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NIH Record  
Vol. LXII, No. 6
  March 19, 2010
 Features
NIAID Celebrates 20-Year Partnership With Malian Scientists
NIH, FDA Announce Collaboration
Geese Mating Season Holds Potential Pitfalls
Staff Keep NIH Functioning, Even When Government Is Closed
NINR Offers New Fellowship in Integrative Medicine
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Howard Professor Traces Arc of Black Economic Empowerment
  Prof. Russell L. Adams
  Prof. Russell L. Adams

NIH’s observance of Black History Month on Feb. 18 gained instant authority when Prof. Russell L. Adams of Howard University was invited to speak on the topic of black economic empowerment. The son of a successful Georgia farmer, Adams, 79, has been alive for a generous portion of the timeline he traced, and his own recollections of growing up in the land of cotton gave him plenty of chances to illustrate his thesis.

Currently emeritus professor and former chair of Howard’s department of Afro-American studies, Adams remembered growing up in the 1940s in Brooks County, Ga.

“The medical population was thin for people of color when I was a young man,” he recalled. “The doctor covered three counties and he came to our town [Quitman, Ga.] once a week.”
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Another Good Reason to Relax
Stress, Social Perceptions May Lead to Obesity
  Dr. David B. Allison
  Dr. David B. Allison

You know all those reports that say being stressed could make you gain weight? There may be more to that hypothesis than just stress hormones. According to one visiting lecturer who spoke on campus recently, overindulgence or other factors that result in weight gain may be due in part to one’s own perception of social standing and fears about an uncertain future.

Dr. David B. Allison, an obesity and statistical and research methodology researcher at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, presented his thoughts on the subject during NIDDK’s Brain and Obesity Intramural Lecture Series event Feb. 3. The lecture covered social status, hunger, fatness and longevity, and made some intriguing connections.
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