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Vol. LIX, No. 13
October 6, 2006
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Free 'Science in the Cinema' Series

In partnership with the American Film Institute Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, the NIH Office of Science Education announces its 2007 free film and discussion series, Science in the Cinema. The series is open to the public and intended for people who enjoy movies and have an interest in science and medicine. This year's topics include drug addiction, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Asperger's syndrome, death with dignity and suicidal patient treatment.

Each Wednesday between July 11 and Aug. 15, a film with a medical science-related theme will be shown at 7 p.m. Following each film, an expert will comment on the science depicted in the movie and take questions from the audience. Tickets are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis through the AFI Silver box office, day of show only. Seating is limited to the first 400 people.

All films will be shown with captions. Sign language interpreters and real-time captioning will be provided for the post-film discussions. If you require other reasonable accommodation to participate, contact OSE at least 5 days before the event at moorec@mail.nih.gov, (301) 402-2470 (voice), (301) 451-9706 (TTY) or through the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

NIH Sailing Association Open House

The NIH Sailing Association invites everyone to its open house on Saturday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Selby Bay Sailing Center in Mayo, Md. There will be demonstration sails for adults in the club's 19-ft. Flying Scot sailboats. Fall sailing classes begin Aug. 22; this is a good chance to preview the boats and meet the members. You can also join NIHSA, sign up for the 6-week adult sailing class, learn about club racing and check out the club's social calendar. There will also be food, drinks and beer for just $5 per person. For directions visit www.recgov.org/sail.

2-Day Functional Genomics Symposium Set

The fifth annual Symposium on the Functional Genomics of Critical Illness and Injury, "Forging a Critical Alliance: Are We Meeting the Need?" will be held at the Natcher Conference Center on Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 15 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The event will assemble multidisciplinary acute and critical care specialists (e.g., intensivists from internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics and anesthesiology), microbiologists, immunologists, cell biologists, molecular biologists, experts in high-throughput technologies and computational scientists to discuss the application of functional genomic approaches to critical illness and injury. Deadline for submitting abstracts is Sept. 14. Registration ends Oct. 15. For more information visit www.strategicresults.com/fg5.

Nitrite Meeting Calls for Abstracts

The Second International Meeting on the Role of Nitrite in Physiology, Pathophysiology and Therapeutics will be sponsored by NHLBI, NIDDK, the Clinical Center's critical care medicine department, Wake Forest University and the NIH Office of Rare Diseases. The meeting will take place Sept. 6-7 in the Natcher Conference Center. Deadline for abstract submissions is July 22. The meeting's web address is www.strategicresults.com/nitrite2. For more information contact Rini Mondal, rini@strategicresults.com.

FAES Announces Fall Courses

The FAES Graduate School at NIH announces the schedule of courses for the fall semester. The evening classes sponsored by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences will be given on the NIH campus.

Courses are offered in biochemistry, biology, biotechnology (daytime courses), chemistry, immunology, languages, medicine, microbiology, pharmacology, statistics, technology transfer, alternative medicine and courses of general interest. A technology transfer certificate program is also being offered.

It is often possible to transfer credits earned to other institutions for degree work; many courses are approved for category 1 credit toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award.

Classes will begin Sept. 17; mail registration ends Aug. 17 and walk-in registration will be held from Aug. 28-Sept. 5. Tuition is $115 per credit hour and courses may be taken for credit or audit. Courses that qualify for institute support as training should be cleared with supervisors and administrative officers as soon as possible. Both the vendor's copy of the training form and the FAES registration form must be submitted at the time of registration. Note that FAES cannot access training forms entered in the NIHTS system; a signed hard copy (vendors' copy of SF 182 form) is needed in order to process registrations for classes. Asking your institute to pay your tuition is a preliminary step to registration but does not constitute registration with the FAES Graduate School.

Catalogs are available in the graduate school office in Bldg. 60, Suite 230; the Foundation Bookstore in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1L101; and the business office in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1C18. To have a catalog sent, call (301) 496-7976 or visit www.faes.org.

Recruiters Mark World Blood Donor Day

  Al Decot   (front, from l) Margaret Dodson, Sparkle Lonesome, Phyllis Byrne and Jackie Brown. At rear are (from l) Decot, Hal Wilkins, Amy Melpolder and Sarah Harris.
photos: Belle Waring
The recruitment staff at the Clinical Center's department of transfusion medicine celebrated June 14, World Blood Donor Day. "It's important to raise appreciation and awareness," said Al Decot (above, l), donor resources coordinator. "The average age of blood donors is 45-that's why the appeal goes out to younger donors, to get them involved, as well as lifelong donors." The foundation of a safe blood supply is volunteer, unpaid donors, to whom World Blood Donor Day is dedicated. In the group photo above are (front, from l) Margaret Dodson, Sparkle Lonesome, Phyllis Byrne and Jackie Brown. At rear are (from l) Decot, Hal Wilkins, Amy Melpolder and Sarah Harris.
Principles of Clinical Pharmacology Course

The Principles of Clinical Pharmacology course, sponsored by the Clinical Center, will begin in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10 on Sept. 6. The course will be held Thursday evenings from 6:30 to approximately 7:45 and will run through Apr. 24, 2008. "Many medical schools don't offer formal courses in clinical pharmacology," said Dr. John Gallin, director of the Clinical Center. "This program covers what researchers need to know concerning the clinical pharmacologic aspects of drug development and use."

