- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 24, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

In Crawford, Texas, for Easter weekend.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

1 p.m. — National Institutes of Health holds a meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to receive reports from institute staff. Location: National Institutes of Health, 5 Research Court, Rockville. Contact: 301/402-2829.

SUPREME COURT

No oral arguments are scheduled. Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

On spring recess. The Senate will reconvene at 2 p.m. on April 4. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

On spring recess. The House will reconvene at 2 p.m. on April 5. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Nanotechnology — 8:30 a.m. — National Academies’ Engineering and Physical Sciences Board holds a meeting to assess the need for standards, guidelines or strategies for ensuring the responsible development of nanotechnology.

Highlight — 8:30 a.m. — “Current Initiatives to Establish Standards, Guidelines and Strategy” with Clayton Teague, director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office; Barbara Karn of the Environmental Protection Agency; Vicki Colvin, co-chairwoman of the American National Standards Institute’s Nanotechnology Standards Panel at Rice University; Daniel Gamota of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; and Pat Picariello of the American Society for Testing and Materials

Location: National Academies, 2100 C St. NW. Contact: 202/334-1202.

Medicare and Social Security — 9 a.m. — American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “Time for Change? The Outlook for Medicare and Social Security.” Participants include Richard Foster of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Gail Wilensky of Project Hope, Stephen Goss of the Social Security Administration, and Kent Smetters of the University of Pennsylvania. Location: Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor, 1150 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/862-7183 or 202/862-4871.

Revolution in Kyrgyzstan — 9:30 a.m. — Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a discussion, “Update: Revolution in Kyrgyzstan.” Participants include Central Asia analyst Daniel Kimmage, Kyrgyz Ambassador Baktybek Abdrisaev, RFE/RL Kyrgyz Service director Tyntchtykbek Tchoroev, senior correspondent Jean-Christophe Peuch, and Edil Baisalov, president of the Coalition for Democracy and Civil Society. Location: RFE/RL, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW, fourth-floor conference room. Contact: 202/457-6949.

Pneumonia vaccine trial — 10 a.m. — U.S. Agency for International Development, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health hold a press conference on a pneumonia vaccine trial. Location: National Press Club, Murrow Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/974-5009.

Nongovernmental organizations — 12:30 p.m. — Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies holds a discussion, “The ABCs of NGOs.” Aimee Breslow of the SAIS International Development Program participates. Location: SAIS, Rome Building, Room 200, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5629.

Afghan civil society — 12:30 p.m. — Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies holds a discussion, “The Emergence of Afghan Civil Society.” International project director Anne Carlin participates. Location: SAIS, Rome Building, Room 806, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: RSVP to 202/663-5722 or 202/663-5626

Building democracy — 2:30 p.m. — Library of Congress holds a lecture, “Building Democracy in America.” Social activist and folklorist Stetson Kennedy participates. Location: Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Contact: 202/707-1940 or 202/707-5510.

Anti-secession in China — 3:30 p.m. — Formosan Association holds a press conference on China’s anti-secession law. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/547-8496.

Nepal and human rights — 4:30 p.m. — American University holds a discussion, “Crisis in the Himalayas: Nepal and Human Rights After the Feb. 1 Coup.” Participants include Murari Raj Sharma, Nepal’s former ambassador to the United Nations; political analyst Chitra Tiwari; and T. Kumar of Amnesty International. Location: American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/885-5935.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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