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World AIDS Day Exhibit

To commemorate World AIDS Day, the Office of AIDS Research is sponsoring the NIH AIDS Research exhibit that will be on display during the month of December at the following locations: Dec. 1-6, Bldg. 31 A-wing; Dec. 7-13, Clinical Center lobby; Dec. 14-20, Natcher Bldg. foyer; Dec. 21-29, Executive Plaza South, back lobby. The theme for World AIDS Day this year is "Be a Force for Change."

The backdrop of the exhibit is artwork created by children and adolescents from across the United States who are participating in the AIDS clinical trials program of the National Cancer Institute. The exhibit provides fact sheets and contact information about the NIH AIDS research program, as well as HIV/AIDS-related materials, pamphlets and books from the institutes and centers supporting AIDS research. For more information, call the Office of AIDS Research, 496-0357.

Federal Resumé Writing Workshop

If your career goal is to attain a Senior Executive Service position, then a 1-day "Federal Resumé and ECQ Writing Workshop" is for you. An in-depth discussion with samples will focus on the new executive core qualifications (ECQs), the federal resumé, technical and managerial factors, and preparation of a cover letter. The course will review the five new ECQs: leading change, leading people, results driven, business acumen and building coalitions/communications. A top-quality resumé and cover letter will be highlighted.

The course is open to employees in grades GS 13-15 and equivalent grade levels and interns in NIH career development programs. It will be offered Jan. 17 at the Natcher Conference Center and repeated on Feb. 2 at Bldg. 31. Each workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. NIHITS nominations should be submitted by Dec. 17 for the January workshop and Jan. 5 for the February workshop.

For more information, visit the DWD Web site at http://trainingcenter.od.nih.gov or contact Joyce Laplante at 402-3380 or email her at JL15T@nih.gov.

NIH IntraMall Showcased, Dec. 11

Mark your calendars now to attend a special NIH IntraMall event called "A Day at the Mall" on Friday, Dec. 11 at the Natcher Conference Center. Visit over 40 IntraMall vendors, receive free give aways and discounts for supplies purchased that day, learn to use the IntraMall, use your new US Bank/Visa cards to make purchases in the computerized shopping room, and enjoy refreshments.

"A Day at the Mall" will showcase the NIH IntraMall and the new US Bank/VISA purchase card programs, two services designed to simplify purchasing and speed the bill-paying process for NIH staff.

To register for this event and receive a purchase discount number, visit http://intramall.nih.gov or call 1-888-644-6255.

NLM Shuts Down for Renovation

The National Library of Medicine will be preparing its exhibition hall and Main Reading Room for the 21st century when it embarks on a series of upgrades beginning the morning of Friday, Dec. 18. The library will be closed to the public from that date until it reopens at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 4, 1999. The library will also suspend its public tours, normally offered at 1 p.m. weekdays, during this period.

Improvements will include installation of more computer terminals for online searching, a new raised floor system for computer wire management, and new carpeting and other enhancements to the appearance of the Main Reading Room and the Rotunda (Exhibit Hall). Although NLM will be closed to walk-in patrons during the renovation, researchers can still telephone (1-888-FINDNLM) or email (custserv@nlm.nih.gov) the NLM staff and place interlibrary loan requests through the 4,500 medical libraries nationwide in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

If you are curious about the status of the redo, check the library's renovation Web page at http://www.nlm.nih.gov. Questions about the renovation, and what services will be available from Dec. 18 through Jan. 4, can be answered by calling the number above between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Japanese TV Visits NIEHS

A production crew with NHK, the Japanese public television network, visited NIEHS recently to tape part of a documentary on synthetic chemicals and toxicology testing. The team visited the institute on 4 days to do research and film. Interviewing Dr. George Lucier (above, far l), director of the NIEHS Environmental Toxicology Program are (from l) Yasushi Koyama and Megumi Sasaki, producers; Fujio Takatsu, technician; and Kiyoshi Honda, cameraman. Below, one of the "visuals" set up by the NHK crew was a complete set of data from a single National Toxicology Program study (on phenolphthalein) including microscope slides, paraffin blocks, wet tissue and paper data.

 

3rd Gene Therapy Policy Conference Set

The third NIH Gene Therapy Policy Conference, titled "Prenatal Gene Transfer: Scientific, Medical and Ethical Issues," will be held Jan. 7-8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda. Topics will include preclinical studies of prenatal gene transfer; prenatal genetic screening and diagnostic tools; optimal clinical trial design focusing on patient safety and measurements of outcome; ethical, legal and social issues raised by prenatal gene transfer; diagnostic testing and clinical care of patients post gene transfer; and patient education, informed consent and eligibility.

For more information or to register for the conference (free and open to the public), visit the Office of Recombinant DNA Activities Web site at http://www.nih.gov/od/orda or call (410) 377-0110.

Annual Holiday Show, Dec. 17

The Bethesda Little Theatre is presenting the annual NIH Holiday Show on Thursday, Dec. 17 at noon in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Admission is free. Featuring Ben Fulton as master of ceremonies, a variety of holiday tunes, and the return of the ever-popular Nelva Reckert, this performance will provide merry entertainment to all who attend. The Bethesda Little Theatre is an R&W organization whose proceeds benefit NIH charities. The Holiday Show is BLT's gift to the NIH community in thanks for their support throughout the year.

Diversity Council Issues Report Card

As the NIH Diversity Council begins planning for next year, it recently reviewed accomplishments made in the past year. The council established three task forces to focus on priorities for 1998.

