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America Races for Strong Women, Sept. 18

On Saturday, Sept. 18, starting at Freedom Plaza downtown, there will be a 5-kilometer run/walk through the streets of Washington, D.C., to raise awareness about the prevention, detection and treatment of osteoporosis. Thousands of mothers, daughters and granddaughters will be joining honorary cochairs U.S. Sen. John Glenn and Mrs. Glenn and Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala to raise awareness about osteoporosis in the first America Races for Strong Women 5K. A multi-generational, education-oriented Health and Fitness Festival will feature demonstrations of weight-bearing exercises, samples of calcium-rich foods, information booths, free prizes and drawings. For more information contact: or (703) 506-8875.

Stretching the Point

Stretch at NIH? Sure. Participants of the public seminar "What You Can Do: Preventing Onset, Progression, and Disability of Osteoarthritis" are learning how to reduce pain and disability through exercise. This stretch demonstration was led by Dr. Kate Lorig of Stanford University, a leading researcher in sociobehavioral interventions for arthritis. The seminar was part of the 2-day conference "Stepping Away from OA: A Scientific Conference on the Prevention of Onset, Progression, and Disability of Osteoarthritis," which took place recently at Natcher Conference Center, organized by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

New Shuttle Service

Shuttle service between Rockledge and Executive Plaza (North and South) is now provided for employees located at Rockledge and EPN/S. Currently, the service is offered between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information about shuttle schedules, check the Web site or contact Sara Earl, 496-5077 or email earls@ors.od.

Library Announces Fall Seminars

The NIH Library announces its Fall 1999 Electronic Resources Seminars. Three new courses, in addition to the popular seminars, are being offered: Social Sciences Resources, ProCite (Mac) and Drug Information Resources. Many of the seminars will include hands-on practice. (Note: You may be required to share a workstation.) All seminars are held in the NIH Library training room, Bldg. 10, and are open to all NIH staff. Registration is not required. For seminar descriptions and times, see "Seminars" on the NIH Library's home page at Questions about the seminars? Interested in having a seminar at your location? Call 594-6200.

U.S.-Japan Venture Marks 35th Year

Minister Seiji Kojima (second from l) of the Embassy of Japan and Melinda Kimble (fourth from l), acting assistant secretary at the Department of State, welcome delegates to the NIAID-sponsored 35th annual meeting of the United States-Japan Cooperative Medical Science Program held recently at NIH. Other delegates are (from l) Eiji Habu (Embassy of Japan), Dr. Tadao Shimao (Japanese delegation chair), Dr. Charles Carpenter (U.S. delegation chair) and Nancy Carter-Foster (Department of State). The program, organized in 1965, provides an opportunity for scientists from the two countries to cooperate in studying 10 disease-related areas important to the health of the peoples of Southeast Asia.

Lecture on Forensic Medicine, Sept. 16

The Bethesda chapter of AWIS (Association for Women in Science), now in its 8th year, is holding a series of talks for 1999-2000. These are cosponsored by NIH's Office for Research on Women's Health and Office of Community Liaison. The first lecture, titled "Science in Forensic Medicine," will be held in the Cloister (Bldg. 60) chapel at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16. Speakers are Dr. Jerry D. Spencer, medical examiner, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, and Jeannie Willard, DNA specialist at AFIP.

Retirement Fair Set, Oct. 27

Explore the many dimensions of retirement and learn how to analyze and maximize your retirement financial portfolio at the Quality of Work Life retirement fair on Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Natcher Conference Center. Retirement, employee benefits, Social Security, Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), leisure options, and financial planning are just some of the topics available during the fair. Both Commissioned Corps and civilian employees will benefit from this event, which will include information both for those just entering the federal government and for those days away from retirement. Browse materials from more than 20 exhibitors, learn how to manage and assess your benefits, and explore the myths and realities of retirement.

Four speakers will give 45-minute talks, beginning at 11 a.m., with time for questions after each talk. There will also be four video presentations.

For more information contact Sandy Jones at 496-7700 ext. 285 or Wendy Leech at 402-8676.

'Come Back to Bethesda,' Oct. 1-2

The ninth annual Come Back to Bethesda, a benefit event for the Children's Inn at NIH, takes place Friday, Oct. 1 (a dance at the Bethesda Theatre Cafe kicks off the weekend) and Saturday, Oct. 2 (when the custom rod and streetcar show is hosted by Chevy Chase Cars). For more information, call R&W at 496-6061 or go to the Web site at

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — resumes, after taking a summer break, on Sept. 15 when Dr. Wolfram Schultz, professor and chair of neurophysiology, University of Fribourg (Switzerland), discusses "Reward Processing in Primate Basal Ganglia and Frontal Cortex."

On Sept. 22, Dr. Vilayanur S. Ramachandran, professor and director, Center for Brain and Cognition, University of California, San Diego, will speak on "What Neurology Can Tell Us About Human Nature."

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

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