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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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: