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NIH Director's Town Hall Meeting Set for Dec. 16

The third NIH Director's Town Hall Meeting will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 16 with Dr. Elias Zerhouni, from noon to 1 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. All employees are invited to attend.

The forum welcomes questions on any issue within the NIH community that advances meaningful exchange and encourages wider NIH participation. To help guide the topics, send your questions, comments or ideas by Monday, Dec. 1 via the online feedback tool located at

Sign language interpretation will be available and accommodation can be made for those needing special assistance. The event will be videocast and can be viewed from your office computer at For more information, contact Carol Jabir at or 496-1776.

NIH's CFC Hosts 'Goalish' Halloween Event

Organizers of NIH's 2003 Combined Federal Campaign hosted a lunchtime "Trick-or-Treat with the CFC" event on Oct. 31, featuring music and karaoke by BIG 100.3 FM radio as well as goodies to eat from Hard Times Café and Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. Several tables were also set up to offer CFC information, and to collect loose change for the campaign.

Lydia Bradley of the NIH mailroom demonstrates her enchanting headwear.

NICHD's Jeanellen Kallevang (l), George Gaines and friend pose for a head shot.

Marly Davidson of Gates Global Advanced Internet Technologies models the latest Triassic finery.

Employee Needs Organ Donation

Wanda White, an employee with type A blood, is in need of a kidney transplant. If there is anyone interested in being tested as a possible donor match who has either type A or O blood, call Nancy at 435-2110. Federal government donors can use up to 30 days of donor leave, which is not associated with sick or vacation leave.

STEP Offers 'Vaccine — Friend or Foe?'

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee is holding a Current Controversies in Medicine forum on the topic, "Vaccines — Friend or Foe?" on Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Bldg. 38A's Lister Hill Auditorium.

For more than 200 years, vaccines have improved quality of life by decreasing human suffering, preventing permanent disabilities and reducing death rates. They have slowed, contained or averted epidemics worldwide. However, safety is an issue. Do the benefits to society outweigh the risks to the individual? What side effects are acceptable? What promises do novel methodologies hold for vaccine development? What are the hurdles for developing effective vaccines: Why can't we have them now?

Experts from the front lines of vaccine research, epidemiology and public health policy will offer their perspectives on these and related issues.

CRIS Information Session To Be Held, Dec. 4

The Clinical Research Information System — CRIS — project has convened a core user group to help with key initiatives. Dr. Steven Luxenberg (third from r), the CRIS project's physician informaticist, leads the group. Clinical Center members are (from l) Jennifer Chaney, diagnostic radiology department; Lucia DeMenezes and Keisha Potter, nursing department; Jeanne Preuss, department of laboratory medicine; and Sherry Sheldon, department of transfusion medicine. Group members will be involved with training, testing, communications and process change in support of CRIS. For more on the CRIS project, slated for implementation in 2004, visit or attend an NIH all-hands CRIS information session from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4 in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10.

Holiday Auction Set, Dec. 5

The Clinical Center's department of laboratory medicine will hold its 31st Holiday Auction fundraiser on Friday, Dec. 5 in Bldg. 10, Rm. 2C310, which is the department's conference room and library. All proceeds benefit the Patient Emergency Fund and Friends of the Clinical Center.

Organizers welcome volunteers and donations of items, and remind donors that their contributions are tax-deductible. There will be a white elephant sale table, bake sale, pizza lunch and silent auction. The bake sale, with coffee and tea, begins at 9 a.m., followed by the silent auction and white elephant sale at 10. Pizza will be served at 11:30 a.m., and the silent auction ends at 2 p.m.

To make donations or volunteer call Sheila Barrett, 496-5668, or Norma Ruschell, 496-4475.

FEW Gathers Gifts for Holidays

The Bethesda chapter of Federally Employed Women (FEW) invites you to its meeting and holiday reception on Tuesday, Dec. 9 from noon to 1 p.m. in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 6C06. Light refreshments will be served.

The chapter is also sponsoring a Toys for Tots drive. All toys will be donated to local charitable organizations. Bring an unwrapped toy to the reception and make a child smile.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features the Florence Mahoney Lecture on Dec. 3, given by Dr. Gary Ruvkun, professor, department of genetics, Harvard Medical School. (See story.)

On Dec. 10, Dr. Natalie G. Ahn, HHMI investigator and associate professor, department of chemistry and biochemistry, University of Colorado, will speak on "Functional Proteomics: Methods Development and Applications to Signal Transduction."

On Dec. 17, Dr. Douglas C. Rees, HHMI investigator and professor, division of chemistry and chemical engineering, California Institute of Technology, will discuss "Getting Across the Membrane: Structural Studies of Channels and Transporters."

The series then takes a holiday break before resuming on Jan. 7, 2004, with a talk by Nobel laureate Dr. John Fenn.

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

Schreiber To Give NCI Seminar

Dr. Stuart L. Schreiber, director of the Initiative for Chemical Genetics, Harvard University, will present a scientific seminar titled "New Tools in the Fight Against Cancer: Small Molecules, Diversity-oriented Synthesis and ChemBank." It will be held on Friday, Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to noon in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, sponsored by the Office of Cancer Genomics, National Cancer Institute.

