Announces Concert Schedule
The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences has announced
the performers and dates in the 2006-2007 season of its Chamber
Music Series. This is the series' 39th year. The concerts are held
at Congregation Beth El at 8215 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, and
all performances will be Sundays at 4 p.m.
||Trio Di Parma
||Mihaela Ursuleasa, piano
||Miriam Fried, Jonathan Biss,
violin and piano
||Peter Serkin, piano
|Feb. 4, 2007
||Vivane Hagner, violin
||Marina Piccinini, Emanuele
Segre, flute and guitar
||Auryn Quartet with Roger
Tapping, viola (performing
two of the six Mozart viola
quintets and one of the three
Britten quartets at each
concert — see below)
||Auryn Quartet with Roger
||Auryn Quartet with Roger
||Amit Peled, Alon Goldstein,
cello and piano
Tickets for individual concerts may be purchased 2 weeks before
the performance, or on the day of the concert. Cost is $28 for
adults; $12 for students, fellows and postdocs. A 10-performance
subscription costs $250 ($100 for students, fellows, postdocs).
For more information call (301) 496-7976 or visit www.faes.org.
Seminar on Meditation, Apr. 4
A seminar titled "The Science and Tradition of Meditation," will
be held Tuesday, Apr. 4 from 1-2 p.m. in the Clinical Research
Center, Rm. 1580-North, 7th floor. Presenters will be Dr. Ramesh
Manocha of the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney, Australia, and
Dr. George Patrick, chief of the recreation therapy department.
Topics for discussion include: Does meditation have unique effects?
Is there scientific evidence for meditation as a unique state of
Film Series Accompanies NLM Exhibit
To celebrate the opening of "Visible Proofs," an exhibition on
the history and science of forensic medicine, the National Library
of Medicine is hosting a free film series, "Screen Forensics." Don't
miss the two remaining films in the series: Citizen X (R)
on Mar. 30 and Sleepy Hollow (R) on Apr. 6. Screenings
begin at 6 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A, and are free
and open to the public. Sign language interpreters are provided.
Those needing other reasonable accommodation should contact Erika
Mills, (301) 496-5963 or the Federal Relay, 1-800-877-8339.
STEP Fora on Race, Ethnicity in Research
The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will
present two Science for All fora on the topic, "Defining Race and
Ethnicity in Biomedical and Behavioral Research: A Mini-Course
on Biological, Social, Political and Legal Issues." The meetings
will be held on consecutive Tuesdays, Apr. 11 and 18, from 8 a.m.
to noon in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A. The first session
focuses on "How did we get here?" and the second examines "Where
are we headed?"
More than 99 percent genetically identical — that's what geneticists
say humans are. If we're so much alike, why are we so different?
One of NIH's major goals is to reduce disparities in health status
experienced by racial and ethnic minority populations. But what
is race? What is ethnicity? The definition of these classifications
becomes a crucial element in responding to these goals.
Genomic data raises disturbing questions about the scientific
value of our current mode of classifying and categorizing individuals
and populations. What data are obtained and lost in using the current
system of classification? Does our approach really allow us to
address the basis for health disparities? Diverse perspectives
on racial and ethnic classification in the U.S. will be discussed
along with their implications on policies of inclusion and representation
in science. These presentations will help us understand the questions
that we really should be asking to reduce health disparities.
Learn to Support Your Older Relative
The Work and Family Life Center will hold a seminar titled, "Supporting
Your Older Relative: Awareness & Communication," on Wednesday,
Apr. 5 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Bldg. 50, Rm. 1227/1233. Have
you been thinking about the needs of an older relative or what
your own needs might be in the future? Are you uncomfortable initiating
conversations about this? Did you know that it's possible to support
an aging parent's independence, avoid taking too much control,
yet ensure their well-being? This is a complex issue, even more
so when it involves communicating across state lines, but it doesn't
have to consume you. There are strategies that can help you help
an older relative make important decisions about the future.
Take Your Child to Work Day, Apr. 27
NIH celebrates its 12th annual Take Your Child to Work Day, on
Thursday, Apr. 27. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., a variety of institutes
and centers will host educational and fun activities designed to
let your child (ages 8-15) experience the world of biomedical research.
More than 1,500 children are expected to participate in NIH's
Take Your Child to Work Day. The planning committee is seeking
volunteers to sponsor a variety of activities for the children.
You can help by identifying activities that will introduce children
to the vital roles their parents play in the NIH workforce and
expose them to careers they might not have envisioned. The event
needs many activities scheduled throughout the day. No matter where
you work — in a lab or office setting — consider sponsoring
an activity or an exhibit that will introduce children to careers
in science, medicine or civil service. To sponsor an activity or
exhibit, contact the planning committee.
Not up to sponsoring your own activity, but still want to see
children engaged in opportunities to learn about careers? How about
helping in the planning and conducting of the event? The committee
can use your help in all aspects of the event; you can volunteer
anytime between now and the event day itself.
Visit the Take Your Child to Work Day web site for more information: http://takeyourchildtowork.nih.gov.
Registration for the event begins in mid-April. Contact Gary Morin,
(301) 496-4628 voice, (301) 480-3122 TTY; MorinG@od.nih.gov.
Individuals who need sign language interpreters and/or reasonable
accommodation to participate should contact Carlton Coleman at
(301) 496-2906, voice or (301) 451-2290 (TTY), (800) 877-8339 Federal
Relay, or by email, ColemanC@od.nih.gov.
R&W Has Orioles, Nationals Tickets
Tickets to Baltimore Orioles games went on sale Thursday, Mar.
23 at the R&W gift shop in Bldg. 31, Rm. B1W30. Orioles tickets
include two regular season tickets (2 seats behind first base — Section
14 Row BBB seat 7-8) and, in addition, tickets are available for
13 Sunday games (4 seats behind third base — Section 58 Row
MM) and 13 Sunday and additional weekday games (2 seats behind
first base — Section 14 Row UU and 5 seats in right field — Section
8 Row AA).
Tickets for Washington Nationals games will go on sale Thursday,
Mar. 30 at 8 a.m. outside the Bldg. 31 R&W gift shop. Available
are 4 regular season tickets (4 seats behind first base — Section
104 Row 7); more tickets for various games will be available in
Section 106 Row 5.
NIH Marks Women's History Month
Edie Fraser, president and CEO of the Public Affairs Group, Inc.,
gave the keynote address for "Builders of Communities and Dreams," part
one of NIH's 2006 Women's History Month observance, sponsored by
the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management on Mar.
3 in Lipsett Amphitheater. "What are you doing to be a trailblazer
and what is the group that you're working with doing to drive change?" she
asked. Although seven of every 10 jobs are now held by women and
minorities, she noted, women represent only about 18 percent of corporate
board membership, with women of color at about 3 percent. "We have
to make sure that our representation in your [Senior Executive Service]
system at NIH [honors] America," she said. Fraser acknowledged that
women make up 57 percent of the NIH workforce, but advised the audience
to consider the ranks of management. "What grades are we and what
are we doing on representation to push career advancement?" she asked. "Those
are the questions that will be so important to our future success." Fraser
also recognized the gains by women in health, medical research and
related fields. The majority of medical school students in the U.S.
are women, she said, and there has been tremendous growth in every
aspect of the health industry. Capitalize on that growth, she concluded,
to find "a mentor or a champion to build your career path."
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 league features two flights
of competitive handicapped- match play and one 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or