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NIH Record  
Vol. LXV, No. 8
  April 12, 2013
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Any ‘Discovery…a Little Bit of Poetry’
Pulitzer-Winning Poet Dove Gives Rall Cultural Lecture

Poet Rita Dove responds to audience questions at the 2013 Rall Cultural Lecture in Masur Auditorium, as NIH director Dr. Francis Collins observes.

Poet Rita Dove responds to audience questions at the 2013 Rall Cultural Lecture in Masur Auditorium, as NIH director Dr. Francis Collins observes.

A mixed-race violin prodigy, a self-proclaimed “African prince” and Beethoven (yes, the Beethoven). That unlikely trio provides much of the fascinating storyline in poet Rita Dove’s latest book, Sonata Mulattica. The Pulitzer-winning former U.S. poet laureate offered NIH’ers tantalizing tidbits from her work on Mar. 13 at the 2013 J. Edward Rall Cultural Lecture.

“We need—all of us—to be pushed out of our comfort zones every once in a while,” said Dove, beginning her talk after having lunch with postdocs and touring the Children’s Inn and a pediatric unit of the Clinical Center. “That’s why I send my poetry students to science and math—kicking and screaming—and they come back enriched. I think we’re all perpetual students. It’s when our minds are open to something new—and sometimes a little frightening—that the old-and-familiar gets refreshed and energized.”
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Barabási Presents Advances in Network Medicine

Dr. Albert-László Barabási

Dr. Albert-László Barabási

Physicist Albert-László Barabási’s network theory merges with a fundamental need of researchers and clinicians.

Since the mapping of the human genome, the amount and structure of the data we’re getting means we have to think differently about biological systems and disease pathologies.

Enter the human diseasome. This is all the diseases of an individual or group, viewed as a whole, with special focus on genetic features.

Like its cousins genome, proteome and metabolome, the diseasome (disease + ome) is a totality, a whole field of study and a new approach. And like 17th-century explorers circumnavigating the globe, we have only a partial map, which we revise as we sail.
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