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Vol. LVII, No. 9
May 6, 2005
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Event Honors Julius Axelrod, May 23

"Celebrating Julie," an event to honor the life and achievements of NIH scientist and Nobel laureate Dr. Julius Axelrod (1912-2004), will take place on Monday, May 23 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni and NIMH director Dr. Thomas Insel will host protégés, colleagues and friends for a day of scientific reflection on Axelrod's discoveries in his long and successful career. Axelrod spent most of his 50 years as a researcher at NIMH. Overflow rooms for NIH staff will be available in Natcher auditorium. The symposium will also be videocast at http://videocast.nih.gov. For more information, or reasonable accommodation, contact Jennifer Loukissas at (301) 443-4536 or loukissj@mail.nih.gov.

Bike To Work Day, May 20

Celebrate National Bike to Work Day with the NIH Bicycle Commuter Club, Friday, May 20, 7:30-9:30 a.m. in front of Bldg. 1. Those arriving by bike qualify for gifts from local Bike to Work Day sponsors. If you have never tried bike commuting, group rides along common routes, led by veteran bike commuters, have been organized.

Planned group rides depart from Lake Needwood (North Rock Creek route), Georgetown (Capital Crescent route), Columbia Heights (South Beach Drive route), North Arlington (Virginia route), Seven Locks Rd. (Gaithersburg route) and Silver Spring Metro (Jones Bridge route).

Thanks to the NIH Fitness Center, all NIH cyclists have free access to Fitness Center shower facilities on Bike to Work Day 2005. You can get detailed information about routes and planned drop-in points or sign up for a group ride or find a one-on-one bike commuting mentor by contacting the bike club's ride mentor administrator Samantha Smith (samantha.smith@mail.nih.gov).

Even if you don't plan to commute by bike, stop by on May 20 and meet fellow NIH'ers who have chosen to drive one less car, use one less parking space, maintain local paths for your enjoyment and advocate for improved roadway safety on and around the NIH campus. The NIHBCC goal is to make commuting to and from NIH safer and saner for all. Visit the club's web site at http://www.recgov.org/r&w/nihbike/bike.html for more Bike to Work Day and bike commuting information.

STEP Forum on Food, Population

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science in the Public Health forum on the topic, "Food for Thought: Sustaining the Global Population," on Tuesday, May 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

Proper food and nutrition have long been recognized as key to achieving and maintaining good health. However, human population continues to grow while food production may shortly encounter natural limits. We should not take food security for granted. Our actions today may make a world of difference for future generations.

This forum will examine the factors behind the agricultural "green revolution," threats to and solutions for future food production, population and fertility trends and possibilities for the future. NIH supports a broad portfolio of related research including human population dynamics, nutrition and basic biology relevant to agriculture.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — takes the day off on May 11, but returns May 18 with a presentation by Dr. Stephen C. West. He will address, "Making Ends Meet: Double-Strand Break Repair in Human Cells." He is principal scientist, Cancer Research UK, London Research Institute, Clare Hall Laboratories, South Mimms, UK.

On May 25, Dr. JoAnn E. Manson will give the Robert S. Gordon, Jr., Lecture on "Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy: Can the Divergent Findings from Clinical Trials and Observational Studies Be Reconciled?" Manson is Brigham professor of women's health, Harvard Medical School.

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

NIH Shares Health at Local Event

NIH is sponsoring a day of free health-centered fun for the entire family on Sunday, May 15 at the newly renovated Westfield Shoppingtown (Wheaton Plaza). "Share the Health: NIH's Premier Health and Fitness Expo" offers interactive health exhibits, health screenings, hands-on lab experiments, lab-art workshops, fitness activities and more. Held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the event provides health information and activities for children, teens, adults and seniors.

Sponsored by the Office of Community Liaison and the R&W, the newly redesigned event promotes community health through the prevention of disease. Scientists at NIH will share easy and fun ways to improve fitness and maintain good health.

Attendees can discuss their health concerns with NIH physicians and scientists while visiting interactive exhibits from nearly all 27 institutes and centers. Visitors can learn about the effects of drugs and alcohol on the brain, dental hygiene, diabetes, bone health, alternative medicine and infectious disease prevention.

Local area hospital staff and members of the Commissioned Corps will offer free health screenings to help community members discover if they are at risk for stroke, high blood pressure, skin problems, head and neck cancer or obesity. NIH health educators will also sponsor a variety of fun, interactive exhibits.

Children can don lab coats and goggles to experience what it is like to be an NIH scientist for the day, performing hands-on lab experiments. They can also jump on a Moon Bounce, play games and win prizes.

Other activities include scaling a rock-climbing wall, exploring the "Drunken Brain," and navigating an obstacle course with Fatal Vision Goggles. For more information, call the Office of Community Liaison, (301) 496-3931 or visit http://sharethehealth.od.nih.gov.

Career Fair for Foreign Fellows

Visiting fellows are invited to participate in NIH's second annual Career Fair for Foreign Fellows on Tuesday, May 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the CRC atrium on levels B1 and 1. The program will include information about enhancing career skills, funding research in various nations, supporting career development in home countries, and facilitating post-NIH career progression with the assistance of selected international organizations.

Welcoming remarks, scheduled for 12:45 p.m., will be given by Dr. Sharon Hrynkow, FIC acting director, and by Dr. Joan Schwartz, acting deputy director of the Office of Intramural Training and Education.

For more details, contact Dr. Kamala Tirumalai at tk80i@nih.gov or visit http://felcom.nih.gov/NIHVFC/.

Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month Observanc

Everyone is invited to the 2005 NIH Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Month Program. The theme for the 33rd anniversary observance is "Progress with Diversity." The program consists of two parts — a scientific lecture and a cultural dance festival.

On Thursday, May 26 from 11 a.m. to noon, Dr. Morgan Sheng of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will present recent developments in the field of synaptic plasticity. This event will be held in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10.

On Friday, May 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, the cultural program will feature Chinese, Indian, Korean and Indonesian dances and music performances by the Washington Jin Ling Chinese Dance Academy, Pushpanjali School of Dance, Washington Korean Dance Company and the Seni Budaya Theater Dance Association. Dr. Richard Nakamura, NIMH deputy director, will present the keynote address. Immediately following the program, a reception will be held in the old Visitor Information Center exhibit gallery; guests can meet the performers and sample Asian pastries.

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