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Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Rafi Ahmed on Dec. 19 (see Dyer Lecture story). This is the final WALS talk for the fall; the series resumes with a special Tuesday session in Masur at 2 p.m. on Jan. 8 when Dr. Adriano Aguzzi speaks on "Immunobiology of Prion Diseases." He is professor and director, Institute of Neuropathology and associate dean for research, University of Zurich Medical School.

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

'Phases' Series Begins New Year

The Work and Family Life Center's "Faces and Phases of Life" seminar series resumes in January with "Finding a Job That Is a Good Fit for You," on Tuesday, Jan. 8, noon - 2 p.m., Bldg. 31, Rm. 6C6. Preregister by calling WFLC, 435-1619. For more information about the series, including full schedule and workshop descriptions and how to "tune in" if you can't attend in person, visit Sign-language interpretation is provided, unless otherwise indicated.

STEP Session on NIH, Profit Links

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) office will hold an Administrative Strategies Forum titled, "Academia, NIH and the Profit Motive: Whose Business Is It?" on Thursday, Jan. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

Have you been surprised to find out that your most productive research PI now heads his own small business? The line between academia and profit-oriented enterprise is now disappearing as the NIH mission to help bring new treatments to the market makes NIH a business partner and investor. NIH staff needs to provide appropriate information to applicants and ensure that potentially important results are not held prisoner to profit motives.

The forum will present speakers from NIH offices, academia and industry to discuss questions relevant to those who manage funding mechanisms that encourage technology transfer and small business development. The questions will include: What do I need to tell investigators before they apply? What laws/regulations affect the proposed research? What do I need to do to avoid problems later? How do I deal with overlap between academic and for-profit efforts? When am I in conflict?

Conference on Lupus, Jan. 10-12

A scientific conference titled "SLE: Targets for New Therapeutics," will be held Jan. 10-12, 2002 at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda. The purpose is to facilitate the exchange and integration of scientific information between scientists working in disparate areas relating to systemic lupus erythematosus, and to identify novel strategies for clinical intervention.

For registration information call (202) 973-8680 or visit Sponsors include the S.L.E. Foundation, Inc. and NIAMS.

Annual King Program Scheduled, Jan. 14

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) will be the keynote speaker for the annual NIH Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Observance on Monday, Jan. 14 at 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The theme of the observance will be "Unity in Diversity: We Shall Overcome." The UMBC Gospel Choir will perform.

Hrabowski serves as a consultant to NIH, the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Department of Education. A leader in the civil rights movement, he was prominently featured in Spike Lee's 1997 documentary, Four Little Girls. UMBC has received numerous awards, including the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, in recognition of its nationally acclaimed, multimillion dollar Meyerhoff Scholars Program for gifted African American undergraduates in science and engineering. More information on the 2002 King observance will follow in the next issue of the NIH Record. Program contacts include Levon Parker of NINDS, 496-5332 and Kay Johnson Graham of NINR, 402-5790.

Workers Wanted for Web Use Study

The NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison is looking for help from employees to evaluate the NIH web site. NIH's first usability study will measure satisfaction with the "Information for Employees" page. There is opportunity for compensation. Details will be made available to employees who email with the words "Web Evaluation" in the subject of the message.

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