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Community Health Forum, Oct. 21

The NIH Office of Community Liaison is sponsoring the third annual community health forum, Share the Health: An Exposition of Health Resources from NIH to Its Neighbors, on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Natcher Conference Center.

Community members will have an opportunity to receive free blood pressure screenings; collect health information; visit exhibits by NIH institutes; visit NIH's web site and its links to health information sources; attend free health seminars; see computer demonstrations on how to access health information on the Internet; participate in relaxation workshops; tour the National Library of Medicine and Children's Inn; learn about volunteer opportunities; and hear about efforts to promote health within the community. Children can explore NIH fire and rescue vehicles; see police K-9 dog demonstrations; learn about fire prevention; and discover children's healthy web sites.

For more information contact Terry LaMotte or Monique Simpson of Palladian Partners at (301) 650-8660.

Costerton To Deliver Kreshover Lecture, Oct. 23

Dr. J. William Costerton, director of the Center for Biofilm Engineering at Montana State University, will give NIDCR's 18th annual Seymour J. Kreshover Lecture on Monday, Oct. 23 at 3:30 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A. His lecture is entitled "Bacterial Biofilms: Controlled, Dynamic, Multispecies Communities in the Oral Environment." For some time, scientists have known that bacteria — including dental bacteria — can adhere to surfaces and form a slimy, slippery coat. These bacterial biofilms are prevalent on most wet surfaces in nature and grow in very complex multi-species communities. The formation of these communities and their inherent resistance to antimicrobial agents are at the root of many persistent and chronic bacterial infections. Recent advances in the understanding of the genetic and molecular basis of bacterial community behavior are leading to ways of manipulating bacteria in virtually any ecosystem, including the mouth.

Wednesday Afternoon Lecture, Oct. 25

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Ashley T. Haase on Oct. 25, speaking on "Visualizing Lentivirus Infections: Lux et Veritas in Vivo." Haase is Regents' professor and head, department of microbiology, University of Minnesota.

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

NIH BIG Chapter Recognizes Ruffin, Oct. 26

On Thursday, Oct. 26, the NIH chapter of Blacks in Government (BIG) will present its Bellwether Award to NIH associate director for research on minority health Dr. John Ruffin during a ceremony in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 9, from noon to 1 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Gerald R. Reed, national president, BIG. All NIH employees are invited to participate. Refreshments will be served after the program. For more information, contact Joy Pinkney, awards chair, 435-1233 or pinkneyj@mail.nih.gov.

Chamber Concert Set, Oct. 29

The Rock Creek Chamber Players will perform on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. in the 14th floor assembly hall, Bldg. 10. This free public concert is sponsored by the Clinical Center's recreation therapy section. Reservations are required. The program will include a quartet for flute and strings, attributed to Haydn; piano solo works by Liszt and Bartok; and the quintet for clarinet and strings by Max Reger. For more information and reservations, call (202) 337-8710.

WFLC Seminars Scheduled

The Work and Family Life Center's "Faces & Phases of Life" Seminar Series Schedule for November:

Relax Your Body, Calm Your Mind - Relaxation Techniques for Managing Stress, Wednesday, Nov. 1, noon - 1:30 p.m., 31/6C6

Understanding and Coping with Organizational Transition, Wednesday, Nov. 8, noon - 2 p.m., 31/6C6

Personal Budgeting, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 31/6C10

Anger Management, Thursday, Nov. 30, noon - 1:30 p.m., 31/6C6

Preregister for seminars by calling WFLC, 435-1619, TTY/TDD: 480-0690. For a full schedule, visit the web site at http://wflc.od.nih.gov. All seminars are presented free of charge. Sign language interpretation will be provided. For more information or any other reasonable accommodation, call WFLC at least 48 hours prior to the seminar.

Catering by NIH's Eurest Offered

Campus cafeteria contractor Eurest has established a new contact point and email address for all NIH catering requests for its services. The new person is Steven Roding, who can be reached through the NIH global listing at "CateringbyEurest/NIH" or eurestcatering@mail.nih.gov. These are the only email addresses that should be used for Eurest Catering requests and questions; all other email addresses are no longer valid.

In addition, the Division of Support Services is working with Eurest to develop a web site where all catering choices and menus can be accessed for quick reference, with an online form to place orders. Also, Eurest's cafeteria hours and locations plus weekly menus will be located at this web site. You will be able to access this site through the Worksite Enrichment Programs Branch main page located at http://www.nih.gov/od/ors/dss/special/index.htm. The site should be up and running by late October.

If you have any comments on NIH food services, email your comments directly to "Cafeteria Comments" in the NIH global listing, or call the Work-site Enrichment Programs Branch at 402-8180.

Renewal of NIH Parking Permits

NIH General Parking Permits for campus employees whose last names begin with U, V, W, X, Y and Z will expire on the last day of November 2000. To get a new permit, an employee must visit the NIH Parking Office in Bldg. 31, Rm. B3B04. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Remember to bring a valid NIH identification card, driver's license and vehicle registration certificate. For more information, call 496-6851.

Basses, Tenors Needed for Chamber Group

The NIH Chamber Singers are recruiting additional basses and tenors for their upcoming season. The group is busy rehearsing for its December concert, which will feature songs by Porter, Hindemith and others, as well as Christmas and Hanukkah songs. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Bldg. 10. If interested, contact Susan Hauser at hauser@nlm.nih.gov or 435-3209. To find out more about the Chamber Singers, go to http://www.recgov.org/r&w/chamber/.

Camp Fantastic T-Shirts Bestowed

NIH patient Tori Maghanoy (c) gives an appreciative hug to Brenda Phillips (l), donor resources coordinator, and Sherry Sheldon, laboratory services supervisor of the Clinical Center department of transfusion medicine (DTM), as she presents them with the last two Camp Fantastic T-shirts of the season. Participants in Camp Fantastic, a local camp for children with cancer, wanted to express their gratitude to DTM staff for their efforts to provide blood components for the children, many of whom are on therapy during their annual week-long camp session in August.


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