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
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
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 http://www.la.cancer.gov 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
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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 www.fnih.org/nihaa/nihaa.html.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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