The lecture will be videocast at For more information, or for reasonable accommodation, contact LaTonya Kittles at 451-6055 or the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339.

NIH'ers Populate 'Most Cited' List

Of the top 50 "citation superstars," or most-cited researchers in the period 1983 to 2002, seven are NIH scientists, according to the September/October 2003 issue of ScienceWatch, a magazine that tracks trends and performance in basic research.

The "true citation elite" of the past two decades is determined by review of papers published and cited in Thomson ISI-indexed journals; Thomson ISI publishes ScienceWatch.

The NIH scientists are, in descending order: Dr. Anthony Fauci, NIAID (13th, with 53,932 citations); Dr. Steven A. Rosenberg, NCI (15th, 52,463); Dr. Ira Pastan, NCI (27th, 42,554); Dr. Ad Bax, NIDDK (37th, 39,875); Dr. Neal G. Copeland, NCI (44th, 38,032); Dr. Nancy A. Jenkins, NCI (47th, 37,146); and Dr. Anita B. Roberts, NCI (49th, 36,397).

Just missing the list of top 50 researchers, with almost 36,000 total citations, was Dr. David J. Lipman, director of the National Center for Biotechnology Information at NLM; he was senior author on the third most-cited paper of 1983-2002, "Basic Local Alignment Search Tool," S.F. Altschul et al., published in the Journal of Molecular Biology in 1990.

For more information on the rankings, visit

University of Pittsburgh Training in Clinical Research Program

Applications for the 2004-2005 University of Pittsburgh Training in Clinical Research Program are available in the Clinical Center, Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education, Bldg. 10, Rm. B1L403.

The program, designed for Ph.D.'s and allied health professionals (i.e., pharmacists and nurses), consists of an integrated core curriculum taught over three semesters starting with an intensive 8-week summer session. The program has been modified so that NIH trainees are only required to spend the first 5 days of the summer session in residence at the University of Pittsburgh. Physicians and dentists are also eligible to matriculate in this program.

Participants have the option of receiving a certificate in clinical research (15 credits) or a master of science in clinical research (30 credits) from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

For more information, including tuition costs, visit or send an email to The deadline for applying is Mar. 1, 2004. Successful applicants will be notified by May 29, 2004.

Enrollment in this program is limited. Prospective participants should consult with their NIH institute or center regarding the official training nomination procedure.

FAES Announces Spring Courses

The FAES Graduate School at NIH announces the schedule of courses for the spring semester. The evening classes sponsored by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences will be given on the NIH campus.

Courses are offered in biochemistry, biology, biotechnology (daytime courses), chemistry, immunology, languages, medicine, microbiology, pharmacology, statistics, toxicology, administration and courses of general interest.

It is often possible to transfer credits earned to other institutions for degree work, and many courses are approved for category 1 credit toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award.

Classes will begin Jan. 26; mail registration ends Dec. 26 and walk-in registration will be held Jan. 7-13. Tuition is $100 per credit hour, and courses may be taken for credit or audit. Courses that qualify for institute support as training should be cleared with supervisors and administrative officers as soon as possible. Both the vendor's copy of the training form and the FAES registration form must be submitted at the time of registration. Note that FAES cannot access training forms entered in the NIHTS system; a signed hard copy (vendors' copy of SF 182 form) is needed in order to process registrations for classes. Asking your institute to pay your tuition does not constitute registration with the FAES Graduate School.

Schedules are available in the graduate school office in Bldg. 60, Suite 230; the foundation bookstore in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1L101; and the business office in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1C18. To have a schedule sent, call 496-7976 or visit

NIH-Duke Training in Clinical Research

Applications for the 2004-2005 NIH-Duke Training Program in Clinical Research are available in the Clinical Center, Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education, Bldg. 10, Rm. B1L403.

The NIH-Duke program, implemented in 1998, is designed primarily for physicians and dentists who desire formal training in the quantitative and methodological principles of clinical research. The program, offered via videoconference at the CC, offers formal courses in research design, research management and statistical analysis.

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 School of Medicine.

For more information about course work and tuition costs, visit Email queries about the program may be addressed to The deadline for applying is Mar. 1, 2004. Applicants who have been accepted into the program will be notified by July 1, 2004.

Update on the CFC, NIH-Style

Here's what NIH'ers are doing to encourage contributions to the CFC, and to reward contributors.

CSR had a Halloween bake sale and raised $405. In addition, they have ongoing weekly drawings for employees who pledge to the CFC. CSR employees donated the prizes.

OD staff embarked on a scavenger hunt through the CFC Catalogue of Caring. Those who answer correctly questions like, "What is the 4-digit CFC Code for the Children's Inn at NIH?" are entered into a drawing for a $5 gift certificate good at any of the Eurest dining centers. Five winners were drawn each day for a week.

NINR held a drawing for early contributors to the CFC, with the winners receiving a set of hand-made greeting cards with original photography.

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