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Monstrously Successful 'Frankenstein' Exhibit
Extended at NLM Through November

The National Library of Medicine's popular exhibition, "Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature," has been extended through Nov. 30, 1998. Originally slated to end in August, the exhibit explores not only the popularization of the Frankenstein myth but also broader questions about the public's fear of science and its powers. It examines scientific developments that likely influenced Mary Shelley when she wrote Frankenstein in 1818, and also reviews Hollywood's take on the Frankenstein story (including clips from several films).

A recently added feature is a video kiosk that features an interview with Sara Karloff, daughter of actor Boris Karloff. Boris Karloff's performance in the 1931 film Frankenstein earned him international acclaim. (Incidentally, Frankenstein was just listed among the American Film Institute's Top 100 American films of all time.) Ms. Karloff talks candidly about her father as he was, on and off screen, and shares her family's home movies.

"Frankenstein" is open during regular library hours (except federal holidays), 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays (Thursdays until 9 p.m.), and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, in the lobby and rotunda of Bldg. 38.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series -- held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 -- returns from summer vacation on Sept. 16 with a presentation by Dr. Harvey F. Lodish, professor of biology at MIT and member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research (see story, MIT's Lodish Gives Director's Lecture).

On Sept. 23, Dr. Charles J. Sherr, HHMI investigator and chair, department of tumor cell biology, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, will lecture on "Integration of Oncogenic Signals by the ARF and p53 Tumor Suppressors." This is an NIH Director's Lecture.

There are no lectures Sept. 30 and Oct. 7.

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

Symposium Begins Hispanic Heritage Observance,
Sept. 15 in Masur

The National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Aging will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) with the annual NIH Scientific Symposium and Health Education Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon in Masur Auditorium at the Clinical Center. This year's theme is "Abriendo Puertas (Opening Doors) -- Biomedical Research and Hispanic Health Issues."

NIH deputy director Dr. Ruth Kirschstein will make opening remarks. NCI director Dr. Richard Klausner and NIA director Dr. Richard J. Hodes will join other scientists and health care providers from the Hispanic community in a panel discussion about current health issues affecting the Hispanic population. At the same time, a health information fair outside of Masur Auditorium will feature exhibits, posters and handouts in English and Spanish from many of the institutes. Both events are free to the public and refreshments will be served.

NINDS Receives Donation

In a recent presentation, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke became a beneficiary of the estate of Jane Pickerton, a NewYork-based advertising executive. Here, Dominic Della Valle (c), the estate's executor, presents a check for $125,000 to NINDS deputy director Dr. Audrey Penn and director Dr. Gerald Fischbach. The funds are to be used for research into the causes of and possible cure for multiple sclerosis. Pickerton, a Northwestern University-trained journalist, resided near Longwood Gardens, Pa., and died June 4, 1997, of complications related to MS.

Workshop on Risks, Benefits of UV Radiation, Tanning

A workshop on the effects that ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B radiation have on the skin will be held at the Natcher conference center, beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, and adjourning at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18. Cosponsors include four institutes, CDC and FDA.

The purpose is to review the state of the science regarding ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B radiation, and to address the health effects of various methods of inducing a tan and using sunscreening agents. The meeting has public health implications, and recommendations resulting from it will guide future research. Attendees will include basic and clinical researchers, members of the medical community, and representatives from government, industry and the public. Visit for the agenda and to register.

Conference on Contraceptives, Oct. 7-8

A conference titled "New Models for Preclinical Evaluation of Vaginal Contraceptives," will be held Oct. 7-8 in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A. It will explore refinements and alternatives to currently used in vitro and in vivo models for preclinical assessment of safety and efficacy of vaginal contraceptives. The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. For more information contact Peter Edwards of IQ Solutions at (301) 984-1471. Agenda and registration information are also available at

83 Participate in Hispanic Youth Initiative

This year's National Hispanic Youth Initiative in Health, Biomedical Research and Policy Development brought 83 high-achieving Latino high school students from across the nation and Puerto Rico to NIH in 2 weekly sessions held recently. John Medina, OEO Diversity Program manager, and Levon Parker, NINDS minority and special concerns program officer, as well as a cadre of Hispanic scientists and interns, introduced students to a range of careers in health research. Right, seasoned Latino student-researchers recounted how their experiences at NIH labs helped them choose careers in biomedicine. The opportunity to do an internship at NIH turned around the life of Daniel Perez (r), who dropped out of high school several times while fathering 4 children, and now is on a path to a career in science.

