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Hispanic Scientist Day, Oct. 13

As a continuation of NIH's observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, the 5th annual Hispanic Scientist Day will be held Wednesday, Oct. 13. The event promotes and showcases the contributions of Hispanic and Hispanic-American scientists at NIH, FDA-CBER and USUHS. The day's activities start at 8:30 a.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10, with Dr. Victor Marquez, chief, Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry, NCI, presenting "Zebularine: A Molecule Destined for Clinical Trials as a Candidate for Cancer Epigenetic Therapy — The Magic of Its Chemistry and Biology." Next will be a brief presentation by Dr. Carlos Caban, NIH extramural programs policy officer, titled, "Opportunities for NIH Extramural Funding." A poster session and reception will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. All are invited to attend the event.

Outdoor Film Fest Succeeds Again

The NIH R&W hosted the 8th annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival on the evenings of Aug. 13-22. More than 40,000 members of the community, including many NIH'ers and their families, attended movies on the grounds of Strathmore Hall and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Some brought portable couches (l) while others attended in groups (bottom). The event helps R&W raise funds and awareness of the non-profits affiliated with NIH, including the Children's Inn and Special Love/Camp Fantastic. Profits of more than $20,000 this year were divided among the charities and the R&W Foundation. Since its beginning in 1996 on the grounds of NIH, the outdoor filmfest has drawn some 400,000 people and has raised nearly $150,000 (including proceeds from food, right). The screen this year was 52 feet wide — the largest outdoor screen in the United States, according to R&W President Randy Schools, and included Dolby sound. Among the films shown were Star Wars, Jaws, Seabiscuit and Chicago. The largest attendance was for The Wizard of Oz, which was seen by more than 6,000 movie fans. The series was voted "Weekend's Best" by the Washington Post, and many local elected officials made time to attend, Schools said.

'Yards for Youth' Benefits Inn

The Children's Inn at NIH has been named one of 25 charities benefitting from the Washington Redskins' Yards for Youth fund-raising campaign. By visiting www.yardsforyouth.org, donors can pledge a specific dollar amount for each offensive yard gained by the Washington Redskins during the 2004 season. Donors will be able to designate which organization will receive their donation from a variety of youth-focused charities. During the 2003 season, the Washington Redskins gained 4,926 total offensive yards. If a donor pledged 2 cents per yard, the total pledge at the end of the 2003 season would have been $98.52.

'Come Back to Bethesda' Benefits Inn

Get your motors running for the 14th annual "Come Back to Bethesda" Car Show and Family Day on Saturday, Oct. 2. All proceeds will benefit the Children's Inn at NIH. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Chevy Chase Cars, 7725 Wisconsin Ave. It will feature a car show with a display of custom, classic, antique and modified cars, trucks and street rods. Participants can register in one of 22 classes and an awards presentation will take place at 4 p.m. on the day of the show. There will be fun for the whole family with clowns and face painting, games for kids, bead making, popcorn and entertainment. There will also be a silent auction with gift certificates to local restaurants and overnight hotel stays as well as a raffle and inn merchandise for sale. For more information visit www.backtobethesda.org; the car show hotline is (301) 657-4000, ext. 1122.

NIH Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Program Benefits Inn

Dr. Shuko Yoshikami (l) and Dr. Victor Fung (r) present Children's Inn Executive Director Tyrrell Flawn a check for $650, which represented contributions from the restaurants and vendors of Asian crafts participating in the 32nd annual NIH Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Program held last spring. Lunchtime food sales included cuisines from China, India, Japan, Korea and Thailand. In addition, the event featured a bonsai exhibition, demonstrations of calligraphy, self-defense technique demos by the NIH Tae Kwon Do School and a performance of the Chinese Lion Dance by the Tai Yim Kung Fu School. Volunteers from the Asian Pacific American Organization and the NIH Asian American Heritage Program committee also supported the observance and were instrumental in its success.

Enter NIH Camera Club Competition

The annual photo competition sponsored by the NIH Camera Club will be held Tuesday, Oct. 12 at the Classic Residence by Hyatt, 8100 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. Registration of entries begins at 6:15 p.m. and judging begins at 7. Contest entry fee is $1/image and judging will be done by a panel of three expert photographers from the community. Cash prizes will be given for the top three images in each category and ribbons will be given for honorable mention. The categories are black and white prints, color prints and color slides. Individuals may enter up to four images per category. Go to http://www.recgov.org/r&w/camera.html for competition rules and more information on the location or call Harvey Kupferberg (301) 983-0167 or Margaret Sprott (301) 299-6805.

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 R. Cox on Oct. 6, giving the NIH Director's Lecture.

On Oct. 13, Dr. Laimonis A. Laimins will give the George Khoury Lecture on "Life Cycle of Human Papillomaviruses in Differentiating Epithelia." He is professor and acting chair, department of microbiology-immunology, Northwestern University Medical School.

For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Hilda Madine, (301) 594-5595.

BIG YARD, Toastmasters Host Public Speaking Event

More than 100 summer students and employees participated in "What You Need To Know About Public Speaking," a 1-hour interactive presentation on Aug. 4 by the young adult resources and development (YARD) committee of NIH's chapter of Blacks In Government and the NIH Toastmasters Club. Held in the National Library of Medicine's Lister Hill Auditorium and hosted by BIG YARD, the event sought to introduce young adults at NIH to the importance of oral communication skills and to demonstrate these skills through an interactive platform. Young people eagerly volunteered to demonstrate their communication skills, embracing the opportunity to stand up and be heard. The Toastmasters Club encourages young adults to seek opportunities early in their academic, professional and community venues to demonstrate and hone necessary leadership skills. Shown are several event participants, including Tamar Clarke (front, r), district governor, NIH Toastmasters Club; Jacque Ballard (fifth from r), president, BIG NIH chapter; and Sylvester Jackson (second from r), nominating committee, BIG NIH chapter. To learn more, contact Laina Pack Ransom, (301) 594-1595.

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