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NIH Record  
Vol. LXII, No. 22
  October 29, 2010
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24th Version of Event
Research Festival Honors Spirit of Nobelist Nirenberg
  NIH director Dr. Francis Collins opened the 24th NIH Research Festival, which honored the spirit and accomplishments of Dr. Marshall Nirenberg.
  NIH director Dr. Francis Collins opened the 24th NIH Research Festival, which honored the spirit and accomplishments of Dr. Marshall Nirenberg.

It’s hard to believe that it was less than a year ago that NIH’s first intramural Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Marshall W. Nirenberg (1968), was presiding with his customary warmth and enthusiasm over a symposium in honor of his groundbreaking discovery of the universal genetic code in the early 1960s at NIH. He died only 2 months after that November 2009 event, so it was appropriate that the 2010 version of NIH’s annual Research Festival was held in his memory Oct. 5-8.

“Marshall Nirenberg’s imprint on NIH research is immense,” said NIH director Dr. Francis Collins in remarks opening the festival on Oct. 5 in Masur Auditorium. “There is probably no one here whose work is not dependent in some way on his legacy...in many ways, he was really the soul of the [intramural research] program.”
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$40 Billion Up for Bid
NIH Calls for Potential IT Contractors, Targets Small Businesses

NIH, through its Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC), has solicited proposals to establish government-wide acquisition contracts (GWACs) worth about $40 billion—the second-largest GWAC program award ever. Two solicitations are involved: one unrestricted solicitation has been released; a second solicitation restricted to small businesses will be released shortly.

“The separate small business set-aside is designed to better protect the interests of small business,” said Mary Armstead, NITAAC program director. “The two nearly identical solicitations will each have a 10-year period of performance and contract ceilings of approximately $20 billion.”
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