  • The disability awareness task force examined issues related to providing reasonable accommodation to NIH staff and visitors, the accessibility and safety of NIH-owned and leased facilities, as well as the accessibility of NIH-provided transportation services. Its final report will provide recommendations on how NIH can build on its past success in these areas.
  • The task force on diversity in recruitment at NIH was charged with reviewing and making recommendations on how to enhance the current practices at NIH for the recruitment and retention of staff. The group is conducting focus groups to provide recommendations that will help to enhance recruitment practices at NIH.
  • The task force on marketing the diversity council focused on increasing awareness of the council throughout NIH. The group has completed numerous projects designed to enhance the visibility of the council.

The council includes representatives from the intramural and extramural communities as well as scientific, administrative, and wage grade staff and commissioned corps employees. Members are of different ages, races, genders and sexual orientation. If you are interested in joining the council or would like more information, call Carolyn Hunter in the Office of Equal Opportunity, 402-3663.

Acquisition Community Meets at Hunt Valley Symposium

The NIH acquisition community staged its 15th symposium recently in Hunt Valley, Md.; more than 200 people attended the 2-day event whose title, www.acquisition.nih.gov, represented the field's move to greater reliance on electronic commerce and use of the Internet in procuring goods and services at NIH.

The symposium featured a variety of speakers and several workshops that focused on a range of topics, including a take-off on television's It's Academic called "It's Acquisition," a workshop presented by the Division of Financial Advisory Services called "The X-Files," and two other workshops that dealt with current hot topics in the acquisition arena: electronic commerce and contracting mechanisms.

The symposium gave the community an opportunity to share concerns and network with their counterparts at NIH.

Diane Frasier, director of the Office of Contracts Management, opened the symposium by presenting the Nathaniel Lindsey Award for exceptional dedication and outstanding contributions made on behalf of the NIH small business program. The award was established to honor Lindsey, a much beloved and respected member of the NIH acquisition community who passed away in 1996. Joseph B. Bowe, small business manager, NCI, was the recipient of this first annual award.

Frasier concluded the symposium by requesting a moment of silence for the recent tragic loss of a former member of the NCI contracting community, Therese Dick.

'Holiday in Oz' Benefit, Dec. 12

The Performing Arts Ensemble will present its sixth annual NIH benefit show, "Holiday in Oz," on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Proceeds from the show, a musical featuring songs from The Wizard of Oz, will benefit the Friends of the Clinical Center. Santa Claus will visit during the show, and there will be door prizes. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for kids under 12. For tickets call (301) 594-5596.

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, computer sciences, imaging sciences, immunology, languages, medicine, microbiology, pharmacology, psychiatry, 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 begin Jan. 25; mail registration ends Dec. 31 and walk-in registration will be held Jan. 6-12. 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.

Schedules will be 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 the FAES Web site at http://faes.org.

Note on Reasonable Accommodation

The Office of Human Resource Management is requesting all managers' and supervisors' assistance 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 the supervisor and the employee feel the present agreement is acceptable. All agreements should be finalized before Dec. 11.

Questions about this should be directed to Alice Madia, 402-9810 or Sheila Monroe, 402-8978.

Garden Club Considers Trees

Joe Howard, head of the Montgomery County forestry board, will speak on the topic "Champion Trees of Montgomery County" at the next NIH Garden Club meeting on Thursday, Dec. 3, from noon to 1 p.m. in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 7. Come learn what a champion tree is and feel free to nominate a new species of champion tree or challenge the existing champ with a bigger tree. Everyone attending will receive a free gift presented courtesy of the forestry board. Club meetings are open to anyone interested; visit its Web site for more information: http://recgov.org/r&w/garden.

Mandoleers Give Holiday Concert

The Takoma Mandoleers will present their fifth annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. This free concert, open to the public, is sponsored by the Clinical Center rehabilitation medicine department and will be held in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The Takoma Mandoleers, founded in 1923, is the oldest mandolin orchestra in the United States. The musical selections will include songs of the early 20th century such as classical, popular music, marches and ragtime. For more information, call Bob Hammond, 496-2378, or evenings, (301) 990-6718.

Annual Chili Cookoff Draws Crowd

Crowds of NIH'ers attended R&W's Annual Chili Cookoff on Oct. 27 on the Bldg. 31A patio. The event is designed to acquaint employees with the range of CFC charities to which they can contribute; some 20 eligible charities were represented by information tables. Entertainment was provided by the Village Jazz Band as employees sampled chili from the Hard Times Cafe, ice cream from Ben & Jerry's (both of whom contributed a portion of earnings to the NIH-related CFC charities), and voted on the best and hottest chili concocted by coworkers. R&W's Gail Godfrey won the Best Chili honor, and NLM's Janie Robak had the Hottest Chili.

'Messiah' Sing-Along, Dec. 6 in Masur

For the second year in a row, the NIH Community Orchestra and Bethesda Little Theatre are presenting a Messiah sing-along. Join the fun and sing along with the chorus and orchestra on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Audience members may borrow scores if they do not have their own. Donations given at the door will benefit NIH charities, including the Patient Emergency Fund. For more information, call Elaine Hughes at (301) 589-0720.

Meeting on Cytokine Biology, Dec. 14

The NIH Cytokine Interest Group will hold its second "Methods in Cytokine Biology" minisymposium on Monday, Dec. 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Natcher Conference Center. There is no registration or fee. For more information call 496-9054, ext. 613 (recorded message) or Howard Young, (301) 846-5700. A sandwhich lunch will be provided and vendor booths will be open. To present a poster contact Nancy Francis at nfrancis@dir.nidcr.nih.gov.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series -- held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 -- features Dr. Inder M. Verma on Dec. 9, speaking on "Gene Therapy: Problems and Prospects." He is American Cancer Society professor of molecular biology, laboratory of genetics, Salk Institute, La Jolla, Calif.

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


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