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Vol. LXIV, No. 17
August 17, 2012
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NICHD Celebrates 50 Years
‘HHS Night at the Ballpark’ Puts NIH’ers on the Field

“Play ball!” young Dillon Papier shouted through the loudspeakers July 18 at Nationals Park. With that the Nats took the field in what was to be another decisive victory over the New York Mets at HHS Night at the Ballpark.

More than 3,400 HHS employees, many from NIH, joined Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for the game. NICHD participated as part of its 50th anniversary commemoration. Papier, a patient of NICHD clinical director Dr. Forbes Porter, and his family joined HHS for the ballgame.

In sweltering heat that defined the hottest July on record, the event narrowly missed being deluged by storms that moved through the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area just an hour before game time.

About 15 minutes before the first pitch, the skies cleared as dozens of HHS employees and their friends and family members—recognizable by their department or agency logo T-shirts and caps—continued to stream through ballpark gates. Throughout the game, Sebelius made her way around park stands and concourses, meeting with HHS’ers and posing for photos with enthusiastic baseball fans.

(from l) Darrile Papier; Nicole Yanjanin, NICHD nurse practitioner; Mark Papier; NICHD deputy director Dr. Yvonne Maddox; HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius; Dillon Papier; NICHD director Dr. Alan Guttmacher; NICHD scientific director Dr. Constantine Stratakis; and NICHD clinical director Dr. Forbes Porter.

On the field to help commemorate NICHD’s 50th anniversary are (from l) Darrile Papier; Nicole Yanjanin, NICHD nurse practitioner; Mark Papier; NICHD deputy director Dr. Yvonne Maddox; HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius; Dillon Papier; NICHD director Dr. Alan Guttmacher; NICHD scientific director Dr. Constantine Stratakis; and NICHD clinical director Dr. Forbes Porter.

Sebelius makes her way throughout the park, chatting with enthusiastic baseball fans.
two views of a construction trailer along the perimeter fence at Old Georgetown Rd

Sebelius makes her way throughout the park, chatting with enthusiastic baseball fans.

Papier hi-fives Screech, the Nationals’ mascot.

Photos: Bill Branson/NIH, Chris Smith/HHS

Also attending agency night at Nationals Park are (from l) Christine Miller of CSR, Chol Pak of OD, Charlotte Pak of CC, Sebelius, Laura Anderson of CSR, Julie Peoples of NCI and Ned Culhane of OD.
Also attending agency night at Nationals Park are (from l) Christine Miller of CSR, Chol Pak of OD, Charlotte Pak of CC, Sebelius, Laura Anderson of CSR, Julie Peoples of NCI and Ned Culhane of OD.


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