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NIAAA's Keller Lecture, Nov. 18

The fourth annual Mark Keller Honorary Lecture Series will be held Thursday, Nov. 18 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Dr. Henri Begleiter, professor of psychiatry and neuroscience, department of psychiatry, SUNY Health Service Center at Brooklyn, is this year's award recipient and lecturer. His speech is entitled "The Search for Genes for Alcoholism." For more information, visit the NIAAA Web site at:

Use or Lose Reminder

Don't forget to schedule your "use or lose" annual leave in writing no later than Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999. Questions concerning use or lose leave should be directed to one's human resource office or other program official designated by your institute or center.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held (usually) on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — takes the day off on Nov. 24 for Thanksgiving break, but returns on Dec. 1 when Dr. Shirley M. Tilghman lectures on "The Mechanism and Function of Genomic Imprinting in Mammals." She is Howard A. Prior professor of life sciences, professor of molecular biology, HHMI investigator, director, Institute for Genomic Analysis and chair of the Council on Science and Technology at Princeton University.

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

Garden Club Meets, Dec. 2

The NIH Garden Club will meet on Thursday, Dec. 2, in the Natcher Bldg., Rm. A at noon. The topic and speaker will be posted on the club Web page: All interested gardeners are welcome.

Orientation to Extramural Staff Offered

The Office of Extramural Programs, OD, will present an NIH orientation course entitled "Fundamentals of NIH Extramural Activities" on Monday, Jan. 31, 2000. The course is designed specifically for extramural staff with service of 2 years or less. It will be held in the Natcher Center's E1&2 conference room from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with morning registration starting at 8.

The course will include an overview of NIH organization and history; missions and goals of the ICs; the process of extramural grant and contract support; and a discussion of special issues and programs.

Participation will be limited to 125 people. Registration will be conducted via email on a first-come, first-served basis. Microsoft Exchange mail users can email their requests to the ESATRAIN (OD) mailbox on the NIH global address list; other mail system users can email using All requests must be received by Jan. 14, 2000. Applicants will be informed of the decision about their registration within 2 weeks of applying. For more information contact Shelly Palacios, (301) 977-2774.

Online Training Comes to NIH

OHRM also announces the FASTRAC Web-based training program, which will provide more than 600 online training courses. These free courses cover a wide range of IT and professional effectiveness subjects. The ability to take training online enables anytime, anywhere learning. These courses offer opportunities to pursue education (earn college credit), gain certification (official study guides for Microsoft, Netscape, Novell and Oracle exams) or refresh skills. These courses will be available early next year. For details, visit the Web site above or call Marvin Lee or Sally Murray at 496-6211.

New Communication Course Offered

Learn how to write clear and concise memos, letters and reports that communicate effectively. The Human Resource Development Division offers a program specifically designed to help you develop a structured approach to your writing. The program consists of specialized workshops that are sequential and use a "building block approach." Each class is tailored to your skill level and builds on the skills you developed in the previous class. HRDD can customize any of the writing courses to meet your office objectives, and location and time constraints. For more information, visit the Web site above or call Sally Murray at 496-6211.

Scott Presents 'Enough Is Enough'

Randy Schools (l), president of the NIH R&W Association, greets Michael Scott of Empowerment Unlimited, Inc., before Scott's recent presentation, "Enough Is Enough! Practical Tools for Regaining Control of Your Life in Today's Fast Paced World." In the talk — one in the fall seminar series "Faces and Phases of Life" cosponsored by the R&W, the NIH Work and Family Life Center, the NIH Employee Assistance Program and the NIH Federal Credit Union — he discussed his book, Catch Your Balance and Run. He also challenged attendees to release stress during the program, urging them up out of their seats. Three seminars remain in the series, "Where Will My Older Relative Live" on Nov. 17, "Navigating the Course of Your Career: Setting Career Goals" on Nov. 30 and "Survival Tactics for Managing the Holidays" on Dec. 1. Call WFLC at 435-1619 or visit the What's New section of its Web site at for times and rooms.

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