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NIH Record  
Vol. LXIII, No. 12
  June 10, 2011
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Warm, Gracious Ceremony
Official Portrait of Former Director Zerhouni Presented
NIH director Dr. Francis Collins (l) and Dr. Nadia Zerhouni
NIH director Dr. Francis Collins (l) and Dr. Nadia Zerhouni undraped the official portrait of Dr. Elias Zerhouni.
The portrait constructed of words—even the ones razzing him for his taste in fine clothes and fast cars—had to be at least as satisfying to former NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni as the one completed with brushstrokes, as he returned to campus May 20 to preside over the presentation of his official portrait in Bldg. 1.

At a 50-minute ceremony in Wilson Hall, a gathering of past and present institute, center and Office of the Director officials embellished the image of Zerhouni—whom artist Steve Craighead had placed standing and smiling alongside a desk—with warm evocations of the former director’s character and intellect.

"Elias has been gone from NIH for 2½ years, but his impact is with us every day," said NIH director Dr. Francis Collins. "We remember Elias's fearless leadership of NIH for a space of 6½ years…My appreciation has really grown…of the many things that you did right and I am the greatest beneficiary of that legacy."

Different Spokes for Different Folks
Hundreds of NIH Cyclists Enjoy 2011 Bike To Work Day

NCI director Dr. Harold Varmus (l) and NIH director Dr. Francis Collins
NCI director Dr. Harold Varmus (l) and NIH director Dr. Francis Collins share a light moment after both gave brief remarks to those who pedaled to work on May 20..
Despite the pervasive thunderstorms leading up to 2011’s Bike to Work Day, the morning of May 20 was perfect for the record 11,000 two-wheeled commuters around the D.C. region. NIH’s nearly 700 participants were treated to cool weather, a bright blue sky and even smoothies made with a bicycle-powered blender.

This year, NIH hosted three pit stops in and around campus: in front of Bldg. 1, on Executive Plaza and at the Rock Springs Business Park in partnership with Marriott International, Inc.

At pit stops, bikers enjoyed breakfast, camaraderie, raffle prizes, bike maintenance services and the wisdom of seasoned bikers like Dr. Harold Varmus, director of NCI.