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Vol. LVIII, No. 5
March 10, 2006

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Symposium Will Honor Ferretti

"Forty Years of NMR in Biological Systems — A Symposium to Honor James A. Ferretti, Ph.D." will be held Friday, Apr. 21 at the Natcher Conference Center, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The symposium will celebrate Ferretti's scientific achievements. He has pioneered the application of pulsed Fourier transform nuclear magnetic resonance techniques to the study of a wide range of chemical and biological systems. Featured speakers include Ad Bax, Marshall Nirenberg and Dennis Torchia from NIH, and a host of others. There is no cost, but registration is requested via email to For more information visit

STEP Presents Forum on Adult Hormonal Changes, Mar. 21

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science for All forum on the topic, "From Hot Flashes to Hot Rods: Hormonal Changes in Adulthood" on Tuesday, Mar. 21 from 8 a.m. to noon in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

Sex hormones — the gonadal steroid hormones estrogen, progesterone and testosterone — are the focus of considerable scientific and popular attention. They control sexual development and reproduction, but they affect other aspects of health, particularly as their production declines with age. How do these hormones work? How does their interplay with environmental factors and the aging process affect female and male health in adulthood? What's the current understanding of the role of sex hormones in health conditions such as mood disorders, perimenopause/ menopause in women and reproductive dysfunction in men? Join us in exploring the physiology and behavior behind the headlines and the hype.

Conference on Nursing Science

The National Institute of Nursing Research and the Clinical Center nursing and patient care services will hold a conference titled, "Celebrating Nursing Science: The Research-Practice Link" on Friday, June 16. For more information contact Donna Jo McCloskey, (301) 402-1446 or email For conference highlights, registration and call for posters, visit and click on "Save the Date."

Learn To Manage Sibling Rivalry

The Work and Family Life Center will hold a seminar titled "Sibling Rivalry" on Thursday, Mar. 23 from noon to 1 p.m. at 6001 Executive Blvd., Rm. C. Do you sometimes feel more like a referee than a parent? Do you know when to get involved in your children's arguments and when not to? Attend this seminar to gain insight into sibling rivalry, look at positive (yes, there are some!) and negative aspects of arguments among your children, and find out how to encourage effective resolutions. You'll be able to foster sibling attachment and growth and reduce your family's stress.

Yoga Meditation Held Monthly

Sahaja yoga meditation class is held every Thursday at 7 p.m. on the third floor of the CRC, Rm. 3-1608. Sahaja yoga seeks to awaken inner energy called kundalini, and is offered for free and without obligation. The class is sponsored by the recreation therapy section of the rehabilitation medicine department. For more information contact Jasmin Salloum, (301) 402-5630.

NIH 9-Hole Golf League

The NIH Golf Association (9-hole coed league) is seeking new members for the 2006 season. The 9-Hole league meets Tuesdays and/or Thursdays after work and plays at Needwood Golf Course in Rockville or Sligo Creek Golf Course in Silver Spring. The 9-Hole league features 2 flights of competitive handicapped-match play and 1 non-competitive flight. The season starts with an optional Spring Outing (members and guests) in late April, then regular play through the end of August, and a members and guests Fall Outing in early September. The league has a block of reserved tee times and serves as a great social/networking opportunity to meet fellow NIH'ers and to improve your golfing skills. For more information, email John Hamill at or visit

caBIG Seminars Webcast

All NCI and NIH staff — including researchers, research administrators, IT and other lab support personnel — are invited to attend the caBIG Seminar Series. "Overview of caBIG " will be presented on Monday, Mar. 13 in Bldg. 50, Rm. 1328/1334 from 11 a.m. to noon. There are plans for more seminars in March. Visit for future dates. The seminars will be telecast and archived at For more information, contact Mary Jo Deering, (301) 496-3458.

Visitor's Center Opens at Rocky Mountain Labs

Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, Mont., opened a 3,500-square-foot Visitor's Center on Jan. 30 and invited about 250 neighbors, community leaders and interested parties to a Feb. 8 open house. Jim and Jo Ann Whitlock (at right), who live about three blocks from RML, were among the early visitors; Jim is an RML retiree. The Visitor's Center is the "front door" to the RML research facility, which is part of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The center contains exhibits that will change on a periodic basis to reflect RML research work. The present theme, tick research, includes several historical photos, displays and an interactive video kiosk. The center also houses RML's security staff and is adjacent to a visitor's parking area and main access point to the campus.

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