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Vol. LXIV, No. 3
February 3, 2012

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Professor, Author Roberto To Give DDM Seminar

The Deputy Director for Management (DDM) announces the second DDM seminar of the 2011-2012 series “Management and Science: Partnering for Excellence.” The event on Thursday, Feb. 16 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, will feature Michael Roberto, author of Know What You Don’t Know and leading authority on how to improve strategic decision-making and avoid hidden catastrophes. He will discuss “Leaders as Problem Finders.”

Videocasting and sign language will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to attend should call (301) 496-6211 or the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339. For more information about the series, visit or call (301) 496-3271.

CC Gallery Features Chinese Art

CC Gallery Features Chinese Art

Photo: Guy Zoller

In time for the Chinese New Year, a dual media exhibit exploring Chinese brushpainting on paper and pottery by Tracie Griffith Tso is now on view at the Clinical Center, through Mar. 2. “Each piece of pottery is a complete painting in itself,” said Griffith Tso, of Reston, Va. “You can have your art and eat on it, too.” The “Inks to Earth” exhibition on the hospital’s first floor consists of wheelthrown and handbuilt pottery pieces juxtaposed against rice paper and ink paintings. Subjects include bamboo, horses, cranes, koi, pandas, siamese cats, rabbits, plum blossoms and a selection of birds and insects. Twenty percent of proceeds of sales of the art will benefit the Patient Emergency Fund.




Guillemin Gives Dyer Lecture, Feb. 8

Dr. Karen Guillemin

Dr. Karen Guillemin, associate professor of biology at the University of Oregon, will present the annual WALS R.E. Dyer lecture at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8. Her talk is “Molecular Dialogues with the Microbiota: Insights from the Zebrafish Intestine.”

Guillemin’s main research interest is the molecular interactions between animals and microorganisms in their environment. In particular, her laboratory studies Helicobacter pylori, a pathogen of the human stomach, to understand the effect of bacterial-host cell interactions on host development and homeostasis. They also use a zebrafish model to examine the benefits to animals of microbial associations.

The R.E. Dyer Lecture features internationally renowned researchers who have contributed substantially to medical as well as biological knowledge of infectious diseases. Established in 1950, the lecture series honors former NIH director Dr. Rolla E. Dyer, a noted authority on infectious diseases.

Kuller To Give Gordon Lecture, Feb. 15

Dr. Lewis H. Kuller

Dr. Lewis H. Kuller

Dr. Lewis H. Kuller, distinguished university professor of public health at the University of Pittsburgh, will present the annual Robert S. Gordon Lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 15. His talk is titled, “The Obesity Epidemic: Why Have We Failed?”

Kuller is nationally recognized for his contributions to the study of cardiovascular disease. He played a key role in the development of non-invasive techniques such as ultrasound and coronary tomography to detect heart disease in people without symptoms. In addition to his professorship, he directs the Pittsburgh site of the multicenter Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS), which led to a new risk factor index to improve coronary heart disease prediction. He is a co-principal investigator on the CHS Cognition Study, a large dementia study that has identified risk factors and brain changes with magnetic resonance imaging to predict dementia many years later.

The Gordon Lecture is given by a scientist who has contributed significantly to the field of epidemiology or clinical trials research. Established in 1995, it honors a former assistant surgeon general of the Public Health Service and special assistant to former NIH director Dr. James Wyngaarden.

NLM’s ‘Native Voices’ Exhibit Remains Open

NLM’s ‘Native Voices’ Exhibit Remains Open

Photo: Fran Sandridge

“There’s nothing else like this,” says NIH postdoctoral fellow Alika Maunakea during a visit to the National Library of Medicine’s exhibition “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness.” The exhibition explores health and medicine from the perspective of contemporary American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. Honoring the Native tradition of oral history, the exhibition features interviews with Native people who provide insight into topics such as the role of nature and spirituality in Native health and the relationship between traditional healing and Western medicine in Native communities. Visitors also can explore art and artifacts including a 20-foot tall healing totem (above) and a model of the famous voyaging canoe Hōkūle’a. The totem is the work of master carver Jewell Praying Wolf James and the House of Tears Carvers in Washington state. Numerous Indian tribes blessed the totem as it traveled across the country to NLM. The exhibition, on the first floor of Bldg. 38, is open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, except federal holidays. Visitors can view the exhibition independently or request a guided tour by calling (301) 594-1947 or completing an online request form at There is also an online version of the exhibition at

Hamlisch Performs Annual Holiday Concert

Marvin Hamlisch Gary Mauer

Renowned composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch (r) presented his seventh annual holiday concert at NIH—and his first in the Clinical Center’s atrium—on Dec. 20. He delighted an audience of patients, families, visitors and NIH’ers with his talents. Joining him was vocalist Gary Mauer (l), who has appeared in Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables. NIH director Dr. Francis Collins welcomed the composer, praising his commitment to music as a healing art. “That is what this place is about,” he said, “bringing the healing arts that are so amazingly represented here by the dedicated staff and the many people that come here putting their trust in the cutting-edge medicine that takes place here at the CC.”

NCI Symposium on Translational Genomics

Registration is open for the Second Symposium on Translational Genomics sponsored by the National Cancer Institute Center of Excellence in Integrative Cancer Biology and Genomics. The event will take place Mar. 15-16 in Natcher auditorium.

The symposium will provide a forum for the advancement, implementation and exchange of information on noncoding RNAs, next-generation sequencing and epigenomics and genetic variation for translation into clinical practice with the ultimate goal to improve the health of patients with cancer.

View a list of speakers and register online at Registration is free but seating is limited. For more information contact Laura Hooper at

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