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Vol, LVII, No. 7
April 8, 2005

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FEW Chapter Meets, Apr. 12

All are invited to join the Bethesda chapter of Federally Employed Women (FEW) on Tuesday, Apr. 12 in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 2 from noon to 1 p.m. Edna Harvin-Battle, FEW national executive vice president, will speak on the "Benefits of Training and Volunteering." For more information contact Arlene Polk at or at (301) 402-6101.

Day of Prayer Marked May 5

The National Day of Prayer tradition predates the founding of the United States; the Continental Congress issued a proclamation setting aside a day of prayer in 1775. In 1952, Congress established an annual day of prayer and, in 1988, that law was amended, designating the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May. This year's National Day of Prayer will be observed May 5 on the lawn in front of Bldg. 1, around the flagpole. The observance invites all people of any faith to pray for the goodwill of the country and its leaders. The event is sponsored by the Noontime Christian Fellowship.

Tae Kwon Do Beginner's Class

The NIH Tae Kwon Do School is offering a beginner's class for adults and mature teens starting Monday, May 2. 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

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Richard Losick on Apr. 13, addressing "Commitment and Cannibalism in a Bacterium." He is Maria Moors Cabot professor of biology, Harvard College professor and HHMI professor at Harvard University.

On Apr. 20, Dr. Robert M. Stroud will lecture on "A Two Billion Year Old Tale of the Mechanisms of Transmembrane Transport Elucidated at theLevel of Atomic Structures." He is professor of biochemistry and biophysics, department of biochemistry and biophysics, and professor of pharmaceutical chemistry, University of California, San Francisco.

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

NIH Record Is Still Recyclable

Some readers have wondered whether the slicker paper stock that the Record first adopted back in the July 6, 2004 issue (but newly taken note of in the color edition we published on Mar. 15, 2005) is still recyclable as office white paper. The answer is yes, according to our printing specialists in ORS. And even though this issue of the Record sports a completely new design, it too remains recyclable as office white paper. We're not only the "Second Best Thing About Payday," we're also respectful of the environment.

Attention Female Baseball Players

The R&W 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 about 13 players so far, and are looking for 4-5 more; they also need a coach/manager (of either gender). If interested, contact Susan McCarthy at (301) 594-8785 or

R&W Has Tickets to Many Events

The R&W sells many discounted tickets to different venues around the D.C. metropolitan and Virginia areas. You must be an R&W member to buy tickets, but the cost of that is only $7 for the year and can be bought at the time you buy tickets. The local amusement park season is under way and Busch Garden tickets are now on sale. Look for Kings Dominion, Six Flags America and Hershey Park deals soon too. In addition, check out the selection of ballpark seats for the Baltimore Orioles and the new Washington Nationals. For any of these and more, including The Aquarium, movie passes and Tourmobile, just call the activities desk at (301) 496-4600, or buy your tickets from any R&W store.

Career Mentoring Program Offered

The Health and Human Services University launched the second year of the Career Mentoring Program on Mar. 21, with 40 pairs hailing from NIH. The 1-year program gives the mentoree an opportunity to pair with more experienced employees who can provide advice, coaching or feedback on career goals. The program includes a 2-day workshop Apr. 27-29 plus four quarterly meetings. A full description of the program and a list of coordinators' names and phone numbers may be viewed at or by contacting NIH coordinators Pauline Irwin ( or Kent Bemberger (

Tuition for NIH participants is $550. To register, enter your nomination through the NIHITS system.

Mentoring opportunities are available to employees at grades GS-13 and above. If you are interested, contact Irwin at (301) 451-2082 or by email.

Sickle Cell Anemia Outreach Event

Sickle cell anemia affects millions of people throughout the world. In the U.S. alone, about 72,000 people are diagnosed with the condition. It occurs in about 1 in every 500 African-American births and one in every 1,200 Hispanic-American births.

The Clinical Center and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute sickle cell clinical research team are hosting a sickle cell anemia outreach event aimed at communicating information about the disease, symptoms and complications, diagnosis and treatment. Representatives from the health care research team will share information and be available to answer questions on the latest medical knowledge, scientific advances and current research efforts about sickle cell disease. New therapies for the disease will also be presented.

The free event will take place Saturday, Apr. 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the CRC first-floor atrium. For more information call (301) 435-2345.

IPMA Training Conference, May 4

The Montgomery County chapter of the International Public Management Association-HR will present the 34th annual training and development conference on the topic "HR: Setting the Sails Amid Winds of Change," on Wednesday, May 4 at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda. The keynote speaker is Neal Petersen, who will lecture on the topic, "No Barriers." He is a motivational speaker, author and entertainer. Registration is ongoing now through Apr. 22. For more information and to register visit

New Secretary Makes First Visit

HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt (r) made his first official visit to NIH on Mar. 15, when he addressed the Commission on Systemic Interoperability in the Board of Regents Rm. of the National Library of Medicine. The commission was appointed by the President and the Congress and is under the aegis of HHS. It is charged to develop a comprehensive strategy for the adoption and implementation of health care information technology standards and to issue its report by Oct. 31, 2005. NLM was selected to serve as home base for the commission. Dr. Donald Lindberg (l), NLM director, greeted Leavitt on the occasion. Leavitt was only on campus briefly, but left voice mail on all NIH'ers' telephones, extending his greetings.

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