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Gardening in Winter?

Gardeners frustrated by cold and snow can take heart -- there is still indoor gardening with house plants. The NIH Garden Club's December meeting will have a speaker discussing care of house plants over the winter. While winter is obviously hard on outside plants, the dry, heated indoor air is also difficult for most plants (except cactus, of course). This is an opportunity to learn more about how to help those plants you brought in from the garden survive and how to make your other household plants thrive. The meeting is open to all interested gardeners; just drop by at noon, Tuesday, Dec. 2, Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 7. For more information, email Watch for the club's new web page to be up shortly within the R&W home page -- address to be announced next month.

Seminar on Government Contracting, Dec. 3

The Bethesda/Medical chapter of the National Contract Management Association is hosting a brown bag lunch seminar entitled "Making These the Best Days of Your Life," on Wednesday, Dec. 3 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in EPN, Conf. Rm. H. Speaking will be Bruce Johnson, a popular motivational speaker. All are welcome; no registration needed. For more information call Sharon Miller, 435-3783.

BSA Seminar Features Coleman, Dec. 4

As part of its Science Working for Us Seminar Series, the NIH Black Scientists Association will sponsor a scientific seminar on Thursday, Dec. 4 in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10 at 11:30 a.m. The seminar is titled, "Helicobacter pylori and E. coli : An Antibacterial Strategy," and will be presented by Dr. William Coleman, a group leader within the section on pharmacology, Laboratory of Biochemistry and Genetics, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The seminar is cosponsored by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. All are welcome.

FAES Concert Set, Dec. 7

The FAES Chamber Music Series will present John O'Conor, piano, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Tickets are $20 at the door; $10 for students and fellows. For more information call 496-7975.

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 Baltimore on Dec. 10 giving the annual George Khoury Lecture (see story on p. 1) on the topic, "Cell Life and Cell Death." Baltimore is president, California Institute of Technology.

On Dec. 17, Dr. M. Geoffrey Rosenfeld closes out the fall semester with a talk on "Mechanisms of Transcriptional Control of Neural and Endocrine Development." He is an HHMI investigator at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine.

The lecture series goes on holiday break Dec. 24 and resumes on Jan. 7.

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

'Breakthroughs to Balance,' Dec. 11

Motivational speaker Michael P. Scott will give a talk on "Breakthroughs to Balance," on Thursday, Dec. 11 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., sponsored by R&W and other campus organizations. Scott has addressed employees at many corporations, and focuses on balancing work, career and family priorities. His humorous, practical insights are designed to help employees expand their effectiveness in the midst of daily distractions.

Cytokine Biology Symposium, Dec. 11

A Cytokine Interest Group mini-symposium titled "Defining Cytokine Biology through Knockout and Transgenic Models," will be held from 8:50 a.m. until 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 11, in the Natcher Bldg. main auditorium. It will include sessions on "Approaches to the study of cytokines through gene manipulation," and "Gene knockout models in the study of immune function." For more information call Dr. T. Mark Doherty, 496-4881.

'Scrooge' To Raise Funds, Dec. 13

A musical adaptation of Scrooge will be presented at the fifth annual NIH AIDS Benefit Show, Saturday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Put on by the Performing Arts Ensemble, a troupe of local actors, singers, musicians and dancers, the show will support NIH patients and their families through the Friends of the Clinical Center. Santa Claus will make a special guest appearance for the kids. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children age 12 and younger. For tickets call 496-4328.

Takoma Mandoleers in Concert, Dec. 14

The Takoma Mandoleers will perform in concert on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The free concert, open to the public, is sponsored by the rehabilitation medicine department. The Takoma Mandoleers, founded in 1923, is the oldest mandolin orchestra in the United States. Several members from its earliest years are still active in the band. Its repertoire includes songs of the early 20th century such as classical, popular marches and ragtime.

STEP Presents Forum on Genetic Testing, Dec. 16

The STEP Forum series will present "Risky Business: Perils and Payoffs of Genetic Testing," on Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1. It will pose such questions as: Are you or your children at risk for a genetic disease? Do you want to know? Do you need to know? How are genetic tests performed, and who pays the cost? It will review the utility of screening for genetic disease or disease susceptibility and will present various viewpoints on the consequences of genetic testing.

