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Tae Kwon Do Beginner's Class

The NIH Tae Kwon Do School is offering a beginner's class for adults and mature teens starting Jan. 10. The curriculum combines traditional striking arts, forms and sparring with emphasis on self-defense. No experience is necessary. Class will meet in the Malone Center (Bldg. 31C, B4 level, next to the NIH Fitness Center) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and will continue for about 2 months until participants can be integrated into the regular school training. Dues are $40 per quarter and a uniform costs $30. Interested persons are welcome to watch regular training sessions. For information call Andrew Schwartz, (301) 402-5197 or visit

STEP Session on 'Brain Maintenance'

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science for All forum on the topic, "Brain Maintenance: An Owner's Guide," on Tuesday, Jan. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A. Do you have a photographic memory that hasn't developed or are your pictures beginning to fade? You keep the car tuned up — why not do the same for your brain? Recent studies suggest that brain power does not necessarily wane with age: there are many things that you can do to keep your brain in gear. Join us for a review of current findings on mental and physical activities and other factors that can keep your synapses firing on all cylinders.

King Program Scheduled, Jan. 11

The NIH 2005 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., observance, "The Dream of a Healthy Nation Becoming a Reality," will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Natcher Auditorium. Sign language interpretation will be provided at the observance. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Charly Wells at (301) 496-4627 voice, (301) 496-9755 TTY or

FEW Offers Motivational Speaker

All are invited to join the Bethesda chapter of Federally Employed Women (FEW) on Tuesday, Jan. 11, from noon to 1 p.m. in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 6C6 to hear motivational speaker Arlena Fitch-Gordon. Her topic will be "But We Still Have Not Learned the Simple Art of Living Together." Fitch-Gordon is FEW's national vice president for diversity. For more information, contact FEW President Arlene Polk at or (301) 402-6101.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. William T. Newsome III on Jan. 12; his topic is "Reward, Value and Decisions: Neural Mechanisms of Decision-Making in Rhesus Monkeys." Newsome is professor, department of neurobiology and HHMI investigator, Stanford University School of Medicine.

On Jan. 19, Dr. Joseph Nadeau, James H. Jewel professor and chair, department of genetics, Case Western Reserve University, will lecture on "Genetic Variation and the Systems Biology of Health and Disease."

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

Conference on Dietary Supplements, Coagulation, Antithrombotic Therapies

A national conference to increase understanding of the potential for dietary supplements to interfere with hemostasis and influence antithrombotic therapies will take place Jan. 13-14 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The meeting will bring together a broad spectrum of experts to discuss current knowledge, review regulatory and safety issues, share recent clinical trial findings and identify opportunities for further research. The conference is sponsored by NHLBI, the Office of Rare Diseases, the Office of Dietary Supplements, NCCAM, the Clinical Center, NINDS and the Foundation for the NIH. See agenda and materials at

NIH Chamber Singers Auditions

The NIH Chamber Singers perform a wide variety of a cappella music for NIH patients and staff, and for the public. The group of "happy amateurs" is currently recruiting a few new voices for its spring concerts. Rehearsals begin in January. If you are interested in auditioning, contact Susan Hauser at for details.

NIH Library Winter/Spring Classes

A new class — Ovid Searching — offers NIH'ers training in use of the Ovid interface to search as many as five databases at a time. Free, hands-on classes on eight additional topics are provided by staff at the NIH Library Training Rm., Bldg. 10. or at the Fernwood Bldg. For more information, visit

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