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Vol. LVIII, No. 23
November 17, 2006
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Briefs

FAES Chamber Music Series Continues

FAES will present Miriam Fried and Jonathan Biss, violin and piano, mother and son, on Sunday, Nov. 19 for the first time in its Chamber Music Series. On Dec. 10, pianist Peter Serkin will perform. Both concerts will be held at 4 p.m. at Congregation Beth-El, within walking distance of the NIH campus. Tickets are $12 for students/fellows and $28 regular. For more information call (301) 496-7976 or visit online at www.faes.org.

Molella Kicks Off Innovation Series

Dr. Arthur Molella
Dr. Arthur Molella

The NIMH Director’s Innovation Speakers Series began Oct. 23 with the Smithsonian Institution’s Dr. Arthur Molella, director of the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History. He discussed the personalities and motivations of creative thinkers in the contemporary world. Attendees were treated to a multimedia presentation, which included video clips and sound bites of inventors at work and describing their passions.

Molella and the Lemelson Center strive to educate and inspire the public on the role of creativity and invention through a variety of activities on the themes of Inventing for the Environment, Inventing Ourselves, the Inventor and Innovative Society and Invention at Play. Molella sought to answer questions such as “Where do we seek creativity?” and “Who is being creative?” He described characteristics of creative people such as Dan DiLorenzo, whose fields of expertise span neurology, bioengineering, medicine and business; Chuck Hoberman, inventor of foldable structures; Gertrude Elion, Nobel laureate in medicine, 1988; and Ashok Gadgil, who created a low-cost method of using ultraviolet light to disinfect water.

For more information on talks remaining in the series, contact Dr. David Armstrong, (301) 443-3534.

NIDDK Has Free Online Reference Collection

Looking for a hard-to-find resource? Try using the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases’ Reference Collection. This free, online, searchable database helps health care professionals, health educators, patients and the public find educational materials not typically referenced in most databases. The Reference Collection covers the topics of diabetes, digestive diseases, kidney and urologic diseases, endocrine and metabolic diseases and hematologic diseases.

The NIDDK Reference Collection currently houses more than 8,000 summaries that include a resource’s title, author(s), publisher, abstract and keywords. Also included is information about how to get full-text copies of non-journal resources such as foreign-language materials, books and book chapters, brochures, pamphlets, fact sheets, CD-ROMs, coloring books, bibliographies, audiovisual materials, posters, computer programs, government documents, product descriptions, newsletters and manuals. Go to http://catalog.niddk.nih.gov/resources to access the collection.

NLM Launches ‘ToxMystery’ Learning Site

Move over, CSI. ToxMystery is NLM’s new interactive learning site designed to help kids ages 7-10 find clues about toxic substances that can lurk in the home. With lively animation, surprising sound effects and lots of positive reinforcement, ToxMystery provides a fun, game-like experience while teaching important lessons about potential environmental health hazards.

Children visiting ToxMystery (http://toxmystery.nlm.nih.gov) have an able guide in Toxie the cat, who helps find the hazards hidden in each room and offers hints when needed. The objective is to find all the hazards—in the living room, bathroom, garage and other areas. Ever seen a cat…dance? Players will be treated to that spectacle and more when they identify all the hazards in a room. When all the risky spots in the house have been discovered, Toxie delivers an animated celebration and players can print a personalized certificate of completion.

ToxMystery’s Parent Resources page provides more detailed information about everyday environmental hazards that can be harmful to one’s health. The For Teachers page contains more than 10 downloadable activity pages that can be used in elementary school classrooms.

ToxMystery joins a number of other new NLM resources geared toward the public. It was created by the library’s Division of Specialized Information Services, which is responsible for information resources and services in toxicology, environmental health, chemistry, HIV/AIDS and specialized topics in minority health. SIS (at http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/) celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

New Dental and Vision Program Introduced

The Office of Personnel Management has introduced a new Federal Employee Dental and Vision Program (FEDVIP) to federal employees, retirees and their dependents. FEDVIP will be available to eligible federal and postal employees, retirees and their eligible family members on an enrollee-pay-all basis. To take advantage of the program, there is an open season that continues through Dec. 11. Coverage will be effective on Dec. 31. For information on the dental and vision plans, the FEDVIP General Information Line, premiums, frequently asked questions and how to enroll, go to http://www.benefeds.com/.

Susan Whitehead (c), daughter of the late Edwin C. Whitehead

‘Sky Horizon’ Formally Donated to NIH

Susan Whitehead (c), daughter of the late Edwin C. Whitehead, was at the Clinical Center on Oct. 27 for a ceremony marking her family’s gift of the Sky Horizon sculpture to NIH. She is flanked by John Burklow (l), NIH associate director for communications, and CC director Dr. John Gallin. The steel work by artist Louise Nevelson was dedicated in 1988 and displayed here since then courtesy of the Whitehead family. It originally was located at the Clinical Center’s front entrance on Center Drive. It went into storage for safekeeping during construction of the Hatfield Clinical Research Center and was eventually relocated to its present site at the end of West Drive. The piece was selected in the mid-1980’s when Dr. James B. Wyngaarden, then NIH director, established a committee to advise him on selection of a sculpture that would “stand as a reminder of the accomplishments of NIH to the health of mankind and a salute to those who made those accomplishments possible” to mark NIH’s 1987 centennial celebration. It was purchased by Edwin Whitehead, founder of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and the Technicon Corp. In his later years, he was a founder and chairman of the board of Research!America. “My father was enormously proud [the sculpture] was here [at NIH],” said Whitehead. “It’s a privilege for me and my family to make this gift.” Below, Gallin and Whitehead are joined by Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, special advisor to the NIH director.

Below, Gallin and Whitehead are joined by Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, special advisor to the NIH director

 

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