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NIDCD Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

NIDCD director Dr. James F. Battey, Jr.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) celebrated its 10th anniversary Oct. 2 with a symposium featuring outstanding scientists in human communication at Natcher Conference Center. Institute director Dr. James F. Battey, Jr., (above) gave opening remarks; he appears below with speakers (from l) Dr. Elizabeth Bates, University of California, San Diego; NIH director Dr. Harold Varmus; Dr. Cori Bargmann, UCSF; Dr. Bruce J. Gantz, University of Iowa; and Dr. Thomas B. Friedman, chief of NIDCD's Laboratory of Molecular Genetics. A luncheon at the Bethesda Naval Club followed the lectures.


Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series -- held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 -- features Dr. David Eisenberg on Nov. 25, speaking on "3D Domain Swapping in Forming Normal and Pathological Protein Aggregates, and Interpreting Genome Sequences in Terms of 3D Structures." He is professor, department of chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles.

On Dec. 2, Dr. Eric A. Schon, professor of genetics and development (in neurology), department of neurology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, discusses "Molecular Genetics of Human Mitochondrial Disease."

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

NCMA Holds Food Drive

The Bethesda/Medical chapter of the National Contract Management Association is sponsoring a food drive to help needy people in the Washington area. Nonperishable food items can be dropped off Nov. 18-Dec. 2 at EPS, Rm. 620C. Last minute food items can be brought to EPN, Conf. Rm. H on Dec. 2 between 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. Contributors are invited to listen to motivational speaker Bruce Johnson, who will lecture that day from noon to 1 p.m. The meeting is open to all and no registration is required. Call Sharon Miller, 435-3783, for details.

Use or Lose Reminder

Don't forget to schedule your "use or lose" annual leave in writing no later than Saturday, Nov. 21. 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.

Symposium on Craniofacial Morphogenesis

Eight NIH institutes and offices and the March of Dimes are cosponsoring an international symposium entitled "Toward a Molecular Understanding of Craniofacial Morphogenesis," Nov. 22-24 in the Natcher Conference Center. The symposium will highlight recent progress in a variety of disciplines that are contributing to this rapidly advancing research area. Insights from clinical phenotypic description, genetics, evolution of craniofacial patterning, bioinformatics, in vitro and animal modeling, imaging and other areas are merging to open many new research opportunities.

Attendance at the symposium is free, but registration is required. You may register online at or call the KEVRIC Co. at (301) 588-6000. For other questions contact Susan Wise, 594-7550, or Ken Yamada, 496-9124 in NIDCR.

BIG Money Management Seminar

The NIH chapter of Blacks in Government will sponsor a financial planning seminar on Monday, Nov. 23 from noon to 1 p.m. in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 6 (C-wing, 6th fl.). Topics on the agenda include 1999 Tax Breaks, Budgeting for the New Millennium, and Is It Ever Too Soon to Plan for Retirement? All are welcome. For more information, contact O.H. Laster, 496-6302 or Felicia Shingler, 435-0948 .

STEP Forum on Avoiding Rage

There will be a STEP forum on "Rage: Steering Clear of Trouble," on Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Bldg. 1, Wilson Hall. Hear from the experts on how to handle tense situations in the office and on the road. Learn where the flash points are and how to get out of the way. This may be especially important during the coming holiday season. This forum is designed for you -- the NIH commuter, coworker or manager. Speakers include Dr. Arnold Nerenberg, known as "Dr. Road Rage" and featured on 48 Hours, and Cynthia Fields, Employee Relations Consultant, Inc.

This session is free and open to all NIH'ers on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance registration is necessary. Inform STEP of any need for sign language interpretation or reasonable accommodation by Nov. 24. For more information call 435-2769.

Symposium on Therapeutic Oligonucleotides

On Friday, Dec. 4, the Therapeutic Oligonucleotide Interest Group will hold its third symposium, "Therapeutic Oligonucleotides: Discovery and Milestone Achievements." The meeting will be held in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. In addition to local talent from NIH, FDA, Johns Hopkins and Georgetown, speakers will be coming from Columbia University, UPenn, Cleveland Clinic, University of Iowa, the University of Alabama and several biotech companies. Reservations are not required. Contact Yoon Cho-Chung ( for more details.

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, Feb. 1, 1999. 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. The course times will be 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Morning registration begins 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 the Internet address: All requests must be received by Jan. 14, 1999. Applicants will be informed of the decision about their registration within 2 weeks of their submission. For more information contact Shelly Palacios, (301) 596-2471.

One Grand Hole-in-One

At the NIH Golf League's fall outing on Sept. 19, NCI's Dr. Joe Tangrea (shown here with his wife Elena, also an NIHGL member), a third-year golfer, shot a hole-in-one on the 150-yard par 3 8th hole at Beaver Creek Country Club in Hagerstown. All 40 players in the event paid a fee to ensure a hole-in-one cash prize for each par 3. Joe won $1,000, paid by SportWorx, a sports-risk prize insurer. It has been estimated that the odds for an average golfer making a hole-in-one are 1 in 12,000.

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