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NIH Record  
Vol. LXIII, No. 13
  June 24, 2011
Asian Heritage Event Features Former NCI Scientist
Seminar Highlights the ‘Social’ in Social Media
HHS’s Koh Commemorates Minority Health Month
NIH B-Ballers Take to Court in Heated Competition
Experts Answer Questions on Children’s Mental Health Day
NINR Promotes Nursing Science, Training at Conference
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Brace Yourself for BRAC-Associated Commuting Challenges

The majority will arrive by car and they aren’t waiting until September to get here.

Officially, as part of the Defense Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, the National Naval Medical Center across the street will become Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) on Sept. 15. The new Walter Reed is expected to add approximately 4,300 daily commuters, including nearly 1 million patient visits annually—a doubling of the current rate. Many of these patients and the staff to support them are already beginning to arrive.

Although the increase seems daunting, when viewed against the current 77,000 daily commuters in this area, it amounts to only a 6 percent increase. If NIH staff and others do their part to reduce traffic congestion, everyone benefits and we reduce the chance of gridlock, says the Office of Research Services.

What Can You Do?
As employees, consider teleworking, flexible and alternative work schedules, off-peak commuting, Transhare and alternative commuting options such as vanpool, carpool, bicycles, Metrorail and NIH shuttle, public and subscription bus services. Each option gets one more car off the road during peak periods.

Fauci Provides Perspective on 30-Year Fight Against HIV/AIDS

NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci.
NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci
Marking the 30th anniversary of the first published reports June 5, 1981, of a mysterious ailment that would later be called HIV/AIDS, NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci, NIH’s—and arguably the nation’s—chief medical spokesman on the disease, offered a uniquely personal perspective of the fight against the worldwide pandemic. Fauci presented a 50-minute talk before a packed Masur Auditorium on May 31.

In often-humorous, often-poignant reflections, he described his personal journey: How “a medical curiosity I thought would go away” transformed a scientific research career, launching it onto the pages of history.