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Director's Seminar Set, Sept. 26

The NIH Director's Seminar Series begins its 1997-1998 season of Friday noontime lectures in Bldg. 1's Wilson Hall on Sept. 26 with Dr. John T. Schiller of NCI's Laboratory of Cellular Oncology. His topic is "Developing a Vaccine to Prevent Cervical Cancer." Continuing medical education credit is available.

Research Conference on Heroin

The National Institute on Drug Abuse is sponsoring a conference, "Heroin Use and Addiction: A National Conference on Prevention, Treatment, and Research," Sept. 29-30 at the Sheraton Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C. HHS Secretary Donna Shalala and the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Gen. Barry McCaffrey, will be keynote speakers.

A series of panels will address the changing trends and patterns of abuse, including the varying consequences of snorting, smoking, and shooting heroin; the biological and behavioral bases of addiction; the health and social consequences of heroin addiction, including its effect on the fetus and implications for HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C; and effective, science-based prevention and treatment approaches. Each panel presentation will be followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session.

Preregistration is required. There is a $125 registration fee. For more information and to register, call Sally Marshall or Robyn Bowie at (301) 468-6001.

Seminar on 'Women, Poverty, AIDS'

The Office of AIDS Research is sponsoring a seminar entitled "Women, Poverty and AIDS," on Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 1 to 2 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. The speaker is Dr. Janie Simmons of the Institute for Health and Social Justice, Partners in Health, Cambridge, Mass. For more information contact Dr. Fulvia Veronese, 496-3677.

Polymer Drug Delivery Systems Lecture

Polymer drug delivery systems will be the topic of a lecture by Dr. Robert Langer, professor of chemical and biomedical engineering at MIT, on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 4 p.m., in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Langer has pioneered the field of controlled release systems for peptides, proteins and other macromolecules. He has received more than 50 major awards, holds hundreds of patents, has published widely, and is the only active member of all three U.S. national academies: the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Sciences. The lecture is part of a series entitled "Chemistry: A Life Science," sponsored by the American Chemical Society together with several institutes.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series -- held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 -- will feature Dr. Peter Walter on Oct. 1. He is professor and vice chairman, department of biochemistry and biophysics, and HHMI investigator at the University of California, San Francisco. His topic is "Intracellular Signaling from the Endoplasmic Reticulum to the Nucleus."

There will be no lecture on Oct. 8 due to Research Festival 1997.

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

Bicycle Commuter Club To Meet

The NIH R&W Bicycle Commuter Club will be sponsoring a meeting open to all past, present and future NIH bicycle commuters on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at noon in the Bunim Rm., Bldg. 10 (9th fl., near the main elevators). Topics to be discussed will include bike thefts and racks. If you have suggestions for placement or number of racks or lockers or any other items related to bicycle commuting at NIH, come and present them.

If you can't come but have comments or suggestions or would like to know what was discussed, contact Jay Miller,

CFC Kickoff Set, Oct. 16

The 1997 NIH Combined Federal Campaign kickoff has been nudged forward by this year's Research Festival to Thursday, Oct. 16 at 11:45 a.m. in front of Bldg. 1, with Wilson Hall the location in case of rain. This year's theme is a karmic one: "It all comes back to you." Hosting the event, which will feature music by the Federal Focus Jazz Band and lots of great raffle prizes, will be the Clinical Center. Lunches will also be available for purchase. For more details, check next payday's NIH Record.

Biomedical Calendar Available

The 1997-1998 Calendar of Biomedical Meetings and Events, which includes meetings sponsored by NIH as well as those of major medical societies and biomedical research associations, is available from the Office of Communications, OD. To obtain a copy, call Betty Riley, 496-8855.

Madrigal Singers Recruit

The NIH Madrigal Singers are recruiting members in all voices to sing a cappella music, much of it written before 1650, but with frequent excursions into more recent works. The Madrigal Singers meet on Sundays from 7 to 9 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. There are no formal auditions, but some sight-reading is very helpful. For information, call Richard Shrager, 496-1135, during working hours, or just show up and see if you like it. New members should call to check if the rehearsal is on for that week.

Starlight, Star Bright Film Festival

The lawn behind the Stone House became the biggest drive-in (well, walk-in) movie theater in the county Aug. 16-22 when the R&W, in collaboration with WGAY 99.5 FM, presented the Starlight, Star Bright Film Festival, a fundraiser for several NIH-related charities. "It was more for the fun of it than for the big dollars," said R&W General Manager Randy Schools, who reported that Twister was the top draw among the eight films. The free series drew some 12,000 people and raised about $4,500 from sales of food and beverages, and through donations.

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