skip navigation
NIH Record  
Vol. LXI, No. 18
  September 4, 2009
 Features
Consultant Offers Ways to Deal with Difficult People
Good News from the CC Anesthesia Front
Social Media Expert Offers Communication Tips
Flu Vaccinations for Employees Start in October
Karin To Speak on Inflammation and Metastasis, Sept. 15
NIH To Improve Accessibility, Provide Reasonable Accommodation
Biomedical Translational Information System Launched
 Departments
Briefs
Milestones
Feedback
Digest
Volunteers
printer friendly version
Coming Home
Collins Sworn in as NIH Director
  Dr. Francis Collins, joined by wife Diane Baker (c), is sworn in as NIH director. Chris Major, head of NIH human resources, administers the oath.
  Dr. Francis Collins, joined by wife Diane Baker (c), is sworn in as NIH director. Chris Major, head of NIH human resources, administers the oath.

New NIH director Dr. Francis Collins packed probably a week’s worth of work into his first day on the job Aug. 17. Following a short informal swearing-in at 8 a.m., he briefly assembled senior Office of the Director staff and then held an all-hands town hall meeting in Natcher auditorium. By early afternoon, he was addressing members of the media for the first time as head of the nation’s largest medical research agency. Throughout the day, Collins emphasized two things: the community spirit at NIH is a treasure and he will make communication a top priority.


more…


Coaxing a New Community of Contributors
NIH, Wikipedia Join Forces to Improve Online Health Info
  Dr. Bill Wedemeyer speaks at NIH’s Wikipedia Academy.
  Dr. Bill Wedemeyer speaks at NIH’s Wikipedia Academy.

If NIH and Wikipedia end up producing hundreds or even thousands of offspring, then the date of their conception might be recorded as July 16, 2009. That’s the day the two “parents” officially joined forces in Wilson Hall for a Wikipedia Academy, the first ever held in the U.S. The event was also the first time the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization that runs the online encyclopedia, has collaborated with a federal agency.

About a dozen foundation staff and volunteers joined a hundred or so scientists, science educators and writers as well as other communication professionals around laptop-equipped tables to encourage the agency to become contributors to what is now “the world’s largest encyclopedia.”


more…