T H E   N I H    C A T A L Y S T      M A R C H  – A P R I L   2006



"You are not to expect visible proofs in a work of darkness. You are to collect the truth from circumstances, and little collateral facts, which taken singly afford no proof, yet put together, so tally with, and confirm each other, that they are as strong and convincing evidence as facts that appear in the broad face of the day." 

—Judge Francis Buller to the jury, Donnellan case, March 1781

On display at the NLM from February 16, 2006, to February 16, 2008, "Visible Proofs: Forensic Views of the Body"  traces the development of forensics through historical hallways  of artifacts, documents, and interactive and moving exhibits.

Enter the world of "Visible Proofs" at this website.



A symposium honoring James Ferretti—"Forty Years of NMR in Biological Systems"—will take place April 21, 2006, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Natcher Conference Center, Balcony B & C.

Ferretti, a PI in the Laboratory of Biophysical Chemistry, NHLBI, pioneered the application of pulsed Fourier transform nuclear magnetic resonance techniques to the study of a wide range of chemical and biological systems of medical importance. His research reflects a multidisciplinary approach to understanding molecular events in embryonic development.

Featured speakers include Ad Bax, NIDDK; Marshall Nirenberg, NHLBI; Dennis Torchia, NIDCR; and other internationally famed investigators from the United States and abroad.

For more information, visit the website.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested. To register, contact Nico Tjandra, Building 50, Room 3503, (fax) 301-402-3404.


The ninth in the NCCAM Distinguished Lectures series is set for April 26, 2006, from 11:00 a.m. to noon in Masur Auditorium, Building 10. Bruce Rosen, director, Martinos Center of Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and professor, Harvard Medical School, also in Boston, will speak on "Neurobiological Correlates of Acupuncture: Modern Science Explores Ancent Practice."

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 this website.

AWIG SEMINAR: RODENT BEHAVIORAL MANAGEMENT (notice arived too late for the print version of The Catalyst)

The 2006 AWIG (Animal Well-being Interest Group) Seminar on "Rodent Behavioral Management in the Laboratory" will take place on May 18, 2006, in the Natcher Building. Speakers will share innovative techniques and procedures to improve the management and care of transgenic and knockout mice. Registration is free and required. Registration forms and additional information are available at this website.  Pre-registration ends May 8, 2006.  Contact Jim Weed by e-mail or at 301-435-7257 for more information.


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