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Health Benefits Fair, Nov. 7

In conjunction with the 2002 Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program open season, which runs from Monday, Nov. 11 through Monday, Dec. 9, NIH is sponsoring an FEHB Open Season Fair. The fair will be held in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1 on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Representatives from most of the plans that are available to NIH employees will be on hand to answer questions on their 2003 benefits. Sign language interpretation will be available for those who need it.

Chamber Music Concert, Nov. 10

The Rock Creek Chamber Players will give a free public concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10 in the Clinical Center's 14th floor assembly hall. The concert, sponsored by the recreation therapy section, will include Grieg's sonata for violin and piano in F major; Saint-SaŽns' septet for trumpet, string quartet, double bass and piano; and Dvorak's string quartet in E flat major, Op. 51. For more information about this program of Romantic-era music, call (202) 337-8710.

Celebrate Halloween with the CFC

All NIH'ers are invited to celebrate Halloween with the Combined Federal Campaign on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on the Bldg. 31 patio. To highlight the joy of giving, treats and door prizes will be given out. There will be ice cream from Ben and Jerry's and lunch from the Hard Times Cafť, at a nominal charge. WBIG 100 will entertain and CFC charities also will be there to distribute information and answer questions. Details are available at http://cfc.nih.gov.

FAES Holds Insurance Open Season

The FAES Health Insurance Program is conducting open season from 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 and/or changes take effect Jan. 1, 2003.

Open season is for those who did not enroll when first eligible and for current subscribers to make changes. Appointments are required. FAES offers CareFirst BlueCross/Blue Shield PPO and a voluntary health maintenance organization (HMO) dental plan through Cigna.

More information may be obtained from the FAES website at www.faes.org or from 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.

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.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Henry Masur on Nov. 6, speaking on "AIDS: A Window on Infectious Diseases." This is the NIH Director's fifth Astute Clinician Lecture. Masur is chief, critical care medicine department, Clinical Center.

On Nov. 13, Dr. Danny F. Reinberg will lecture on "Chromatin and Its Impact on Gene Expression and Cellular Memory." He is HHMI investigator and professor, department of biochemistry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

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

Annual Leave: Use It or Lose It

Annual leave in excess of the maximum carryover balance (in most cases 240 hours) is normally forfeited if not used by the end of the current leave year. If you have not already planned to take those excess hours of annual leave, you should discuss your leave with your supervisor now while there is still time to schedule it. Your bi-weekly Earnings and Leave Statement tells you how much annual leave you must use so that you will not lose it when the leave year ends on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003.

In spite of planning, circumstances sometimes arise that prevent you from taking leave that has been scheduled and approved earlier during the leave year. In such cases, you and your supervisor are jointly responsible for ensuring that any "use or lose" leave is officially rescheduled. This year, your "use or lose" leave must be scheduled not later than Saturday, Nov. 30. If you or your supervisor have questions about "use or lose" leave, contact your human resource office or other program official designated by your institute or center.

STEP Session on Science Education

The Staff Training in Extramural Programs (STEP) committee will hold a Science in the Public Health session on the topic, "Science Education: Rugrats to Researchers," on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1.

What are we doing to encourage and sustain our children's interest in science? What is NIH's role in supporting this effort? How can NIH staff become involved? The seminar will explore novel and creative strategies that are being used to nurture kids' interest in science. Come hear about successful efforts and see demonstrations of some programs used in our schools. Participants will include staff from the Office of Science Education, university researchers and educators who are leading advances in science education. The forum is offered for ESA credit.

Training Program Marks Fifth Year

An alumni reunion to celebrate the first 5 years of the Clinical Research Training Program (1997-2002) was held at the Cloister the weekend of Oct. 4-6. Attendees included (above, from l) Dr. Charles A. Sanders, chairman of the board of directors, Foundation for the NIH; Dr. Barbara A. DeBuono, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Group (supporter of CRTP through the FNIH), and Dr. Frederick P. Ognibene, director of CRTP, who works in the Clinical Center's critical care medicine department. Also attending were 60 medical students, residents and fellows who flew in post-call, from rotations in the ICU, from vacations and on the tail of Hurricane Lili to reunite with mentors and tutors from NIH. An academic program of scientific updates on Saturday included lectures by Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach, Dr. King Li, Dr. Judith Rapoport and Dr. Griffin Rodgers, as well as an ethics panel headed by Dr. David Wendler of the CC. The keynote speaker at the Saturday dinner, Dr. David G. Nathan (below), president emeritus, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Robert A. Stranahan distinguished professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, addressed "Clinical Research: Past, Present, and Future." In his welcome to the returning CRTP fellows, NIH deputy director for intramural research Dr. Michael Gottesman quipped, "If I am one of the founding fathers of CRTP...then you are all my children."

Native American Heritage Month Program Set

All employees are invited to attend the NIH second annual American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month Program on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the main auditorium of the Natcher Conference Center, Bldg. 45. Opening remarks will be given by NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni. Keynote speaker A. Paul Ortega, a traditional healer from the Mescalero Apache Tribe, will address the theme of this year's program, "Embracing Traditions for a Brighter Future: A Bridge to Scientific Research." For more information, contact Frank GrayShield at 594-2373 or William Reeves at 435-1203. Sign language interpreters will be provided. For other reasonable accommodation, call Michael Chew at 402-3681 or by Federal Relay Service (TTY) 1-800-877-8339.

Management Cadre Program Graduation

The NIH Management Cadre Program graduation ceremony was recently held at the Lawton Chiles International House. The newest MCP graduates from NIH are: Dr. Krishna "Balki" Balakrishnan, OD/OTT; Lisa Coronado, OD/RSC; Claire T. Driscoll, NHGRI; Marianne Glass Duffy, NICHD; Ricardo Gomez, OD; William Jirles, NIEHS; Dr. Dionne J. Jones, NIDA; P. Christine King, CC/DLM; Laina Ransom, NHLBI; Alison W. Reinheimer, NIAAA; Angela M. Magliozzi, NIAID; Lisa Strauss, NIAID; Corliss Taylor, OD; and Dr. Paula S. Strickland, NIAID.

The certificates were presented by Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, NIH deputy director, and Dr. Yvonne Maddox, NICHD deputy director and co-chair of the leadership development committee and Steve Ficca, NIH associate director for research services and co-chair of the leadership development committee. Kirschstein was the keynote speaker.

The 18-month program is designed to enhance career growth.

Salzman Virology Symposium, Nov. 7

The third annual Norman P. Salzman Symposium Award in Virology will be made on Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Cloister. Presentations begin at 8 a.m. and the event ends 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 call Carla Robinson, 402-5311.

SDP Gets New Name, Added Features

NIH customers and other HHS participants can now purchase certain hardware and other services at significant discounts thanks to CIT's recent expansion of its popular Software Distribution Project. SDP will continue to offer an extensive menu of discounted software titles.

To reflect this change, SDP has a new name — Information Systems Designated Procurement (ISDP), and a new web site address: http://isdp.cit.nih.gov/.

New hardware and services include: Blackberry handheld devices; iDefense security services; and Gartner research services.

Other recent additions to the program include SAS, SPSS and S-Plus statistical software programs and an open agreement with Peregrine Systems. Many more products and services will be added in the future.

ISDP will continue to take advantage of large volume purchasing agreements to provide significantly discounted software, hardware and services to its customers. Visit the ISDP web site for more information.


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