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Colwell To Give Shannon Lecture

Dr. Rita R. Colwell, director of the National Science Foundation, will give the fifth James A. Shannon Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. She will speak on "Crossing Borders: Science, the Public and New Policies." The talk is sponsored by the NIH Alumni Association. Colwell has spearheaded the NSF's emphases in K-12 science and mathematics education, graduate science and engineering education/training and the increased participation of women and minorities in science and engineering. She is a past president of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute and was a professor of microbiology at the university. She has also been president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

American Indian, Alaska Native Program Set

All are invited to attend the first annual NIH American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month program held on Friday, Nov. 16 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The theme of the program is "Leading the Way to Good Medicine."

Opening remarks will be delivered by NIH acting director Dr. Ruth Kirschstein with presentations by Dr. Clifton Poodry, director, NIGMS Minority Opportunities in Research Program, and Leo J. Nolan III, senior policy analyst for external affairs, Indian Health Service. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Everett R. Rhoades, former IHS director and assistant surgeon general.

For more information, contact Frank GrayShield, 496-4236 or William Reeves, 435-1203. Sign language interpreters will be provided. For other reasonable accommodation contact Michael Chew, 402-3681 or at (TTY) 1-800-877-8339.

Thrift Savings Plan Open Season

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is having another open season from Nov. 15, 2001, through Jan. 31, 2002. FERS employees who were hired before Jan. 1, 2002, as well as CSRS employees have an opportunity to change their election or make an initial election.

Eligible FERS employees may elect to contribute up to 12 percent of their salary this open season and will receive matching agency contributions on the first 5 percent (once they become eligible for the agency contributions, i.e., the second open season after being hired). CSRS employees may contribute up to 7 percent of salary this open season, but do not receive agency contributions. FERS employees who do not contribute receive an automatic 1 percent agency contribution each pay period (once they become eligible to receive agency contributions).

The features of the TSP and directions on how to make an 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.

Home Safe for the Holidays?

By popular demand, Officers David Baker and Luis Hurtado from the Montgomery County Police Department are back to address the Bethesda chapter of Federally Employed Women (FEW) at the Monday, Nov. 19 membership dinner. All employees are invited to attend the talk on home security, which will be held at the USUHS cafeteria, in Bldg. B on the campus of the National Naval Medical Center at 5:30 p.m. RSVP to Angela Magliozzi at 496-1642, am133m@nih.gov. Dinner is $20. Contact Claire McCullough if hearing interpreter or other reasonable accommodation is required; 435-8601 or cm27q@nih.gov.

Third Salzman Award Winner To Be Named

The Foundation for the NIH and the NIH Virology Interest Group will present the Norman P. Salzman Symposium in Virology on Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., where the third annual Salzman Award winner and mentor will be recognized. Award presentation and lecture will be held at the Cloisters (Bldg. 60). For more information call 402-5311.

STEP Session Evaluates Web Medicine

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science and the Public Health Forum titled "Surfing for a Cure: Service and Disservice from the WWW" on Friday, Nov. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Natcher Conference Center, balconies A and B.

Since you work at NIH, naturally you're considered an expert in all things medical — how do you begin to direct worried friends, relatives and strangers who are seeking information and advice? How does one choose the most useful information from the host of different web sites, chat rooms, user lists, and discussion groups? How do you know what's valid? The session will feature experts on web content, health information, and public education. Attendees can earn ESA credit.

'Use or Lose' Reminder

Don't forget to officially schedule your "use or lose" annual leave no later than Saturday, Dec. 1. Questions concerning "use or lose" leave should be directed to your Human Resource Office or other program official designated by your institute or center.

Annual PEF Fundraiser, Dec. 7

The Clinical Center's department of laboratory medicine will hold its 29th annual holiday fund- raiser auction to benefit the Patient Emergency Fund and the Friends of the Clinical Center on Friday, Dec. 7 in Bldg. 10, Rm. 2C310. Volunteers are needed for the event, and all donations are tax deductible. There will be a white elephant sale, bake sale, pizza lunch and a silent auction. Guests are invited to arrive as early as 9 a.m. for coffee and bake sale. At 10:30 a.m., the silent auction and white elephant sale begin. The silent auction ends at 2 p.m. To make donations call Sheila Barrett, 496-5668 or Norma Ruschell, 496-4475.

TV Health Disparities Series Features NIH

NIH has a central role in the national effort to reduce striking disparities in the burden of illness and death experienced by racial and ethnic minorities. A summer lecture series on health disparities reviewed research that is advancing knowledge of diseases and disabilities contributing to such health disparities, and that may lead to innovative diagnostic, treatment and preventive strategies.

Those lectures are now on television. Watch the ResearchChannel broadcast/webcast every week at these times: Tuesdays at 10 p.m.; Wednesdays at 3 a.m., 8 a.m., 1 p.m., 7 p.m.

The series premiered with "Why Are Babies Born Premature?" Upcoming programs in the series include: "Sickle Cell Disease – Recent Advances"; and "Obesity, Diabetes, and Energy Metabolism: Why Fat Is Good and Bad." On-demand video of the series will be available soon at: www.researchchannel.com/programs/nih/Disparity.html.

CIT Has Discount Software Available Through Special Distribution Project

Did you know that the Center for Information Technology offers significantly discounted brand-name software to all NIH and DHHS personnel? CIT established the Software Distribution Project (SDP) to save money and time by entering into large-volume purchasing agreements, reducing your need to search for the best software deals.

SDP offers major software titles from Microsoft, Adobe and many others to more than 40,000 customers, including all of NIH and more than half of DHHS personnel. DHHS is saving nearly $10 million each year through this program.

There are several ways to participate in SDP. Some agreements, including those with Microsoft, Macintosh, Novell, Filemaker and McAfee, require enrollment and enrollment fees. Every IC within NIH currently participates in this portion on some level. Each IC has a contact person responsible for administering the enrollment program within their organization.

Open Agreements, another component of SDP, do not require enrollment or enrollment fees. These are available to the entire DHHS community and allow customers to purchase software directly from the reseller. Adobe, Macromedia and BindView products are available through Open Agreements, and CIT is currently negotiating several others.

Before you spend your time and money on software, check out CIT's SDP, your software "store" of choice. For more information about the program visit http://sdp.cit.nih.gov/.

Master Rowers

NIDDK's Dr. Ad Bax (l) and NCI's Dr. Marc Gwadz broke a course record by 22 seconds as they won the men's master doubles division in the annual Head of the Charles Regatta, held before 93,000 spectators in Boston on Oct. 20. The two rowers, members of the Potomac Boat Club in D.C., had participated in the race before individually, but never as partners, and never victoriously. Bax says Gwadz, a postdoctoral fellow working under Dr. David Fitzgerald in the biotherapy section of Dr. Ira Pastan's Laboratory of Molecular Biology, is "the engine" of their duo. Says Gwadz, "Ad likes to play possum, but he's a fierce competitor." Placing eighth in the event was NIH rower Dr. Chuck Selden, who, along with Bax, was profiled in a Record story Oct. 16. The Bax/Gwadz combo finished the 3-mile course in 17:23:81. Selden and his partner, John Younger, a Californian, finished in 18:11:57. "Their lack of training together did them in," said Bax. "Plus Marc and I had an exceptional day." The following Saturday, Oct. 27, Bax and Gwadz won the men's master doubles by 24 seconds at the annual Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia. At that event, Selden rowed with the winning men's master eights team.


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