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NIH Record  
Vol. LX, No. 17
  August 22, 2008
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Campus Refuges And Quiet Nooks
Grad School Fair Attracts Crowd
NIH Take Your Child to Work Day—Part 2
ORWH Meeting Examines Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
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‘Scientific Leader…Leader in Society’
NIH Pays Tribute to NHGRI Director Collins
  NHGRI director Dr. Francis Collins (l) accepts distinguished alumnus award from NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni.
  NHGRI director Dr. Francis Collins (l) accepts distinguished alumnus award from NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni.

Music and laughter rang out from Natcher auditorium recently as NIH gathered to honor Dr. Francis Collins, who officially stepped down as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute on Aug. 1.

Since assuming the helm of NHGRI in 1993, the physician-geneticist has become internationally recognized for his leadership of the Human Genome Project and the subsequent launch of many scientific endeavors to understand the human genome sequence and improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. Collins also supported research into the ethical, legal and social issues related to genomics research and strongly advocated the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, which was recently signed into law. After NIH, Collins will explore writing and other professional opportunities. He also plans to continue working closely with his intramural laboratory as an unpaid special volunteer a few days each week.
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Foiled Again…and Again
Summer Intern Creates Novel Sculptures
  Intern Ross Noble discusses two of his sculptures.
  Intern Ross Noble discusses two of his sculptures.

G.I. Joe and his comrades were MIA. That’s how Ross Noble, then age 4, began his career as a sculptor. While his youth may have suggested he use Play-Doh for a medium, he employed something far handier: aluminum foil.

“It was summer and our family was spending a week or so in Ocean City,” Noble explains. “And I had forgotten my G.I. Joe action figures at home. I was bored and rambunctious and looking for something to do. I started playing around with tin foil, making up figures and characters for my imaginary battles.”
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