T H E   N I H    C A T A L Y S T      M A Y  –  J U N E   2000


Smile and the world smiles with you: Reed Wickner (far left)and Leslie Ungerleider are two illustrious additions this year to the National Academy of Sciences. Wickner, chief of the NIDDK Laboratory of Biochemistry and Genetics, grinned as he acknowledged, "I am very happy about this, to tell the truth." And Ungerleider, chief of the NIMH Laboratory of Brain and Cognition, happily described herself as "overwhelmed." She also noted that last year at this time, it was her husband (Robert Desimone, also at NIMH) who was elected to the Academy.



The first-ever NIH Hispanic Scientists Day, in recognition of scientific contributions by Hispanics in the NIH Intramural Program, is scheduled for Monday, June 5, 10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. in Building 10, Lipsett Amphitheater. The activity will begin with a seminar–"A Framework for Fc Receptor Signaling: A Complex Story"—at 10:30 a.m. by Juan Rivera, senior investigator and head of the Signal Transduction Group, Chemical Immunology Section, Arthritis and Rheumatism Branch, NIAMS. Poster presentations by Hispanic postdoctoral fellows and postbaccalureate trainees will follow from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the NIH Fellows Committee and the NIH Hispanic Employee Organization. For more information, please contact Nancy Vazquez-Maldonado by e-mail or call at (301) 827-1774.

Party of Five (left to right): Catalyst scientific editor Celia Hooper, outfitted for the occasion to achieve "better reception," contributing editor Katie Farr (NIDDK), contributing writer Cynthia Delgado (NCI), incoming Catalyst intern Peggy Coulombe NINDS, and Catalyst managing editor Fran Pollner


The NIH Catalyst has moved on! After bouncing around Building 1 since its birth in 1993, the Catalyst has finally moved into custom-made and hopefully permanent quarters in the newly reopened Building 2.

Catty-cornered from Building 1, Building 2 also houses other arms of the OIR—the Office of Loan Repayment and Scholarship and the Office of Education, as well as the Office of AIDS Research and OD executive offices.

We are on the second floor in rooms 2W23 and 27. Phone, fax, and e-mail remain the same.

Our parallel universe has also moved—the new web address for the Catalyst is


There you will find the first two issues of the year 2000 (and by mid-June this very issue) and previous issues that reach back to May 1994. All of 1999 is currently missing but will magically materialize before 2001. We promise.


NIGMS and several other NIH components are hosting a meeting on "Metals in Medicine: Targets, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics," June 28—29, 2000, at the Natcher Conference Center, to explore the role of metals in the development of therapeutic drugs and in vivo diagnostic agents. For a printable meeting flyer and list of speakers, topics, and registrants, visit <http://pub.nigms.nih.gov/MIM>, where online registration is available and encouraged. For more details, contact organizer Peter Preusch by e-mail or call at (301) 594-5938.


The NIH Library maintains a collection of annual reports from all the intramural programs–but doesn’t have a complete set. Especially in earlier decades, there are gaps in what would otherwise be a comprehensive history of NIH intramural research.

Following is a list of all the annual reports that were never received by the Library, with a plea from NIH historian Victoria Harden and NIH Library Branch Chief Suzanne Grefsheim that holders of these volumes consider donating them to the NIH Library in Building 10.

1963 1964 1965 1966 1969 1970

All reports after 1994 missing

1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1969 1970 1981

NCI (reports appear to have been issued in two volumes each year)
1957 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1969 1970

1967 1969 1970 1983 1991

1958 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1970 1971 1976 1990 1991

All reports after 1994 missing

1970 1973 1974 1976 1977 1978 1983 1984 1986 1987

National Heart Institute
1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966

National Heart and Lung Institute
1969 1970

1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1969 1970
Reports after 1983 on Internet?

1961 1962 1963

Reports after 1996 on Internet?

Clinical Center
1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1969 1970 1973 1983 1991

Division of Computer Research and Technology
1970 1972 1983

Division of Research Grants
All volumes after 1984 are missing

Division of Research Resources
1973 1974 1975 1977 1978
All volumes after 1984 are missing

Division of Research Services
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1967

DRS, Biomedical Engineering and Instrumentation Branch (report filed separately)
1982 1984


Division of Biologics Standards
1957 1958 1959 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1970



NIH is committed to providing a work environment that is free from violence, threats of violence, harassment, intimidation, and other disruptive behavior. NIH is fortunate to have had relatively few reported violence problems. However, no workplace is immune.

As reflected in policy statements issued in 1998 and again on March 1, 2000, it is NIH policy that disruptive behavior will be dealt with swiftly and firmly. To help the NIH community prevent and respond to workplace threats and violence, the NIH director recently established a coordinated resource collectively named CIVIL. A major component of CIVIL is the Response Team, which:

Advises ICs regarding intimidating, harassing, disruptive, or dangerous workplace behavior

Investigates threats

Intervenes in crisis situations

Identifies resources to provide employee counseling in the aftermath of violence,

Provides a coordinated response from staff including the NIH Ombudsman, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Consultants, Employee Relations Specialists, and the NIH Police.

When there is immediate danger, always call the police first:

Call 911, if on campus
Call 9-911, if off-campus

Call CIVIL when:

You need help assessing the potential seriousness of a threatening situation;

You are experiencing a threatening situation at work and need intervention from trained staff;

You become aware of a workplace situation involving intimidating, harassing, or other unproductive or dangerous behaviors and need consultation

You need help in addressing your own aggressive reactions to a workplace situation; or

A situation involving threats or aggressive acts already has occurred and you need assistance managing the aftermath and its effect.

Anyone can call CIVIL:

On campus, call C-I-V-I-L (2-4845);
off-campus, call 9-301-402-4845.

For additional information, check out the CIVIL web site at:



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