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Neuroscience Lectures:
Recent Past and Near Future

The 1996-97 Neuroscience Lecture Series is off and running. The series, which is sponsored by NINDS, NIDCD, and NIMH, imports neuroscience researchers to Lipsett Auditorium for the lecture, held at noon on Mondays. A reception for the speaker is held after each talk in the lobby area outside Lipsett. A new feature of the series this year is a web site that includes links to the lab homepage for many of the speakers. View the page at <http://intra.ninds.nih.gov/neuroseries> and you can read up in advance on the speakers' areas of investigation - as well as find out about any last-minute changes in the schedule. Continuing Medical Education credits are awarded for attending the lectures.

The following talks are scheduled for early 1997:

  • January 6: Allen Ryan, "Regulation of Sensory Cell and Neuronal Development in the Inner Ear"
  • January 13: Richard Morris, "The Role of Hippocampal Synaptic Plasticity in Memory: the Automatic Recording of Attended Experience"
  • January 27: Michael Greenberg, "Neurotrophin and Neurotransmitter Regulation of Gene Expression and Neuronal Adaptive Responses"
  • February 3: Joseph Glorioso, "Gene Transfer to the Nervous System Using HSV Vectors"

Cartoonist Takes a Time Out for Other Creations

Cartoonist Alex Dent, shown here, is taking this issue off for a very good reason. It is our great pleasure to dedicate this "Parenting" issue of The NIH Catalyst to Alex and his wife, Lakshmi Sastry-Dent, who became parents on August 30, 1996, when their son, Ram, was born.

Alex Dent
Cartoonist Alex Dent explaining how it is.

A Welcome. . .

To Fran Pollner, who has just joined us as managing editor of The NIH Catalyst . Pollner is a veteran science writer, most recently on staff at U.S. Medicine . As a freelance writer, she has written for the NIH Office of Science Policy and Legislation, the Drug Abuse Council, the American Society of Microbiology, The Journal of NIH Research , and the Harvard Health Letter. For eight years, Pollner staffed the Washington, D.C., bureau of Medical World News . She was also Washington bureau chief for the Medical Tribune and a staff reporter for the International Medical News Group.

Survival Skills for NIH Fellows

The NIH Fellows Committee, in conjunction with the Office of Research on Women's Health, the Office of Education, and the Intramural Scientific Directors, is pleased to announce the1997 schedule for the workshop series entitled "What They Never Taught You in Graduate School: A Series of "Survival Skills Workshops."

The objective of this series, directed by Michael Zigmond and Beth Fischer, of the University of Pittsburgh, is to assist members of our community of fellows in acquiring critical skills not generally included in scientific training, such as negotiating a job offer and publishing research articles.

Although the workshops are open to all fellows at NIH, seating is limited to 250 people on a first-come,first-served basis. The first four sessions, held this fall, addressed job seeking; the next four are listed below:

January 27: "Being a Professional Scientist," an address to fellows on campus by NIH director Harold Varmus; 3:00 p.m., Masur Auditorium, Building 10.

February 24: "Grantspersonship"; 8:00-11:30 a.m., Lipsett Amphitheater, Building 10.

March 24: "Writing and Publishing Research Articles"; 8:00-11:30 a.m., Lipsett Amphitheater, Building 10.

May 19: "Teaching: A Brief Introduction"; 8:00-11:30 a.m., Lipsett Amphitheater, Building 10.

For additional information, call 402-1914; a description of the entire series can be found at <ftp://helix.nih.gov/felcom/index.html>.


NICHD Scientists Garner 1996 Lasker Award

In recognition of their impact on children's health, John Robbins and Rachel Schneerson, of the Laboratory of Developmental and Molecular Immunity, have been awarded the 1996 Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award. Robbins and Schneerson developed a conjugate vaccine against Hæmophilus influenzæ type b ( NIH Catalyst , August 1993) that has virtually eliminated meningitis and other serious infections caused by this organism. They shared the award with two other scientists who worked independently of them, Porter Anderson and David Smith.

The Hib vaccine is the first conjugate vaccine to come into widespread use and is estimated to save hundreds of lives each year. Hib infections used to be the leading cause of acquired mental retardation in the United States.

Scholars-In-Residence Nominations

Senior NIH staff members (section chief and above) and interinstitute interest group heads are invited to submit nominations for Fogarty Scholars-in-Residence appointments for the July round of reviews. Nominations are due April 11. Information on the Scholars-in Residence Program and nomination procedures may be obtained from Jack Schmidt, Director, Division of International Advanced Studies, FIC (496-4161; fax:496-8496; e-mail: <schmidtj@box-s.nih.gov>).

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