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NIH Record  
Vol. LXI, No. 21
  October 16, 2009
 Features
26th Annual Institute Challenge Relay Draws 105 Teams
Collins Shares Stage with Rock Star Perry
For CFC Donors, Mission, Personal Connection Are Key
Bacterial Conversations Are Topic of Stetten Lecture
Sapolsky Lectures on Stress and Health, Oct. 28 in Masur Auditorium
NIH Shows Appreciation to Postdocs
NIH Property Donation Program Succeeds
NIH’ers Respond to Call for Food
NIH Hosts the 4th Annual American Indian/Alaska Native Workshop
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‘Scientist-in-Chief' Welcomed
President Obama Visits NIH to Tout ARRA Benefits
  President Barack Obama at NIH
  President Barack Obama at NIH

President Barack Obama spent about an hour at NIH on Sept. 30, touring a Clinical Research Center laboratory with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and getting updates on scientific research before delivering a 15-minute address to a packed Masur Auditorium. He congratulated NIH for getting the first $5 billion of a $10.4 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act appropriation out the door by the end of fiscal 2009.
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Pioneers, Innovators Celebrated at Ceremony
  NIH director Dr. Francis Collins presents the first of 18 2009 Pioneer Awards to Dr. Ivor Benjamin, professor of medicine and biochemistry at the University of Utah School of Medicine.
  NIH director Dr. Francis Collins presents the first of 18 2009 Pioneer Awards to Dr. Ivor Benjamin, professor of medicine and biochemistry at the University of Utah School of Medicine.
As FY 2009 wore to a close with NIH disbursing some $5 billion in ARRA money, the 115 grantees who won Pioneer Awards, New Innovator awards and Transformative R01’s—representing an investment totaling $348 million over 5 years (some of which is ARRA money)—might seem a relative drop in the bucket. But in that bucket lie high hopes for scientific breakthroughs, said NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, who presided over the fifth annual NIH Director’s Pioneer Award Symposium Sept. 24-25 in Masur Auditorium.
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