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Vol. LIX, No. 7
April 6, 2007

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Career Fair for Grant Managers

Grants management professionals at NIH can explore career advancement and work enrichment opportunities at the first annual professional development Career Fair. Titled “Breaking Ground,” it will be held Wednesday, Apr. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Natcher Bldg. atrium. For more information visit

Symposium on Chromosome Biology, Apr. 26-27 in Natcher Center

The NCI Symposium on Chromosome Biology will be held Apr. 26-27 at the Natcher Conference Center. Leading researchers from NCI and around the world will present highlights of recent advances, define novel directions of basic chromosome research and discuss the use and implications of these advances for clinical applications.

Topics include transcriptional regulation, chromatin structure, epigenetics, DNA replication and repair and nuclear architecture.

For information, registration and poster abstract submission visit There is no registration fee, but space is limited.

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

National Day of Prayer, May 3

This year’s National Day of Prayer will be held Thursday, May 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the lawn in front of Bldg. 1. Join fellow NIH’ers, patients and friends to celebrate a day Congress has set aside for the country. Federal and military compounds all over the United States will mark the occasion with guest speakers, music and prayer. All are welcome.

STEP Forum on Ethical Issues in Neuroscience

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Current Controversies in Medicine forum on the topic, “Neuroethics—Can They Read Your Mind? Emerging Ethical Issues in Neuroscience Research,” on Tuesday, Apr. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

Advances in neuroscience have increased our ability to understand individuals’ motivations, desires, emotions and characteristics. While discoveries in neuroscience improve our ability to diagnose and treat brain disorders, they may also have the potential to alter personalities and behavior, significantly increase mental performance or identify personal information that could be released or used inappropriately.

In the emerging field of neuroethics, what are the legal and social questions arising when scientific findings about the brain are carried into medical practice, the legal arena and health and social policy? Ethical questions involving free will, self-determination, neuroimaging, neuroenhancement, informed consent, privacy concerns and social policy will be explored. Come hear about current thinking in this emerging scientific area and how it may relate to your personal health care and privacy.

NIH Library Classes Feature Scopus, Quosa, Other Favorites

Optimize your information retrieval with a free class from the NIH Library. Scopus, Quosa, EndNote, Reference Manager, Web of Science and PubMed are featured resources in the NIH Library spring class schedule. Register now for the April, May and June hands-on training. For details on all classes, visit

Talk on Preeclampsia, Apr. 20

The women’s health special interest group will host a talk on “Preeclampsia—The Major Cardiovascular Disease of Reproductive-Age Women,” on Friday, Apr. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1. Speaker will be Dr. James M. Roberts, senior scientist and director, Magee-Womens Research Institute, University of Pittsburgh. If you need sign language interpretation, contact Vicki Malick at at least 5 days before the seminar.

ORWH Launches Podcast, ‘Pinn Point on Women’s Health’

The Office of Research on Women’s Health has launched a podcast titled “Pinn Point on Women’s Health,” hosted by Dr. Vivian Pinn, NIH associate director for research on women’s health and director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health. The monthly podcast will discuss the latest news in women’s health research and will include conversations with guests on a variety of subjects.

In the premiere episode, Pinn discusses the new HPV vaccine and what it means in terms of cervical cancer with Dr. Allan Hildesheim, a senior investigator at NCI’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics.

In the first episode, Pinn tells listeners, “Each month on this podcast, we will take a look at the latest developments in the area of women’s health and the medical research that affects our lives.” In addition to the special guest, each podcast will feature a series (“Hot Flashes”) that highlights exciting new research developments in women’s health and offers listeners sources of information that may be useful to them.

“Podcasting” is a relatively new method of distributing audio and video information via the Internet to iPods and other portable media players on demand, so that it can be listened to at the user’s convenience. The main benefit of podcasting is that listeners can sync content to their media player and take it with them to listen whenever they want. Because podcasts are typically saved in MP3 format, they can also be heard on nearly any computer.

To hear Pinn’s podcast, visit If you need further assistance on how to use podcasts, go to For more information, contact Marsha Love, (301) 496-9472 or

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Saucer Magnolia, Blossoms Bloomin’
On Mar. 22, this saucer magnolia tree was already in bloom. If you’ve got spring fever, then check out the east side of Bldg. 31 for a closer look at Magnolia soulangiana. The tree’s pink to purple, cup-shaped flowers don’t quite conceal what is probably last year’s nest of grasses and mud—most likely the work of robins. Birds construct their nests in deciduous trees like these a bit later in the season; right now the branches are still too exposed for setting up housekeeping. Meanwhile, a pair of wood ducks was recently sighted in the NIH creek; to attract them to stay, grounds crews put a “woodie house” up nearby.

There is no more welcome harbinger of spring than the daffodil beds outside Bldg. 31, which offered color and scent to passersby on Mar. 22.
Welcome, Spring
There is no more welcome harbinger of spring than the daffodil beds outside Bldg. 31, which offered color and scent to passersby on Mar. 22.

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