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Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series -- held on its namesake day (usually) at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 -- features Dr. Jacqueline K. Barton on Oct. 22; she will give the annual Stetten Lecture on the topic "DNA-Mediated Electron Transfer: Chemistry at a Distance." She is professor of chemistry at Cal Tech.

On Oct. 29, Dr. Jonathan Beckwith speaks on "Making, Breaking and Shuffling Protein Disulfide Bonds in vivo." He is principal investigator, department of microbiology and molecular genetics, Harvard Medical School.

The series shifts to a special Monday slot on Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. when Dr. Peter B. Dervan, professor of chemistry and chair, division of chemistry and chemical engineering, Cal Tech, gives a talk on "Molecular Design for DNA Recognition: An Approach Toward Gene-Specific Transcription Inhibition in vivo by Synthetic Ligands."

Normalcy prevails on the following Wednesday, Nov. 5, when Dr. James E.K. Hildreth, associate professor of pharmacology and pathology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, lectures on "The Role of Host Adhesion Molecules in the Biology of Retroviruses."

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

Disability Employment Awareness Program

The NIH 14th annual Disability Employment Awareness Program, "Ability: The Bridge to the Future," is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1.

The program will include Paul Meyer of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, and Bill Demby, a disabled Vietnam veteran, "disAbility Awareness Project" counselor, and sports enthusiast. Entertainment will be provided by the "Fabulous Flying Fingers," a signing and singing chorus from Barnsley Elementary School in Rockville. Also, there will be a demonstration of accessible office equipment, sponsored by USDA's TARGET Center. NIH has a contract with the TARGET Center to help employees who have special needs. Sign language interpretation will be provided. For more reasonable accommodation, contact Carlton Coleman, 496-2906 (vtty).

Employees will also have an opportunity to volunteer for the new committee for employees with disabilities at NIH, which meets Oct. 28 at 11:30 a.m. in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 9. Call John Miers for more information, 443-4058 (vtty).

Irish Dancing Featured at Fundraiser, Oct. 25

Don't forget to purchase your ticket to the Irish Dancing and Music Festival in Honor of Henry Lancaster Transplant Fund. Lancaster, a third-year fellow in oral medicine at NIDR, is trying to raise funds to help cover costs associated with a double-lung transplant he needs to survive cystic fibrosis. The Riverdance-like event will be held Saturday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Featured are Tir na nOg (Land of the Forever Young), a theatrical presentation with Irish dancers including step, set and ceili; Elke Baker, U.S. national Scottish fiddle champion; Sean Culkin School of Irish Step Dancing, including child and adult dancers and traditional Irish musicians and singers; an intermission featuring refreshments from Sutton Place Gourmet, Fresh Fields, Bruegger's Bagels, and homemade baked goods; and a raffle with more than 20 door prizes. Tickets are $10, and are available at all R&W gift shops or by calling 496-4600.

Chamber Players Perform

The Rock Creek Chamber Players will perform an all-Beethoven program at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26 in the 14th floor assembly hall at the Clinical Center. This free public concert, sponsored by the recreation therapy section, will include the septet for strings and winds, the "Ghost" trio for piano and strings, and the Great Fugue for string quartet. For more information call (202) 337-8710.

FAES Concert Set, Nov. 2

The FAES Chamber Music Series will present the Aulos Ensemble with Jane Bryden, soprano, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Tickets are $20 at the door; $10 for students and fellows. For more information call 496-7975.

Open Season for FAES Insurance

The FAES Health Insurance Program is holding an open season Nov. 3-26. 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.

Open season is for those who did not enroll when first eligible and for current subscribers to make changes. FAES offers two programs this year: Blue CrossBlue Shield Select Preferred Provider Plan, and Principal Health Care, a health maintenance organization. Information about rates and benefits, effective Jan. 1, 1998, may be obtained from the FAES business office, Bldg. 10, Rm. B1C18.

Garden Club Meets, Nov. 4

The NIH Garden Club will meet at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 4 in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 7. Composting, especially of fall leaves, will be the main focus. Everyone interested in gardening is welcome. Email Karen Helfert at kh21k@nih.gov for more information.

