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Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Jennifer A.M. Graves on Mar. 2, speaking on "Weird Mammal Genomes and Sex." She is director, ARC Centre for Kangaroo Genomics and head, comparative genomics research group, Research School of Biological Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra.

On Mar. 9, Seth G.N. Grant will lecture on "Organization and Function of the Synapse Proteome: A Cognitive Machine." He is principal investigator, Genes to Cognition Project, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridgeshire, U.K.

For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Hilda Madine, (301) 594-5595.

Women's Day Celebration, Mar. 8

The Fogarty International Center and the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health will host an International Women's Day celebration to honor women in the sciences. The event will take place Tuesday, Mar. 8 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1.

"International Women's Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate the important achievements in science by women all over the world," said FIC acting director Dr. Sharon Hrynkow. "In particular, we are recognizing women worldwide for the tremendous contributions they have made in the sciences and the critical impact they have made on our quality of life."

The event features three NIH international scientists who will participate in a panel discussion entitled, "International Women Scientists at NIH: Their Research and Career Paths." The panelists are Dr. Grace Yeh (from Taiwan), NCI; Dr. Maria Morasso (from Venezuela), NIAMS; and Dr. Linda Peters (from New Zealand), NIDCD.

A light reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

STEP Forum on Clinical Trial Design

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science for All forum on the topic, "Clinical Trial Design: What To Do When the Shoe Doesn't Fit," on Tuesday, Mar. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

A clinical trial is a clinical trial is a clinical trial, right? It depends. Health care professionals and the public look to randomized clinical trials (RCT) for the most reliable evidence upon which to base critical health care decisions. But for ethical or other reasons, some clinical trials do not fit the gold standard: placebo-controlled, double-blind RCT design. In these situations, which trial design is best or appropriate? This forum will address alternative clinical trial designs when the "shoe doesn't fit." Come participate in the event and gain a better understanding of some of the study design issues that ultimately affect your health care. Participation in the training session will earn ESA training credits.

NIH Hosts Women's History Month Events

NIH's annual Women's History Month observance opens with a themed celebration, "Spirit, Courage and Critical Thinking," on Wednesday, Mar. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Natcher auditorium. Communications artist Ann Timmons will perform Off the Wall, the Life and Works of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a one-woman, one-act play about critical thinking skills. A workshop discussion of the play, and a Q-and-A session will follow in Conf. Rm. B.

The celebration continues with "Spirit, Courage and Global Collaboration," a mentoring seminar on Tuesday, Mar. 29 at Stone House from 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m., featuring Cheryl Kelley, FDA special emphasis program manager.

Both events are sponsored by the NIH Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management. All are welcome to attend. Sign language interpreters will be provided. On-site registration will be available for NIH training credit. For more information, call Glenda Keen at (301) 594-3282 or via the Federal Relay, 1-800-877-8339. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation should call Carlton Coleman at (301) 496-2906 voice or (301) 496-9755 (TTY).

Lecture on Vitamin B-12, Folate

Dr. Irwin H. Rosenberg will deliver a lecture entitled, "Vitamin B-12 and Folate: Pathways to Your Bright Future," on Wednesday, Mar. 9 at 11 a.m. in the Neurosciences Bldg., Conf. Rm. D, 6001 Executive Blvd. The talk is part of the Office of Dietary Supplements' seminar series.

A member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, Rosenberg is senior scientist and director of the nutrition and neurocognition laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. His current research interests include nutrition and aging; folate nutrition; relationship between homocysteine, B vitamin nutrition, vascular disease and cognitive decline. He has published more than 300 scientific papers in top journals, is editor of two journals and is on the board of several others.

