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Zerhouni To Open Memorial Program for Fredrickson

NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni meets with Henriette Fredrickson, widow of former NIH director Dr. Donald S. Fredrickson, and her son Rurik. Zerhouni will open a memorial program in honor of Dr. Fredrickson on Friday, Oct. 18 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the auditorium of the Natcher Conference Center. The program will be led by Dr. Thomas Malone, former deputy director and acting director of NIH, and will include a video tribute and remarks by speakers who knew Fredrickson at different phases of his career. The former director (1975-1981) died June 7 at his home in Bethesda at the age of 77.

NBS Holds Town Hall Meeting

There will be an NIH Business System (NBS) Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 8:30 a.m. until noon in the Natcher Auditorium. The multimedia communication event will include presentations and demonstrations for administrative and scientific staff to increase awareness and understanding of the NBS. Come hear and see what's new in how the NBS supports scientific research through business solutions.

The agenda begins with a plenary session and a discussion of scientific and administrative management perspectives with the following speakers: Colleen Barros, executive officer, NIA and the NBS project manager; Dr. Lawrence Tabak, director, NIDCR and cochair, administrative management systems steering committee; Charles E. Leasure, NIH deputy director for management and chief financial officer, and cochair, administrative management systems steering committee; and Mark Rhines, nVision project manager, of CIT. The agenda concludes with a series of concurrent sessions of system demonstrations in the following areas: budget/finance; acquisition (requisition to receipt); and Gelco travel manager (planning to approving).

There is no cost for this event, but you are requested to register at http://nbs.nih.gov/TH_pub.html. Anyone requiring reasonable accommodation should contact the NBRSS Project Office through the global email directory or call 451-0070 no later than Oct. 30.

Salzman Virology Symposium, Nov. 7

The third annual Norman P. Salzman Symposium Award in Virology will be made on Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Cloisters. A series of presentations begins at 8 a.m. and the event concludes at 12:30 p.m. Keynote speaker is Dr. Patricia G. Spear, Guy and Anne Youmans professor of microbiology and immunology and chair, department of microbiology and immunology, Northwestern University Medical School, whose topic is "Cell and Viral Determinants for Entry of Herpes Simplex Virus." Registration is free. For more information contact Carla Robinson, 402-5311.

Lecture on 'Poor Whites and Health'

Dr. J. Wayne Flynt, distinguished university professor at Auburn University, will present a talk titled, "Poor Whites and Health," on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. His talk is the second in a series of lectures examining health disparities sponsored by the NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities.

Flynt is the author of 10 books, including Dixie's Forgotten People: The South's Poor Whites and Poor But Proud: Alabama's Poor Whites. His talk will offer insight into the impoverishment of whites in America and the resulting implications for their medical care.

If you are interested in attending, contact Tara Grove at Tgrove@novaresearch.com. Sign language interpretation will be provided. For reasonable accommodation, contact Grove at least 5 days before the event at (301) 986-1891 ext. 129 or for TTY users, 1-800-877-8339.

Session on 'Culinary Chemistry'

The Staff Training in Extramural Programs (STEP) committee will hold a Science for All presentation on "Culinary Chemistry: Good Eats, Good Health," on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 8 a.m. to noon in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

Why do breads rise and soufflés fall? Why do so many recipes call for a pinch of salt? Why are sweets, especially chocolate, so enticing? Will eating roasted vegetables or blackened fish adversely affect your health? Should you cook your food at all?

Prepare to be both educated and entertained as a panel explores the chemistry of cooking and eating, and its relevance to human health.

Emerging Leaders Program Launched

In an effort to recruit high potential entry-level employees, the Department of Health and Human Services has developed a new career intern program called the Emerging Leaders Program. The program was launched early this year and a national recruitment effort ensued. Out of 8,000 applicants, 62 selections were made and 14 are now at NIH.

The program is currently seeking 60 to 90-day rotational assignments for interns in the areas of science, public health, social science, administration and information technology. The program is centrally funded, so having an intern work in your office involves no cost to you. Assignments are being accepted for rotations in the period January – June 2003.

For more information on the program contact Melanie Keller at 496-6211 or kellerm@od.nih.gov.

Thrift Savings Plan Open Season

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is having another open season from Oct. 15 through Dec. 31, 2002. FERS employees hired before Dec. 1, 2002, as well as CSRS employees have an opportunity to change their election or make an initial election.

Eligible FERS employees may elect to contribute up to 13 percent of their salary this open season and will receive matching agency contributions on the first 5 percent (once they become eligible for the agency contributions, i.e., the second open season after being hired). CSRS employees may contribute up to 8 percent of salary this open season, but do not receive agency contributions. FERS employees who do not contribute receive an automatic 1 percent agency contribution each pay period (once they become eligible to receive agency contributions).

The features of the TSP and directions on how to make an election or to change your current withholding are described in the Thrift Savings Plan Open Season leaflet, which will be distributed to eligible employees by their IC personnel office. More detailed information is provided in the Summary of the Thrift Savings Plan for Federal Employees booklet and is available in your IC personnel office. Both the leaflet and the booklet explain how to allocate your contributions and any agency contributions among the five TSP funds.

Disability Employment Awareness Observance

The NIH Employees Council on disAbilities invites all NIH'ers to observe Disability Employment Awareness Month by attending a "Think Ability" program to be held on Thursday, Oct. 24, from noon until 2 p.m. in the gym on the 14th floor of the Clinical Center. The program is designed to raise awareness in the NIH community to the challenges faced by employees with disabilities. Participants will experience some of the challenges employees with disabilities face, often with great creativity, each day. Information about disability and employment issues will also be available. Sign language interpretation will be provided. For other reasonable accommodation, call Carlton Coleman at least 5 days in advance at 496-2906 or through the Maryland Relay Service at 711. For more program information, contact Derrick Tabor, 594-1554 or tabord@nigms.nih.gov.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — normally held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — shifts to 2 p.m. on Oct. 23 when it features a 2-hour tripleheader for the annual DeWitt Stetten, Jr. Lectures. Speakers include Drs. Douglas A. Lauffenburger, Garrett M. Odell and Lucille Shapiro (see story).

On Oct. 30, the lecture goes back to its normal 3 p.m. start time for a presentation by Dr. Neil J. Risch, professor of genetics, School of Medicine, and professor of statistics, Stanford University. He will speak on "The SNP Endgame."

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

Intern Programs Seek IC Contributions

Joy of Scientific Discovery: The look on the face of Diego Duque, an Old Brook, Conn., high school student visiting an NIH laboratory, indicates the potential of the National Hispanic Youth Initiative (NHYI) in Health, Biomedical Research, and Policy Development, the program that made this image possible. The National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities — along with NINDS and NHLBI — coordinates NIH participation in the annual efforts of NHYI to encourage Hispanic high school students to enter careers in health care and biomedical research. Most ICs contribute to NHYI and two similar programs, the National Native American Youth Initiative and the National African American Youth Initiative. This past summer, the programs exposed nearly 250 youth to the excitement and promise of biomedical careers. For more information, contact Dr. Lorrita Watson, NCMHD, 594-7784.


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