Deaf Awareness Program, Nov. 6

Kick your stress and be entertained at NIH's 5th Deaf Awareness Program on Thursday, Nov. 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. The number of deaf and hard of hearing employees at NIH is growing and all NIH'ers are encouraged to learn more about one of the rich, diverse communities on campus. Sponsored by NIDCD, NINDS, CC, NHLBI, NIDA and OD, this year's program is themed, "Let's Break Down the Walls of Silence."

The featured speaker is Dorothy Wilkins, assistant professor and deaf studiesAmerican sign language coordinator at the National Technical Institutes of the Deaf. In addition, Bernard Bragg, an actor, director, playwright and lecturer, will perform. Also, challenge your knowledge with a game of Deaf Trivia. Sign language and voice interpretation will be provided. For reasonable accommodation, contact Carlton Coleman, 402-8014 (tty) or 496-2906 (voice).

Office of AIDS Research Director Leaving

Dr. William Paul, director since February 1994 of NIH's Office of AIDS Research, has announced that he will leave OAR. An immunologist who also heads the NIAID Laboratory of Immunology, he will return full-time to his lab, redirecting his scientific efforts to searching for a safe and effective HIV vaccine and for new approaches to vaccine development in general. "It has been an honor and a challenge to lead the NIH AIDS research effort at a time at which real progress in AIDS research and treatment have been made," he said. "My departure must not be interpreted to indicate that I believe the OAR's work is done or that its mandate is any less important. In fact, it is quite the contrary. Formidable obstacles lie ahead, not only for my successor, but for all of us dedicated to finding solutions to the challenge posed by HIV." A search committee for a new OAR director is being established.

Hearing Aid Research and Development Conference

Dr. James F. Battey, NIDCD acting director, welcomed participants to the second biennial Hearing Aid Research and Development Conference at the Natcher Bldg. recently. Cosponsored by NIDCD and the Department of Veterans Affairs, the 212-day meeting was an opportunity for manufacturers, academicians and clinicians to communicate with one another on hearing aid technology.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Gene Search

NIAMS, NIAID and the Arthritis Foundation announced recently that they are joining forces to support (with additional funding from ORWH) a national consortium of 12 research centers to search for genes that determine susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis. Genetic factors are known to play a role in predisposing people to the disease, but scientists do not yet know much about the specific genes involved. In what is the largest such effort in the world, researchers participating in the North American Rheumatoid Arthritis Consortium (NARAC) hope to learn more about genes that play a role in the disease. On hand for the announcement are (from l) NARAC principal investigator Dr. Peter K. Gregersen; Dr. Doyt L. Conn and Debra Lappin, Arthritis Foundation; Dr. Anthony Fauci , NIAID director; Dr. Stephen Katz, NIAMS director.

NIAID Celebrated Partnership

After working this summer in NIAID laboratories, high school students recently celebrated the partnership between NIAID and their respective schools. Earlier this year, students from Crossland High School in Temple Hills, Md., and Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C., were interviewed and selected by lab chiefs for summer work experience. Along with lab work, students attended scientific lectures, toured the Clinical Center and campus and participated in a poster session. In the future, these students will be eligible for NIAID's Introduction to Biomedical Research program, designed to acquaint academically talented college minority students with career opportunities in this broad field. Pictured are (standing, from l) Tarik Barrett, Bin-Giang Cheung and Shaka Barrett and (seated, from l) Arleta Craig and Porsha Pickett.

Poetic Justice

It seems like poetic justice that these two signs came together recently outside the soon-to-be-demolished Apartment Bldg. 20 on Center Drive. A stop is indeed ahead for the venerable old home for many distinguished NIH'ers. A workman evidently left the old Bldg. 20 address sign -- and its concrete footings -- against a traffic sign. Asbestos removal was going on inside the structure at mid-month. The apartment must fall to make way for the new Clinical Research Center.

EEO Officers Hold Retreat

ICD equal opportunity officers held a retreat recently in Warrenton, Va. The three major themes of the gathering were race relations, fairness, and equal opportunity at NIH. Dr. Delois Pittman Weeks, dean of the College of Health Sciences at Florida International University, spoke to the group about "Identifying the Barriers Facing Prospective Minority Scientists in Today's Climate." A final report incorporating the data gathered and recommendations is forthcoming. The officers will be having discussions with employees and management to address these critical areas.


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