Children's Premiere Night at Circus, Mar. 23

The Recreation & Welfare Association has tickets to children's premiere night of the 134th edition of Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus. Your evening at the Greatest Show on Earth begins on the arena floor, 1 hour before show time, as you join in the fun during the pre-show party called the Three Ring Adventure. Then the main event includes high-wire trampoline stunts, acrobatic troops, sway poles, motorcycle madness, animal acts and more. Join us on Wednesday, Mar. 23 at the MCI Center. The Three Ring Adventure begins at 6 p.m. and the main event starts at 7 p.m. Bring your family and friends and help R&W raise money for the NIH charities. Tickets are now on sale at the activities desk in the R&W store. Discounted tickets are $30 (regularly $50-65, front row and center court lower level), $16.50 (regularly $27, 100 & 200 level) and $12.50 (regularly $18, ends).

NIH Sailing Association Open House

The NIH Sailing Association invites everyone to its open house on Thursday, Mar. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the FAES House on the corner of Old Georgetown Road and Cedar Lane. Would you like to learn to sail? Does the idea of racing sailboats appeal to you? Can you imagine being part of a group filled with skilled sailing instructors, enthusiasts and boat owners? Membership includes instruction, sailboats for charter, racing, cruises, parties and fun. Admission is $5 at the door and includes pizza and sodas; $2 for beer or wine. For more information, visit www.recgov.org/sail.

All Beethoven's Quartets in Concerts

The FAES Chamber Music Series presents the Auryn Quartet performing all of Beethoven's Quartets on the following dates:

Saturday, Mar. 5 at 8 p.m
Sunday, Mar. 6 at 4 p.m
Saturday, Mar. 12 at 4 p.m.
Sunday, Mar. 13 at 4 p.m.
Saturday, Mar. 19 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Mar. 20 at 4 p.m.

All performances are at the Landon School's Mondzac Performing Arts Center, located at 6101 Wilson Lane in Bethesda. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance (in Bldg. 60, Suite 230, or the FAES Bookstore in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1L101). Individual tickets are $25; students, postdocs, pre-IRTAS and fellows pay $10.

Minority Trainee Research Forum Set

A minority trainee research forum sponsored by the NIH Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management will be held Mar. 16-18 at the Natcher Conference Center. The forum runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mar. 16 and 17; scientific presentations take place on Mar. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. A national competition invites minority biomedical trainees from academic, industry and government laboratories to present wet bench research. The trainees include postdoctoral, graduate, medical, undergraduate and high school levels of the biomedical research pipeline. All are welcome to attend. Sign language interpreters will be provided. For more information, call Rose Pruitt at (301) 594-5157 or Kay Johnson Graham at (301) 496-3403. For reasonable accommodation, call Carlton Coleman at (301) 496-2906.

NIH Golf Association Seeks Members

The NIH Golf Association (18-hole coed league) is looking for new members for the 2005 season. We currently have seven teams of up to 25+ players each and schedule eight spring/summer stroke-play outings, plus up to five match-play outings each year at local courses (all mid-week and play is optional). We cap the year off in October with an outing including golf/cart/food for all members and their guests. Prizes and trophies are awarded and handicaps are maintained from 0-40, so all interested golfers are welcome. For more information, contact Howard Somers at somersh@mail.nlm.nih.gov or visit http://www.recgov.org/nihga/.

R&W Has Orioles, Nationals Tickets

The R&W will once again be offering tickets to the Baltimore Orioles and will also be receiving season tickets and other special games for the Nationals — Washington, D.C.'s new baseball team. Tickets for the Orioles will go on sale Wednesday, Mar. 30 in Bldg. 31, Rm. B1W30 (outside the R&W gift shop) at 8 a.m. 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 more tickets. Arrive early to get in line if you have a particular game in mind. Remember, you must be a 2005 R&W member to purchase tickets — have your card and '05 sticker on hand. R&W memberships can also be purchased at the time you buy tickets. Membership is $7 for the year. The next day, on Thursday, Mar. 31, R&W will be selling tickets to the Nationals, also with an 8 a.m. sale time. Get ready for a great season of baseball!
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