The NIH Record

January 11, 2000
Vol. LII, No. 1

Varmus Leaves NIH with Vision for Enhancing New York Biotech

Bloom To Give Dyer Lecture

Quick Response Lauded in Medical Emergency


King Observance
To Be Held Jan. 14

NIEHS HQ Renamed
to Honor Rall

Letters to the Editor

Science in the News

News Briefs




Study Subjects Sought

U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health

NIH Record Archives

Final Meeting as NIH Director
Varmus, Advisors Discuss Budget Growth, Construction at 79th ACD

By Carla Garnett

With the ink not yet dry on NIH's fourth-straight large budget increase, Dr. Harold Varmus presided over his 13th and final meeting of the advisory committee to the NIH director (ACD) on Dec. 2. President Clinton had signed just a week earlier the FY 2000 omnibus spending bill that represented another step closer to the goal of some advocates to double the agency's appropriation by 2004.
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Comic, Highbrow Fun
Director's Farewell Leaves Crowd Laughing through Tears

By Rich McManus

NIH director Dr. Harold Varmus admires commemorative T-shirt as (from l) Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, Varmus's wife Connie, and HHS Secretary Donna Shalala look on.

This is what happens when the Saturday Night Live generation bids adieu to a hero: the "Farewell and Tribute to Harold Varmus" on Dec. 16 in a crowded Masur Auditorium featured heartfelt sincerity, videotaped greetings from President Clinton and Rep. John Porter, a cracklingly witty segment of videotaped reminiscences from Varmus hires and associates, a typically broad-looking and informative — poetic, even — reflection on leavetaking by Varmus, and lastly a trio of rock-and-roll numbers by The Directors, whose lyrics urged their esteemed leader to "stay, just a little bit longer."
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