July 11, 2000
Transplanted New Yorker Finds Excitement at NIH
80th ACD Meeting
Shalala Gives Advisors Frank Summary of Current Events
By Rich McManus
HHS Secretary Donna Shalala dropped in on the 80th meeting of
the advisory committee to the NIH director on June 8 to offer
encouragement and congratulations on a variety of topics including
the FY 2001 budget, NIH's effort to bolster oversight of human
gene transfer, the progress of the Human Genome Project, and
NIH's initiative to reduce health disparities. She also expanded upon
and applauded President Clinton's decision, announced that
morning, to extend Medicare coverage to participants in clinical
trials, and answered questions in a relaxed and freewheeling session.
"You've had me as candid as I've ever been," she enthused at the
end of a visit in which she also announced her intention "to leave
NIH in the best shape this institution has ever been in."
'No-Nonsense' School Teams with NIH
By Gerri Adams-Simmons
Photos by Bill Branson
NIH's Office of the Director has adopted Alice Deal Junior High
School in northwest Washington as part of the agency's commitment
to introduce students to biomedical research science at an early age.
In partnership with the school, NIH will provide enriching
experiences that expose students to a variety of health-related
science projects and careers that support such science.