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NIH Record  
Vol. LVIII, No. 21
  October 20, 2006
NIH Heart Center at Suburban Hospital Opens, in Partnership with Hopkins
Stem Cell Regulation Is Focus of Oct. 25 Stetten Lecture
New Seminar Series on Management Issues Debuts Nov. 9
CIT Computer Training Fall Term Now in Session
Nabel Gives Roberts Memorial Lecture
NCCAM Lecture on Natural Products, Oct. 25 in Masur Auditorium
‘Astute Clinician’ Lecture Addresses Cancer Immunotherapy
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Basketball Theme Encourages Team Spirit
Foundation for NIH Marks 10th Year
  NIDCR director Dr. Lawrence Tabak shoots free throws at the CFC kickoff on Oct. 3.
  NIDCR director Dr. Lawrence Tabak shoots free throws at the CFC kickoff on Oct. 3.

Under a bright blue sky with a mild breeze blowing and the rousing sounds of the H.D. Woodson High School pep band filling the air, NIH kicked off the 2006 Combined Federal Campaign Oct. 3 in front of Bldg. 31’s C wing. More than 500 people attended the event that also featured the St. John’s College High School color guard, a charity fair and a basketball free-throw contest.

“This year we have recast the CFC as a basketball season,” said NIDCR director Dr. Lawrence Tabak, whose institute is leading this year’s campaign. “We’ve even dubbed you the Commissioner of NIH Basketball,” he told NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni, after thanking him for attending the kick-off and for his support of the CFC. Addressing the crowd, Tabak said, “You keyworkers are the team captains and the people in your offices are your players. It is your job to give leadership for the CFC among your teammates.

‘Great Way to Bond’
23rd Institute Challenge Relay Features Most Teams Ever
  Caryn Steakley

Caryn Steakley had never run a race before, so a half-mile course—under competitive conditions, no less—seemed daunting. But after dropping more than a hundred pounds over a 2-year period, she was determined to undertake her next big hurdle: NIH’s 2006 Institute Challenge Relay Race.

First Steakley decided to go into training. Perfecting a sales pitch heavy on enthusiasm, she solicited a little help from her friends—all fellow employees of the Center for Cancer Research and all seasoned runners. “They kept me going,” she said later, after her team, Ragin’ Agin CCRers, completed the race in 18:40. “They were all so supportive of me. And I finished!”