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NIH Holds Orientation Fair, Sept. 25

All employees are invited to the second annual NIH Orientation Fair, to be held on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Bldg. 10, B1 level exhibit area near the Visitor Information Center. Sponsors include the Office of Education, Office of Research Services, and Work and Family Life Center.

With the theme, "Ask Me about the NIH," the fair will showcase the wealth of professional and personal services available to trainees and employees. The fair will give all visitors a concise and complete grasp of campus resources, making them more capable and enriching their experience here. There will be more than 50 booths with representatives from the NIH Library, Office of Animal Care and Use, credit union, parking and police, Work and Family Life Center, occupational safety, and many others. Sign up for email lists, pick up giveaways and get your questions answered. Sign language interpretation and other accommodation is available upon request. Contact Deborah Cohen, 402-1907.

Hispanic Heritage Month Observed

The 2001 NIH Hispanic Heritage Month celebration will feature the second annual Hispanic Scientists Day on Monday, Oct. 1. A keynote address titled "Nuclear Hormone Receptors: Molecular Targets to Develop Tissue-selective Molecules with Enhanced Therapeutic Profile," will be given by Dr. Andres Negro-Vilar of Ligand Pharmaceuticals. The talk will be held in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10, from 10:30 to 11:25 a.m. For more information on the lecture, contact Dr. Juan Saavedra, 402-0337. There will also be poster presentations and a reception in the Visitor Information Center, Bldg. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact person is Dr. Marta Leon-Monzon, 496-4564.

Auditions for 'Messiah' Sing-along

The NIH Community Orchestra will hold chorus auditions for its fifth annual Messiah Sing-along at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1. The performance is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. Auditions will be held in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Especially sought are tenors and basses.

It is not necessary to prepare any audition materials. For a rehearsal schedule and other information, call Gary Daum at (301) 897-8184, email, or visit the orchestra's 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 — features Dr. Richard A. Young on Sept. 26; he will speak on "Regulation of Genome Expression in Living Eukaryotic Cells." He is member, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and professor, department of biology, MIT.

There is no WALS talk on Oct. 3 due to the annual NIH Research Festival.

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

WFLC Presents 'Phases' Seminars

The NIH Work and Family Life Center and the Employee Assistance Program present the fourth annual "Faces and Phases of Life" personal and professional development seminar series. The weekly seminars are given for free. Preregister for any session by calling WFLC at 435-1619. Sign-language interpretation is generally provided; call ahead to check. For more information about the series, visit

Hands-On Federal Applications
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 12-2 p.m., Bldg. 31, Rm., 6C10

Basics of the College Application Process
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 12-2 p.m., Bldg. 31, Rm. 6C6

Workshops for Women in Science

The Human Resources Development Division announces a new workshop series designed for women scientists. Negotiating, networking and mentoring lead to increased visibility and career opportunities. The workshops will target the development of these skills for women.

The first workshop is Communication and Negotiation for Women in Science. Topics include negotiating professionally with intramural and extramural scientists, supervisors, journal editors, and others; and maintaining ethics and learning specific characteristics of successful negotiators.

The 2-day workshop will be offered in December. For more information, contact HRDD at 496-6211.

NIAID Nurse Speaks at Lyme Disease Benefit

Marianne Davis-Eriksen (c), a nurse practitioner in NIAID's Laboratory of Clinical Investigation, was recently a featured speaker on Lyme disease at a benefit performance in Baltimore that included recording artists Bob Baldwin (l) and Marion Meadows. She gave an overview to an audience of 500 on what Lyme disease is, where it is most prevalent, signs and symptoms of infection, how it is diagnosed and treated, and most importantly, precautions to prevent becoming infected with Lyme disease. The event was put together by family and friends to benefit Sgt. Thaidiem Smith, a Maryland state trooper who contracted Lyme disease and eventually had to leave his job due to illness. In addition to educating the public, the performance successfully raised $1,000 to contribute toward NIAID research on Lyme disease.

Chamber Singers Need Members

The NIH Chamber Singers need a few tenors to round out its merry band of troubadours. If you are interested, contact Steve Bauer (, 827-0468) or Susan Hauser (, 435-3209). You can read about the singers at

HRDD Offers Voucher Program

HRDD can help you master the ever-changing software and computer technology necessary for the successful completion of projects. Through its Technical Consultation Voucher program, you can obtain one-on-one technical expertise and assistance in completing a project by working together with a consultant.

The consultant will not only advise and assist you in completing the project, but will also train you on the software that is being used. Technical consultation and/or training can be provided on a wide variety of projects and software such as: database design and customized reports; spreadsheet development; presentation design; brochures, catalogs, manuals, posters, and other publications. For more information, see http://trainingcenter/ or call 496-5026.

Find Information for Your Research

The NIH Library offers several modes of training to suit your learning styles:

  • Classes on how to use electronic resources effectively. The fall schedule includes many seminars on such topics as accessing full-text journals, searching databases, ordering and receiving articles via email, setting up a literature alert service, creating instant bibliographies for your manuscripts, and using the new NLM Gateway.

  • Tutorials offering one-on-one assistance with a librarian in your office or in the library.

  • Web-based tutorials on how to use electronic resources, including conducting a cited reference search in the Web of Science database to find out who has cited a particular article, setting up a Porpoise profile to receive weekly updates from the Web of Science database, and organizing your research files for creating instant bibliographies for your manuscripts using Reference Manager.

Go to for more information on classes and tutorials, or call 496-2184. The training opportunities are free and available to NIH staff only.

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