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Vol. LXIII, No. 10
May 13, 2011

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NIH Observes Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, May 24

The 39th annual NIH Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Observance is Tuesday, May 24 from 11 a.m. to noon in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. This year’s theme is “Leadership, Diversity, Empowerment and Beyond.” The keynote speaker is Dr. Flossie Wong-Staal, chief scientific officer and co-founder, iTherX Pharmaceuticals, Inc. She previously served as section chief in NCI’s Laboratory of Tumor Cell Biology, where she and her colleagues were the first to clone the human immunodeficiency virus and determine its genetic structure. For reasonable accommodation and more information, call Tyrone Banks at (301) 451-9692 or use the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

Ethnic Food Fair, May 25

The Ethnic Food Fair, an annual celebration of food, culture and community sponsored by the NIH Asian & Pacific Islander American Organization (APAO), will be held on Wednesday, May 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Bldg. 31A patio. You will find a variety of food offerings by area restaurants, gift items and entertainment. Join hands-on activities such as origami and learn about professional organizations and community health groups. Participating restaurants include Delhi Dhaba, Korean Korner and Shanghai Café. This year, APAO will donate a portion of proceeds to the Japanese Earthquake Fund. Every year, activities across the nation are organized in observation of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. For more information, contact Aaron Bell, (301) 451-7898 or

2011 Medicine for the Public Lecture Series

Discover the latest in research and treatment for obesity and depression with experts from the Clinical Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine and Suburban Hospital.

Tuesday, May 17—Confronting Obesity: Updates in Prevention and Treatment Research

Tuesday, May 24—Challenging Depression: New Insights into Research and Treatment

Both lectures will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Suburban Hospital Auditorium, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. Register by calling (301) 896-3939. Lectures are free and open to the public. Light refreshments are available at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Lecture on Threat of Human Papillomavirus

The women’s health scientific interest group lecture series will present “Human Papillomavirus (HPV): A Bigger Threat Than Previously Realized,” on Friday, May 20 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Bldg. 50, Rm. 1328-1334. Speakers will be Dr. Eileen Dunne, Division of STD Prevention, CDC, and Dr. Vundavalli Murty, Institute for Cancer Genetics, Columbia University. Moderator will be Dr. Allan Hildesheim, chief, Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch, NCI. Individuals who need sign language interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Socorro Vigil Scott at or (301) 402-8340, and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

NIH Chamber Singers in Concert

The NIH Chamber Singers, directed by Dwight Brock, are presenting their spring program—Music, Song and the Spirit—at three local venues in May. The performances include the works of composers from the 16th to the 21st centuries. The centerpiece is “A Serenade to Music” by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Shelley Roth will accompany the group on piano for this song; other works are performed a cappella. Admission to all concerts is free. The program will be presented at the following times and locations: May 15, 1:30 p.m., North Chevy Chase Christian Church, 8814 Kensington Parkway, Chevy Chase; May 25, noon, atrium of the Clinical Research Center; May 26, 7 p.m., Marilyn Praisner Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, Md. To request sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodation, or for more information, contact Valerie Lambros at or (301) 594-7557.

2nd Annual RecGov Fair, May 17

On Tuesday, May 17, the R&W will host the 2nd annual RecGov Fair on the Bldg. 31A patio from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More than 30 vendors will participate, offering great discounts and specials to NIH employees. Check out discounts on cell phone services, vacation packages, corporate housing, home services and more. In addition, Chick-Fil-A will be on hand with lunch for sale. R&W will also hold a door prize raffle for all attendees. Enjoy an afternoon of food, discounts and fun.

Bike to Work Day, May 20

Celebrate National Bike Month and Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 20, from 7-9:30 a.m. NIH director Dr. Francis Collins and NCI director Dr. Harold Varmus will both bike to work and will give remarks at the pit stop at Paul Rogers Plaza in front of Bldg. 1 around 8:30-9 a.m. NIH has won the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments award 5 years in a row for being the area’s biggest employer of Bike to Work Day participants. Register online at

NLM Co-Sponsors Clinical Trials Conference

The National Library of Medicine, the Friends of the National Library of Medicine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science are co-sponsoring a conference exploring the future of clinical trials. “Clinical Trials: New Challenges and Opportunities” will be held June 6-7. A keynote address and evening activities will be held in downtown Washington June 6, followed by a full day of presentations and panel discussions June 7 at the Lister Hill Center, Bldg. 38A.

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins is among more than a dozen speakers representing government, industry, academia and patient advocacy groups. For details on the conference program and registration fees, visit

NCI Offers New Minority-Focused Resources on Skin Cancer

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New educational resources from NCI’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics and Office of Communications and Education provide information on skin cancer risk, prevention and detection for African-American, Asian-American, Native-American and Hispanic/Latino audiences. These materials, which can be accessed in English and Spanish, help to dispel the belief that only people with light (fair) skin are at risk of skin cancer. Although skin cancer is less common among people with darker skin, it is often detected at later or advanced stages.

A brochure, Anyone Can Get Skin Cancer, and Lifelines video and news article discuss how to find skin cancer early, what skin cancer looks like and how to lower the risks of developing skin cancer. To view these resources, visit

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