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NIH Record  
Vol. LXIII, No. 5
  March 4, 2011
USAID’s Shah Calls for More Science to Sustain Global Health Gains
Ranganathan Named Senior Advisor to Collins, Hails from Pharma
NIH’ers Named AAAS Fellows
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Fought for Freedom, Respect
Black History Event Honors African Americans’ Civil War Contributions

Historian Royce Kinniebrew gives keynote address at Black History Month observance.

This year’s Black History Month observance focused on the role of African Americans in the Civil War. The country marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the conflict this year.

The event, sponsored by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management and the NIH Black Employment Program committee, provided “an opportunity to hear more about the contributions of African Americans to this nation,” said Dr. Lawrence Tabak, principal deputy director of NIH, in welcoming remarks.

He recalled several prominent black scientists who have guided NIH, including the late Dr. Geraldine Pittman Woods, who played a pivotal role in the development of several NIH minority programs; the late Dr. John Diggs, who served as NIH deputy director for extramural research; and, more recently, newly appointed Dr. William G. Coleman, Jr., of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, the first African-American scientific director of an NIH institute.

Scientists Shed Light on Future of Genomics
Dr. Sean Eddy of HHMI Janelia Farm explains how researchers read the code of the human genome.

Dr. Sean Eddy of HHMI Janelia Farm explains how researchers read the code of the human genome.

Prominent investigators in genomic research shared their visions of the field’s future with a crowd at Natcher Conference Center on Feb. 11. The meeting, hosted by the National Human Genome Research Institute, marked the release of its new strategic vision for genomics, which was published Feb. 10 in Nature.

Joining NHGRI director Dr. Eric Green for the day-long symposium “A Decade With the Human Genome Sequence: Charting a Course for Genomic Medicine,” were NIH director Dr. Francis Collins; Dr. James Watson, Nobel laureate, founding director of what became NHGRI and co-discoverer of the molecular structure of DNA; Dr. Eric Lander, director of the Broad Institute; and Dr. Maynard Olson, professor emeritus of genome sciences and medicine at the University of Washington.