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NIH Record  
Vol. LXV, No. 24
  November 22, 2013
NIH Soccer Club Enters the Off-Season
Charitable Giving Makes a Comeback at CFC Kickoff
Collins Advises NIH Fellows to Persevere When Going Gets Rough
Parasitic Disease Specialist To Give Neva Lecture, Dec. 4
NIH Officers Organize PHS Runners for Annual 10-Miler
Introducing the NIH Voluntary Leave Bank
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Nobel Laureate Schekman Offers NIH His First Post-Prize Talk

Dr. Randy Schekman speaks at Masur Auditorium.
Dr. Randy Schekman speaks at Masur Auditorium.

At his first official talk after being named one of three winners of the 2013 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, Dr. Randy Schekman not only explained his award-winning work to a packed Masur Auditorium on Nov. 4, but also gave the talk he had originally intended to present, before learning of his prize—a detailed investigation of the autophagy pathway, which offers keys to understanding mammalian cellular responses to stress and pathogen infection.

Schekman, professor of cell biology and developmental biology at the University of California, Berkeley, also used his newfound prominence to urge the scientific community to reconsider “where and how we choose to publish our most important work.” The pressure for scientists around the world to publish in just three so-called “high-impact” journals—Cell, Nature and Science—is not only corrupting the nature of scientific inquiry, he argued, but also is a technological leap backward toward an era when magazines, rather than the Internet, ruled academic publishing.

Koob Selected as NIAAA Director

Dr. George Koob will join NIAAA in January.
Dr. George Koob will join NIAAA in January.
Dr. George F. Koob, an eminent addiction neuroscientist at the Scripps Research Institute, will be the next director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. NIH director Dr. Francis Collins announced Koob’s selection on Oct. 31. Koob is expected to join NIH in January.

Koob is currently chairman, committee on the neurobiology of addictive disorders, and director, Alcohol Research Center, at Scripps’ campus in La Jolla, Calif. He earned his Ph.D. in behavioral physiologhnsy at Johns Hopkins University.