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NIH Record  
Vol. LIX, No. 9
  May 4, 2007
 Features
Training Program Reunion Touts Fellows’
Commitment
National Capital Area CFC Honors NIH Campaign
NIBIB To Hold 5th Anniversary Symposium
NCI Student Intern Nabs Science Honor, Plays Key Role in Cancer Lab
May Is Healthy
Vision Month
The Intramural Program
NIDA Fellowships Offer Unique Experience To World’s Drug Abuse Researchers
CSR Opens Its Doors to the Scientific
Community
 Departments
Briefs
Digest
Milestones
Volunteers
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Homegrown IT
NIH Provides Technology Across the Government
  Acquisition guru Diane Frasier
  Acquisition guru Diane Frasier

Who exactly are the “customers” of NIH? The American public, you might say, and the scientific research community? Sure. But many of our customers—at least for IT services and equipment—are not only within NIH and the Department of Health and Human Services, but also in the Departments of Justice and Defense, the State Department and the General Services Administration.

This is because since 1996, NIH has been one of four agencies that award Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs), vehicles that provide numerous IT servi-ces to government organizations, large and small.
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Set Me a Task
PET Pioneer Raichle Intrigued By Brain’s ‘Default’ Mode
  Dr. Marcus Raichle
 

Leave it to the scientist who helped discover PET—positron emission tomography, a way of imaging the brain—to delve more deeply into what the brain is really up to when it’s not managing specific tasks like reading, listening and doing mental mathematics.

In a talk that could potentially hearten slackers and underachievers everywhere, not to mention intrigue serious students of the brain, Dr. Marcus Raichle—who spoke Apr. 11 at the NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture— posited that the brain is always busy, that idling is not in its nature and that even when its owner is asleep or anesthetized, the brain is, well, brainy—programmed by nature to solve problems, find patterns and perhaps ultimately, forecast the future.
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