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Vol. LXII, No. 2
January 22, 2010

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Orioles and Nationals Ticket Sale

The R&W will once again offer tickets to the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals. Orioles tickets go on sale Tuesday, Feb. 23 in Bldg. 31, Rm. B1W30 (outside the R&W gift shop) at 8 a.m. Available are two regular season tickets (2 seats behind first base—section 14BBB seats 7-8) and tickets for 13 Sunday games (4 seats behind third base—section 58MM). You may buy one set of tickets the first time through the line. After the initial line ends you may come back through again to purchase additional tickets. Arrive early to join the queue if you have a particular game in mind.

Nationals tickets go on sale on Thursday, Feb. 25 in the Bldg. 31 R&W gift shop, also at 8 a.m. R&W has 4 seats in section 219, row D. The process to purchase tickets will be the same as for Orioles tickets. You must be a 2010 R&W member to buy tickets. Membership is $7 for the year and can be purchased at the same time you get tickets.

String Quartet Series Continues

The Manchester String Quartet Concert Series continues this winter and spring at NIH. Concerts are free and begin at 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Future concert dates, all on Mondays, are: Feb. 8, Mar. 8, Apr. 5 and May 10.

The series is made possible by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences. For reasonable accommodation needs, contact Sharon Greenwell at (301) 496-4713 or email

‘Hutch’ To Run NCI Contact Center

The National Cancer Institute recently announced the selection of a single organization for a multiple-year contract award to operate its Cancer Information Service (CIS) Contact Center. The program will be located at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle and will serve the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the U.S.-associated Pacific Territories.

The Contact Center provides information to the public through a toll-free telephone number, 1-800-4CANCER, and by email in English and Spanish and through LiveHelp instant messaging on NCI’s web site, NCI’s CIS is the federal government’s source for the latest, most accurate cancer information for the public, patients and their families and health professionals. For more than 30 years it has been pro2 briefsviding up-to-date scientifically based information in easy to understand language. The contract also provides for smoking cessation counseling via NCI’s Smoking Quitline (1-877-44U-QUIT). The Contact Center handles over 100,000 inquiries annually and has responded to over 10 million callers since its inception in 1976.

Facility Wins 2009 Excellence in Recycling Award

5635 Fishers Lane in Rockville, one of NIH’s satellite facilities, recently received the Excellence in Recycling Award for its 2008 recycling rates. It was one of 26 sites to receive the honor, which is given to businesses and organizations that recycle at least 50 percent of their waste.

The achievement was due to full participation from employees, management and cleaning staff. Each year, large and medium-sized businesses within the county are required to fill out a report on the weight of each recyclable material collected. Recycling of mixed paper, cardboard, commingled materials, yard trim, Christmas trees and scrap metal is required for both residents and businesses in Montgomery County.

Within the Fishers Lane offices, employees have separate small bins for trash and recyclables. The cleaning staff takes the materials to the loading dock and sorts them into paper and commingled bins. There are also containers located throughout the building, including the cafeteria, for paper and commingled materials. For recycling information at NIH, call (301) 496-7990.

Grease Is Coming to National Theatre

Grease, Time magazine’s 2007 pick for “#1 musical of the year,” is traveling the country in a new production direct from Broadway, starring American Idol winner Taylor Hicks as Teen Angel. Tickets for the Thursday, Feb. 11 show at 7:30 p.m. are on sale at all NIH/NOAA R&W stores for $71 (reg. $76.50) and will be located in the orchestra and mezzanine levels.
Marquez To Be SACNAS President
Management interns from the classes of 2010-2011 include (front, from l) Fred James, David Cabrera and Nicholas DiCrosta. At rear are (from l) Christine Salaita, Jennifer Dreier, Meredith McArdle, Nicole Irby, Natasha Pierre and Barbara Lesser. NIGMS contractor Dr. Ernest D. Marquez was recently named president-elect of the 20,000-member Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. He retired from NIH in 2007 after working at NINR, NIGMS and later NIMH.

NIBIB Answers Call to Service
Shown are (from l) Mary Pitonak, Casey Stewart, Angela Eldridge, Mary Rodgers, Chris Davis, Zohara Cohen, Mary Beth Kester, Stephanie Sabourin, Ryan Gebbia, Albert Lee, Brenda Korte, Barbara Cantilena and Grace Peng.

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering has responded to the President’s call to improve our community through service by initiating the NIBIB Service Program. The program brings the NIBIB team together through community service events. Its inaugural event supported local families with gifts of toys in time for the holidays. NIBIB employees were invited to participate in this event by purchasing, wrapping or delivering toys. Shown above are (from l) Mary Pitonak, Casey Stewart, Angela Eldridge, Mary Rodgers, Chris Davis, Zohara Cohen, Mary Beth Kester, Stephanie Sabourin, Ryan Gebbia, Albert Lee, Brenda Korte, Barbara Cantilena and Grace Peng.

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