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NIH Record  
Vol. LXIV, No. 7
  March 30, 2012
Kuller Outlines Difficulties in Fighting The Obesity Epidemic
TEDMED Talks To Stream Live at NIH
Stem Cell Investigator Sasai To Give Sayer Lecture, Apr. 16
Riley Delivers NIAAA Mendelson Lecture, Apr. 19
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Brace for More BRAC-Related Commuting Challenges

One of the busiest intersections in the nation—Rockville Pike at Cedar Lane— will get busier.
One of the busiest intersections in the nation—Rockville Pike at Cedar Lane— will get busier.
You may have noticed some roadway changes to support the integration of Walter Reed Army Medical Center with the National Naval Medical Center. Already we experience long waits to exit onto Rockville Pike in the evenings and additional congestion in the mornings, adding time and frustration to our daily commute. For the estimated 18,000 NIH staff who work on the Bethesda campus along with our patients and visitors, it will only get worse before it gets better.

Roadway construction to support Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) for the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center started earlier this month. Expect additional delays related to construction of new turn lanes and partial widening of Wisconsin Ave., Jones Bridge Rd., and Cedar Ln. Portions of Rockville Pike and Connecticut Ave. in Bethesda and North Chevy Chase will see construction work for 3 years.

Former NIH Colleagues
Daytons Collaborate on Novel of Iran

Dr. Andrew I. Dayton

Dr. Andrew I. Dayton

Dr. Andrew Imbrie Dayton, a senior investigator at FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research in Bldg. 29 for the past 18 years, seems to have had no real choice in becoming a novelist.

After all, the Philadelphia native, going back many generations, has been steeped all his life in family stories stretching to the Colonial era; his 7th great-grandfather was acting Pennsylvania Gov. James Logan (1736-1738).

And since 1976, when he met his Iranian-born wife Elahe Talieh Dayton while both were in immunology class at the University of Pennsylvania (“That’s where guys go to pick up chicks,” he quipped), he has been regaled with Scheherazadean tales: one of Elahe’s ancestors was a sepahsalar or war minister (equivalent to a duke), one of her grandmothers was one of four wives in a harem and another lived to age 108.