The course covers topics such as pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism and transport, assessment of drug effects, drug therapy in special populations and drug discovery and development. "We have assembled an outstanding faculty for this course, drawing from the scientific staff at the NIH, the FDA, the pharmaceutical industry and many prestigious academic institutions in the U.S.," said Dr. Juan Lertora, director of CC clinical pharmacology.

The faculty, led by former course director Dr. Arthur J. Atkinson, Jr., has also prepared and edited a textbook, Principles of Clinical Pharmacology, Second Edition (2007) that follows the sequence of the course lectures. This textbook is highly recommended and is available in the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, Inc. Bookstore in Bldg. 10 and through Amazon.com.

Since the course was first offered 10 years ago, it has expanded beyond the CC to include a number of off-site partners. Last year there were approximately 240 students from 10 long-distance partners in addition to the nearly 400 enrollees at NIH.

Registration is open to all interested individuals at no cost unless the course is being taken for graduate credit. The course may be taken for credit through FAES as PHAR 500 I and PHAR 500 II; contact FAES directly at (301) 496-7976. Deadline for registration is Aug. 23. Certificates of participation will be awarded at the end to all students who attend 75 percent of the lectures. More information is available at www.cc.nih.gov/ccc/principles or by calling Donna Shields, (301) 435-6618.

You Can Go Home Again
Swallows Return to Campus Garage Abode

  A family of swallows again occupies a nest in MLP-10 near Bldgs. 31 and 33. A family of swallows again occupies a nest in MLP-10 near Bldgs. 31 and 33.
photos: Maggie Barlett   
A family of swallows again occupies a nest in MLP-10 near Bldgs. 31 and 33. In the spirit of NIH's 'Go Greener' campaign, the new accommodations apparently reuse and recycle old building materials, having been constructed atop last year's abode. These photos appear to have caught the nestlings at feeding time.
Hispanic TV Star Promotes NLM Site

Don FranciscoDon Francisco, the popular host of the TV variety show Sabado Gigante (Giant Saturday) on Univision, has announced a joint effort with NLM to encourage Hispanics in the U.S. and abroad to consult MedlinePlus. gov/salud/ for their health information needs.

MedlinePlus includes information on more than 700 health topics, a guide to over-the-counter and prescription drugs and supplements, plus interactive tutorials and health-related news stories, among other features.

"Do you want to learn more about your health, quickly and easily?" Don Francisco asks Hispanic TV and radio audiences in public service announcements released in May. "It's simple. Visit MedlinePlus, the bilingual web site with the most complete and reliable health information in the world."

The charismatic host, whose real name is Mario Kreutzberger, has been described as the Spanish-speaking equivalent of Johnny Carson, Ed Sullivan or David Letterman. Produced in Miami, his Sabado Gigante reaches some 100 million viewers in 40 countries. It has been going strong without a rerun since 1962.

NLM is confident that Spanish speakers will be attracted to the MedlinePlus.gov/salud web site by the host of what is now the longest-running television variety show in the world.

To view examples of Don Francisco's 15- and 30-second TV public service announcements, go to www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/outreach/donfrancisco. html.

Free Outdoor Film Festival, Aug. 10-19

The movie line-up has been announced for the 11th annual Comcast Film Festival, which will take place nightly from Friday, Aug. 10 to Sunday, Aug. 19. Come to the grounds of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Strathmore and see movies on the big screen. Bring your blanket, chairs (low models only) and anyone who loves movies to this event. The films are free, food will be available to purchase and there will be a raffle to raise funds for the NIH charities (Friends of the Clinical Center, the Children's Inn and Camp Fantastic/Special Love).

Friday, Aug. 10-Night at the Museum

Saturday, Aug. 11-Casino Royale

Sunday, Aug. 12-Over the Hedge

Monday, Aug. 13-The Wizard of Oz

Tuesday, Aug. 14-North By Northwest

Wednesday, Aug. 15-The Devil Wears Prada

Thursday, Aug. 16-Ocean's Eleven

Friday, Aug. 17-Dreamgirls

Saturday, Aug. 18-The Da Vinci Code

Sunday, Aug. 19-Happy Feet

Food service starts at 6:30 p.m. and the movies begin at 8:30. For more information, visit www.filmfestnih.org or call (301) 496-6061. If you are interested in volunteering at the festival, contact Katie at the number above or email harriju@ors.od.nih.gov.

Make Way for…Goslings?
  Here's due followup to our May 18 coverage of the resident Canada geese couple, who were then expecting a visit from the stork. Mom, dad and three goslings have been spotted all about campus, but particularly near apparent prime feeding ground-the Bldg. 1 lawn. In the photo above, the whole family is seen crossing Center Dr. from Bldg. 21 toward...lunch.
photo: Belle Waring
 
Here's due followup to our May 18 coverage of the resident Canada geese couple, who were then expecting a visit from the stork. Mom, dad and three goslings have been spotted all about campus, but particularly near apparent prime feeding ground-the Bldg. 1 lawn. In the photo above, the whole family is seen crossing Center Dr. from Bldg. 21 toward...lunch.

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