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NIH Record  
Vol. LVIII, No. 2
January 27, 2006
Next Generation of Native American Medical Researchers Goes to Harvard
CSR Plans Speedier Review of NIH Research Proposals
NIA Scientists Honored for Stent Development
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War Protests Remembered 36 Years Later
NIH-NIMH Vietnam Moratorium Committee Reunites for Posterity
  Dr. Mark Levinthal
The U.S. is at war in a small nation thousands of miles away. Not everyone agrees we need to be in the fight. Protests have been launched. In other news, a new chief justice of the U.S. was sworn in and a major hurricane devastated the Gulf Coast region.

No, this is not a rehash of last year's headlines. In this story, Warren Burger heads the U.S. Supreme Court. Hurricane Camille — a category 5 storm — hit Mississippi in late August. Gasoline costs about 32 cents a gallon. And the disputed war is in southeast Asia. The year is 1969. That fall, a small group of NIH and NIMH (the agencies were separate then) employees organized to protest U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. They were researchers, physicians, administrators and support staff. They were vested government workers as well as new interns and freshmen feds. Some spouses later joined. They held their first formal meeting on Sept. 23 in Bldg. 2, then a lab facility for National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases staff. The fledgling antiwar organization, one of several founded at federal agencies, was named the "Viet Nam moratorium committee at NIH-NIMH," the VNMC.

Breast Cancer Survivors Take Control in Dragon Boats
  "Family Learn to Paddle Day"
Imagine a warm day on the banks of the Anacostia River. Several brightly colored boats race past, each 20-woman crew dipping the oars in perfect synchronization. It may not be until after the race, when these women laugh and shout and congratulate each other, that you notice the many pink ribbons decorating team shirts and some of the boats.