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.

NIH Record Search Tool Available

Visitors to the NIH Record home page (archives.htm) may have noticed a new search tool that recently became active. A subset of the main NIH Web site's search function, this new tool looks exclusively through all online files of the NIH Record. There are limits though -- only issues from September 1996 (and soon, August 1996) forward are searchable in this manner.

To query the NIH Record files for issues earlier than fall 1996, drop by our office in Bldg. 31, Rm. 2B03. All issues, dating back to May 1949, when the Record debuted, are available for reference, as is a card file organized by name and subject. The office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

WFLC/EAP Hold Seminar Series

In an effort to create employee awareness and help solve life's problems, the NIH Work and Family Life Center and the Employee Assistance Program are presenting a series of seminars called the "Faces and Phases of Life."

The series addresses topics that will help employees optimize their personal and professional performance. Following some of the seminars, there will be a discussion group for those interested in exploring the topic further. The sessions will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on the following dates:
Date Location Session
Sept. 10 1/Wilson Hall Living to Work or Working to Live?
Oct. 1 31/6C6 Dilemmas of Being Single in a Modern World
Oct. 15 31/6C8 Discussion Group: Single Life
Nov. 5 31/6C10 Dealing with Workplace Change
Dec. 2 31/6C10 Committed Couples: Deepening Connections in a Disconnected World
Jan. 6, 1999 31/6C7 Discussion Group: Committed Couples
Jan. 13 31/6C6 Stress Management in the New Workplace
Feb. 11 31/6C10 Starting Over: Divorce Recovery Issues
Feb. 25 31/6C7 Discussion Group: Divorce Recovery
Mar. 10 31/6C6 Shifting Perspectives: Hidden Powers of Midlife
Mar. 25 31/6C7 Discussion Group: Midlife
Apr. 14 31/6C6 Midlife Career Choices
May 13 1/Wilson Hall Retirement: Life After NIH
June 10 1/Wilson Hall In the Middle: Caring for Children, Aging Parents and Yourself
June 17 31/4C32 Discussion Group: Elder Care

Environmental Careers Symposium Attracts 235

At the sixth annual environmental careers symposium sponsored by NIEHS, participants take a break to play the Project Wild Game "Oh Deer" that shows how environmental conditions -- sometimes created or exacerbated by human actions -- can leave deer hungry, thirsty and shelterless. This year's symposium attracted 235 students from 18 North Carolina high schools.

Crying Time at NIEHS

With the grace of a fencer, Sy Holder, NIEHS property management unit head, puts his whole body into his auctioneering. He "cried" a recent surplus property public auction at the institute's warehouse in Research Triangle Park, N.C. The second auction in 7 months nearly cleared out the warehouse's supply of outmoded equipment including computers, copiers, casework, typewriters and other items, bringing in $3,134.50. All but 14 of the 125 lots offered were sold, at prices ranging from $5 to $180.

Varmus Delivers Falk Lecture

NIH director Dr. Harold Varmus recently delivered the 14th Hans L. Falk Memorial Lecture at NIEHS before an overflow crowd. He presented work going on in his NCI lab in his talk, "Making a Mouse Model for Glioma." The Falk Lecture recognizes the spirit of freedom of scientific inquiry and the pursuit of excellence in science embodied by NIEHS's first scientific director, Hans Falk.

CIT Employee Graduates

Scott Collins, a computer specialist at the Center for Information Technology, recently graduated from the University of Maryland University College. He was awarded a bachelor of science in computer studies. He maintained a 3.61 GPA and is currently enrolled in the NIH computer support coordinators Microsoft certified systems engineer training program. Collins is the NIH Parachute remote access Webmaster and teaches several information technology classes in the CIT Training Program.

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