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Fact Sheet on Radiation Available

A newly revised fact sheet for the public and patients titled, "What We Know About Radiation," is now available. Written by NIH's Office of Communications and Radiation Safety Branch, the fact sheet explains how everyone is exposed to naturally occurring ionizing radiation in our daily lives as well as the benefits that come from the use of ionizing radiation in medicine and medical research. The known adverse effects of large doses of radiation are also described. Call 6-8855 for copies.

Surf the Net for ORS Info

Now, on the World Wide Web, you can find out about NIH construction projects and their impact, the NIH parking situation, or how to get voice mail. The Office of Research Services is publishing a home page containing information relevant to the NIH community via the NIH home page. The ORS home page will be a focal point for information about the wide variety of services ORS provides to keep NIH humming.

Currently, the page will direct you to information on: emergency and nonemergency phone numbers for on and off campus; telecommunication services, products and contacts; campus construction projects and their impact on the community; parking and transportation activities and services; News: To Use! and Public Safety News newsletters; facility and conference services; and general information about ORS.

The address is http://www.nih.gov/od/ors. Bookmark this address; ORS will continue to update information presented on this page.

The ORS home page can also be found on the NIH home page under Information for Employees and under Institutes & Offices and Office of the Director.

If you have ideas about how to improve the ORS home page or information you would like to see included, phone 6-1004 or send your ideas by email to burnspd@nih.gov.

NIH Sailing Association Open House

The NIH Sailing Association will host an open house at the FAES house (corner of Old Georgetown Rd. and Cedar Ln.) on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. Members of the NIH/NOAA community are invited to meet sailing club members and look at sailing opportunities in the coming year. Application forms will be available for NIHSA membership and the basic training class, which begins Apr. 9. A $5 charge for the open house includes admission, pizza and other snacks and sodas. There will be a cash bar.

Blue Cross/Blue Shield Day

Blue Cross/Blue Shield of the National Capital Area will be on the NIH campus Wednesday, Feb. 19 to assist enrollees who have claims or enrollment problems. A representative will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 9, armed with a laptop computer to access directly the enrollee's records at company headquarters. No appointment is necessary. Assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield will be on campus 1 day each month from now on.

NIH Observes Black History Month

In observance of Black History Month, Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.), will be the featured speaker at a program sponsored by several NIH components on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 11:30 a.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. All are invited.

Genome Lecture Series Change

The date for the National Human Genome Research Institute's lecture by Dr. Dierdre Meldrum titled, "Capillary Automated Submicroliter Sample Preparations for Genome Analysis," has been changed from Feb. 20 to Thursday, Feb. 27. Time and place remain the same: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Clinical Center.

Garden Club To Meet

Spring isn't far away -- it's time to think about your garden! The NIH Garden Club will have its first organizational meeting Feb. 18 at 5 p.m. in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 7. Day and time of future meetings may vary to accommodate members' schedules. The club expects to have two main goals: helping members improve their home gardens and helping increase the beauty of the NIH landscape through hands-on efforts and donations of plants and/or resources.

The club is open to all who are interested in gardening in all its forms, i.e., backyard, container, water and indoor.

For more information contact Karen Helfert via email at kh21k@nih.gov or fax 2-0316.

African American History Lecture

On Wednesday, Feb. 19, the National Library of Medicine will hold its fourth annual African American History Month Lecture. The speaker will be Prof. Spencie Love of the University of Oregon, who will speak on "One Blood: Charles R. Drew, M.D., and a Mythic Prescription for Our Times."

Drew is chiefly remembered today as a pioneer in the use of blood plasma and the operation of blood banks, but in his short life he accomplished much more: as a college athlete, surgeon, researcher, and teacher of a generation of medical students at Howard University. The legacy and myth-making generated by his death in an automobile accident in North Carolina will be the subject of Love's lecture.

The session is scheduled for 2-3:30 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A, and is sponsored jointly by NLM and the Washington Society for the History of Medicine. Sign language interpretation will be provided. For more information, contact Stephen Greenberg, 6-5405, email: hmdref@nlm.nih.gov.

STEP Forum Series To Examine Minority Programs,
Feb. 20 in Natcher

The STEP Forum series will present "Recent Court Decisions: Minority Programs Under Fire?" from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20 in the Natcher Conference Center main auditorium.

Almost daily, there are news reports about affirmative action programs under fire, from Washington, D.C., to California. First there was Adarand, and then the Hopwood case in Texas. The most recent was California Proposition 209. From local school districts to the Supreme Court, everyone is waiting to see what happens next.

