T H E   N I H    C A T A L Y S T      S E P T E M B E R  – O C T O B E R   2004

Events/Sites To Visit


NIH Hispanic Scientist Day

As part of the 2004 Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations, the NIH-Hispanic Employee Organization (NIH-HEO) is organizing the fifth NIH Hispanic Scientist Day, which will be held October 13 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Lipsett Auditorium, Building 10.

Victor Marquez, chief of the Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry, NCI, will present "Zebularine: A Molecule Destined for Clinical Trials as a Candidate for Cancer Epigenetic Therapy: The Magic of Its Chemistry and Biology," followed by a brief presentation by Carlos Caban, NIH Extramural Programs Policy Officer, OD, titled "Opportunities for NIH Extramural Funding". There will be time for questions.

A poster session and reception will follow the scientific presentation, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

This event seeks to promote and showcase the contributions of the Hispanic and Hispanic-American scientists at NIH, FDA-CBER, and USHUS.


NCCAM Lecture: Herb-Drug Interactions

The sixth in the NCCAM Distinguished Lectures series is set for October 26, 2004, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Building 10. Steven Kliewer, professor of molecular biology and pharmacology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, will speak on "Reverse Herbology: Predicting and Preventing Adverse Herb-Drug Interactions," including recent findings on the activation of the PXR receptor by St. John’s wort.

The lecture will be videocast, and sign language interpretation will be provided. For more information or for reasonable accommodations, call 301-594-5595 or the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339. More information about the series can be found at the website.


Seminar: Women and Obesity

Another in the Women’s Health Seminar Series occurs Thursday, November 4, 2004, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Lipsett Amphitheater, Building 10. Sponsored by the Office of Research on Women’s Health, the topic is "Women and Obesity."

Note: The lecture on "Identifying the BMI of Risk for African Americans," presented by NIDDK’s Anne Sumner on September 17, 2004, under the auspices of the Women’s Health Special Interest Group is available for viewing at NIH videocast.


Space Considerations

The Office of Research Facilities Development and Operations has launched a website. A service-based navigation bar and a Google-powered search tool lead to:

Guidance on appropriate use of IC funds for renovations

How NIH defines and calculates square feet

Maintenance request forms

Scheduled utility shutdowns in each building

Guidance on plans for renovations of space

A move-in checklist for ICs

The NIH Master Plan, Waste Disposal Guide, and other documents

Building assignments and contact information for facility managers and real estate specialists

New content development is ongoing, and suggestions are welcome.


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