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APAO Solicits Awards Nominations

The Asian and Pacific Islander American Organization (APAO) will continue the tradition to honor NIH employees with significant achievements, in the following two categories: (I) employees who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of APA; and (II) APA scientists who have made significant accomplishments in biomedical research. The awardees will be honored with a plaque of recognition from APAO at the group's holiday celebration in December. The organization asks NIH'ers to nominate individuals who deserve these honors. Send your nominations (up to 6) to Yun-Bo Shi ( with the name(s) and a brief description of the merit for each candidate by Oct. 30. Include CV and bibliography for category II award.

The Science of Human Attraction

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will hold a "Science for All" forum on the topic, "Simply Irresistible: The Science of Attraction," on Tuesday, Oct. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with registration at 8 a.m., in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

Why is it that, for some people, a bottle of champagne, strawberries, soft music and candlelight make for romance while others are stimulated by a cold 6-pack, a thick steak, Patsy Cline and line dancin'?

From pheromones to fantasy, find out if opposites really do attract, how we entice a mate and what determines our definition of attractive. How do these differ among various cultures? What can we learn from the birds and the bees? Research experts will use animal and human models to help explain what really happened when Harry met Sally. Join us as we reveal the naked truth about life's oldest mystery — sexual attraction.

OSIA Lodge Marks 20th Year

The Order Sons of Italy in America's NIH Lodge # 2547 will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Friday, Oct. 24 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 9707 Rosensteel Ave., Silver Spring. Price is $25 for an evening of music, hors d'oeuvres and open bar. Playing dance music will be Kirt Vener's "Dixieland Express Band." To reserve a ticket, contact Nina Baccanari, (301) 869-4045 or Carol Humphreys-O'Keefe, (301) 353-0742.

Parklawn Classic Set, Oct. 17

The 28th annual Parklawn Classic will be held on Friday, Oct. 17, after having been postponed last April due to security concerns; the event will again be held in April in 2004. The Classic is the oldest and largest continuously run government-sponsored race in the country.

Included as part of the event is a run and health walk. Due to construction along the traditional run route, the 5-mile race will start at 10 a.m. at the Parklawn complex and follow a brand new course. The 2.5-mile walk will begin at 11 a.m. over the existing walk course, also starting at the Parklawn complex.

For more information and to register call the race hotline at 443-5350 or visit

R&W Sponsors 'Big Train' Game

R&W recently sponsored its annual evening with the Bethesda Big Train baseball team at Shirley Povich Field in Cabin John Park. More than 250 NIH'ers and their families saw some of the leading players from the NCAA play a game in the wooden-bat league. As an added attraction, R&W hosted the Hogettes, the Washington Redskins' "Hall of Fame" cheerleaders. In the photo above, Hogette Mikey T is flanked by Charles Butler (l), chairman of the R&W, and R&W President Randy Schools. Butler, who works in the Clinical Center's recreation therapy section, threw out the game's first pitch.

Theatre Group Presents 'Salute to Hollywood'

Come enjoy Bethesda Little Theatre's latest production, A Salute to Hollywood, a musical review featuring songs such as "That's Entertainment," "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," and "New York, New York." The show runs Oct. 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoons on Oct. 19 and 26 at 3 p.m. The BLT has moved its performance venue to The Writer's Center located at 4508 Walsh St. in Bethesda, half a block east of Old Georgetown Rd.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for children 12 and under and may be purchased at the door or through the R&W. Clinical Center patients and their families are invited to attend free of charge. The BLT is an R&W organization whose proceeds benefit NIH charities. For more information contact Elaine Hughes at (301) 589-0720.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Scott E. Fraser on Oct. 8, speaking on the topic, "Imaging the Motions and Signals That Pattern Embryonic Development." He is Anna L. Rosen professor of biology, director, Biological Imaging Center, Beckman Institute, California Institute of Technology.

There is no lecture on Oct. 15 due to the NIH Research Festival.

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

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