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African American History Program Set, Feb. 14

The annual NIH observance of African American History is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The theme is "Science in Motion: The Role of African American Inventors." Pin Points, a theatrical group, will perform a dramatization, "1001 Black Inventions," featuring the stories of ingenious men and women who contributed the ideas for hundreds of commonly used products to the success of the nation. All are welcome to attend. Sign language interpreters will be provided. Contact Kay Johnson Graham at (301) 496-3403 (TTY 301-480-3122) for reasonable accommodation.

STEP Session on Diet, Weight Control

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science in the Public Health forum on the topic, "Diet and Weight Control — Hold the Bun?" on Tuesday, Feb. 8 from 1 to 5 p.m. in Natcher Conference Center's main auditorium.

Dietary choices are key to achieving optimal body weight. In the ongoing battle against the bulge, more and more people are embracing low-carbohydrate diets and the food industry has responded with a profusion of new products. But will focusing solely on carbohydrate intake be enough to counter the rising incidence of overweight and obesity in the U.S. population? What new research is needed to help people make informed nutritional decisions? Do we need to overhaul our national dietary guidelines to effectively address the problem of weight gain? This forum will examine the physiology of weight control with an emphasis on dietary factors and explore some of the benefits and possible health risks associated with popular weight-loss diets.

NIH Sailing Association Open House

TThe NIH Sailing Association invites everyone to its open house on Thursday, Mar. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the FAES House on the corner of Old Georgetown Road and Cedar Lane. Would you like to learn to sail? Does the idea of racing sailboats appeal to you? Can you imagine being part of a group filled with skilled sailing instructors, enthusiasts and boat owners? Membership includes instruction, sailboats for charter, racing, cruises, parties and fun. Admission is $5 at the door and includes pizza and sodas; $2 for beer or wine. For more information, visit

NIH-Duke Training in Clinical Research

Applications for the 2005-2006 NIH-Duke Training Program in Clinical Research are available in the Clinical Center, Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education, Bldg. 10, Rm. B1L403.

The NIH-Duke program, implemented in 1998, is designed primarily for physicians and dentists who desire formal training in the quantitative and methodological principles of clinical research. The program is offered via videoconference at the CC. Academic credit earned by participating in this program may be applied toward satisfying the degree requirement for a master of health sciences in clinical research from Duke School of Medicine.

For more information about course work and tuition costs, visit Email queries about the program may be addressed to The deadline for applying is Mar. 1, 2005. Applicants who have been accepted into the program will be notified by July 1, 2005.

Record Story Leads to Retiree's Honor

Most everyone knows the NIH Record circulates around campus every payday, but it has a wider circulation. Just ask Alec Liacouras, whose retirement article appeared in the Apr. 1, 2003, issue. Liacouras was the scientific review administrator for the medical biochemistry study section. In the article, he was quoted saying how much his high school biology teacher, Miss Heaps, inspired him to pursue a career in science. It was a wonderful thing to say, particularly since the article made its way to Miss Heaps, who is now Mrs. Cote and recently celebrated her 92nd birthday. The article also reached officials at Penns Grove High School in Carneys Point, N.J. They apparently were impressed with the rest of what they read, because Liacouras was recently invited to the school's 25th annual Honor Roll Recognition Dinner, where he was feted for his personal achievement and inducted into the school's Hall of Fame. Shown above are (from l) Dr. Joseph Massare, superintendent of schools, Penns Grove-Carney's Point District, Liacouras, his wife Elaine, and Dr. Paul Rufino, principal of Penns Grove High School.

Presentation on Well-Being, Feb. 4

A talk titled, "A Scientific Perspective on the Inner Subtle System: Qualities of Each Energy Center," will be held Friday, Feb. 4 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the CRC, Rm. 7-1580. Topics include awakening of dormant energy (kundalini), achieving thoughtless awareness, stress relief, improved concentration and physical and spiritual well-being.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Lewis C. Cantley on Feb. 9; his topic is "The Phosphoinositide 3-Kinase Pathway and Human Disease." He is professor of systems biology, Harvard Medical School and chief, division of signal transduction, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. On Feb. 16, Dr. Judith Campisi, senior scientist, life sciences division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and professor, Buck Institute for Age Research, Berkeley, will lecture on "Cancer and Aging: Rival Demons?" For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Hilda Madine, (301) 594-5595.

Mentoring Roundtable at NIH, Mar. 9

NIH will host the 2005 Federal Mentoring Roundtable on Wednesday, Mar. 9. The free event will be held in the Natcher Center, Conf. Rm. E1/E2 from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The roundtable will provide a forum for discussion about mentoring challenges, opportunities and successes. To register, visit For more information and to suggest topics for discussion contact Moneca Surida,, (301) 496-9439 or Carol Storm,, (301) 402-3383.

Attention Female Baseball Players

The Recreation and Welfare Association is starting a women's baseball club called the NIH Lasers, which will play in the Eastern Women's Baseball Conference. EWBC players range in age from 15-55, with most of the players in their 20s to 40s. Each team plays one game per weekend, early May through mid/late September. All teams have pre-season practices and scrimmages in the spring, and most continue to practice once a week during the season. The league also assembles a select "tournament team" for occasional competition against other leagues. The Lasers have 10 players so far, and are looking for 5-10 more; coaches/managers (of either gender) are also needed. If interested, contact Susan McCarthy at (301) 594-8785 or

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