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'Trick or Treat' with the CFC

All NIH'ers are invited to "trick or treat" with the Combined Federal Campaign on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on the Bldg. 31 patio. The treats? A chili lunch, provided at nominal charge by the Hard Times Cafe, lots of door prizes, including tickets to see Michael Jordan play basketball with the Wizards at the MCI Center, and, of course, candy! The trick? Deciding which of the over 15 charities to visit. Various local and national CFC charities will be on hand to distribute information and answer questions. For details, contact Sue Thompson at 594-4469 or see the NIH CFC web site at http://www1.od.nih.gov/ohrm/cfc/.

2001 Flu Vaccine Program Delayed

Again this year, delivery of influenza vaccine has been delayed, with complete vaccine delivery not expected until sometime in November. As of now, a small supply of influenza vaccine has been delivered, and, as always, Clinical Center patients and staff caring for them will be the first to receive immunization. A schedule for the "Foil the Flu" vaccination clinics for the general NIH population has, at press time, not been established. As soon as NIH receives sufficient vaccine, a schedule will be developed and will be publicized to the NIH community. A web site has been established that has information about flu and will have the schedule as soon as it's available. The address is http://www.nih.gov/od/ors/ds/flu/.

In the United States, flu season peaks between late December and early March. Vaccination is the best way to minimize serious adverse outcomes from influenza virus infection.

For more information about flu, visit http://www.cdc.gov/nip/Flu/default.htm.

NIH'ers also can contact their personal physician or local health department to identify locations offering flu immunization programs.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Johns Hopkins' Dr. Benjamin S. Carson on Oct. 24; he will speak on "Aspects of Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery." On Oct. 31, Dr. Janet M. Thornton will lecture on, "Protein Folds, Functions and Evolution." She is director, European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge, and director, BBSRC Centre for Structural Biology at Birkbeck College and University College, London.

APAO Elects New Officers

The NIH Asian Pacific Islander American Organization recently elected new officers for the year 2001-2002. They are: Prahlad Mathur, president; Sunnie Kim, vice president; Lydia Luh, treasurer; and Ihsia Hu, acting secretary. For more information about APAO, visit www.recgov.org/r&w/apao.

Baltes To Lecture on Life Course

Dr. Paul B. Baltes, director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, will present "Biocultural Dynamics of the Life Course: Difficult Journey from the Third to Fourth Age?" on Monday, Oct. 22 at 9 a.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1. This lecture had been scheduled previously for Sept. 14. It is the first in a 5-part NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Lecture Series honoring Dr. Matilda White Riley, considered by many to be a prime force in creating NIH behavioral and social science programs. The National Institute on Aging will host a reception following the lecture.

Open Season for FAES Insurance

The FAES Health Insurance Program is holding an open season Nov. 1-30. The program is open to those who work for or at NIH in full-time positions but are not eligible for government plans. This includes NIH fellows, special volunteers, guest researchers, contractors and full-time temporary personnel. The minimum enrollment period is 3 months. Benefits take effect Jan. 1, 2002.

Open season is for those who did not enroll when first eligible and for current subscribers to make changes. Appointments are required. FAES offers two programs this year: CareFirst Blue Cross/Blue Shield Blue Preferred PPO, and CIGNA Healthcare, a health maintenance organization. Also offered is a voluntary dental insurance plan through CIGNA.

For more information visit www.faes.org or the FAES business office, Bldg. 10, Rm. B1C18. To schedule an appointment, call 496-8063. FAES is open Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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