|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 http://history.nih.gov/Conference.htm.
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 email@example.com.
Talk on Gender Differences in Lung
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 http://www.la.cancer.gov or
call (301) 594-3194.
Philharmonia Orchestra Concert, Dec.
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,
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: https://list.nih.gov/archives/locl-l.html.
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 http://www.recgov.org/r&w/apao/index.htm.
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
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
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