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Vol. LlX, No. 6
March 23, 2007

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Alumnus Pert To Address Women's Fair

Dr. Candace Pert, an internationally recognized psychopharmacologist and former research professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine who was also a section chief at the National Institute of Mental Health (1975-1988), will be the keynote speaker at the 2007 Montgomery County Women's Fair on Saturday, Mar. 31. The fair, a daylong event featuring 30 workshops and a variety of exhibits, will be held at the Hilton-Washington D.C./Rockville Executive Meeting Center (formerly the Doubletree Rockville Hotel), 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville. For information and to register visit or call (301) 649-5551. Pert is currently scientific director of RAPID Pharmaceuticals, where she is developing peptide T, a therapeutic treatment of HIV.

NIH 9-Hole Golf League

The NIH Golf Association (9-hole coed league) is seeking new members for the 2007 season. The 9-Hole league meets after work and plays at Needwood Golf Course in Rockville (Tuesdays) or Northwest Park Golf Course in Silver Spring (Thursdays). The league features two flights of mildly competitive handicapped-match play and one non-competitive flight. The season starts with an optional Spring Outing (members and guests) in April, then regular play through the summer, and a members and guests Fall Outing in September. The league has a block of reserved tee times (generally 4:15-6 p.m.) and serves as a great social/networking opportunity to meet fellow NIH'ers and to improve your golfing skills. Interested players need only join the R&W Association and the NIH 9-Hole Golf League then coordinate their preferred monthly playing schedules a couple of weeks in advance with their flight captain and the league treasurer — the rest is fun. For more information, email John Hamill at or visit

NIH Hosts Federal Environmental Symposium

NIH will host the 6th annual Federal Environmental Symposium in the Natcher Conference Center and Lister Hill Auditorium June 4-6. This year's theme will focus on the recently signed Executive Order 13423, "Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management." The symposium will include federal facility presentations and displays on environmental successes and best federal government management practices. There will be a wide variety of topics covered of interest to personnel involved in public health, environmental management systems, pollution prevention and toxics; environmental compliance and partnerships; transportation and energy conservation; construction planning and sustainable buildings; facilities management and information technology. Green procurement workshops will be available and participation may satisfy refresher training requirements for procurement officials. For more information on the workshops, contact Linda Stivaletti-Petty at (202) 720-1906.

The symposium is open to employees and contractors of all federal agencies; advance registration for attendees and exhibitors is required. Registration is free; to register and get more information visit

FAES Bookstore Offers Material of All Sorts

The FAES Scientific Bookstore is a major resource for scientific and medical books, FAES Graduate School and other textbooks, material by NIH authors and editors and popular fiction and nonfiction books. If the book you want is not currently in stock, nearly any title can be ordered for you. The store is located in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1L101. Stop in and browse, or visit the online bookstore at If you have any questions, call (301) 496-5272.

Zerhouni To Lecture on Diversity, Apr. 4

NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni will speak at the NIH Diversity Seminar Series on Wednesday, Apr. 4 from 11 a.m. to noon in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1. Sponsored by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management, the seminar will kick off a series on "Valuing Diversity." The series is a tool for incorporating concepts of diversity in the workplace and a resource for managing a multicultural workforce. All are encouraged to attend. Sign language interpreters will be provided. For more information, call (301) 451-0478. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation should call Carlton Coleman at (301) 496-2906 or (301) 451-2290 TTY.

Sha Gives History of Medicine Lecture

Dr. Richard C. Sha
Dr. Richard C. Sha, associate professor of literature at American University, recently gave an NLM History of Medicine lecture on "A Physiology of the Imagination: Romanticism, Pathology, Transcendence." He discussed popular views of the imagination in the 18th and 19th centuries and analyzed its role in the lives and work of Romantic poets such as John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley. Sha is particularly interested in the fact that these poets had great faith in the imagination "as the means to transcendence and social transformation," despite the fact that scientific writers of the time "overwhelmingly saw the imagination as pathological."

Mider Lecture Set Apr. 4 in Masur

Dr. Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz will deliver this year's G. Burroughs Mider Lecture on Apr. 4. Part of the NIH Director's Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series, the talk will be held
Dr. Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz
at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Lippincott-Schwartz will speak on "Emerging Fluorescence Technologies for the Analysis of Protein Localization and Organelle Dynamics." She is chief of the section on organelle biology of the Cell Biology and Metabolism Branch, NICHD. She has pioneered use of green fluorescent protein technology for imaging intracellular protein traffic and organelle biogenesis in live cells. She and her colleagues have also developed the photoactivated fluorescent protein molecules used for photoactivated fluorescent microscopy (PALM), which can determine the arrangement of proteins in cellular organelles. The Mider Lecture was created in 1968 to commemorate Mider's distinguished career, which included a term as director of NIH laboratories and clinics.

Spring Lecture Series on Evolution and Medicine

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences and the Office of Science Education are presenting a 4-part lecture series this spring. The Evolution and Medicine lectures will examine how evolution affects both basic science and clinical research.

. Apr. 4: Evolution and the Origins of Life, Harold Morowitz, George Mason University

. Apr. 11: Evolution and Cooperation, Joan Strass-mann, Rice University

. Apr. 18: Evolution and Gender, Joan Roughgarden, Stanford University

. May 2: Evolution and Health, Stephen Stearns, Yale University

All lectures will be held in Natcher Bldg., Balcony B, noon to 1 p.m. A discussion period from 1 to 2 p.m. will follow. Live webcasts will be available and archived at Sign language interpreters will be available on request. If you require this or other reasonable accommodation, contact OSE at least 5 days before the event at, (301) 402-2470 or (301) 496-9706 TTY.

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