the King Legacy, Jan. 17
Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the annual
NIH commemorative program on Tuesday, Jan. 17 from 2 to 3 p.m.
in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The 2006 national theme is "In the
Spirit of Unity and Service: Remember! Celebrate! Act!" The keynote
speaker will be Dr. Clayborne Carson, professor at Stanford University,
civil rights historian and senior editor of the King Research Papers
For more information and reasonable accommodation, call Kay Johnson
Graham at (301) 451-0859. Sign language interpreting services will
Inaugural Chen Lecture Set, Jan. 20
In honor of the recent retirement of Dr. Philip S. Chen, Jr.,
NIH associate director for intramural research, the Office of the
Director will present the Philip S. Chen, Jr., Ph.D. Distinguished
Lecture on Innovation and Technology Transfer on Friday, Jan. 20
at 1:30 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10.
Chen retired from NIH on Jan. 2 with more than 41 years of service.
He conducted research in an intramural lab within the then National
Heart Institute from 1956 to 1959, and has been in Intramural Research
Program administration since 1974.
Keynote speaker will be Dr. Maria Freire, chief executive officer,
Global Alliance for TB Drug Development and former director of
the NIH Office of Technology Transfer, an office that Chen started.
She will be speaking on "Innovation and Collaboration: Revolutionizing
TB Therapy." All are welcome to attend.
Nanotechnology Seminars Resume
The National Cancer Institute's Nanotechnology Seminar Series
will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Natcher
Conference Center (Balcony B). The featured speaker will be Dr.
Michael Hawkins, chief medical officer, American Bioscience, Inc.,
developers of a nanoparticle albumin-bound (nab) delivery platform
most recently applied with paclitaxel (Abraxane). The presentation
will be webcast at http://videocast.nih.gov.
The lecture series features innovative perspectives on current
research and development efforts in nanotechnology applied to cancer
diagnosis, treatment and prevention, presented by leaders from
both the cancer and nanotechnology research communities. For more
2information visit http://nano.cancer.gov.
Sign language interpreters will be provided upon request. Individuals
with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation should call
Travis Earles at (301) 496-1550 or the Federal Relay, 1-800-877-8339.
Wednesday Afternoon Lectures
The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake
day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features the
R.E. Dyer Lecture on Jan. 18. It will be given by Dr. Bruce Beutler,
professor, department of immunology, Scripps Research Institute,
La Jolla. His topic is "Sensing Infection: Toll-Like Receptors
and the Genetic Analysis of Mammalian Innate Immunity."
On Jan. 25, Dr. Mitzi I. Kuroda will discuss "Chromatin Organization:
Non-Coding RNAs and Dosage Compensation in Drosophila." She is
HHMI investigator at Brigham and Women's Hospital and professor
of genetics, Harvard Medical School.
For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call (301)
Create a Development Plan
The Work and Family Life Center will hold a seminar on "Harnessing
Your Potential with an IDP" on Wednesday, Jan. 25 from noon to
2 p.m. in Bldg. 50, Conf. Rm. 1227/1233L. As Casey Stengel once
said, "If you don't know where you are going, you'll probably end
up somewhere else." Creating an individual development plan (IDP)
helps you identify goals and resources as well as develop an action
plan. Learn the importance of "beginning with the end in mind."
Get Ready for 'Wear Red Day'
Friday, Feb. 3 is National Wear Red Day, a key activity of NHLBI's
Heart Truth campaign. Join Americans nationwide in wearing red
to show support for women's heart disease awareness. For more information
about the campaign, National Wear Red Day and the Red Dress pin — the
national symbol for women and heart awareness — visit www.hearttruth.gov.
Tae Kwon Do Beginner's Class
The NIH Tae Kwon Do School is offering a beginner's class for
adults and mature teens starting Feb. 6. The curriculum combines
traditional striking arts, forms and sparring with emphasis on
self-defense. No experience is necessary. Class will meet in the
Malone Center (Bldg. 31C, B4 level, next to the NIH Fitness Center)
from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and will continue for
about 2 months until participants can be integrated into the regular
school training. Dues are $40 per quarter and a uniform costs $30.
Interested persons are welcome to watch regular training sessions.
For information call Andrew Schwartz, (301) 402-5197 or visit http://www.recgov.org/r&w/nihtaekwondo.html.
'Bone and Joint Decade' Leaders Assess
Representatives of the U.S. Bone and Joint Decade (USBJD) met
recently with members of the NIH community to discuss progress
made since 2002 and information on relevant new programs. NIH director
Dr. Elias Zerhouni spoke to the group and emphasized the importance
of bone and joint research as medicine increasingly makes the transition
from treatment of acute to chronic diseases. He also spoke of interdisciplinary
approaches to medical research as being more important than ever
before. Seated at the table are (from l) Dr. Henning Birkedal-Hansen,
acting deputy director, NIDCR; Dr. Janet Austin, director, NIAMS
Office of Communications and Public Liaison; Dr. Joan McGowan,
chief, Musculoskeletal Diseases Branch, NIAMS; Dr. Stephen Katz,
director, NIAMS; Zerhouni; Dr. Nancy Lane, president, USBJD; and
Dr. Regis O'Keefe, past president, USBJD.
Expecting a Red 'Record?'
The NIH Record appears today in one of its four seasonal
colors. The two-color production began with the Oct. 7, 2005, edition,
which was a brownish red. That was the fall hue. The winter shade
is purple, and will persist throughout the season. There are also
spring and summer colors ahead. Don't be fooled by the cosmetic
changes, though. What you are reading is still "The Second Best
Thing About Payday."
Building 6 Boys Plus
The campus's own Building 6 Boys Plus entertained at a number
of parties in December, continuing a holiday tradition at NIH.
Present at a Dec. 14 gathering at the FAES House were (from l)
Jim Nagle, NINDS, dobro; Steve Stahl, NIAMS, guitar; Jim Tomlin,
CIT, mandolin; Kate Saylor, NIDCD, fiddle; Ken Weeks, NINDS, bass;
and FDA's Jim Rice on banjo. The group, plus or minus a few members,
has been playing bluegrass and other acoustic music for 10 years.
A favorite venue, because of its good sound, is a conference room
in Bldg. 35. The band also plays outdoors in fair weather.
NIH Exhibits at La Feria de la Familia
American Indian, Alaska Native Workshop
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participated in Telemundo Washington’s La Feria de la
Familia 2005 (the Family Fair 2005) held Dec. 11 at the D.C.
Armory. An estimated 2,000 people visited the health and fitness
section of the feria where they received health information,
promotional items, posters and other materials at the NIH booth.
In addition to sections on employment, finance, education and
other topics, attendees had the opportunity to celebrate the
holidays with Telemundo’s international stars and with
the anchors of Telemundo Washington, D.C.’s local evening
The American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) workshop held in
the Natcher Bldg. recently gave the NIH communications community
an opportunity to meet with Native health professionals to discuss
ways to better communicate health messages to AI/AN populations.
The meeting was sponsored by the National Institute of Arthritis
and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, the National Institute on
Aging, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
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 http://tpcr.mc.duke.edu.
Email queries about the program may be addressed to email@example.com.
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,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.