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'NIH History Day' Set, Sept. 22

The first annual "NIH History Day" will be celebrated on Monday, Sept. 22. At 3 p.m., in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10, NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni will present opening remarks at an NIH History Lecture, which will be given by Prof. Alan Kraut of American University. Entitled "Goldberger's War: The Life and Work of a Public Health Crusader," the lecture will be based on his new biography of Dr. Joseph Goldberger, who demonstrated that pellagra was a dietary deficiency disease.

Before the lecture, at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., a limited number of tours of the Stetten Museum's storage facility in Bldg. 13 will be offered (requires preregistration on web site. From noon to 1 p.m., staff from the Office of NIH History will be available in public areas of Bldgs. 10, 31 and 45 to talk with people who might have photographs, artifacts or documents to contribute to the collections.

In August, a special web page was posted at http://history.nih.gov to gather information about "NIH families" and to solicit contributions from intramural laboratory staff. NIH staff and alumni with family members who have worked for NIH in any capacity at any time can fill out a form describing their work for the agency. Those working in laboratories are asked to comment on doing science at NIH. The information obtained will be used in later articles in the NIH Record and NIH Catalyst.

All participants may enter the free raffle sponsored by the history office. Prizes include a T-shirt commemorating NIH History Day, a copy of Inventing the NIH, by Victoria Harden, NIH historian, and NIH: An Account of Research in Its Laboratories and Clinics, by Dr. DeWitt Stetten, Jr. and W.T. Carrigan. T-shirts are also available for purchase at R&W stores.

Copies of Kraut's book on Goldberger will be available for purchase prior to the lecture at the FAES Bookstore in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1L101. Kraut will be available to sign books at a reception following the lecture.


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