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Vol. LVII, No. 12
June 17, 2005

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Women's Health Postdoctoral Fellowship

A 3-year research fellowship in women's health is being funded by Battelle. The new Women's Health Postdoctoral Fellowship will focus on training scientists to address key issues in women's health research and encouraging multi-disciplinary collaborations to overcome disparities in health care between women and men. NIH has structured the fellowship with emphasis on collaborations, through co-mentored projects, between NIH intramural research laboratories conducting research on women's health.

The Foundation for NIH is coordinating the fellowship program in partnership with the Office of Research on Women's Health and the NIH intramural program on research in women's health. Battelle is providing funding for the program through a $226,000 grant to FNIH.

Opportunities include a combination of basic research, translational research, epidemiological research, biomedical history and biomedical bioinformatics research. Qualified postdoctoral scientists are invited to apply for fellowships online at by July 9. Eligible co-mentors and research projects are listed at

FAES Announces Concert Schedule

The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences has announced the performers and dates in the 2005-2006 season of its Chamber Music Series. This is the series' 38th year. The concerts are held at the Landon School's Mondzac Performing Arts Center and all performances will be Sundays at 4 p.m.

Oct. 2 — Ignat Solzhenitysyn, piano
Oct. 16 — Takacs Quartet
Nov. 13 — Belcea Quartet
Dec. 11 — Steven Osborne, piano
Jan. 8, 2006 — Randall Scarlata, baritone, and Jeremy Denk, piano
Jan. 22 — Kuss Quartet
Feb. 12 — Arnaldo Cohen, piano
Mar. 19 — Jan Volger, cello, and Louis Lortie, piano
Apr. 9 — Winner, Borciani Int'l. String Quartet competition

Tickets for individual concerts may be purchased 2 weeks before the performance, or on the day of the concert. Cost is $22 for adults; $10 for students, fellows and postdocs. A 9-performance subscription costs $200 ($80 for students, fellows, postdocs). For more information call (301) 496-7976 or visit

IntraMall Summer Showcase, June 24

All are invited to help celebrate the 7th anniversary NIH IntraMall Summer Showcase, held at the Natcher Bldg. on Friday, June 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will display the electronic purchasing system designed exclusively for NIH to simplify purchasing and speed monthly credit card reconciliation. Since opening in June 1998, the IntraMall has become a leading NIH web site for using government purchase cards to locate, buy and track purchases from 200 of its most frequently used vendors; some 5 million laboratory, office and computer items are offered.

Among the presentations, Visa will provide a 30-minute talk about trends and tools for protecting yourself from identity theft. There will also be demonstrations and training on IntraMall shopping, ordering and reconciliation features. This year, the IntraMall has begun transferring credit card financial obligations directly to the NIH cost accounting system at the time the order is placed or logged, providing real-time budget information.

Register for the event and free lunch at the web site You can view a list of all IntraMall vendors at

If you require reasonable accommodation to participate, contact Jeff Weiner at (301) 496-7058 at least 7 days before the event.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Francis V. Chisari on June 22, speaking on "To Kill or To Cure: Options in Host Defense Against Viral Infection." He is professor of virology and head, division of experimental pathology, department of molecular and experimental medicine, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, Calif.

On June 29, Dr. Stephen O'Rahilly will lecture on "Human Obesity and Insulin Resistance: Lessons from Experiments of Nature." He is professor of clinical biochemistry and medicine, department of clinical biochemistry, Addenbrooke's Hospital, University of Cambridge, UK.

The series then takes a summer break, and resumes on Sept. 14.

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

Federally Employed Women Meet, June 24

Federally Employed Women will hold a member appreciation and awards evening on Friday, June 24, starting at 6 p.m. at Famous Dave's restaurant in Gaithersburg. The cost is $18. For information and to RSVP, contact Michelle Shorter, (301) 594-8842.

Volunteers Plant Cypress Trees

On May 7, a dozen NIH and NIH Animal Center employees and students volunteered to plant more than 1,000 bald cypress seedlings in a pasture along a tributary stream of Broad Run that flows into the Potomac River. The trees will provide added stream bank erosion protection as well as increased wildlife habitat. "It was another demonstration of NIH's commitment to protecting and enhancing our natural resources," said Lynn Mueller (r), NIH landscape architect and volunteer. NIH has been a longstanding partner in the Chesapeake Bay Program "Businesses for the Bay" (, a group of forward-looking businesses, industries, government facilities and other organizations within the Chesapeake Bay watershed who share a commitment to preserving and improving the watershed. As a member of B4B, NIH was recognized in 2002 for its significant achievement in partnering to protect the bay. Also shown volunteering are (from l) Joe Bladen, NIHAC facility manager; Ed Pfister, NIH environmental compliance officer; Jackie Pfister; Jim Himel, forester; Karen Dreyfus and Amber Ropp, students; Mark Ropp, NIHAC Power Plant assistant supervisor; and Andy Mueller, student. Not shown is Brian Kim of the Division of Environmental Protection. Below (from l) Mueller of J. H. Blake H.S. and Dreyfus and Ropp of Governor Thomas Johnson H.S. will receive service-learning credit hours toward graduation for helping to plant the seedlings.

Annual Prayer Day Gathering Draws Crowd to Paul Rogers Plaza

More than 150 employees attended NIH’s 10th anniversary observance of the National Day of Prayer on May 5. The event took place around the flagpole in front of Bldg. 1. Participants danced, sang and prayed for the country and its leaders.

Former College Player Gives Kids Tips

NICHD Committee Management Specialist Melvin Carter (l) recently hosted Dr. Louis Quatrano (r) at his 4th annual basketball clinic for middle schoolers at St. Anthony's Catholic School in Washington, D.C. Carter is the basketball clinic's director and often invites guests to speak to the kids about the importance of education. Quatrano is program director for research in behavioral science and rehabilitation engineering at NICHD's Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research. While in college, he played guard for the State University of New York at Geneseo. Quatrano spoke to the kids about sports and education. He emphasized the benefits of sports — the physical training and the socializing that comes with being part of a team. He stressed, however, that education is also important. If students fail to keep their grades up, for example, school rules will keep them from participating. More important, however, is that education will prepare them for future opportunities in case their basketball plans don't work out. When he was a junior, Quatrano broke his ankle, ending his basketball career. He also told the kids that if the day came when they could no longer play competitively, they might still get involved in the game as either a coach or a referee.

Yoga Meditation Held Weekly

Sahaja yoga meditation class is held every Thursday at 7 p.m. on the third floor of the CRC, Rm. 3-1608. Sahaja yoga seeks to awaken inner energy called kundalini, and is offered for free and without obligation. The class is sponsored by the recreation therapy section of the rehabilitation medicine department. For more information contact Jasmin Salloum, (301) 402-5630.

Bethesda Little Theater, NIH Community Orchestra Donate to NIH Charities

The NIH charities recently collected a total of $6,500 in checks from two R&W performing groups — the Bethesda Little Theater and the NIH Community Orchestra. On hand for the presentation were (from l)
Alice "Frankie" Smyth, department of clinical research information, CC; Randy Schools, president of R&W; Elaine Hughes, retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs; Dr. Harold Seifried, NCI; Leslie McIntire, NIAMS; Steve Soroka, CIT; Dr. Dale Kiesewetter, NIBIB; and NIMH's Dr. Frederick Chin, who is president of the orchestra.

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