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NIH director Dr. Francis Collins speaks at the recent ACD meeting.

117th ACD Considers Wide Range of ‘Thorny Topics’

If the 117th meeting of the advisory committee to the NIH director (ACD) featured a theme, then it reinforced the core quest of the agency: What concrete actions can NIH take to promote biomedical research and how to protect that effort at home and abroad...Read more

Dr. Hannah Valantine

Town Hall Meeting Clarifies New Anti-Harassment Effort

At a Dec. 7 town hall meeting in Masur Auditorium that offered an overview of NIH’s new anti-harassment plan, NIH director...Read more

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski

UMBC President Advocates for Inclusive Excellence in Science

Getting through an advanced degree program in science is a bit like a long marriage: It takes commitment, the resolve to work...Read more



Campus beauty. In the courtyard of the Clinical Research Center, an anemone gets its closeup.
ON THE COVER: Background-free imaging of magnetically modulated fluorescent nanodiamonds in the lymph node of a mouse.


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NIH Gets Another Record Budget

Though the agency had to wait nearly 3 months for it, and through a string of continuing resolutions that went into the teens, NIH emerged Dec. 29 with another record-setting budget for fiscal year 2001, totalling $20.3 billion, or about $1.5 billion more than the President had requested. The increase of nearly 14 percent over last year's mark of $17.8 billion keeps NIH on a pace legislators have set to double the agency's budget in the period 1998-2003.

A new authorization law also directs NIH to create a new National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, which will be headed during the implementation phases by Dr. Donna Dean, senior advisor to acting NIH director Dr. Ruth Kirschstein.

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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Section of auditory nerve in a young adult mouse. Supporting glial cells (blue) coat neuron fibers (red) and allow fast, reliable transfer of sound information from the ear to the brain. Researchers are testing whether they can target glial cells to prevent neural loss and restore healing.