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Collins Receives FASEB Award

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology will present its 2017 Public Service Award to NIH director Dr. Francis Collins for his outstanding accomplishments in the communication of science.

“Francis Collins is a model of scientific citizenship,” said Dr. Hudson Freeze, FASEB president. “His passion for public education has been an inspiration and his leadership has motivated thousands of scientists to join him in public outreach. His tireless efforts have earned him our admiration and gratitude.”

Collins’ public outreach has included appearances on the Colbert Report, The Charlie Rose Show, CNN, CNBC, National Public Radio and many other programs, FASEB noted. The group also cited the Director’s Blog and Collins’ communication with thousands of his Twitter followers.

“Whether on camera, in print, online or in song, Francis has the remarkable ability to explain complex scientific concepts to general audiences,” said Freeze. “These extraordinary efforts to underscore the importance of research, combined with his compassion for those in need of new medical interventions, have earned the respect and trust of Americans from all segments of society.”

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