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Vol. LVII, No. 13
July 1, 2005

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OSE's Free Film Festival Starts July 13

The Office of Science Education's popular free film festival, Science in the Cinema, is back this summer from July 13 to Aug. 17. Each Wednesday evening, a film with a medical science-related theme is shown starting at 7 p.m. Following each film, an expert in the film's subject area will comment on the science depicted in the film and answer questions from the audience. This year's topics include amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, infectious disease, alcoholism, history of cardiac surgery and end-of-life issues. The festival will be held at the American Film Institute Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring.

Tickets are free and are available on a first-come, first-served basis through the AFI Silver box office, day of show only. All films are shown with captions. Sign language interpreters will be available for the post-film discussions. For other reasonable accommodation, contact OSE at least 5 days prior to the event at, (301) 402-2470, or TTY (301) 496-9706. For speaker information and program details visit

NIH Director's Awards Ceremony, July 14

All employees are invited to the 2005 NIH Director's Awards ceremony on Thursday, July 14 at 2 p.m. in the Natcher Bldg. main auditorium. Awards will be presented in five categories: Director's Award, Mentoring Award, Director's Award for the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research, Commissioned Corps awards and EEO awards. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign language interpreters will be provided. A reception will be held after the ceremony in the Natcher cafeteria. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in the event should contact the NIH Work/Life Center at (301) 435-1619; TTY (301) 480-0690.

Perimeter Security System Update

The NIH Perimeter Security System (PSS or "the fence") is scheduled for activation in mid to late August. To keep the NIH community informed about the timeline, important issues and progress, the ORS Security and Emergency Response (SER) staff is launching a communications initiative to include email announcements, articles in NIH publications, presentations to building groups, postings to web sites and announcements on the NIH Highway Advisory Radio (1660 AM). Communications will increase as the activation date nears but information 2005updates about the Perimeter Security System will be ongoing even after the fence is fully operational.

The NIH community advisory board for security, a trans-NIH committee, has worked closely with ORS to develop and review the PSS policies and procedures for employees, patients and visitors.

Watch for future notices about PSS implementation in NIH publications, global emails and on the SER web site: Still have questions? Contact the ORS Information Line at or (301) 594-6677, TTY (301) 435-1908.

NCCAM Online Continuing Education Series

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has launched a new online Continuing Education Series in complementary and alternative medicine. The series offers health care professionals and the public the opportunity to learn more about CAM therapies and the state of the science about them through video lectures by experts in their fields. Health care professionals can earn Continuing Medical Education credits. The resource is available for free at

NIH Sailing Association Open House

The NIH Sailing Association invites everyone to its open house on Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Neff Marina located on Selby Bay, Mayo, Md. 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 food and boat rides. For more information and directions, visit or

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