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Vol. LX, No. 5
March 07, 2008
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Briefs

STEP Forum on Introvert/Extrovert Mix

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Workplace Strategies forum on the topic, “Introverts/Extroverts: Some Assembly Required—Workplace Strategies for Maximizing Individual and Team Performance,” on Thursday, Mar. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Natcher Bldg., Rms. E1/E2.

Are we pre-wired? How do biological differences and environment explain how we behave and how we interact with others? Find out what current research tells us about introverted and extroverted personality types. Experts will present techniques for improving communication between introverts and extroverts that draw out the strengths of people of both types to enhance individual performance and capitalize on the diversity of personalities we encounter in group activities.

NIH Golf Association Seeks New Members

The NIH Golf Association (18-hole competitive coed league) is looking for new members for the 2008 season. It currently has 7 teams of up to 25+ players each and schedules 8 stroke-play outings in the spring and summer. Stroke play is followed by up to 5 match-play outings. All outings are mid-week at local courses in Virginia and Maryland and play is optional. The NIHGA caps the year off in October with an end-of-year outing with golf/cart and dinner for all members and their guests. Prizes and trophies are awarded and handicaps are maintained from 0-40, so all golfers are welcome. For more information contact Howard Somers at somersh@mail.nlm.nih.gov. Visit www.recgov.org/nihga/ for details on the upcoming schedule and other news.

Symposia on Targeted Anticancer Therapies

The International Symposia on Targeted Anticancer Therapies (TAT) is being held in Bethesda, Mar. 20-22; register by Mar. 8 at www.nddo.org/page_include_tat2008.shtml. If you wish to submit a late-breaking abstract, contact Dr. Marinus Lobbezoo at lobbezoo@mccm.nl and attach your complete abstract in Word format. All accepted abstracts will be published in a supplement to Annals of Oncology, the official journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology. The scientific program of TAT 2008 will cover many types of targets and new drugs in early-phase clinical development and will focus on clinical and translational research. The program will also cover clinical trials of combinations of targeted agents that are being conducted in increasing numbers. TAT 2008 will provide a glimpse of the future of cancer therapy.

R&W Has Tickets to Circus

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey and R&W invite children of all ages to see the 137th edition of The Greatest Show on Earth! This is the 11th year R&W has hosted “premiere night” as a fundraiser for the NIH Charities. It takes place Wednesday, Mar. 26 at 7 p.m. at Verizon Center, with a pre-show starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the R&W activities desk in Bldg. 31, Rm. B1W30 or by calling (301) 496-4600. Ticket orders can also be placed at any R&W store. Tickets are $70 (reg. $95) Circus Celebrity—front row interactive seats; $45 (reg. $65) front row seats; $35 (reg. $50) first 5-10 rows; and $20 (reg. $28) 100 level.

Administrative Fellow Justin Hentges (l) and NIDCR’s Tom Murphy look over budget numbers.

Fogarty Raises Banners for 40th Anniversary

Banners were recently hung across campus signaling the kickoff of the Fogarty International Center’s 40th anniversary celebrations. Fogarty is planning a series of events throughout the year including presentations by a roster of visiting scholars, a symposium to examine how information, communication and technology can improve global health research, and birthday cake and tours of Stone House for NIH staff. Details will be announced soon.


Scientific collaboration is hot these days. But a collaboration of a different sort—an artistic one—recently took shape between two NIGMS staff members. Dr. Clifton Poodry, director of the Division of Minority Opportunities in Research, and Dr. Laurie

NIGMS Employees Collaborate on Artwork

Scientific collaboration is hot these days. But a collaboration of a different sort—an artistic one—recently took shape between two NIGMS staff members. Dr. Clifton Poodry, director of the Division of Minority Opportunities in Research, and Dr. Laurie Tompkins, a program director in the Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology, combined their artistic talents in a wood and glass piece called “Dark Energy.” The piece appeared in a show in St. Paul, Minn., sponsored by the American Association of Woodturners and the International Society of Glass Beadmakers. Poodry is a woodturner and Tompkins works in fused glass. Both scientists have displayed their art at craft fairs and other venues, but this is the first time they have created a piece together.

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