The featured speakers are: Robert Nussbaum, NHGRI, moderator; Barbara Biesecker, NHGRI; David Botstein, Stanford University; Henry Lynch, Creighton University; Marcy MacDonald, Massachusetts General Hospital; Margaret Pericak-Vance, Duke University; Ellen Sugarman, Integrated Genetics; and Ellen Wright Clayton, Vanderbilt University.

The forum is free and open to all on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance registration is necessary. Inform the STEP committee about any need for sign language interpretation or reasonable accommodation by Dec. 8. For more information, contact the STEP office, 435-2769.

Bethesda Little Theatre Gives Holiday Show, Dec. 16

The Bethesda Little Theatre (formerly the NIH R&W Theatre Group) will present its annual holiday program and sing-along on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at noon in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The hour-long show will include performances by group members and end with the traditional sing-along. Show coordinator Alice Smyth ('Frankie') is happy to have her husband, Michael Terence, at the piano, and Ben Fulton back as master of ceremonies. Come join the fun and get into the holiday spirit.

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, chemistry, 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 will begin Jan. 26; mail registration ends Dec. 31 and walk-in registration will be held Jan. 7-14. 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.

Opportunities for Research in Japan

Through arrangements made with the Fogarty International Center, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is offering fellowships for American biomedical and behavioral researchers to pursue collaborative research in Japanese universities and other eligible institutions and laboratories.

The JSPS Short-term Fellowship provides for stays of 7 to 60 days; the JSPS Short-term Postdoctoral Fellowship provides for stays of 3 to 11 months. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and research plans must be arranged in advance with the Japanese host. The application deadline is Jan. 30, 1998.

Interested persons should contact FIC immediately to receive detailed program information and application instructions. Requests should be addressed to: Dr. Allen Holt or Christina McLauchlan at 496-4784; fax: 480-3414; email:

Inn Needs Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to serve as weekend resident managers at the Children's Inn. They work in a two-person team and are responsible for the operational management of the inn during their one night or weekend stay. Volunteers are requested to be a minimum of 21 years old and to commit to help one to three times a year. If interested contact Laura King, director of volunteers at the inn, 496-5672.

Volunteers are also needed to staff a booth in Mazza Gallerie, outside of Neiman Marcus, during peak shopping times this holiday season. Mazza Gallerie and the Chevy Chase Shopping District will be raffling a 1998 Buick Regal to benefit the inn. If you are 16 or older and are available during this period to help sell raffle tickets, contact Jan Mayes, director of public relations for the inn, 496-5672.

Voigt Art Donated to NLM

In the board room of the National Library of Medicine, Dr. Donald Lindberg , NLM director, recently accepted the donation of an oil portrait of Dr. Albert Schweitzer, painted in 1958 by German artist Erich Voigt (1891-1963). At the presentation, the late artist's daughter, Mrs. Johanna Kluger (r), explained that she wanted to donate the portrait to NLM "so that it would be enjoyed by all those who are aware of Dr. Albert Schweitzer, and his work as a philosopher, theologian, musician, mission doctor and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952." One of Voigt's most prominent oil portraits is of President Dwight Eisenhower seated at his desk writing.

Softball Title Winners

The champions of the NIH R&W Intramural Co-Rec summer league were Jerry's Kids, coached by Jim Linn (back row, l). The Kids beat last year's cochamps, the Cloneheads, twice in a row to win the title. Keep an eye out for signups next spring for the coed softball league, which plays in two evening divisions: Monday/Tuesday, and Wednesday/Thursday.

Extramural AOs Hold Retreat

The changing role of the administrative officer, customer service, shared resources and information -- these were just a few of the issues discussed at the first NIH extramural administrative officers (EAO) retreat. The daylong workshop, held recently at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, addressed a wide range of topics pivotal to the delivery of administrative services to the NIH extramural community. The agenda included a series of network and team-building activities. Discussions among the 61 attendees centered on the changing role of the AO, improving communications, and establishing collaborative efforts with other NIH administrative management components. Throughout the coming year, the committee hopes to build on the outstanding ideas and recommendations gathered at the retreat. "If the enthusiasm and creativity exhibited at the retreat are any indication, NIH is well on its way to being a customer service model for its administrative operations," said Felicia Brice of NEI.

The EAO includes diverse administrative professionals appointed as representatives from each ICD. For information contact EAO cochairs Brice, 496-4233, or Ludlow McKay, 594-8864.

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