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Vol. LVII, No. 22
November 4, 2005

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Events Mark Indian/Alaskan Heritage Month
The fifth annual NIH American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month Program will feature two events this year. On Nov. 8, a symposium on research and training titled "Research in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities" will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A, with a poster session to follow from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Featured at the symposium will be three projects from the Native American Research Centers for Health program, funded by NIGMS in collaboration with the Indian Health Service, and the NHLBI-funded Strong Heart Study. The event is sponsored by the NIH American Indian/Alaska Native Employee Council (AIANEC) and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management.

On Nov. 9, Joseph Marshall III, a teacher, historian, Lakota craftsman and author, will give a storytelling presentation titled "Lakota Traditional Healing and Cultural Issues with Contemporary Health Care Delivery," from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. A reception will follow in the atrium. Marshall was reared on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation. He has published 6 books including The Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Living and Thunder Dreamer: The Journey of Crazy Horse. Marshall also appeared in the TNT cable channel mini-series Into the West this year.

Sign language interpreters will be provided. Those who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Marianne Hamilton at (301) 451-0748 or by Federal Relay Service 1-800-877-8339 (TTY). For more information contact Dr. Jared Jobe at (301) 435-0407 or Dr. Clifton Poodry at (301) 594-3900 or visit the AIANEC web site at

Understanding NCI: Toll-Free Teleconferences
The NCI Office of Liaison Activities offers a monthly teleconference series on cross-cutting issues in cancer research. Members of cancer advocacy organizations, survivors, families and friends are encouraged to participate in each call to learn more about NCI's programs and how advocates are involved. Callers will have the opportunity to ask questions of panel members. The Nov. 9 call at 3 p.m. (EST) explains "Why Advocates Should Care About Animal Models in Cancer Research: Mouse Models of Human Cancers Consortium (MMHCC)" and features Dr. Cheryl Marks, director, NCI's MMHCC Program, and two program advocates — Paula Kim and Kathy Walters.

All you need to participate is a phone. No registration is required and participation is free. The toll-free number for live call-in is 1-800-857-6584, and the pass code is 4683#. A playback in its entirety will be available an hour after the call ends at 1-800-677-8851 (toll-free) until Dec. 9 at 11:30 p.m. (EST). For more information, visit the Office of Liaison Activities web site at or call (301) 594-3194.

STEP Forum on New Drugs
The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science for All forum on the topic, "New Drugs to Fight Bad Bugs," on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 8 a.m. to noon in Natcher Bldg., Rms. E1/E2.

You get an infection, you take a pill, you're cured, right? Maybe. Bacterial infections that fail to respond to drugs are appearing at an alarming rate. The recent appearance of drug-resistant staph infections in U.S. hospitals and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis around the world illustrates the urgent need for new antibiotics. Bacterial resistance to antibiotics is rising ever more rapidly and has outstripped the pace of new antimicrobial drug development. Why is this resistance occurring and what are the barriers to producing new antimicrobials? Clinical, pharmaceutical and government experts will participate in a timely discussion about eliminating roadblocks to new antibiotic drug development.

Use or Lose Reminder
Don't forget to officially schedule your "Use or Lose" annual leave no later than Saturday, Nov. 26. Questions about "Use or Lose" leave should be directed to your administrative officer.

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Wednesday Afternoon Lectures
The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — usually held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Arthur E. Johnson on Nov. 9, speaking on, "Maintenance of Membrane Integrity During Protein Trafficking at the ER Membrane." He is distinguished professor, Texas A&M University System Health Science Center.

There will be a special Tuesday NIH Director's Lecture on Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. in Masur, given by NCCAM director Dr. Stephen Straus. He will discuss "From the Bedside to the Bench and Back Again: To Understand, Treat, and Prevent HSV and VZV Infections."

On Nov. 16, the George Khoury Lecture will feature Dr. James C. Alwine, professor, department of cancer biology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He will lecture on "How DNA Viruses Deal with Stress."

There's no lecture Nov. 23 due to Thanksgiving recess.

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

NIH Alumni Hold Annual Meeting
The NIH Alumni Association held its annual meeting Sept. 24 in the Cloister (Bldg. 60) with speakers Dr. Margaret Chesney (l), deputy director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, who discussed "What You Need To Know About NCCAM and Alternative Medicine," and John Dattoli (r), acting associate director for security and emergency response, ORS, who updated members on NIH security. John Burklow, NIH associate director for communications, also spoke on NIH happenings and the role of his office. Dr. Rita Colwell, chairman, Canon U.S. Life Sciences, Inc., distinguished professor, University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, has been selected as NIHAA's 2005 Public Service Awardee. She was not able to attend the meeting and will receive her award later. The meeting also introduced newly elected officers J. Paul Van Nevel, who will continue as president, Dr. Artrice Bader, vice president, Dr. Janet Newburgh, secretary, and Steven Berkowitz, treasurer. The NIHAA is now in its 17th year and membership is open to past and present NIH staff. For more information call (301) 530-0567 or visit

How To Ease Commuting Woes
Long commutes, heavy traffic, poor road conditions and crowded Metro trains mean you may arrive at work or back at home feeling stressed. Raise awareness of your personal commuter stress and learn strategies for attending to the road and responding to other drivers in a calm manner. Attend the seminar "The Calm Commuter: Strategies to Ease Your Daily Commute" to assess the effect that commuting has on your life; analyze the factors that contribute to commuting stress; maximize the positive aspects of commuting; and learn strategies to mitigate the stress. Class is Wednesday, Nov. 16, noon to 1:30 p.m., Bldg. 31, Rm. C10.

Women's Baseball Team Needs Players, Coach
The Lasers are a women's baseball team comprised mainly of players from NIH. The team is located in Rockville and plays in the Eastern Women's Baseball Conference, which has four additional teams in Montgomery County, Northern Virginia, and suburban Baltimore. The Lasers play one game most weekends, May to September. Games are professionally umpired on full-sized fields.

The Lasers recently completed their first season in the EWBC, and are preparing for next season. The team will train in the Rockville area over the fall, winter and spring, indoors and outdoors. The Lasers have a core roster of women 18-52 years old, from all walks of life and with a range of previous baseball and/or softball experience. The team is recruiting more players, plus an experienced and committed coach/manager (man or woman). If you are interested, contact Susan McCarthy at

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