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Cranes Lead Swinging Life

Photos: Damon Tighe

The four tower cranes laboring away over the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center lead a swinging life, but must be careful not to bash one another. In the photo at top, the sun appears to perch atop the easternmost of the structures.

A massive crane appears to have taken a vicious bite out of the foundation of Bldg. 10. The new hospital won't be complete for another two years at least.

Korean Administrator Comes to NIH

Dedicated students go the extra mile for their education. A really dedicated student traveled over 6,000 miles for his. Inil Lee has come to NIH from Korea to study how the various institutes manage their research budgets, review grant applications and plan new programs. For the next 18 months, he will train in these aspects of extramural program management with Dr. Anthony René, the NIGMS assistant director for referral and liaison, and other NIH administrators.

Inil Lee is director of the administrative management division of the Ministry of Science and Technology of Korea. One of his division's responsibilities is to provide management and support to the 14,000 scientists and staff members at Daeduk Science Town, the largest government research complex in the country. Lee has studied abroad before, earning a master's degree in Pacific international affairs from the University of California, San Diego, in the early 1990's.

Lee wanted to study at NIH because it is one of the largest grant-awarding institutions in the world. "I want to know how NIH handles such large amounts [of the national budget] efficiently," he said. He hopes the knowledge he gains during the next year and a half will help with the Korean government's stated goal of increasing the national research and development budget to five percent of its total spending.

R&W Has Horse Show Tickets

The NIH R&W has tickets available for the Washington International Horse Show at the MCI Center, Oct. 24-29. Ticket price is $10. Ticket is good for any performance except the evenings of Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information and schedules visit

Ski Club Has Meeting, Benefit Dance

The NIH Ski Club will meet on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 7, C wing. Members will discuss plans for the ski trips for 2001: Zermatt, Switzerland, Mar. 9-20, and Banff, Canada, Dec. 22-29.

The NIH Ski Club is also sponsoring a benefit dance and auction for Special Love, Inc./Camp Fantastic on Friday, Nov. 3, 8 p.m.-midnight at the Gaithersburg Holiday Inn. The cost is $25 per person, which includes a light buffet. All proceeds will go to the Special Love ski weekends. Tickets may be purchased at the R&W activities desk in Bldg. 31.

NIH-Wide Photography Competition

All NIH or NOAA employees and their families are invited to enter a photography competition sponsored by the NIH Camera Club on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in Bldg. 31, Rm. 6C6. There are three categories: black and white prints, color prints and slides. The subject is open. Up to four entries per category may be entered. Prints must be mounted, may be matted, but may not be framed.

All entries must have the photographer's name and photo title on the back of prints and on the slide mounts. The entry fee is fifty cents per image, and images must be submitted between 6 and 6:50 p.m on Oct. 10. Cash prizes of $30 for first, $20 for second, and $10 for third place winners in each category will be awarded. Ribbons will be awarded for honorable mentions.

At the meeting, all the images will be shown and the winners will be announced. Pictures will be evaluated by three outside judges.

For more information, call Ellis Gordon at (202) 686-1764 or Margaret Sprott (301) 299-6805. Also visit the site:

Fund Honors Radiologist Doppman

A fund has been established to create an annual lectureship to honor the late Dr. John Leo Doppman, a pioneer in the field of radiology. Doppman made advances in angiography and developed many now-standard techniques to locate tumors. For 26 years, he led the Clinical Center's diagnostic radiology department. Tax-deductible contributions to the fund supporting the John L. Doppman Memorial Lecture can be sent to: FAES, One Cloister Court, Bethesda, MD 20814. Checks should be made payable to FAES and note that the contribution is for the John L. Doppman Fund.

Management Cadre Program Recruits

The 2001-2002 NIH Management Cadre Program is now taking applications. The highly competitive program is designed to provide leadership training and developmental opportunities for high-potential NIH employees and prepare them for future leadership positions at NIH. It is an important part of NIH's efforts to develop a diverse group of well-qualified candidates for management positions. NIH is committed to ensuring that women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities have access to the program.

Application to the Management Cadre Program is open to successful and highly motivated employees at grades 12, 13 or 14 on a career or career conditional full-time appointment for at least 1 year prior to December 2000. The program is open to employees in intramural and extramural programs, Offices of the Director of the ICs and Office of the Director of NIH.

Application packages can be downloaded from the MCP web site at or will be mailed upon request by calling 496-6211. Applications must be completed and received by your IC personnel office by close of business on Dec. 1, 2000.

For more information contact Cynthia Winder, 402-3385 email

STEP Offers Session on Conflict Management

Does increasing stress in your workplace seem to bring out the worst in you and your coworkers? Are you caught up in expanding workloads, decreasing resources, competing demands and unrealistic expectations? Do you feel like your office has become like a Dilbert cartoon? Perhaps you should attend the offering from the STEP (staff training in extramural programs) committee entitled "Conflict Management and Communication Skills: Gotta Problem with That?" It will be held Thursday, Oct. 19, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Natcher Conference Center, Rm. E1/E2.

Mark Gorkin, known as the Stress Doctor, will lead a discussion of organizational and psychosocial issues in the workplace. He has advice on avoiding burnout and building team skills. The session will provide strategies for conflict resolution, improved communication, empathy and job satisfaction. To get a flavor of Gorkin's background and style, visit his web site at

At the session, you will also be introduced to NIH offices that serve as resources to the NIH extramural staff, including: Center for Cooperative Resolution (; ORS Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution (; NIH Employee Assistance Program (; NIH Office of Equal Opportunity (; Work and Family Life Center (; CIVIL and NIH Employee Relations ( and

All employees are welcome. No pre-registration is necessary; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Inform the STEP office about any need for sign language interpretation or reasonable accommodation by Oct. 16. For more information call 435-2769.

Auditions for 'Messiah' Sing-Along

The NIH Community Orchestra and Bethesda Little Theatre will hold chorus auditions for the Messiah 2000 Sing-Along on Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The Messiah Sing-Along performance will take place on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 10, also in Masur Auditorium. Participating in this event allows singers to enjoy Handel's music while contributing their talents to a holiday musical event for the entire NIH community.

For more information, contact Gary Daum (301) 897-8184, email or visit

Biomedical Calendar Available

The 2000-2001 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 and Public Liaison, OD. To obtain a copy, call Betty Riley, 496-8855, or email her at The calendar is also available at

Groups Try To Prevent Underage Drinking

NIAAA and Mothers Against Drunk Driving were joined by governors' spouses from four states in two roundtable discussions with teen and women's magazine editors in New York City. The discussion dealt with research evidence and media messages about the prevention of early onset of alcohol use by children and underage drinking and driving. Participants included (from l) Dr. Vivian Pinn, NIH associate director for research on women's health; MADD President Millie Webb; state governors' spouses from the Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free, Hope Taft (Ohio), Susan Knowles (Alaska), Martha Sundquist (Tennessee) and Columba Bush (Florida); and NIAAA director Dr. Enoch Gordis. The leadership initiative has already enlisted the support of 28 governors' spouses in a nationwide campaign to prevent drinking in children 9-15 years of age. Cofunders of the effort include NIAAA, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, ORWH, ORMH and SAMHSA.

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