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NIH Record  
Vol. LX, No. 23
  November 14, 2008
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From Zer-Who? to Who Knew?
Outgoing Director Rides Tide of Warm Feelings
  Dr. Elias Zerhouni has last word at his farewell.
  Dr. Elias Zerhouni has last word at his farewell.

There probably isn’t a job anywhere in the world that Dr. Elias Zerhouni could not win if he simply took to his next job interview a videotape of the Farewell Celebration that took place in his honor Oct. 30 in a packed Masur Auditorium. After 115 minutes of tributes from colleagues, Congress, interest groups and the administration, perhaps the biggest challenge of his 6˝-year directorship was emerging from the hall with his humility intact.

Even the ambassadors of Algeria, where he grew up, and Morocco, from which his family originated, showed up to honor a man whose character—even more than his scientific and managerial acumen—stood out as his most prominent attribute.
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Intramural Science Marks 21st Confab
Research Festival Weighs In on Widening Health Crisis of Obesity
  One of several hundred posters presented in the Natcher Center at NIH Research Festival 2008
  One of several hundred posters presented in the Natcher Center at NIH Research Festival 2008

The NIH Research Festival marked 21 years on Oct. 14 and its custodial parent made one thing perfectly clear at the opening plenary session: “This is our 21st Research Festival, so perhaps on the occasion of our 21st birthday we should recognize that risky behavior is expected,” quipped Dr. Michael Gottesman, who as NIH deputy director for intramural research has overseen 15 of the 21 gatherings.

“However, we expect 21-year-olds to know better. That pretty much accounts for the intramural program in a nutshell.”
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