T H E   N I H    C A T A L Y S T      M A Y   –  J U N E   2003

Catalytic Reactions

On the Back-Page Space

How about an NIH Kids’ Page?

NIH Kids’ Mentoring: Health

Science Starts at an Early Age

NIH Kids’ Learning

...or maybe ...

Kids’ Health How-Tos

Kids’ Question Corner

Kids’ Health Comics Strip


NIH Gee-Whiz: How’d They

Do That? (lay-level science)

Hope this helps!

Jon Rutherford, CIT

—Anybody out there interested in doing this? Contact us.—Ed.


Catalyst Items
Of Great Interest

Interest Group Directory: The July-August issue of The NIH Catalyst will, as is traditional, include a complete directory of NIH Special Interest Groups—complete, that is, if all interest-group contact persons verify their group’s listing for correct meeting time and place and contact person(s). Within the next few weeks, the Catalyst will e-mail the contact people for all of last year’s 89 listed groups asking for verification that the previous listing is still valid or for a corrected update. The deadline for responding is June 25. If you are a contact person for a new interest group, please let the Catalyst know the group exists.

Online Catalyst and Listserv: The Catalyst is available online, and there is now a listserv for those of you who would like to know the moment each issue has been launched in cyberspace. To subscribe, send an e-mail message to this address. The body of your message should say:

Subscribe catalyst-l Your Name.

Imaging in Living Cells

Edward Salmon
University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill

A mammalian tissue culture cell (PtK1) treated with an inhibitor of a mitotic kinesin, resulting in formation of a monopolar rather than a bipolar mitotic spindle. (The cell was fixed in prometaphase and stained green for microtubules and red for DNA).

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences will sponsor a symposium, "Tools for Discovery: Imaging Molecular Events in Living Cells," on Thursday, July 10, 2003, 8:30 a.m. to noon, in Building 10, Lipsett Amphitheater.

Biological imaging of dynamic molecular events in living cells promises to provide new insights into fundamental cellular processes. Recent advances in the tools used for intracellular imaging have opened the door to new information on the spatial and temporal relationships between molecules within the cell. The complex behavior of individual molecules and molecular assemblies, and their movement within the cell, can now be captured by increasingly sophisticated optical microscopic techniques. This symposium will feature examples of leading technologies that extend the limits of biological imaging to give high resolution detail on dynamic cellular events in vivo.

The program includes five speakers: Wolfhard Almers of the Vollum Institute, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland; Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz of NICHD; Ted Salmon of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Roger Tsien of the University of California, San Diego; and Simon Weiss of the University of California, Los Angeles.

There is no fee, but advance registration is required. You may register online.

Sign language interpretation will be provided. For information or other accommodations, e-mail Terese Trent or call 301-594-0828.


Director's Town Hall Meeting

The Town Hall meeting with NIH Director Elias Zerhouni
has been rescheduled for Wednesday June 18 from 1:00–2:00 p.m. in the Natcher auditorium.

Questions or concerns you’d like discussed should be submitted online by noon, June 11.

Questions previously submitted need not be resubmitted.

The meeting will also be videocast.

For more info, contact Carol Jabir in the Special Projects Branch of the Office of Communications and Public Liaison, 496-1776.


Learning from the Ancient Greeks

The first Annual Epidaurus Conference on Patient-Centered Care will be held Friday, May 23, 2003, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., with continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The conference is co-sponsored by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md., the Association of Academic Health Centers, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., and NIAMS. Registration is free to the first 200 registrants and can be done online.


Women's Health

The Women’s Health Special Interest Group has scheduled the following talks:

"Sex Hormone Effects on Specific Brain Mechanisms and on Generalized Brain Arousal," Wednesday May 21, 2003, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 noon (Donald Pfaff, Rockefeller University)

"Autoimmune Disease–Why Female?" Wednesday, June 11, 2003, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (Nancy Olsen, Vanderbilt University)

The lectures will take place in Wilson Hall, Building 1.

Salutaris Noons-in-June

This year the NIH Salutaris Employee Group will celebrate Gay Pride Month by sponsoring two lunchtime programs focusing on health disparities within the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender (GLBT) community:      

June 20, 2003: C. Earl Fox, former administrator of HRSA, will discuss GLBT health disparity initiatives and the federal government, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Building 40, Conference Room 1201. 

June 23, 2003: Katherine O'Hanlan, a gynecologic oncologist from California, will address how civil rights affect GLBT health disparities, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Building 40, Conference Room 1201.

Sign language interpretation will be provided. For reasonable accommodation, please contact Shannon Bell at 301-594-3767.


CoreBio Network Up and Running

NIH scientists can now discuss bioinformatics-related research problems with an on-site specialist via the NIH-wide Core Bioinformatics Facility (CoreBio).

All CoreBio representatives have completed a 9-week course at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) focusing on the use of the NCBI suite of bioinformatics tools and databases. There are now 13 CoreBio representatives from 11 NIH institutes.

Individual or group training sessions can be arranged with the following representatives:

NIAID: Mary Ann Robinson, 50 South Drive, MSC 8006, 301.402.6952

NIAID: Glynn Dennis, PO Box B: 550-102, Frederick, MD- 21701, 301-846-1910

NHLBI: Eric Billings, Building 10, Room 4A15, 301-496-6520

NHGRI: Tyra Wolfsberg, Building 50, Room 5228B, 301-435-5990

CBER: Tom Maudru, Building 29A, Room 1A21A, 301-827-1927

NCI: Howard Yang, ATC/HC/8424, Gaithersburg, 301-435-8956

NCI: Peter Fitzgerald, Building 37, Room 1E04, 301.402.3044

NIMH: Ronald Finnegan, Building 10, Room 3N246, 301-594-3607

NIAAA: Julie Taubman, Park/413, 301-443-7632

NIDDK: Margaret Cam, Building 8, Room 1A11, 301-594-2493

NIEHS: Bill Quattlebaum, Research Triangle Park, NC, 919-541-2146

CIT: Liming Yang, Building 12A, 301-402-4155

NINDS: Yang Fann, Building 10, Room 5S224, 301-451-5153

Unrepresented NIH institutes can nominate a CoreBio representative for training at NCBI.



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