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Reminder: 'Trick or Treat' with CFC

Reminder to all NIH'ers — you're 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. A $3 chili lunch will be provided by the Hard Times Cafe, and entertainment will be provided by Oldies 100.3 FM. Lots of door prizes will be given away, including tickets to see Michael Jordan play basketball with the Wizards. More than 15 local and national CFC charities will be on hand to distribute information and answer questions, and, of course, there'll be candy! For details, contact Sue Thompson at 594-4469 or see the NIH CFC web site at

Health Benefits Fair, Nov. 6

In conjunction with the 2001 Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program Open Season, which runs from Monday, Nov. 12 through Monday, Dec. 10, NIH is sponsoring an FEHB Open Season Fair. The fair will be held in Bldg. 1's Wilson Hall ( 3rd floor) on Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Representatives from most of the plans that are available to employees will be on hand to answer questions on their 2002 benefits. Sign language interpretation will be available for those who need it.

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

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. 12, 2002.

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, Dec. 1.

If you or your supervisor have questions regarding "use or lose" leave, contact your Human Resource Office or other appropriate program official designated by your institute or center.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Brian J. Druker on Nov. 7; he will give the fourth annual Astute Clinician Lecture on "STI571: A Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor for the Treatment of Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, Validating the Promise of Molecularly Targeted Therapy." He is professor of medicine, division of hematology and medical oncology, and director, Oregon Health Sciences University Cancer Institute Leukemia Center.

There are no WALS lectures Nov. 14 or 21, for Thanksgiving break.

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

Internet Grateful Med Is Retired

After a productive 51/2-year run, the National Library of Medicine's Internet Grateful Med interface got its gold watch. IGM was retired on Sept. 28; it enabled users to search 14 different NLM databases including MEDLINE, TOXLINE and AIDSLINE with ease and precision. The rapid march of technological progress, including the phase-out of the library's mainframe databases and the conversion to new web-based retrieval systems, prompted the change.

Users attempting to access Internet Grateful Med following its shutdown will be offered links to other NLM search services appropriate to the data formerly available through IGM. One of the most helpful is the NLM Gateway (, which provides "one-stop searching" across many of NLM's databases and other resources. The Gateway features many of the functions that made IGM popular with users.

"For more than 5 years, users worldwide made many millions of searches of IGM," said Dr. Lawrence Kingsland III, NLM assistant director for medical informatics research and IGM project leader. "We're pleased that the system helped connect the public with NLM's many resources."

FEW New Member Training

If you had a brief audience with the President, what would you want him to remember about you? Genia Bohrer, senior management analyst, ORS, and immediate past president of the Bethesda chapter of Federally Employed Women, will teach you how to make a good first impression, be recognized and rewarded for your efforts, and attract people and opportunities that you really want in your life. New and prospective members are urged to attend the next monthly meeting to learn about the chapter and the national organization of FEW. The meeting, open to the public, will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Natcher Bldg., balcony C. RSVP to Yvette Porter at

Introduction to Clinical Research

Registration for the 2002 "Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research" will begin on Nov. 1. The course will run from Jan. 15, 2002 through Apr. 23, 2002. Classes will be held on campus on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to approximately 7. There is no charge for the course; however, purchase of a textbook is required. A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course, including a final exam. The deadline for registering is Jan. 4, 2002.

For more information about course work or to register, visit

Find Information for Your Research

The NIH Library offers several modes of training to suit your learning styles:

  • Classes on how to use electronic resources effectively. The fall schedule includes many seminars on several topics, for example: Accessing full-text journals; searching databases; ordering and receiving articles via email; setting up a literature alert service; creating instant bibliographies for your manuscripts; using the new NLM Gateway.

  • Tutorials offering one-on-one assistance with a librarian in your office or in the library.

  • Web-based tutorials on how to use electronic resources, for example: conducting a cited reference search in the Web of Science database to find out who has cited a particular article; setting up a Porpoise profile to receive weekly updates from the Web of Science database; organizing your research files for creating instant bibliographies for your manuscripts using Reference Manager.

Go to for more information or call 496-2184. The training opportunities are free. NIH staff only.

NIH-Duke Training Program Offered

Applications for the 2002-2003 NIH-Duke Training Program in Clinical Research will be available in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1L403 beginning on Nov. 1.

Designed primarily for clinical fellows and other health professionals who are training for careers in clinical research, the program offers formal courses in research design, statistical and decision analysis, research ethics and research management.

Courses are offered at the CC by means of videoconferencing from Duke or on-site by adjunct faculty. Academic credit earned by participating in this program may be applied toward satisfying the degree requirement for a master of health sciences in clinical research from Duke University School of Medicine. For more information about course work and tuition costs, visit Enrollment in the program is limited. The deadline for receipt of applications is Mar. 1, 2002. Applicants who have been accepted into the program will be notified by July 1, 2002. Applications from both intramural and extramural divisions are encouraged.

Email queries about the program may be addressed to Dr. William E. Wilkinson, program director, at

Management: Is It for Me?

Promotion to a supervisory position can bring more money and responsibility, but will it bring you satisfaction? How do you decide if management is right for you? The class "Is Management for Me?" explores the rewards and drawbacks inherent in positions of management. Through guided exercises, you will experience situational dilemmas common to supervisors to help you decide if this is an area where you can find fulfillment. The class is Jan. 15, 2002, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in EPS. For more information, call HRDD at 496-6211 or visit

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