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Vol. LXII, No. 12
  June 11, 2010
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Kirschstein Remembered at Tribute Symposium
  Former Congressman Louis Stokes (D-OH) is one of several luminaries to pay tribute to the life of an NIH icon, Dr. Ruth Kirschstein.
  Former Congressman Louis Stokes (D-OH) is one of several luminaries to pay tribute to the life of an NIH icon, Dr. Ruth Kirschstein.

The Dr. Ruth L. Kirschstein tribute event May 17 at the Natcher Bldg. was a reunion of sorts, a bittersweet but jubilant meeting of friends brought together to remember and celebrate the life and work of an extraordinary woman.

Kirschstein’s list of accomplishments is long and varied, including work on the polio vaccine, advances in the health of women and minorities and increases in the NIH budget and the number of scientific opportunities extended to groups not well-represented in medical careers. She also served several tours in prominent leadership roles, including heading NIGMS for almost 20 years and twice piloting NIH as acting director.

Through it all, she was unfailingly humble, so much so that NIH director Dr. Francis Collins said she “would probably be vexed as to why we were making such a fuss today.”
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‘It Is a Holy Place’
Pianist, Composer Smith Offers Musical Thanks to NIH
  Pianist Clifford Smith
  Pianist Clifford Smith

Clifford Smith will tell you that he feels a special connection to NIH, to its staff and experts. He is not shy about sharing that sentiment because, by every estimation, they saved his life.

Smith, a prolific composer and exuberant concert pianist whose work is enjoyed worldwide, came back to say thank you in the most expressive way he knows how: by offering a concert of original works May 19 at the Clinical Research Center atrium for both scientific researchers and patients working through their own medical challenges.
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