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NIH Record  
Vol. LXIII, No. 7
  April 1, 2011
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Ready to Stand Up Oct. 1
Collins Gives Update on NCATS at Town Hall Meeting
Dr. Francis Collins

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins addresses employee morale, NCATS at town hall meeting.

NIH’s proposed new addition—the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, or NCATS—is on schedule for its Oct. 1 delivery date, said NIH director Dr. Francis Collins at a Mar. 14 town hall meeting in Masur Auditorium. The 63-minute session provided a chance for him to update employees on NCATS progress and answer their questions.

Collins first acknowledged that the meeting was occurring during a time when global attention was fixed on a natural disaster. An earthquake-followed- by-tsunami devastated northeastern Japan on Mar. 11 and threatened a much larger region past Japanese borders.

“All of us are watching with great alarm and concern,” Collins said about events unfolding in the Pacific. He said he and other staff are waiting to learn how NIH might help the situation.

Alda Offers Ways to Improve Science Communication
Actor Alan Alda

Actor Alan Alda

Actor Alan Alda, who once directed the powers of geniality, wit and intelligence on the intractable rigidity of the Army in his role as physician Hawkeye Pierce in the long-running TV comedy M*A*S*H, is now unleashing the same positive energy on another implacable institution: academic science.

One of four guest speakers at a Mar. 1 STEP forum titled “Look Who’s Talking: Communicating Your Message Fearlessly and Flawlessly,” Alda demonstrated how the tools of his profession, specifically improvisational acting, can benefit the human-to-human contact that most effectively transmits scientific information.