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Local Historian To Talk on NIDR History

Dr. Ruth Roy Harris will deliver a lecture on the history of NIDR titled, "Dental Research from Fluoridation to AIDS" on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A. The lecture is part of NIDR's 50th anniversary celebration and is being held under the auspices of the NLM History of Medicine seminar series.

Harris is the author of Dental Research in a New Age: A History of the National Institute of Dental Research, which was published in 1988. She is now working on a supplement to the book that will highlight NIDR's craniofacial-oral-dental research during the past 10 years.

STEP Presents 'Is Your Thyroid Off Track?'

The inaugural session in the Science for All series, sponsored by the staff training in extramural programs committee, is entitled, "Gland Central Station: Is Your Thyroid Off Track?" It will be held Thursday, Oct. 29 in Bldg. 1's Wilson Hall, beginning at 8:45 a.m.

The workshop will feature talks by four researchers, followed by a panel discussion with the audience. Dr. Sam Refetoff of the University of Chicago will provide an overview of thyroid function and its role in metabolism, homeostasis and endocrine function, as well as maternal-fetal interactions and changes during development and aging. Dr. Delbert Fisher of the Nichols Institute will review various causes of thyroid dysfunction. Dr. Carol Spencer of the University of Southern California will discuss symptoms of thyroid dysfunction as well as screening and test methodology. And Dr. Lewis Braverman of Brigham and Women's Hospital will examine some treatment approaches including diet and nutritional supplements, pharmacological strategies, surgery and hormone therapy.

The session is free and open to all on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance registration is necessary. For more information, call STEP, 435-2769; make requests for reasonable accommodation by Oct. 22.

WGAY Outdoor Film Festival

Early arrivals find groundspace close to the silver screen

The recent WGAY Outdoor Film Festival at NIH, coordinated by R&W for the benefit of several NIH charities, was a huge success, garnering more than $12,000. Ten films were shown on the lawn behind the Natcher Bldg. from Aug. 14 to 23, drawing more than 30,000 people. "It's the best thing in Washington in August," said Channel 4's Arch Campbell. "Make sure you go to the movies outside -- it is great!" Citing the warmth and feeling of open-air movies, Randy Schools, R&W president, said, "Our community is closer because of the festival." Attendee surveys were very positive, with many urging, "Do it again next year!"

Moviegoers spread blankets, pillows and sleeping bags for a night under the stars.






FAES Concert Set, Oct. 18

The FAES Chamber Music Series will present the St. Petersburg String Quartet at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Tickets are $20 at the door; $10 for students and fellows. For more information call 496-7975.

Children's Inn Web Site Opens

The Children's Inn at NIH has opened a new site on the World Wide Web. It was developed to accomplish four things: give an overview of what the inn is and does; prepare families for their first visit to NIH; give information on volunteering; and explain how to make a contribution. The site can be visited at For those who have never visited the inn, tours are given the second Wednesday of each month. To arrange a tour, contact Jan Mayes at 496-5672.

Look for DWD Catalog

The Division of Workforce Development catalog for FY 99 includes 32 new courses and offers a wide variety of training opportunities in supervision, administration, human resource management, communication, career planning, computer skills, and quality of work life. Look for copies of the catalog soon. For information about other services, visit DWD online at or call 496-6211.

Get Ready for Pumpkin Chase 5K

The 7th annual Great Pumpkin Chase 5K run and 1-mile fun walk will be held Sunday, Oct. 25 at 9 a.m. Presented by the NIH Federal Credit Union and R&W Association, it will benefit the Friends of the Clinical Center. Site of event is the National Naval Medical Center, across the pike from NIH. For more information call (301) 230-4819.

Management Cadre Program Now Accepting Applications

The leadership development committee and the Division of Workforce Development announce the availability of applications for the NIH Management Cadre Program. The program is designed to provide leadership training and developmental opportunities for high-potential NIH employees and to prepare them for future leadership positions at NIH. It represents an important component of NIH's efforts to develop a diverse group of well-qualified candidates for management positions.

Applications to the MCP will be accepted from successful and highly motivated employees at grades 12, 13 or 14, who have been in a career or career-conditional full-time appointment for at least 1 year prior to Dec. 4, 1998. The program is open to employees in intramural and extramural programs, offices of the directors of the ICs, and the Office of the Director, NIH.

Application packages are available online at or by interoffice mail (to request a mailing, call DWD at 496-6211). Completed applications must be submitted to the appropriate IC personnel office by close of business on Dec. 4.

For more information, contact Pauline Irwin, DWD program manager, 402-3385 or email .

CFC Kickoff Set, Oct. 19

The 1998 NIH Combined Federal Campaign kickoff will take place on Monday, Oct. 19, at 11:45 a.m., in Bldg. 1, Wilson Hall. This year's theme is, "It All Comes Back to You." Due to campus construction and space limitations, the kickoff will be on a smaller scale this year, and for CFC keyworkers only. Hosting the event will be the National Institute of Nursing Research; NASA employee Terry Morris will also speak on behalf of the national CFC.

Stomp on Spit Tobacco

The Oakland A's mascot Stomper signs an autograph at the National Spit Tobacco Education Program (NSTEP) booth during Major League Baseball's recent FanFest '98.

For the second time, NIDR cosponsored the NSTEP exhibit, where booth personnel distributed information on the dangers of spit, or smokeless, tobacco use and mascots signed autographs. The exhibit's theme, "Just play the game," reminds youngsters that spit tobacco does not have to be a part of the sports experience. Seen on the video screen is former major league ballplayer and broadcast hall of fame member Joe Garagiola, national chairman for NSTEP. Since 1991, NIDR has been a co-leader, with NCI, on an educational initiative aimed at steering young people away from spit tobacco.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series -- normally held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 -- features a special Thursday session Oct. 15 when Dr. J. Bruce Beckwith, professor and head, division of pediatric pathology, Loma Linda University School of Medicine and director, National Wilms Tumor Study Pathology Center, discusses, "The Link Between Teratogenesis and Carcinogenesis: Lessons from the Wilms Tumor Model." This is the first NIH Director's Astute Clinician Lecture.

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

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