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Rodbell Exhibit Opens in Bldg. 10

Barbara Rodbell, widow of the late Nobelist Dr. Martin Rodbell, cuts the ribbon to open an NIH exhibit featuring her husband's prize-winning research. The exhibit, located next to the Visitor Information Center in Bldg. 10, is a joint effort of Dr. Allen Spiegel (l), now NIDDK director; Dr. Victoria Harden (second from l), NIH historian; and Dr. Constantine Londos (r) of NIDDK's Laboratory of Cellular and Developmental Biology, who was a colleague and close friend of Rodbell's. While working at NIH in the 1960's and 1970's, Rodbell identified the process of G protein signal transduction, which won him and NIH grantee Dr. Alfred Gilman the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in 1994. Rodbell died on Dec. 7, 1998, shortly after retiring as scientific director of NIEHS. Spiegel and Londos sponsored the permanent exhibit as a way to explain to the visiting public the significance of Rodbell's long and productive career at NIH. A symposium, "G Proteins and Transmembrane Signaling: A Tribute to Martin Rodbell" in Masur Auditorium, which preceded the Nov. 5 ribbon-cutting, drew a standing-room-only crowd.

R&W Calendar Available

The NIH R&W Camera Club and the R&W have produced a year 2000 calendar featuring works from your fellow employees. Also featured are photos from the NIH archives showing the history of NIH's physical expansion from 1939 until the present, and photos of some of the prominent buildings on campus. Proceeds from sales of the special calendars, offered to NIH'ers for the first time, will benefit the Children's Inn at NIH, Friends of the Clinical Center, Camp Fantastic, and the Foundation for the NIH. Calendars are available at all R&W stores.

APAO Elects Leadership, Plans Potluck

The NIH Asian Pacific Islander American Organization (APAO) membership recently elected its new executive board and council members for the new year. The board consists of Lucie Chen, president; Prahlad Mathur, vice president; Joanne Wong, executive secretary; and Sunnie Kim, treasurer. Newly appointed council members are Aftab Ansari, Bill Bunnag, Chong Chung, Molly Eng, Hameed Khan, Lydia Luh, John Morada, Janet Nguyen, Patricia Reyes, Hari Singh, Rashimi Gopal-Srivastava and Sudhir Srivastava. The APAO meets on the third Tuesday of each month from noon to 1:30 p.m. The meeting schedule can be viewed at

All NIH APAO members and their guests are invited to the annual potluck luncheon to be held on Tuesday, Dec. 21 in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1. The menu usually includes a wide variety of dishes representing the various Asian/Pacific Islander American groups: Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese plus Western and Asian desserts. If you can bring food or donations, contact Prahlad Mathur ( or 435-4618) or Lucie Chen ( or 496-5684) for details.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Jeffrey Friedman on Jan. 12, 2000. He is professor, laboratory of molecular genetics, Rockefeller University, and will speak on "Leptin and the Neural Circuit Regulating Body Weight."

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

NLM Tour Time Changes

The National Library of Medicine's 1 p.m. public tour (offered Monday-Friday, except on federal holidays) will have a new starting time, effective Jan. 1, 2000. The new time for these 1-hour tours will be 1:30 p.m. Tours of the library originate in the NLM Visitors Center on the first floor of Bldg. 38A (the Lister Hill Center). They include a videotaped introduction to the library and its programs, a demonstration of the MEDLINE and MEDLINEplus databases, and a walking tour of the reading room, computer room and other points of interest. For more information, contact Melanie Modlin, 496-7771,

Record Goes on Hiatus

This is the last NIH Record of 1999. Next deadline is Dec. 28 for the Jan. 11, 2000 issue. We wish all our readers the happiest of holiday seasons.

Clinical Teacher Award, Dec. 15

The NIH fellows committee will announce the winner of this year's Clinical Teacher's Award during halftime (around 12:30 p.m.) of Clinical Center Grand Rounds on Wednesday, Dec. 15 in Bldg. 10's Lipsett Amphitheater. The committee believes that the award symbolizes the emphasis of clinical research at NIH and urges all clinical staff and fellows at each institute to attend.

Chamber Singers Seek Males

The NIH Chamber Singers is seeking more male singers, especially basses. The NIH Chamber Singers is a small a cappella singing group that has been serenading appreciative audiences at NIH for almost 10 years. The group sings a wide variety of music from madrigals to jazz and occasionally joins forces with the NIH Orchestra and other local singers to perform classical pieces from opera or other large choral masterworks. Two or three concerts are prepared each year and are generally repeated three times at various locations around the NIH campus from Masur to Natcher to the 14th floor of Bldg. 10.

For more information and audio highlights from past performances, visit the group's Web site, The group rehearses from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through most of the year. For audition information, contact Esteban Ballestar, 496-4045 or

FasTrac To Come to NIH

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