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Vol. LVII, No. 18
September 9, 2005

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TV Show Highlights Inn Butterfly Garden

The cable TV show Animal Planet visited the Children's Inn at NIH last May for 2 days of filming for an episode of the series Backyard Habitat. The show aired originally in mid-August, but will be rebroadcast Sept. 11 at 7 a.m. and Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The episode, titled "Swallowtails and Red-spotted Butterflies," depicts the positive effects that nature and wildlife can have on our health. In it, inn residents learn which native plants attract the spicebush swallowtail butterfly and red-spotted purple butterfly, and what shrubs sustain them in their caterpillar phase, as well as how to turn a pile of manure into a horn of plenty. The show hosts also demonstrate how to make decorative garden stones. The photos offer two views of the garden, located behind the inn.

Principles of Clinical Research Class

Registration for the 2005-2006 "Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research" began on Aug. 1. The course will run from Oct. 17 through Feb. 21, 2006. The deadline for registering is Oct. 5. Classes will be held on campus on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 5 to 6:30. There is no charge for the course but purchase of a textbook is required. A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course, including a final exam. For more information or to register, visit or call (301) 496-9425.

Children's Inn Seeks Donations

Looking for a great office project? Bring a bag of canned goods to the Children's Inn. Often, families arrive late at night after the inn's grocery run and do not have food for dinner or breakfast. Or they may not have sufficient funds to purchase food. The inn's "help yourself'' pantry provides food for families 365 days a year.

The following items are needed: small individual boxes of cereal; individual serving-size containers of apple sauce, puddings, jello, fruit; Parmalat long-life reduced fat milk; cup of noodles; Sip-its juice; cans of soup, spaghetti, vegetables; pasta and sauces; baby food; personal care products, particularly toothbrushes; "Thoughtful Treasures," small gifts for children's mailboxes.

You may drop off bags or boxes of food at the Children's Inn, 7 West Drive, before 7 p.m. A volunteer at the welcome desk will give you an in-kind donation form.

Grady Honored by Columbia University

Columbia University School of Nursing honored Dr. Patricia A. Grady, director of the National Institute of Nursing Research, with its Second Century Award for Excellence in Health Care at recent ceremonies in New York City. The award, established at Columbia University's centennial in 1992, is made annually in reflection of the school's second century of educating nurses. Dr. Mary O'Neil Mundinger, dean and Centennial professor in health policy at Columbia, presented the award to Grady, noting that "during her tenure (as NINR director), nursing research has flourished nationally." The dramatic increase in nursing research funding " is largely due to her extraordinary leadership within and among the various institutes," Mundinger said. Grady's "networking, her own significant research accomplishments in physiology, and her quiet, graceful, intelligent and influential presence in Washington have been a gift to our profession," she concluded.

NIH Responds to Hurricane Katrina

As the NIH Record went to press, NIH was coordinating its response to the natural disaster wrought by Hurricane Katrina. The main NIH web page at includes the most up-to-date information on helping out. NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni announced a variety of ways NIH would respond and was in regular contact with employees via email. Look for coverage of the myriad ways NIH is addressing this crisis in a future issue of the Record.

Camera Club Holds Competition

Once a month on Tuesday evenings, the Classic Residence for senior citizens in Chevy Chase opens its doors to the members of the NIH Camera Club, an R&W-sponsored organization of emerging, seasoned and expert photographers. A professional from the Washington area shares photographic expertise and images, then judges photos on a topic such as nature or architecture or photojournalism, in three categories — slides, color and black-and-white prints. On Tuesday, Oct. 11, this year's NIH-wide photography competition will take place. All members of the NIH community are invited to participate. For a handout with competition details, email Brenda Hanning,

In appreciation to the Classic Residence for its hospitality, camera club members organize special cultural and travel slide shows for the residents during the year. In 2005, presentations were given on China by Drs. Yuan Liu (NINDS) and Dennis Glanzman (NIMH); on India by Suzanne Dater; and on The Alamo by Caroline Ball. The club's photographers are a peripatetic group, and their cameras capture those Cartier-Bresson "decisive moments" for all to view.

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