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NIH Record  
Vol. LXI, No. 16
  August 7, 2009
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Final Stem Cell Regulations Issued
Researcher Describes Barriers to Health In Poor Communities
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‘Improve the System’
NIH Hosts H1N1 Flu Summit
  HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (l), DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano (c) and Education Secretary Arne Duncan team up at NIH for a summit on flu.
  HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (l), DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano (c) and Education Secretary Arne Duncan team up at NIH for a summit on flu.

On July 9, NIH hosted the White House’s H1N1 Influenza Preparedness Summit, jointly led by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

“I’m very grateful that all of you are taking this seriously,” President Obama said by telephone link from L’Avila, Italy. “Although we were fortunate not to see a more serious situation in the spring, the potential for a significant outbreak in the fall is looming.”

The meeting assembled about 500 emergency managers, educators, school nurses and public health officials from around the country, including Dr. Nicole Lurie, nominated as assistant secretary for preparedness and response; Dr. Francis Collins, nominated as director of NIH; and Dr. Raynard Kington, acting director of NIH.
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Ambitious Plans in Offing
FAES Marks 50th Year at NIH

As remarkable an invention of the federal government as NIH is—a common descriptor in recent decades has been “the crown jewel of government,” thank you very much—there was a handful of scientists half a century ago who thought the National Institutes of Health was just a few ingredients shy of being a true Elysium.

It had a faculty—many hundreds of doctors—and a leafy, sprawling campus, but no teaching mission and no students, which had been such a source of inspiration and ferment on the campuses from which the scientists hailed. In order to keep the spirit of continuous education alive, a new, complementary entity was needed.

Thus it was that on July 2, 1959, the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, Inc., (FAES) came into being. Twelve prominent scientists, including future Nobel laureate Dr. Christian Anfinsen, drafted eight Articles of Incorporation specifying creation of a nonprofit “association for education purposes.”
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