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Vol. LXIV, No. 1
January 6, 2012

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A Rose E’er Blooming? Garage Decked Out

A Rose E’er Blooming?

This tough guy, alone among his peers along the decorative stone retaining wall along Center Dr. near Bldg. 15K, was still in full bloom on Dec. 12, when all his peers had withered due to cold and dark. What accounts for this strength and resilience? Global climate change? Innate character? Good genes? Call him a late bloomer; see if he cares, as long as the job is done.

Garage Decked Out

Attendants at multi-level parking lot 6 really got into the holiday spirit. They “decorated their booth to the hilt,” said Dawn Walker, technical laboratory manager in the NCI Laboratory of Molecular Biology. She captured the above image of garage splendor in the early morning hours, while the lights were ablaze.

OALM Decorations Attract Santa Visit OALM Decorations Attract Santa Visit

OALM Decorations Attract Santa Visit

Over at the Office of Acquisition and Logistics Management at 6100 Executive Blvd., workplace decorating became something of a competitive sport over the holidays, requiring the appointment of a special independent judge. Above, Sue Kaminski enjoys the cheer brought by the season. At right, Santa (Todd Cole) pays a call on Diane Frasier, director of OALM, who must certainly have been good this year.

Photos: Arthur Knoll

Stylish Steel Marks Best-Dressed Buildings Stylish Steel Marks Best-Dressed Buildings
Stylish Steel Marks Best-Dressed Buildings

Stylish Steel Marks Best-Dressed Buildings

This winter, a number of campus buildings are making a fashion statement. Thanks largely to funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, improvements are being made to Bldgs. 1 (left, roof), 3 (above left, renovation) and 10 (above, also a renovation). The steel jacketing conveys no warmth, but once it is removed, the structures should be much improved. For the moment, anyway, they are the envy of their unclad neighbors.

Roll Out the Gray Carpet

Roll Out the Gray Carpet

In order to comply with the “life safety” mandates of the NIH fire marshal, a new sidewalk was built recently on the east side of the Clinical Research Center. People exiting the building via the first-floor passageway between old Bldg. 10 and the CRC used to encounter a grassy, unpaved slope. The new sidewalk—doesn’t your inner teenager regard it as an ideal skate park feature?—makes for a much tidier, and safer, exit.

Photos (except where otherwise noted): Rich McManus

Gingerbread House Decorating Contest Draws Crowds Gingerbread House Decorating Contest Draws Crowds Gingerbread House Decorating Contest Draws Crowds

Gingerbread House Decorating Contest Draws Crowds

You know it’s the holidays when the lobby of the Clinical Research Center smells faintly like glazed sugar. That’s because in December, the CRC hosted the 8th annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest. The event expanded this year to include all departments and units at NIH. The contest ran from Dec. 5 to Dec. 19 and included more than 40 entries. In the photo at left, Santa scales the Washington Monument, presumably to check for damage resulting from last August’s rare earthquake. Shown decorating their entry on Dec. 5 are (center, from l) Gloria Berrios, Renee Vess and Tamar Boghosian, all of whom work for NCRR at Democracy I. At right, the highly wrought objects draw curious onlookers.

Families Treated to ‘Nutcracker’ Performance

Families Treated to ‘Nutcracker’ Performance

NIH’s Recreation & Welfare Association on Dec. 12 treated families from the Children’s Inn at NIH and the International Women’s Group to a performance of The Nutcracker at the American Dance Institute. After the performance, families enjoyed cookies, punch and met with the cast. Above, dancers surround the Clinical Center’s Vojtech Huser and his children Zuzanka and Davidek. Below, Vera Nemeckova and child Lukasek enjoy a visit from Cavalier (l, Nathaniel Dorr) and the Sugar Plum Fairy (r, Margaret Kudirka).

Families Treated to ‘Nutcracker’ Performance

Enjoy Live Music at Lunchtime Enjoy Live Music at Lunchtime

Why are these people smiling? Because they just played the heck out of one Schubert and two Mendelssohn string quartets Dec. 5 at Masur Auditorium for a devoted, near-capacity crowd. The Manchester String Quartet Concert Series at NIH, now in its 23rd season, continues in 2012 with five performances. The concerts are free and begin at 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Future concert dates, all on Mondays, are Jan. 9 (Mendelssohn Viola Quintet in B flat Major, Opus 87), Feb. 6 (Mozart String Quartet in F Major, K 590), Mar. 12 (Mozart Viola Quintet in E flat Major, K 614), Mar. 19 (Brahms String Quartet in C minor, Opus 51 #1) and Apr. 16 (Brahms String Sextet in G Major, Opus 36 “Agathe”). Each performance includes a booklet containing a brief essay about the music being presented and a short lecture placing the works in context. The musicians, all of whom are also with the National Symphony Orchestra, are (from l) Glenn Garlick, cello; Abigail Evans, viola; Marissa Regni, violin; and Hyun-Woo Kim, violin. Guest musicians will sit in for the quintet and sextet performances. 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

R&W Sponsors Dinner for Local Shelter Residents

R&W Sponsors Dinner for Local Shelter Residents

As part of its holiday observations, the NIH Recreation & Welfare Association recently led an effort to hold a dinner for 450 people from local shelters, including 120 children under 12. All youngsters who attended also received gifts, said Randy Schools, R&W president. The event, hosted by the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad, featured food donated by the Bethesda Hyatt Hotel, volunteers from the local Chamber of Commerce and Santa, courtesy of the Bethesda Urban Partnership. The child at right clearly enjoyed the festivities.

Photo: Sue Kirk

R&W Sponsors Dinner for Local Shelter Residents

Not Another Deer Picture…

Okay, so we weren’t going to take another deer photo, at least this season. Everyone knows they roam the campus freely, making each day we come to work a bonus trip to the zoo. But this one comes right up to us—in people territory, right there between Bldgs. 15K and 31—and says, “You take my picture, and my buddies too, or we’re gonna eat every azalea on this lot!” So for the sake of spring beauty (may it not be long in coming) we took the shot and hoofed it out of there.


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