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Vol. LX, No. 22
October 31, 2008

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FAES Holds Insurance Open Season

The FAES Health Insurance Program is conducting Open Season from Nov. 3-26. The program is open to those who work for or at NIH in full-time positions but are not eligible for government plans. This includes NIH fellows, exchange scientists, special volunteers, guest researchers, contractors and full-time temporary personnel. The minimum enrollment period is 3 months. Benefits take effect Jan. 1, 2009.

Open Season is for those who did not enroll when first eligible and for current subscribers who want to make changes. FAES offers CareFirst BC/BS Blue Preferred PPO for medical coverage and Cigna HMO and PPO for voluntary dental coverage.

For more information visit, email or call (301) 496-8063. FAES is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Manchester Quartet Returns for 20th Year

The Manchester String Quartet has begun its 20th season of free performances at NIH. Concerts begin at 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Future concert dates, all Mondays, are: Nov. 10, Dec. 8, Jan. 12, 2009, Feb. 9, Mar. 2, Apr. 13, May 11.

The series is made possible by a grant from the Merck Company Foundation. For reasonable accommodation needs, contact Sharon Greenwell, NIH Visitor Information Center, (301) 496-4713 or email

Use or Lose Reminder

Don’t forget to officially schedule your “use or lose” annual leave no later than Saturday, Nov. 22. Questions about “use or lose” leave should be directed to your administrative officer.

NIDA Announces ‘DrugPubs,’ A New Research Dissemination Center

Anyone interested in receiving the latest scientific information about drug abuse and addiction has a new number to call: 1-877-NIDA-NIH. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has launched DrugPubs, its new Research Dissemination Center designed to distribute materials and information on drug abuse and addiction to virtually all audiences: drug abuse researchers, health professionals, teachers, advocacy groups, teenagers and the public. Callers can receive scientific information on drug abuse in a timely and effective manner. NIDA supports most of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction and views information dissemination as a key part of its public mission.

DrugPubs distributes a wide range of free or low-cost materials including fact sheets, brochures, pamphlets, posters and videotapes on a variety of drug abuse topics. To order publications in English or Spanish, call the number above or 1-240-645-0228 (TDD). Order requests can also be emailed to

NIDA formerly distributed its research information and science education materials via the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information. Callers to the clearinghouse who are requesting information relating to the science of drug abuse and addiction will now be referred to the NIDA DrugPubs phone number and the NIDA web site

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