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Vol. LX, No. 8
April 18, 2008

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Council of Public Reps Meets, Apr. 18

The 19th meeting of the NIH Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR) will be held on Friday, Apr. 18 from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. in Bldg. 31, 6th floor, Conf. Rm. 6. The meeting is open to the public. To view the meeting agenda, visit the COPR web site at

caBIG Fifth Annual Meeting, June 23-25

The upcoming caBIG annual meeting has been organized by NCI’s Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology. On day 1, attendees will learn the basics about NCI’s cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG) and how it can help accelerate biomedical research. Day 2 offers insight into caBIG and how it is already driving changes in biomedical research for investigators and institutions across the country. The third day includes a look “under the hood” of caBIG and what it can do for you. The meeting will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C. Register at The meeting is free and open to the public.

Evolution and Medicine Lecture Series 2008

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences and the Office of Science Education are partnering to present the third annual lecture series, Evolution and Medicine—An Exploration of the Evolutionary Foundations of Contemporary Medical Research. An outstanding group of scientists will present lectures on evolution as it applies to their area of expertise. The program is open to all employees and the public.

May 13 - Evolution and Human Genetic Diversity: Tales from Africa, Dr. Sarah Tishkoff, University of Pennsylvania

May 27 - Evolution and the Concept of Species, Dr. Mohamed Noor, Duke University

June 10 - Evolution and Biological Systems, Dr. Christopher Marx, Harvard University

June 24 - The Evolution of Protein Structure and Function, Dr. Joe Thornton, University of Oregon

All lectures take place in Natcher balcony B, from noon to 1 p.m. An informal discussion period will follow. American Sign Language interpreters will be available on request. If you require this or other reasonable accommodation to participate, contact OSE at least 5 days before the event at, (301) 402-2470 or the Federal Relay, (TTY) 1-800-877-8339.

NIH Earth Day Celebration 2008 

Just a reminder that NIH’s observation of Earth Day will take place Thursday, Apr. 24 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in front of Bldg. 1. Purchase lunch from Potomac Pizza, Chick-fil-A or bring your own. A map and list of all NIH Earth Week activities can be found at

NIH Earth Day will be a celebration with activities and information for NIH employees, contractors, visitors and children here for Take Your Child to Work Day. Events for children and adults include:

  • Learn about the environment and how to protect it (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Take the Environmental Quiz for Green Prizes (10-2)
  • Receive an Earth Day Certificate (10-2) • Frisbee Contest (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.)
  • Plant seeds to take home or help plant the NIH Wildflower Garden (10-2)
  • Take an NIH Nature Tour (10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.)
  • Take part in the 3-D watershed demonstrations (10-2)
  • Meet Ben Franklin, the Mad Hatter and clowns (10-2)
  • Children’s Solar Oven Pizza Box Contest (must pre-register at

National Day of Prayer, May 1

This year’s National Day of Prayer will be observed Thursday, May 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the lawn in front of Bldg. 1. All are welcome. The program includes guest speakers, music and prayer.

NIH 9-Hole Golf League Recruits

The NIH 9-Hole Golf League is seeking members for the 2008 season. The league features two flights of mildly competitive, handicapped-match play and one non-competitive flight. The season starts the first week of May and continues through September. Play is after work on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays. The league has a block of reserved tee times (generally 4:15-6 p.m.) at Needwood Golf Course in Rockville (Tuesdays) and at Northwest Park Golf Course in Silver Spring (Thursdays). The league is open only to R&W members (who may be non-employees). Membership is limited to the first 84 registrants. For more information, visit or email John Hamill at

Giggles Theater Grand Opening at Inn

(from l) Dr. Nadia Zerhouni, Kathy L. Russell, the inn’s chief executive officer, Frank J. Brady, co-founder and chairman, Medical Missions for Children, and NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni. In the foreground is the Giggles Bear.

On hand Mar. 10 at the grand opening of Giggles Theater at the Children’s Inn at NIH were (from l) Dr. Nadia Zerhouni, Kathy L. Russell, the inn’s chief executive officer, Frank J. Brady, co-founder and chairman, Medical Missions for Children, and NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni. In the foreground is the Giggles Bear. The event promoted laughter as the best medicine. Live performances will be offered to families staying at the inn in the hopes of lifting their spirits after a day of medical treatments at NIH. The shows will be taped and re-broadcast to children at hospitals throughout the country through the support of Medical Missions for Children, a nonprofit organization in New Jersey that initiated the Giggles Theater.

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