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Manchester String Quartet Returns

The Manchester String Quartet Series returns for its 11th season at NIH. The lunch-time concert series starts on Monday, Nov. 8 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. All are invited to attend. The concerts are made possible by a grant from the Merck Co. Foundation. For more information, call Sharon Greenwell, 496-4713.

Holiday Auction Set, Dec. 3

The Clinical Center clinical pathology department will hold its 27th annual Holiday Auction on Friday, Dec. 3 in Bldg. 10, Rm. 2C310 (the clin path conference room and library). The event begins at 9 a.m. with coffee and a bake sale. At 11 a.m. there is a silent auction and white elephant sale. Pizza and sodas go on sale at 11:30 a.m., and the silent auction wraps up at 2 p.m. To make a donation call Norma Ruschell, 496-4473, Rita La Pointe, 496-3386, or Ernest Boyd, 496-8980. This event benefits the Patient Emergency Fund and the Friends of the Clinical Center. Last year, it raised more than $2,000, and organizers hope to do even better in 1999.

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 biweekly 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. 1, 2000.

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 rescheduled in writing. This year, your use or lose leave must be scheduled in writing not later than Saturday, Nov. 20.

Should 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.

Human Genome Lecture Series

The 1999-2000 Human Genome Lecture Series, sponsored by the National Human Genome Research Institute, begins this fall. All lectures take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10.

Nov. 18, Dr. Nancy A. Press, Oregon Health Sciences University, "What Makes Defining Populations Difficult?"

Feb. 17, 2000, Dr. David W. Deamer, University of California, Santa Cruz, "Nanopore Analysis of DNA Structure"

Apr. 13, Dr. Lynn B. Jorde, University of Utah, "Human Genetic Variation"

June 15, Dr. Gerald M. Rubin, University of California, Berkeley, "The Drosophila Genome"

For more information, or to meet with any of the speakers, contact Dr. Yasmin Cypel, NHGRI, 496-7531,

Health Benefits Fair, Nov. 4

In conjunction with the 1999 Federal Employees Health Benefits Program open season, which runs from Monday, Nov. 8 through Monday, Dec. 13, the Retirement and Benefits Service Center is sponsoring a Health Benefits Open Season Fair. It will be held in Bldg. 1's Wilson Hall on Thursday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Representatives from most of the plans available to NIH'ers will be on hand to answer questions.

Thrift Savings Plan Open Season

The Thrift Savings Plan is having another open season from Nov. 15, 1999, through Jan. 31, 2000. FERS employees who were hired before July 1, 1999, as well as CSRS employees have an opportunity to change their current election, or make an initial election.

Eligible FERS and CSRS employees may elect to contribute to the G fund (government securities), C fund (stocks) and/or F fund (bonds). FERS employees may contribute up to 10 percent of their salary each pay period and will receive matching agency contributions on the first 5 percent. CSRS employees may contribute up to 5 percent of salary, but do not receive any matching contributions. FERS employees who do not contribute receive an automatic 1 percent agency contribution each pay period. They may choose to distribute this among the three funds.

The features of the plan and directions on how to make a plan election or to change your current withholding are described in the Thrift Savings Plan Open Season leaflet, which will be distributed to eligible employees by their IC personnel office. More detailed information is provided in the Summary of the Thrift Savings Plan for Federal Employees booklet and is available in your IC personnel office.

Mobile Mammography Screening Dates

The George Washington University Breast Care Center will be visiting NIH for its fall mammography screening. All employees, their families and others associated with NIH (such as IRTAs, visiting scientists, contractors, volunteers) are eligible to participate. The remaining screening dates and van locations are as follows:

Bldg. 10 (Lot 10H)Nov. 3
EPN/EPS (Parking lot behind complex)Nov. 10
Rockledge (Visitor parking behind RKL 1)Nov. 16
Bldg. 45 (front of building)Dec. 15

The van will be on-site from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. taking preschedule appointments. Each screening is conducted by a female technologist, and a board-certified radiologist specializing in mammography will interpret the films. Appointments should take about 20 minutes and will cost $138. GW will bill some insurance companies directly or payment can be made by cash or check at the screening (check with your insurance company for reimbursement). To see if your insurance is accepted or to make an appointment call (202) 994-9999.

'Faces & Phases of Life' Seminar Series

The NIH Work and Family Life Center, in conjunction with the NIH Employee Assistance Program, presents the following free seminars. Call the WFLC to preregister. Sign language interpretation is available. For reasonable accommodation, call the WFLC at least 48 hours prior to the seminar at 435-1619, TTY/TDD 480-0690. Visit WFLC online at

Dual Career Relationships: Coping Strategies for Couples Who Work
(Nov. 2, 12-1:30 p.m., 31/6C6)

How to Help Your Child Do Better in School
(Nov. 10, 12-1:30 p.m., 31/6C10)

Where Will My Older Relative Live?
(Nov. 17, 12-1:30 p.m., 31/6C10)

Navigating the Course of Your Career: Setting Career Goals
(Nov. 30, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 31/6C6)

Survival Tactics for Managing the Holidays
(Dec. 1, 12-1:30 p.m., 31/6C6)

Lecture on Future of Women's Health

The Bethesda chapter of AWIS (Association for Women in Science), now in its 8th year, is holding a series of talks for 1999-2000. These are cosponsored by NIH's Office of Research on Women's Health and Office of Community Liaison. The second lecture, to be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 at the FAES Social Center at 9109 Old Georgetown Rd., is on "Women's Health Research in the 21st Century." It will feature Dr. Vivian Pinn, director, Office of Research on Women's Health, and Dr. Jill Panetta, research manager, Lilly Center for Women's Health, Eli Lilly Inc.

NCMA Names Officers

The NIH-based Bethesda/Medical chapter of the National Contract Management Association recently elected officers for the 1999-2000 program year. They are (from l) Debra Powell, MayaTech Corp.; Donna Berkowitz, Food and Drug Administration, treasurer; Sharon Miller, NCI, national director; Linda DeGraffenreid, Effective Communications, vice president; and Janet Mattson, NCI, president.

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.

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 Innovation Health, a health maintenance organization. New this year for FAES subscribers is a fee schedule dental plan. Information about rates and benefits, effective Jan. 1, 2000, may be obtained from the FAES business office, Bldg. 10, Rm. B1C18.

Inclement Weather Plans for Employees with Disabilities

The Office of Human Resources Management is requesting all managers' and supervisors' help in providing reasonable accommodation during inclement weather for employees with disabilities. Each IC must work with its employees who have disabilities to establish new agreements, or re-evaluate existing agreements. Accommodations previously negotiated need not be renegotiated if both supervisor and employee feel the current agreement is acceptable. Agreements should be finalized before Friday, Dec. 10. For more information, visit or contact Alice Madia, 402-9810, or Sheila Monroe, 402-8978.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held (usually) on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — shows up 20 minutes early on Nov. 10 when Dr. Franklyn G. Prendergast gives the Percy L. Julian Centennial Lecture at 2:40 p.m. He is professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and director, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. His topic is "Elegant Photophysics in the Green Fluorescent Protein."

On Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. in Masur, Dr. Purnell W. Choppin, president, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will speak on "A Role for Private Support of Biomedical Research." This is the third James A. Shannon Lecture, hosted by the NIH Alumni Association.

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

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