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Vol. LVII, No. 25
December 16, 2005

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IT Team Launches Web Site

The NIH IT enterprise architect team has launched a new web site at The goal of the redesigned site is to make enterprise architecture readily available to anyone who wants to use it.

Through stakeholder feedback, new features were added to include "Your Part," which describes what to do, and when; the ability to share pages; and the "About" page, which describes NIH's approach to enterprise architecture.

Users can easily navigate to content using numerous methods based on their mental model or task, i.e., by technology type or artifact type. Also added was a "related links" feature, which will help users find the correct information to learn and apply the architecture.

NIH redesigned the site using Microsoft's Content Management System to make it easier to use NIH enterprise architecture. It is an online resource for teams and individuals who plan, build or purchase IT systems for NIH.

NIH-Duke Training in Clinical Research

Applications for the 2006-2007 NIH-Duke Training Program in Clinical Research are available in the Clinical Center, Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education, Bldg. 10, Rm. B1L403.

The NIH-Duke program, implemented in 1998, is designed primarily for physicians and dentists who desire formal training in the quantitative and methodological principles of clinical research. The program is offered via videoconference at the CC. Academic credit earned by participating in this program may be applied toward satisfying the degree requirement for a master of health sciences in clinical research from Duke School of Medicine.

For more information about course work and tuition costs, visit Email queries about the program may be addressed to The deadline for applying is Mar. 1, 2006. Applicants who have been accepted into the program will be notified by July 1, 2006.

Women's Baseball Team Needs Players, Coach

A women's baseball team consisting primarily of players from NIH is looking for new players 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

NIH Library Training Schedule Includes CAM

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Resources is just one of the free classes offered this winter by library staff. Learn how to search, capture and organize information accessible via your desktop. Register soon to ensure your seat in any of the 7 hands-on classes. For details about class content, dates, times and locations, visit

Guidelines Bridge Information Gap on Environmental Health

New guidelines issued by the National Environmental Education & Training Foundation will provide pediatric health care providers with new educational tools for recognizing and reducing environmental triggers for asthma.

NIEHS funded the development of the guidelines, Environmental Management of Pediatric Asthma: Guidelines for Health Care Providers. They are based on the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma, and include practical strategies for managing asthma that can be included in educational curricula and clinical practices.

The guidelines are built on current best practices, including competencies for managing environmental asthma triggers in pediatric care, a user-friendly environmental history form, intervention guidelines, patient flyers that can be reproduced and distributed and a list of references.

The NIEHS journal, Environmental Health Perspectives, recently published a study on the need for more training for doctors and nurses on environmental health to prepare them to prevent, recognize and manage diseases with environmental exposure components.

The complete guidelines are available at

Take a Guided Tour of the Bartók String Quartets

Music lovers can take a guided tour of the Bartók string quartets with Dr. Joel Berman and members of the Beethoven/Bartók Cycle Quartet, well-known for presenting a similar performance-lecture series featuring all 16 Beethoven string quartets. For the first time, the quartet will present all six Bartók string quartets in the same unique format.

Bela Bartók has been called the "Hungarian Beethoven." His six string quartets are a tour de force of creative imagination that ensure Bartók a place among the greatest composers who ever lived. While well-loved, these complex quartets are not always easy to understand. The performance-lecture series is designed for people who love music, regardless of musical training.

All the quartets are performed live. Each quartet is featured for two of the 12 sessions, which include multiple performances, musical excerpts and a lecture outlining structural features unique to the work. A detailed outline of each quartet — designed to be followed as the music is being performed — provides a guided tour through the inner workings of Bartók's music.

The series is being offered by the FAES Graduate School, course #GENL 158 (1.5 credits or audit), spring 2006, Mondays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information on series content, call Berman at (301) 946-2311 or email For registration information, call (301) 496-7976 or visit Register by mail through Dec. 30, or in person Jan. 4-10, 2006.

STEP Forum on ADHD, Jan. 10

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science for All forum on the topic, "Pay Attention! Focusing on ADHD," on Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Natcher Bldg. main auditorium.

Do you know someone with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Up to 10 percent of school-age children have ADHD, which may persist into adulthood. It is a common condition, yet there is much more to be learned. Is ADHD more prevalent in boys than girls? Is it a childhood condition that one can outgrow? Does it develop later in life? How often does it go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed and what are the consequences? Is treatment always necessary or appropriate? Join us as we focus on the science behind ADHD, how it is diagnosed and how it is treated. Hear about ongoing research in the field, and how those with the condition can express their full potential and learn to adapt.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — returns from winter recess on Jan. 11 with a talk by Dr. Louis M. Kunkel titled, "Muscular Dystrophy in Humans, Mice and Zebrafish." He is director, program in genomics, Children's Hospital, professor of pediatrics and genetics, Harvard Medical School, and HHMI investigator.

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

FAES Announces Spring Courses

The FAES Graduate School at NIH announces the schedule of courses for the spring semester. The evening classes sponsored by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences will be given on the NIH campus.

Courses are offered in biochemistry, biology, biotechnology (daytime courses), chemistry, immunology, languages, medicine, microbiology, pharmacology, statistics, toxicology, alternative medicine and courses of general interest.

It is often possible to transfer credits earned to other institutions for degree work, and many courses are approved for category 1 credit toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award.

Classes will begin Jan. 23; mail registration ends Dec. 30 and walk-in registration will be held Jan. 4-10, 2006. Tuition is $115 per credit hour, and courses may be taken for credit or audit. Courses that qualify for institute support as training should be cleared with supervisors and administrative officers as soon as possible. Both the vendor's copy of the training form and the FAES registration form must be submitted at the time of registration. Note that FAES cannot access training forms entered in the NIHTS system; a signed hard copy (vendors' copy of SF 182 form) is needed in order to process registrations for classes. Asking your institute to pay your tuition is a preliminary step to registration, but does not constitute registration with the FAES Graduate School.

Catalogs and spring schedules are available in the graduate school office in Bldg. 60, Suite 230; the foundation bookstore in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1L101; and the business office in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1C18. To have a catalog and schedule sent, call (301) 496-7976 or visit

Sustainability Interest Group Forms

A new interest group dedicated to promoting sustainable practices at NIH is currently evolving. The group will help develop recommendations and procedures for lessening the NIH community's impact on the environment. The group will promote the NIH Environmental Management System, environmental awareness and share practices that reduce consumption and increase reuse, recycling and conservation.

Some activities the group may pursue include an Earth Day festival in April, a "Garage Sale" for trading unwanted lab supplies, an environmental film series, an environmental speaker series, stenciling of storm drains ("Drains into Chesapeake Bay") and recycling/energy conservation contests among buildings or institutes.

The sustainability interest group is open to all. There is an email list where people can post ideas, questions and observations. To join, sign up for the Greenserve mailing list at

CC Bioethics Department Honored

The Clinical Center's department of clinical bioethics is among winners of the 2005 Award for Excellence in Human Research Protection, announced Dec. 8 by the Health Improvement Institute. The department was honored for innovation in producing its Framework and Benchmarks for Evaluation of Research. The award was given for demonstrated excellence in promoting the well being of people who participate in research. Sponsors of the awards program included the American Diabetes Association and Pfizer Inc.

Toastmasters Hold Weekly Meetings

The NIH Toastmasters meet every Friday from noon to 1 p.m. in Bldg. 38, Conf. Rm. B. All interested employees and contractors are invited to come as guests or members. For more information contact Hannah Tang at or at (301) 496-6595 or Crystal Smith at or (301) 496-9225. Visit the group's web site at

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