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Vol. LVIII, No. 10
May 19, 2006

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Asian, Pacific Islander Dance Program, May 26

The second part of this year's NIH Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month Observance will be held in the Clinical Center's Masur Auditorium on Friday, May 26 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The cultural program will feature Chinese, Indian, Korean and Japanese dances and music. All are welcome.

Scheduled performers include the Washington Jin Ling Chinese Dance Academy, Natyabhoomi School of Dance, Peace Mission Dance Group and the Onoe Rya Dance Enterprises-Kikuyuki Dancers. NIH deputy director Dr. Raynard Kington will present opening remarks. NIAAA director Dr. Ting-Kai Li will give the keynote address and NIMH deputy director Dr. Richard Nakamura will emcee the program.

Afterward, a reception will be held in the old Visitor Information Center exhibit gallery; guests can meet performers and sample Asian pastries.

The event is sponsored by the NIH Asian and Pacific Islander American Organization and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management. Sign language interpretation will be provided. Those needing reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Carlton Coleman at (301) 496-2906. For more information contact Prahlad Mathur at (301) 435-4618 or Cyrus Salazar at (301) 496-1416.

NLM Lectures Put 'Genomics in Perspective'

A few talks still remain in NLM's lecture series, "Genomics in Perspective," which presents historical and social science views on genomics. Each event features a lecture by a historian or social scientist, a response by a physician, scientist or policy maker and a discussion period. Admission is free and all are welcome. All lectures start at 4 p.m. and are held in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

June 6, "Genes and Disease: The Rise of Genomic Medicine in the United States," by Prof. Susan Lindee, University of Pennsylvania, with response by Dr. Alan Guttmacher, NHGRI deputy director.

June 13, "Depicting Pasts, Projecting Futures: Making Histories of the New Biology," by Prof. Steven Hilgartner, Cornell University, with response by Dr. Eric Green, NHGRI scientific director.

June 20, "The Molecular Reinscription of Race: New Technologies Re-Generating a Dead-End Debate," by Prof. Troy Duster, New York University, with response by Dr. Vivian Ota-Wang, program director, Ethical, Legal and Social Implications Research Program, NHGRI.

Career Conference for Postdocs, May 23

NIH is among a number of science agencies sponsoring a 1-day conference on Tuesday, May 23, to connect federal lab postdocs with regional businesses. The program is designed to help postdocs find career growth opportunities in the area. It will be held at the University of Maryland Shady Grove campus from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information contact Terry Lynch at NIST, (301) 975-2691 or

Walk Up One, Down Two, To Save Energy

With energy costs on the rise, even small steps taken by employees can, when added together, have a positive effect. One way to both conserve power and get some exercise is to use the stairs instead of the elevator for short trips.

While it is hard to quantify how much energy is used by an elevator-much depends on how many floors are in the building, the allowed weight in the elevator and the type of elevator-it is much easier to determine out how much energy you use when you take the stairs. Walking up and down stairs for 5 minutes burns about 50 calories.

NIH's Division of Environmental Protection recommends that, when visiting a building with an elevator, employees make it a regular practice to take the stairs. Use the following rule of thumb: walk up at least one flight of stairs and down two flights of stairs. Not only will you conserve energy, you will also give yourself a big exercise boost.

Seminar on 'Emotional Intelligence'

The Work and Family Life Center will hold a seminar titled, "Emotional Intelligence," on Thursday, June 1 from noon to 2 p.m. in Bldg. 31, Rm. 6C10. What is emotional intelligence (EI)? It captures what "smarts" doesn't, e.g., initiative, adaptability, collaboration and performance improvement drive. Learn how EI can be critical to your career development and professional success and then begin to identify ways to enhance your personal EI.

NEI Sponsors 8th National Eye Health Education Conference

National Eye Health Education Program Director Rosemary Janiszewski (l) is shown here with Josefina Carbonell (c), assistant secretary for aging in the Department of Health and Human Services, and Neyal Ammary, NEHEP assistant director, during the 8th National Eye Health Education Conference. The 2006 conference was held in Santa Fe Mar. 22-25. The theme was, "Vision for the Future: Partnering Together." Eye health professionals and leaders from the U.S. and Canada participated, emphasizing leadership, collaboration and commitment to make vision a health priority.

Dang To Give Asian American Heritage Month Lecture

As part of Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month observances, the NIH-FDA Chinese American Association will sponsor a lecture by Dr. Chi Dang on Tuesday, May 23 at 3 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. He will speak on "Global Genomic Mapping of Myc Target Genes and Tumorigenesis." Dang is vice dean for research at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is a professor of medicine, pathology, oncology and cell biology with a joint appointment in molecular biology and genetics. He is a member of the NCI board of scientific counselors. He was elected to the Association of American Physicians and was president of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (2003). Dang has contributed to the understanding of the function of the Myc cancer gene, which has emerged as a central switch in many different cancers. He has defined the functional domains of the Myc transcription factor. His recent work focuses on the genetic program regulated by Myc, allowing this oncogenic transcription factor to elicit diverse cellular phenotypes. Through finding that Myc is able to activate the expression of genes involved in glycolysis, he has connected the Myc cancer gene to an age-old observation of altered sugar metabolism in cancers.

Tae Kwon Do Beginner's Class

The NIH Tae Kwon Do School is offering a beginner's class for adults and mature teens. New students are invited to begin classes on any Monday. 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 (6 to 7 p.m. Fridays is optional), 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 Pam Dover, (301) 827-0476 or visit

Yoga Meditation Held Weekly

Sahaja yoga meditation class is held every Thursday at 7 p.m. on the third floor of the CRC, Rm. 1608 North. 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.

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