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August 19, 2003
Vol. LV, No. 17

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Story Landis
Named Director of Neurology Institute

Olden To Leave Directorship But Remain at NIH

NIAID Program for Minorities a Success

Thompson Addresses Children with Type 1 Diabetes

NLM Launches Database on Safety of Everyday Products

NCI Lecture Targets Summer Interns

NIH Police Celebrate
Third Annual Day Out,
Host Cookout

Risk Factors for Hip Replacement in Women

Letters to the Editor

News Briefs

New Appointments


Study Subjects Sought

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Drinker, Failed and Former Spy
The Man Who Came to Breakfast

By Rich McManus

Allen Anderson
Sometimes, the mission of the National Institutes of Health is carried out by the most unlikely of emissaries.

About 10 years ago, an older gentleman began turning up on campus, generally in the vicinity of Bldg. 31's cafeteria. Despite his advanced years, and an attire that spoke more of leisure than of employment, he seemed appropriate to the scientific setting, perhaps an ex-researcher or retiree who lived nearby and took his meals here out of simple convenience.
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NIH Hosts Women Instructors from Afghanistan

By Cynthia Delgado

Most NIH employees are well educated. Our daughters, as well as our sons, attend some of the best schools in the nation. Women who are federal employees enjoy equal opportunity, quality health benefits and more. Indeed, of the roughly 19,000 current full-time NIH employees, 11,025 are women, according to the Office of Human Resources. But the women of Afghanistan have not been as fortunate as their American counterparts.

Under Taliban repression, Afghan women were not allowed to obtain an education or work outside the home. They were denied access to health care and their daughters could not attend school. Year 2000 statistics (UNICEF) reveal that a mere 21 percent of women age 15 or over were literate; and, that one in every four children did not survive past the age of 5. Since liberation from the Taliban, the women of Afghanistan are struggling to rebuild their professional lives and educate their daughters. NIH and others are trying to help.
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