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African American History Program Set, Feb. 24 in Masur Auditorium

Michael Scott

The NIH will celebrate African American History Month at noon on Thursday, Feb. 24 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The event's theme is, "Continuing the Journey: Biomedical Research and Education." Dr. Louis Sullivan, president of Morehouse School of Medicine and former U.S. secretary of health and human services, will deliver the keynote address.

A panel discussion on the past, present and future roles of African Americans in biomedical research will follow. Panelists include Dr. Lafayette Frederick of Howard University, Dr. Alfred Johnson of NCI, Dr. Patrice Desvigne-Nickens of NHLBI and Nia Banks of Johns Hopkins University.

Michael Scott

The program will be dedicated to the late Dr. Geraldine Pittman Woods, a member of the NIGMS advisory council from 1964 to 1968. Recommended for the appointment by Vice President Hubert Humphrey, Woods was instrumental in supporting the consideration of historically Black colleges and universities, as well as other predominantly minority institutions, for NIH research and training programs. Her efforts led to the development of NIH minority research, training and infrastructure programs that serve as models for other federal and private agencies.

For more information or to request reasonable accommodation, call Kay Johnson Graham, 496-3403.


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