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NIH Record  
Vol. LXII, No. 23
  November 12, 2010
Good Practice Is More than Facts, Figures, Inui Says
Dinarello To Give 2010 Kinyoun Lecture
Hudson Named to Deputy Directorship
NIMHD Concludes Inaugural Health Disparities Course
ORWH Seminar Explores Effects of Environmental Exposures on Gene Action
NIH Leave Bank Available to Three Institutes
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Collins Rocks the Mall
NIH Attracts Thousands at First USA SciFest
  NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, “the scientific rock star,” draws an enthusiastic crowd at SciFest.
  NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, “the scientific rock star,” draws an enthusiastic crowd at SciFest.

Hundreds of NIH’ers banded together for 2 days in downtown D.C. to show thousands of children and families how the agency turns discovery into health during the USA Science & Engineering Festival held Oct. 23-24. NIH was one of more than 500 science/engineering organizations to present more than 1,500 hands-on exhibits and displays on the National Mall and at Freedom Plaza and Wilson Plaza along Pennsylvania Ave.

An estimated 500,000 people attended the first-of-its-kind festival over the 2 days, according to organizers.

Activities and demonstrations at the event were sprinkled with musical performances, game shows and other entertainment, including a Sunday afternoon mini-concert where NIH director Dr. Francis Collins rocked the Mall tent stage.

NIAAA Holds 40th Anniversary Symposium
  NIAAA acting director Dr. Kenneth Warren
  NIAAA acting director Dr. Kenneth Warren
For 40 years, NIAAA has been at the forefront of the field of alcohol research, supporting scientists in an array of specialty areas—from genetics and neuroscience to prevention and treatment. Since its creation in 1970, NIAAA’s work has helped to redefine the public’s perception of alcoholism, leading to the understanding that it is a disease that is both preventable and treatable. Further, NIAAA has brought attention to a number of previously unrecognized public health issues such as the deleterious effects of drinking during pregnancy, the impact of underage and college drinking and the positive and negative actions that alcohol can have on various organs of the body.