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Back during January’s blizzard, Gary Jackson, a nurse for 40 years who has spent the last 3 years at NIH’s Occupational Medical Service in Bldg. 10, just wanted to relax and warm up after shoveling his walk in Kensington.
He had just sat down to rest and was contemplating braving the storm to visit his wife, who was briefly hospitalized at Suburban Hospital, when a knock came at the door.
Dr. Elias Zerhouni (pronounced eh-LEE-as zer-HOO-nee) was confirmed, by unanimous voice vote of the full U.S. Senate on May 2, to become 15th director of the National Institutes of Health.
Two days earlier, at a 75-minute confirmation hearing before the Senate committee on health, education, labor, and pensions chaired by Sen. Ted Kennedy (which also voted unanimously to confirm), Zerhouni offered a preliminary vision of his plans for NIH, which include relying not only on the creative spark of the individual scientist, but also on a "new science" approach emphasizing multidisciplinary teams working in concert.
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