October 31, 2000
NIH Grantees, Alumni Awarded Nobel Prizes
Farmers Rout Hunter-Gatherers
Diamond Posits a Plausible Human Past
By Rich McManus
Those of you already comfortable giving 50-minute extemporaneous speeches based on your Pulitzer Prize-winning book may not have been impressed, but the audience that heard Dr. Jared Diamond tour 13,000 years of human history at the NIH Director's Cultural Lecture Sept. 18 in Masur Auditorium rewarded him with sustained applause that didn't so much acknowledge the feat of organization and memory as honor an intellectual adventurer who didn't let disciplinary boundaries impede a far-ranging and compelling mind.
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Campaign Raises Awareness About Primary Immunodeficiency
By Christina Stile
Their warning signs often go unrecognized. They present themselves
as routine, recurrent childhood illnesses such as ear infections, sinus
infections and bronchitis; they show little improvement when treated
with standard antibiotics. They are the nearly 80 hereditary
disorders collectively known as primary immunodeficiency (PI). To
raise awareness about this condition and its 10 warning signs, Rep.
Nita Lowey (D-NY) joined NIH officials and Fred and Vicki Modell
of the Jeffrey Modell Foundation on Capitol Hill to launch a national
information campaign about PI.