For NIH, the questions are: How does this affect our grant and contract programs? What do these cases and propositions really mean?

Speakers will include: Renee Landers, deputy general counsel, DHHS; Dr. William A. Lester, Jr., professor, department of chemistry, University of California, Berkeley; Dr. John F. Alderete, professor, department of microbiology, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio; and Dr. Elvera Ehrenfeld, director, Division of Research Grants.

The forum is open to all NIH'ers on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance registration is not necessary. Extramural scientist administrator continuing education credit is available. Inform STEP about any need for sign language interpretation/reasonable accommodation by Feb. 13. For more information call 5-2769.

NIH deputy director Dr. Ruth Kirschstein (c) accepts a 1997 R&W membership card from officials of the association including (from l) Randy Schools, general manager; Karen Ciaschi, director of recreation and employee services; Linda Doty, chairman; Lisa Strauss, 1st vice chairman; Howard Baldwin, 3rd vice chairman; Nina Bobbitt, secretary. Memberships are available for $5 at any R&W gift shop. Get 'em while they're hot!

Apply Online for Summer Jobs

This year, applicants for summer jobs at NIH can use their computers to submit the necessary information. The 1997 NIH Summer Employment Program and Electronic Applications Form can be accessed on the Web at http://ohrm.cc.nih.gov/nihhrm/summer.html. This site provides information on summer employment opportunities, qualification requirements, application procedures, and more. The site, part of the NIH Human Resource Services home page, allows speedy, direct and confidential submissions of employment applications. Site developers include Ron Sleyo, NIDDK; Demond Bennett, Clinical Center; Terri Messick, Division of Career Resources; and Faustina Ifedi, Office of Resource Services.

Black Scientists Association Sponsors Seminar

Dr. Wayne D. Bowen

In honor of Black History Month, the NIH Black Scientists Association will sponsor a scientific seminar as part of its Science Working for Us Seminar Series. The seminar is titled "Sigma Receptors: Can a Novel Receptor System Provide New Insights Into the Actions of Antipsychotic Drugs and Other Psychoactive Agents?" It will be presented by Dr. Wayne D. Bowen, chief, unit on receptor biochemistry and pharmacology, drug design and synthesis section, Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry, NIDDK. This seminar is cosponsored by NINDS and NIDDK, and will take place on Thursday, Feb. 20 in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10 at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series -- held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 -- features Dr. David V. Goeddel, president and CEO of Tularik, Inc., of South San Francisco, on Feb. 19. He will discuss "Mechanisms of Signaling by Tumor Necrosis Factor Receptors."

On Feb. 26, Dr. Henry M. Kronenberg, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, will lecture on "PTHrP and Indian Hedgehog Regulate Differentiation of Growth Plate Cartilage."

For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Hilda Madine, 4-5595.

Fogarty Center Offers Tax Help to Visitors

The Fogarty International Center will sponsor a series of tax year 1996 tax preparation workshops to help foreign participants in the NIH Visiting Program complete federal and state tax forms. The workshops will be about 3 hours long. Participants should bring copies of their W-2, 1042S, and/or 1099 forms to the workshop.

The schedule is as follows:

Date/Time Location Who Should Attend
Feb. 20/
9 a.m.
Natcher/
Rm. F1 & F2
Visiting Fellows
Feb. 20/
1 p.m.
Natcher/
Rm. F1 & F2
Visiting Associates/Scientists/Special Experts
Mar. 4/
9 a.m.
Natcher/
Rm. F1 & F2
Visiting Fellows
Mar. 4/
1 p.m.
Natcher/
Rm. F1 & F2
Visiting Associates/Scientists/Special Experts
Mar. 10/
9 a.m.
Natcher/
Rm. F1 & F2
Visiting Fellows
Mar. 10/
1 p.m.
Natcher/
Rm. F1 & F2
Visiting Associates/Scientists/Special Experts
Mar. 17/
9 a.m.
Bldg. 31/
Conf. Rm. 7
Visiting Fellows
Mar. 17/
1 p.m.
Bldg. 31/
Conf. Rm. 7
Visiting Associates/Scientists/Special Experts
Mar. 25/
9 a.m.
Natcher/
Rm. F1 & F2
Visiting Fellows
Mar. 25/
1 p.m.
Natcher/
Rm. F1 & F2
Visiting Associates/Scientists/Special Experts
Apr. 1/
9 a.m.
Natcher/
Rm. F1 & F2
Visiting Fellows
Apr. 1/
1 p.m.
Natcher/
Rm. F1 & F2
Visiting Associates/Scientists/Special Experts

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