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NIH Record  
Vol. LXII, No. 2
  January 22, 2010
U.S.-India Research Collaboration Addresses HIV, STDs
After 62 Years at NIH, Jackson Retires From Federal Career
NHLBI Hosts Stem Cell Symposium
NIAID Supports International Bioinformatics Workshops
Lippincott-Schwartz To Give Rodbell Lecture at NIEHS
Management Intern Program Recruits Class of 2012
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King’s Lessons Are Not Past, but Present
  Dr. Michael Eric Dyson gives the keynote lecture at NIH’s annual King celebration.
  Dr. Michael Eric Dyson gives the keynote lecture at NIH’s annual King celebration.

More than 40 years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the country has surely come a long way. However, as the keynote speaker of the NIH presentation to observe the civil rights leader’s birthday pointed out, there is much work to be done.

The NIH event celebrating King’s life and work was kicked off by a performance by musicians from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and headlined by author and sociologist Dr. Michael Eric Dyson.

‘Decommissioned’ Bldg. 3 Gets Ready to Shine Again

Facelifts aren’t common treatments at NIH. Unless you’re talking about buildings.

Bldg. 3, a structure in what NIH considers one of its two historic districts, is not only getting some cosmetic updates to its exterior, but also a full interior overhaul. Once used as laboratory space, the building will soon be re-tasked as administrative offices. But making the building ready for this shift in purpose hasn’t come without challenges.

“A building with so much rich architectural character, you can’t tear it down, although that would be much easier,” said Dexroy Chisim, an architect in ORF’s Capital Projects Branch who will manage design and construction phases of the renovation. “So we have to modernize the building’s interior and restore the exterior with the exact same features [it used to have].”