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NIH Record  
Vol. LXV, No. 7
  March 29, 2013
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Black History Month
Rodgers Speaks on Obesity, Disparity, Progress

NIDDK director Dr. Griffin Rodgers gives keynote talk at Black History Month observance.

NIDDK director Dr. Griffin Rodgers gives keynote talk at Black History Month observance.

At the annual NIH Black History Month program on Feb. 20, keynote speaker and NIDDK director Dr. Griffin Rodgers spoke to a diverse audience about his vision to harness the power of science as a tool for justice. His address, “The Role of Biomedical Research in Addressing Obesity & Type 2 Diabetes,” honored the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Many common, chronic, costly and consequential diseases disproportionately affect the African-American community as well as other people of color. What we have learned from NIH research empowers us to be well enough to participate in society to the fullest extent—in a sense, emancipated from preventable disability, disease and premature death,” said Rodgers.

Obesity is epidemic in the U.S., where half of all African Americans, compared to about a third of all whites, are obese. Obesity increases the risk of developing many complications, including type 2 diabetes, the leading cause of kidney disease.
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FAES Prepares to Open Academic Center, Consolidate Offices

Dr. Edwin “Ted” Becker has overseen renovations for FAES in Bldg. 10.

Dr. Edwin “Ted” Becker has overseen renovations for FAES in Bldg. 10.

After a decade of planning, the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences is getting ready this spring to cut the ribbon on the highest profile undertaking in FAES’s 54-year history at NIH: a 20,000-square-foot renovation in the heart of Bldg. 10’s first and B1 floors that will encompass a bookstore and coffee bar, abundant classroom space, a large, skylighted terrace, new administrative offices, a faculty club/dining room and a graduate student lounge.
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