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Seminar on Performance-Based Contracting

The Bethesda/Medical chapter of the National Contract Management Association is hosting a brown-bag lunch seminar Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in EPN, Conf. Rm. H. The topic will be "Performance-Based Service Contracting," led by Stanley Kaufman, deputy associate administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy. The seminar is open to all. For more information call Sharon Miller, 496-8611.

'Extramural' Flu Shots

While NIH employees can get their flu shots at work, their families and friends also need protection against the illness. Many organizations in the Washington metropolitan area are sponsoring flu immunizations. The Division of Safety has compiled information on some of the major programs -- public and private. This information will be updated as appropriate on the flu Web page:

Stetten Lecture Reminder

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture on Oct. 21 will feature Dr. Susan L. Lindquist of the University of Chicago. Her talk, "Mad Cows Meet Psi-Chotic Yeast: The Expansion of the Prion Hypothesis," is NIGMS's 1998 DeWitt Stetten, Jr., Lecture.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series -- normally held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 -- switches to Monday on Oct. 26 when Dr. Leon Rosenberg gives the second James A. Shannon Lecture, "The Medical Research Enterprise -- Only as Strong as Its Clinical Links." Time remains 3 p.m., as does venue, Masur. Rosenberg is professor, department of molecular biology, Princeton University.

On Oct. 28, Dr. Peter Mombaerts, assistant professor and head, laboratory of vertebrate developmental neurogenetics, Rockefeller University, presents "Targeting Olfaction."

The NIH Director's Cultural Lecture follows on Nov. 4.

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

'Anastasia on Ice' Tickets

The R&W has tickets for a performance of Anastasia on Ice, Saturday, Oct. 31 at 11 a.m at MCI Center in downtown Washington. Tickets are $16 (regularly $17.50). Call the activities desk for more information, 496-4600.

Can You Garden with Cactus?

Ever tried to grow a cactus? Did you ever kill a cactus? Want to learn more about the care of cacti indoors and out? The NIH Garden Club's next meeting will feature Robert Stewart, a Maryland extension agent and expert in the field of cacti. He has a slide presentation offering a bigger picture of the world of the cactus. The meeting is Thursday, Nov. 5 in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 7 from noon to 1 p.m. Club meetings are open to all. Check its Web page at:

Ski Club Offers Two Trips

The NIH Ski Club has two big outings planned. One is to Banff, Canada, Jan. 30-Feb. 6, 1999. The price is $984 per person for downhill skiers and $844 per person for cross-country skiers (no lift tickets). The second trip is to St. Moritz, Switzerland, with a stop in Rome, Feb. 26-Mar. 10, 1999. The price is $1,510 per person. For more information, contact Bob Bingaman, (301) 829-2079 or email BINGFAM@erols. com. Reserve your space now.

Workshop on Chromatin, Transcription and DNA Replication

The Center for Scientific Review is hosting a workshop Feb. 2-3, 1999, on "Chromatin, Transcription, and DNA Replication." It will bring together top intramural and extramural scientists, including study section members, and allow interaction and discussion. The workshop will be held at the Natcher Conference Center. There is no registration fee and registration is not required. However those interested in attending should email Ramesh Nayak at so organizers can keep track of attendees.

The theme of the meeting is the role of chromatin and nuclear structure in the function of basic cellular processes including aging and cancer. Speakers include Bruce Stillman, Gary Felsenfeld, Richard Hodes, Fred Winston, Sankar Adhya, Carl Wu, Elizabeth Blackburn and Thomas Cech.

Symposium on Genetically Engineeered Mice

The National Cancer Institute and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences are sponsoring a symposium entitled "Pathology of Genetically Engineered Mice: So You've Got a New Genetically Engineered Mouse, What Do You Do Next?" to be held at Natcher Conference Center Feb. 24-25, 1999. Complete information on the symposium and online registration is at the Web site

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