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Vol. LVII, No. 24
December 2, 2005

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STEP Forum on Death, Dying, Dec 8.
The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science for All forum on the topic, "One Guarantee in Life — Death: Demystifying the Dying Process," on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 8 a.m. to noon in Natcher Bldg., Rms. E1/E2.

We all face death, but discussing the dying process is often uncomfortable and sometimes controversial. The goal of this forum is to explore issues surrounding death. How do medical and legal definitions of death vary? What medical care is appropriate at the end of life and who should make these decisions? How is end-of-life decision-making shaped by different cultural norms? When death is imminent, what can be done to prepare patients in terms of medical care and psychological adjustment? What are the strategies to help families accept and cope with the dying process and death? Join STEP in exploring these issues and in considering what NIH's role is and should be in performing research on end-of-life issues.

History Office Conference Honors Founder
The Office of NIH History is sponsoring a 2-day conference to be held in the Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A, Dec. 5-6. The conference is to honor Dr. Victoria A. Harden, history office director, on her retirement.

The keynote speaker will be evolutionary geneticist and social critic Dr. Richard C. Lewontin, Alexander Agassiz research professor at Harvard University, who will discuss "The Effects of the Socialization of Biomedical Research." His talk is on Monday, Dec. 5, following an 8:30 a.m. welcome. The complete schedule can be found at

The NIH community, scientists, historians of medicine and science and the public are invited. Questions should be addressed to Dr. Caroline Hannaway, conference organizer, at

Talk on Gender Differences in Lung Function
The women's health special interest group will host a talk on "Gender Differences in Lung Function and Response to Environmental Agents," on Friday, Dec. 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1. Speaker will be Dr. Darryl C. Zeldin, chief, Laboratory of Respiratory Biology, NIEHS. If you need sign language interpretation, contact Vicki Malick at at least 5 days before the seminar.

NCI Toll-Free Teleconference, Dec. 16
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 cancer research programs and how advocates are involved. Callers will have the opportunity to ask questions of panel members. The Dec. 16 call at 1 p.m. (EST) explains "Clinical Trials at NCI: The New Clinical Research Center at NIH — Patients Are Our Partners and Our Heroes." It features Dr. John Gallin, Clinical Center director; Dottie Cirelli, patient recruitment coordinator; and Susan Butler, former CC patient and current Consumer Advocates in Research and Related Activities member.

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 1-800-216-4418 (toll-free) until Jan. 16, 2006, at 11:30 p.m. (EST). For more information visit the Office of Liaison Activities web site at or call (301) 594-3194.

Philharmonia Orchestra Concert, Dec. 3
The NIH Philharmonia Orchestra will present its second concert of the season on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Rockville. The church is located at 917 Montrose Rd. between Rockville Pike and I-270. The concert includes Weber Overture, Mozart Horn-Konzert No.4 and Beethoven Symphony No. 5. The orchestra is conducted by Dr. Nancia D'Alimonte, an Eastman graduate and musical director of the George Washington University Orchestra. Most members of the orchestra work at NIH, NASA, FDA and other government agencies. Tickets are free. For more information, visit

Lab Managers Hold Open House
The lab managers interest group will hold an open house for current and prospective members during its regular meeting on Thursday, Dec. 8 at noon in Bldg. 40, Conf. Rm. 1203. Come meet lab managers who share best practices, serve on NIH boards and committees, and host nuts-and-bolts seminars on NIH operations. Refreshments will be available. Membership is open to all interested parties and the group has a list-serve:

Asian/Pacific American Organization Awards Ceremony Set, Dec. 7
On Wednesday, Dec. 7, the NIH Asian/Pacific American Organization will hold its annual awards ceremony from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Bldg. 1's Wilson Hall. Each year APAO seeks nominations from NIH employees for its outstanding achievement awards. This year's recipients will be Dr. Kuan-Teh Jeang, NIAID, for scientific research, and NIH associate director for intramural research Dr. Philip S. Chen, Jr., for excellence in management.

APAO will also install new officers for 2006: Prahlad Mathur of OD, president; Dr. Alex Wang of CIT, vice president; Donna Wells of NEI, treasurer; Dr. Dan Xi of NCI, executive secretary; and Norma Deguzman of NHLBI, co-executive secretary.

Various ethnic foods will be served. A $10 donation is requested at the door. For more information and to RSVP, contact Alex Wang (301) 402-5895 (ext. 1427), Donna Wells (301) 496-5248 or JoAnne Wong of NIMH at (301) 451-2809. For more information on the APAO, visit

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. Philippa Marrack on Dec. 7, lecturing on, "T Cells and MHC." She is HHMI investigator and professor, department of immunology, National Jewish Medical and Research Center and University of Colorado at Denver Health Sciences Center.

There will be a special Tuesday lecture, also at 3 p.m. in Masur, on Dec. 13 when Dr. C. David Allis addresses "Beyond the Double Helix: Reading and Writing the 'Histone Code.'" He is Fishman professor and head, laboratory of chromatin biology, Rockefeller University, New York.

On Dec. 14, the Florence Mahoney Lecture will be given by Dr. John Hardy, chief, Laboratory of Neurogenetics, NIA. He will speak on "Neurodegeneration: Too Much of a Bad Thing Kills You."

The lecture series then goes on winter recess, resuming on Jan. 11, 2006.

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

Workshop on Workplace Diversity
A seminar titled, "What It's Like to Work with Me: Generational Diversity in Office and Team Environments" will be held Wednesday, Dec. 14 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Bldg. 31, Rm. 6C10. The workforce today is diverse — employees come from unique generational cohorts. Working together presents both rewards and challenges and opportunities for personal and professional growth. Teams can become more cohesive and maximize their potential by understanding how each member works best. While there are individual preferences in working style, there are also generational differences. Attend this seminar to better understand the work style of members of generational cohorts, for example, X, Y and Boomers. Learn strategies for overcoming the challenges of working together and preparing for the future of teams in the workplace.

Women's Baseball Team Needs Players, Coach
A women's baseball team comprised primarily of players from NIH is looking for new members and a coach. The Lasers are located in Rockville and play in the Eastern Women's Baseball Conference. They play one game most weekends, May to September, on a regulation ballfield with professional umpires. The team will train locally in the coming months, 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. If you are interested in playing or coaching, contact Susan McCarthy at

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