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NIH Record  
Vol. LXI, No. 15
  July 24, 2009
Blood Bank’s Needs Take No Summer Break
NICHD Goes Green with
Community Garden
Grady Discusses ‘Limitless
Opportunities’ in Nursing Research
CTSA Consortium Drafts Clinical Research Management Improvement Plan
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Collins Nominated as NIH Director
  Dr. Francis Collins
  Dr. Francis Collins

President Obama on July 8 announced his intention to nominate Dr. Francis Collins as the 16th director of NIH. Collins left NIH a year ago as director, since 1993, of the National Human Genome Research Institute. If confirmed by the Senate, he would become the first former institute director in 34 years to rise to the top position at the agency.

In his statement, Obama said, “The National Institutes of Health stands as a model when it comes to science and research. My administration is committed to promoting scientific integrity and pioneering scientific research and I am confident that Dr. Francis Collins will lead the NIH to achieve these goals. Dr. Collins is one of the top scientists in the world, and his groundbreaking work has changed the very ways we consider our health and examine disease. I look forward to working with him in the months and years ahead.”

STEP Forum Interprets Body Language
  Dr. Susan Goldin-Meadow discusses body language at a recent STEP forum.
  Dr. Susan Goldin-Meadow discusses body language at a recent STEP forum.

If you walk into a meeting where there’s a lot of arm-crossing, you’ll sense a problem—some anxiety, at least—in the defensive posture.

Yet nonverbal communication isn’t always easy to read. A recent Staff Training in Extramural Programs (STEP) forum in Natcher Bldg. invited three panelists to explore “Body Language: Let Me Hear Your Body Talk!”

Nonverbal communication includes a wide range of behaviors: use of physical space, timing, movement, facial expression, gesture, posture, touching and eye gaze.