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Vol. LVIII, No. 25
December 15, 2006

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STEP Forum on Managing Extramural Clinical Trials, Jan. 11 in Natcher

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present an Administrative Strategies forum on the topic, “Managing Extramural Clinical Trials—Who Does What, When and Why?” on Thursday, Jan. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Natcher conference center, Rms. E1/E2 and breakout rooms.

An application for a clinical trial comes across your desk. Do you know your role in clinical trial stewardship at NIH? This forum will discuss core issues for program, review and grants management staff members in promoting safe and scientifically valid clinical trials. You will walk away with tips and tools for your role in this complex process.

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, sparring and basic Aikido techniques 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 (6-7 p.m. Fridays and 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, optional) and will continue for about 2 months until participants can be integrated into the regular school training. Registration fee of $50 includes beginner’s class for 10 weeks and a uniform costs $40. Interested persons are welcome to watch regular training sessions. For information call Pam Dover, (301) 827-0476 or visit

NIAID Employee Receives Foreign Honors

Dr. Vassil St. Georgiev Dr. Vassil St. Georgiev was recently elected a foreign member of both the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the Bulgarian National Academy of Medicine for his successful career in antiviral, antifungal and immunomodulating drug research. He is a health scientist administrator in the Office of Global Research, NIAID Office of Communications and Government Relations.

Builders Award is ‘Suite’ for CSR

“Wall-less” director’s suite at the Center for Scientific Review

An inexpensive but innovative open and “wall-less” director’s suite at the Center for Scientific Review has been selected by the Metro Washington and Virginia chapters of the Associated Building and Contractors for a 2006 award of excellence in construction in the interior renovation category.

The award to Jones Lang LaSalle Construction Co. and the other participants, including CSR, represents an unusual cooperation between the builders and CSR director Dr. Toni Scarpa. A photographer, collector and amateur architect, he diagrammed what he wanted: A curving sweep of open space with areas (but no walls or cubicles) for more than 16 members of CSR’s staff, including the director, with ample space to display items from his collection of primitive art.

The work area includes a partially glass-enclosed library with adjacent easy chairs and an espresso coffee machine (see May 19 NIH Record). At the far end of the suite there is a glass-enclosed office where private conversations can be held; the rest of the office spaces are open, without walls or partitions.

CSR leases the space on the third floor of Rockledge II at 6701 Rockledge Dr. in Bethesda.

Jones Lang LaSalle (incorporating the firm of Spaulding & Slye Construction) carried out the work and received the award, a polished stone obelisk. The award, now in its 25th year, was presented at a recent ceremony in McLean, Va.

On hand for the builders award were (from l) Keith Switzer, architect, Intec; Steve Hassler, designer, Intec; CSR director Dr. Toni Scarpa; Kevin May, construction
On hand for the builders award were (from l) Keith Switzer, architect, Intec; Steve Hassler, designer, Intec; CSR director Dr. Toni Scarpa; Kevin May, construction
superintendent, Jones Lang LaSalle; Steve Zies, senior superintendent, JLL; Jerry Loux, senior project manager, GSA; Mary Hewson, contracting officer, GSA; Stephanie Liller, construction project manager, GSA.

On hand for the builders award were (from l) Keith Switzer, architect, Intec; Steve Hassler, designer, Intec; CSR director Dr. Toni Scarpa; Kevin May, construction
NIMH Bake Sale Benefits CFC
Dr. Ellen L. Stover, director, Division of AIDS and Health and Behavior Research, NIMH, and Dr. Richard Nakamura, NIMH deputy director, participate in a recent bake sale held by CFC key workers at NIMH at the NSC Bldg. to benefit the campaign. Due to the generosity of NSC employees and the matching of bake sale proceeds by the NIMH OD, $870 was raised and will be donated to CFC in memory of Dr. Wayne Fenton, director of the Division of Adult Translational Research and associate director for clinical affairs at NIMH, who was killed Sept. 3 in Bethesda.

School Science Fair Needs Judges

St. Catherine Laboure School in Wheaton needs judges for its junior high science fair on the evenings of Jan. 10 and 11. Dinner will be provided. If you are interested in being a judge or you want to help with the fair, contact LaVerna Morris, LMnursing@ or (240) 645-7027.

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