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Vol. LVII, No. 10
May 20, 2005
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Lecture Honors NCI's Ihde

The first annual Dr. Daniel Ihde Memorial Lecture will be held at the National Naval Medical Center in Clark Auditorium, first floor, off the main lobby of the hospital, on Friday, June 3 at noon. The speaker will be Dr. John Minna, former chief of the NCI-Navy Medical Oncology Branch. His topic will be "Molecular Pathogenesis of Lung Cancer with Translation to the Clinic."

Ihde served from 1981 to 1991 as deputy director of the NCI-Navy Medical Oncology Branch and from 1991 to 1994 as deputy director of NCI.

CIVIL Addresses Violence at NIH

Are you or someone you know having difficulty managing anger at the worksite? Are you concerned about how to respond to behavior at work that is less than civil, and possibly even intimidating, harassing, or verbally or physically threatening? Are family or other personal disputes affecting your ability to think clearly and be productive at work, or are you worried that family members or others with hostile attitudes or behavior may make unwanted visits to the worksite to see you?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you may want to call CIVIL, the NIH team of experts that promotes civil behavior in the NIH workplace. The phone number is (301) 40-C-I-V-I-L, or 402-4845; TTY (301) 402-9499. Anyone can call. CIVIL will help you sort through the issues, determine the next steps toward solving problems and work to promote a safe and productive work environment. To learn more about CIVIL, call or check out the web site at civil.nih.gov.

If you believe that you or others are in immediate danger, you should always call 911 first, if on campus, and 9-911, if off-campus.

Heritage Month Celebrated in Two Parts

Everyone is invited to "Progress with Diversity," NIH's 33rd anniversary observance of Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Month.

Dr. Morgan Sheng, Menicon professor of neuroscience at MIT, will present a lecture titled "Molecular Mechanisms of Brain Plasticity," on Thursday, May 26 at 11 a.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. The lecture is jointly sponsored by the NIH-FDA Chinese American Association and the Asian American and Pacific Islander employment committee of NIH's Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management. Sheng is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an expert on excitatory synapses in the brain at cell-cell junctions specialized for rapid chemical signaling via the neurotransmitter glutamate. He will present his recent studies that focus on the structure-function of glutamate receptors and associated scaffold proteins of the excitatory synapses, ranging from structure of single molecules to in vivo roles in learning and memory behavior.

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.

Conference on Biology of Manual Therapies

Have you had a massage lately? Seen the chiropractor? How about the physical therapist? You might be hoping to improve your back pain, relieve your headaches or remedy another ailment. But do you ever wonder how these various forms of manual therapies might work?

On June 9-10, attendees at a multidisciplinary conference titled "The Biology of Manual Therapies," will address this issue. The conference, to be held in Natcher Conference Center, will assess current knowledge of the underlying biology supporting manual therapies and identify opportunities for further research.

Manual therapies include a host of techniques that focus primarily on bones and joints, the soft tissues, and the circulatory and lymphatic systems. There is increasing evidence that manual therapies may trigger a cascade of cellular, biomechanical, neural, and/or extracellular events as the body adapts to the external stress.

The conference will cover three primary topics: neuroscience, immunology and endocrinology, and biomechanics and imaging.

NCCAM, NINDS, NIAMS, NICHD and NIBIB will partner with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to sponsor this conference.

For more information visit www.nccam.nih.gov or contact Erika Gundersen at (202) 973-8734 or ManualTherapies@courtesyassoc.com.

For more information call the Help Desk at (301) 496-4357.

NIEHS Recycled 75 Percent of Waste

NIEHS successfully diverted 75 percent of its waste stream into recycling in the past year, said Dick Sloane, resource recovery expert. That is a total of 848,048 pounds of paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, pallets, metal and other recyclable material. Animal bedding is also recycled, adding it to compost that is used on flower beds at the Research Triangle Park, N.C., campus.

Here are totals for the year, in pounds: white paper — 58,430; other paper-134,646; cardboard- 70,296; glass — 7,296; plastics — 15,915; animal boxes — 9,745; disposable clothing from the animal area — 10,905; wooden pallets — 7,290; metal — 74,960; construction and demolition waste — 238,834; animal bedding — 209,959.

In addition, NIEHS recycled the pavement it replaced during that time period, adding a whopping 2.9 million pounds to the total.

New Patient Entrance to Campus

A special entrance to the NIH campus for patients and their visitors has just opened. It is located at the intersection of West Cedar Lane and West Drive (near the Children's Inn and just north of the main entrance to the Clinical Research Center).

The new entrance, which will be open 6 a.m. -7 p.m. weekdays (except holidays), is designed to provide patient-friendly access with one-stop security screening.

Clinical Center hospitality staff will be on site at the facility to assist patients. For more information visit http://www.cc.nih.gov/about/visitor.shtml.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Stuart Schreiber on June 1, speaking on "Dissecting Disease Biology and Advancing Medicine with Small Molecules." He is HHMI investigator and Loeb professor and chair, department of chemistry and chemical biology, Harvard University.

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

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