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Dr. Gerald Rubin of HHMI’s Janelia campus

HHMI’s Rubin Coaxes Lessons from Fly Brains

Dr. Gerald Rubin is a fly guy. This includes the Urban Dictionary sense of “cool and awesome”—he is vice president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and exec­utive director of HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus in northern Virginia and established enough...Read more

Dr. John Collinge

Alzheimer’s Disease, Prion Diseases Share Similarities

Fatal brain disorders called prion diseases might provide insight into the cause of Alzheimer’s disease, said Dr. John Collinge...Read more

Kwame Christian

Negotiator Discusses How to Navigate Conflict

The very thought of confrontation often makes our flight response kick in. We tend to dread or outright avoid potentially difficult...Read more



Campus beauty. In the courtyard of the Clinical Research Center, an anemone gets its closeup.
ON THE COVER: Electron microscope image provides a close-up view of a 3-D woven scaffold on which stem cells were grown.


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Panel Opens Dialogue on Ethnic Diversity in Medical Research

Tumor Immunotherapy Register Serves As Data Center for Cancer Treatment

Stop your Y2K preparations for a moment. Think farther into the future and consider human resources: Is NIH ready for 2050? Seems like a long way away, but in just a couple of generations from now, demographers forecast that the United States will cease to have a majority population. Will the NIH workforce reflect the diversity of the nation's population and be able to meet the health needs of such a people? Are those even relevant or reachable goals? Those were the main questions posed by a Feb. 11 panel discussion, "Ethnic Diversity in the Biomedical Research Community: Why is it important? How can it be achieved?"

NIH Marks Women's History Month

Ann Timmons, a communication artist, performed a one-woman play about equal rights pioneer Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

"Critical Thinking." That's how women at NIH change America, according to organizers of the 2005 Women's History Month celebration, who adapted the occasion's national theme — "Women Change America" — for the NIH audience.

Leading off the celebration, sponsored by NIH's Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management on Mar. 9, Ann Timmons, a communication artist, performed the one-woman play, Off the Wall: The Life and Works of Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Author in 1892 of The Yellow Wallpaper, a semi-autobiographical account of a woman's struggle with depression, Gilman was a pundit and lecturer on equal rights for women.

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Focused ion beam scanning electron microscopic image shows the major structures within a single heart cell of a healthy adult mouse, highlighted in color via computer enhancement—mitochondrial membranes (red), mitochondrial interior (green), sarcoplasmic reticulum (dark blue), fat droplets (cyan/greenish blue) and the contractile apparatus (pink, yellow, lighter blue). February is American Heart Month.