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Director's Town Meeting, Oct. 4

On Friday, Oct. 4, NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni will host his first NIH Town Hall Meeting in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, from 1 to 2 p.m. It will be an opportunity for him to communicate his vision for NIH and address issues of importance to the community. The session will be followed by a question and answer period. Visit to submit your ideas for what might be addressed at the meeting if you have not done so yet. All NIH employees are invited to attend. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign language interpretation will be available and accommodations can be made for persons needing special assistance. The event also will be videocast and can be viewed from your office computer at http://videocast.nih. gov. For more information contact Carol Jabir at or 496-1776.

'Share the Health' Event Set, Oct. 26

The Office of Community Liaison will hold its fourth annual free community health forum — Share the Health: An Exposition of Health Resources from NIH to Its Neighbors — on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Natcher conference center. The event features health-related information, lectures, workshops and screenings, with the goal of educating citizens about health promotion and disease prevention.

Community members can have their blood pressure checked; attend seminars led by NIH experts; collect information on the latest research; visit institute-sponsored exhibits; and learn to use the Internet to gather health information (a new web site just for seniors will be featured).

Children and teens can explore the "Drunken Brain," an interactive exhibit including a giant brain model with flashing lights; learn about fire prevention, good nutrition and the hazards of mercury; tour NIH fire and rescue vehicles; see the NIH police canine team in action; and watch the Halloween classic movie Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, shown by the National Library of Medicine.

For more information call (301) 650-8660 (TTY users should call 1-800-877-8339) or visit

Disability Awareness Expo at CC

The Clinical Center will present a Disability Awareness Expo on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information booths will be open to the public in the central exhibit area on the first floor of Bldg. 10 and in the Visitor Information Center. Exhibits will feature such topics as disability resources, accommodations, assistive technology and section 508 requirements. Participants are eligible to enter a drawing for two prizes.

Theater Group Presents Checks

Mary Ann Williamson (l) and Alice "Frankie" Smyth (second from l) of the Bethesda Little Theatre present a check to Dr. Lauren Wood (c) and Dave Smith for Camp Funshine, a program of Special Love Inc. for children who have HIV. Also pictured is Mary Graham (fourth from l) of the theatre group.

Williamson (l) gives a check to Deborah Dozier-Hall (second from l) of the Clinical Center social work department. The money is for the Patient Emergency Fund, administered by the social work department. Also shown are Smyth and Graham, officers of the Bethesda Little Theatre.

Distinguished Teacher To Be Named

The winner of the 2002 NIH Distinguished Clinical Teacher's Award will be named at Clinical Center Grand Rounds, held from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25 in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. The award is the highest honor bestowed collectively by the clinical fellows on a senior clinician, staff clinician or tenure-track/tenured clinical investigator for excellence in mentoring, teaching and research.

The award has been presented annually, since 1985, to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in both mentoring healthcare professionals and teaching them on issues related to direct patient care, and made outstanding contributions to the advancement of clinical research.

Clinical fellows from nine institutes nominated 14 individuals for the honor.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Terry Sejnowski on Sept. 25, speaking on the topic, "The Dynamic Brain." He is HHMI investigator and professor, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, University of California, San Diego.

On Oct. 2, Dr. Michael E. Goldberg will lecture on "The Physiology and Psychophysics of Visual Attention." He is David Mahoney professor of brain and behavior, departments of neurology and psychiatry, and Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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

A Librarian Is Waiting to Help You

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