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Fourth Outdoor Film Fest a Success

More than 25,000 people attended the fourth NIH Outdoor Film Festival, held Aug. 18-27, according to R&W, which sponsored the event. R&W thanks all who helped make the festival a success. In the photo above, hundreds gather before dusk to get good seats in front of the large screen erected near the Medical Center Metro station.

A family celebrates a birthday on the lawn before the movie starts

Help Plan Asian/Pacific Heritage Program

The first planning meeting for NIH's 29th annual Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Program is scheduled at 2:30 p.m on Tuesday, Sept. 26 in the Natcher Conference Center, Rm. D. All are welcome to this meeting and to participate in the planning of the program, which will take place in May 2001. For more information, contact Victor Fung by email or call Joanne Wong at 496-9147.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. John Carlson on Sept. 27, discussing, "Olfaction in Drosophila: Genetics and eGenetics." He is professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology, Yale University. For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Hilda Madine, 594-5595.

CFC Kickoff Set, Oct. 3

NIH Combined Federal Campaign deputy coordinators and keyworkers are invited to attend the annual CFC kickoff at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3, on the patio behind Bldg. 31A. A highlight of the event will be "Tree House," a puppet show (for adults) about goal-setting by the Blue Sky Puppet Theater. NIAMS will host this year's CFC campaign. For more information about how you can contribute to the NIH CFC, contact your area keyworker.

Fair Addresses Quality of Work Life

What makes your life complicated? What would make it easier for you to balance the demands of work, home and your personal needs? On Thursday, Oct. 5, the NIH quality of work life committee is sponsoring a resource fair, "Real People, Real Choices: Quality of Work Life at NIH." The fair, held in Bldg. 10's Visitor Information Center (lower level exhibit area) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will provide an opportunity to learn more about employee services. Twenty-six offices and organizations will be on hand showcasing programs that help enhance quality of life. At the fair, you will be able to find out more about NIH's family-friendly workplace policies; talk to on-campus child care centers about programs and availability; find out about programs that make the campus safe; get information about R&W's new concierge service; and more.

The fair's keynote speaker is Linda Breen Pierce, author of Choosing Simplicity: Real People Finding Peace — Fulfillment in a Complex World. Her talk is at noon in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10.

For more information about the fair, call the Work and Family Life Center at 435-1619, or visit its web site at

'Come Back to Bethesda' on Oct. 7

The tenth annual Come Back to Bethesda Benefit Car Show will be held Saturday, Oct. 7 at Chevy Chase Cars in Bethesda from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Children's Inn at NIH. Also that day are the Taste of Bethesda and the American Heart Walk. Spend the day and do all three!

Renewal of Carpool Permits

NIH carpool parking permits expire on the last day of October 2000. To get a new one, each member of the pool must appear together at the NIH Parking Office in Bldg. 31, Rm. B3B04. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Carpool permits can also be obtained Oct. 11 at EPN, Conf. Rm. C, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and Oct. 18 at Rockledge II, Conf. Rm. 9104, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

'Police Week' Benefits FOCC

The NIH Police's recent observance of "Police Week" included a fundraising barbecue to benefit the Friends of the Clinical Center. More than 1,500 people attended the gathering, which was held in front of Bldg. 1. On hand for the presentation of the donation were (from l) Kip Fenton, FOCC administrative assistant; O.W. "Jim" Sweat, director of the Division of Public Safety; NIH Police Capt. Lawrence Brown, Deputy Chief Robert Fuller, and Police Chief Alvin Hinton; and Maria Stagnitto, FOCC president.

Hispanic Heritage Month Observance

NIH's observance of Hispanic Heritage Month continues in October with a morning symposium titled, "¡Salud! To Your Health — Bridging the Gap in Health Disparities," on Wednesday, Oct. 4 in Bldg. 10's Lipsett Amphitheater and Visitor Information Center.

The talks begin at 9 a.m., with welcoming remarks. At 9:20, Dr. Carlos Camargo, assistant professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School, will discuss "Body Mass Index and Risk of Developing Asthma." He will be followed at 10:30 by Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, deputy director, Chronic Disease Prevention & Control Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine, whose topic is "Hispanics and Cancer: Charting a Course for the Future." A reception follows the talks at 11:30 a.m. in the VIC. For more information contact Raymond Mejia, 496-9972.

Ultimate Frisbee in the Air

Photos by Damon Tighe

Michael Beauchamp (l) of NIMH's Laboratory of Brain and Cognition pitches a frisbee into a goal on a field near parking lot 41B. Games of Ultimate Frisbee are played on this field Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from about 5:30 to 7. Anyone who shows up is welcome to play.

Beauchamp (r) contests Pierre Ledoux of NLM's National Center for Biotechnology Information for possession of a tossed frisbee.

Chamber Music Concert, Oct. 1

On Sunday, Oct. 1, the Rock Creek Chamber Players will begin their eighth consecutive season of monthly concerts in the Clinical Center's 14th floor assembly hall. The free public concert, sponsored by the recreation therapy section, will begin at 3 p.m. It will include Devienne's Quartet, Op. 73 No. 1, for bassoon and strings; solo piano works by Rachmaninoff and Prokofieff; and Schumann's Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor. For reservations and information call (202) 337-8710.

Community Health Forum Set, Oct. 21

The NIH Office of Community Liaison will hold its third annual community health forum, Share the Health: An Exposition of Health Resources from NIH to Its Neighbors. The event, which features free health-related information, lectures and screenings, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Natcher Conference Center.

Community members will have an opportunity to participate in free health screenings, collect health information, visit exhibits by NIH institutes, visit NIH's web site and its links to health information sources, attend free health seminars, see computer demonstrations on how to access health information on the Internet, tour the National Library of Medicine and Children's Inn, participate in dance workshops, learn about volunteer opportunities and hear about efforts to promote health within the community. Children's health activities will also be featured.

Confirmed seminar topics include Alcohol and the Brain; Dry Mouth and Dry Eyes: Could It Be Sjögren's Syndrome?; and the Mission and Focus of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Additional lecture topics may include child and adolescent depression, an assessment of tools enabling children to read, and a look at advances in cardiovascular disease research. Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, will give the keynote lunch presentation on "Medical and Societal Consequences of the Human Genome Project."

Save the date and plan to bring the entire family. For more information, call Terry LaMotte or Monique Simpson of Palladian Partners at (301) 650-8660 or visit

Scenes Around Campus Caught on Film

Photos by Damon Tighe

Those bright red numbers on the sides of NIH buildings are good for more than simple identification. This numeral is also home to a bird's nest, although it was unattended at the time this photo was taken.

A squadron of motorcycles is parked under a shed behind Bldg. 13. Come winter, the same crowd probably won't be on hand.

There is a small afterthought of a courtyard near Lipsett Amphitheater in Bldg. 10 where only light and shadow are welcome; no doors offer passage. Inside are pyramids of mirrored glass, breaking images into shards as they trade reflections. It seems a good place from which to be barred.

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