washington, D.C.), State University of New York (Syracuse), Tripler Army Medical Center (Honolulu), NIDDK (Phoenix), the University of Puerto Rico (San Juan) and MAT & Asociados (Buenos Aires).

For more information or to register, visit or call 496-9425. The deadline for registering is Oct. 3. An email confirmation will be sent to those accepted into the program. If you require reasonable accommodation to participate, call 496-9425 at least 7 business days prior to the event.

NIH at Black Family Reunion

The National Institutes of Health will be represented at the 18th annual Black Family Reunion celebration Sept. 6-7 on the Washington Monument grounds. The event is one of the oldest and best-known gatherings of African American families, attracting more than 500,000 people. NIH will disseminate health care information, provide health screenings and publicize research protocols. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. For more information, contact Joan Lee, 496-8990, Levon Parker, 496-5332 or Michael Chew, 402-3681.

Do You Enjoy Singing?

The NIH Chamber Singers need men and women in all voice ranges to round out its merry band of troubadours. In September, the group will begin rehearsing for its fall/winter concert for NIH employees and patients. If you are interested in joining the Singers, contact Susan Hauser at for details.

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. 15. The curriculum combines traditional striking arts, forms and sparring with emphasis on self-defense. No experience is necessary. 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 about 2 months until participants can be integrated into the regular school training. Dues are $40 per quarter and a uniform costs $30. Interested persons are welcome to watch regular training sessions. For information call Andrew Schwartz, 402-5197 or visit

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures Return

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Kathryn V. Holmes on Sept. 10, speaking on the topic, "Coronavirus Receptor Recognition and Entry." She is professor of microbiology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver.

On Sept. 17, Dr. Peter Gruss will give the George Khoury Lecture on "The George Khoury Legacy: From Transcription to Regenerative Medicine." Gruss is president, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Munich, Germany. See story03.

For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Hilda Madine, 594-5595.

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