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NIH Record  
Vol. LVIII, No. 1
January 13, 2006
Chen Retires After 50-Year Association with NIH
Beutler To Give Dyer Lecture, Jan. 18
Recording Program Opens Up a World of Learning
NIH Radio News Service Installs ISDN Transceiver
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Forum Offers Tips on Managing a Graceful Exit
  STEP forum panelist Dr. June Lunney
Death be not proud, said the poet; death be not soon, say most of us; but death is something we can nonetheless plan on and plan for, said experts at the STEP forum "One Guarantee in Life — Death: Demystifying the Dying Process," held Dec. 8 at the Natcher Bldg.

Our cultural squeamishness about facing up to the reality of death is no better handled by caregivers than by commoners, suggested the six panelists. Doctors fight it tooth and nail — often taking extreme and costly measures — and tend to regard death as a professional failure. Ethicists are all for respecting all kinds of cultural traditions at the end of life, but whisper more loudly in our ears now, "At what financial cost to society?" And many people never get around to the routine paperwork and consultation that can prevent confusion and pain at the hour they bow out.

NIH Hosts Native American Researchers
  Dr. Michael J. Carvan, III
A group of Native American researchers whose work ranges from suicide prevention to interventions to reduce the number of childhood cavities recently gathered at NIH to present their projects, meet with NIH leaders and network with each other.

Calling it the "first activity of its kind," NIGMS director Dr. Jeremy Berg welcomed participants to the symposium, held as part of NIH's annual American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month celebration.