Bigger Tent Philosophy?
Under clear skies and amid 80-degree temperatures, NIH's intramural scientists gathered for the 1997 Research Festival on Oct. 6-10. Chaired by Dr. Allen M. Spiegel, scientific director for NIDDK, this year's program was highlighted by two retrospectives: "The NIH Intramural Research Program: Sixty Years in Bethesda," a special history symposium to mark the 10th anniversary of the Dewitt Stetten, Jr., Museum of Medical Research; and the 10th anniversary celebration of the In Vivo NMR Research Center. In addition, there were: a bigger and better postdoc job fair, two evening barbecues, 2 days of symposia, workshops and posters, and the culminating Technical Sales Association exhibit show, which was barely contained in a huge aluminum-sided tent that looked bigger than ever -- even if it wasn't.
"They told me that it's not really bigger than the others we've had," said Gregory Roa of NIH's Visitor Information Center, who helped organize festival events, "but instead of the soft, canvas walls we're used to seeing, this one has sides made of metal. They also asked for an extra day and a half to set it up." This year, all festival events were centrally located in or around the Natcher Bldg.
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