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NIH Record  
Vol. LXVI, No. 4
  February 14, 2014
 Features
Exercise Your Way to a Longer, Healthier Life, Forum Speakers Urge
NIH Diet Plans Named Best, Once Again
NIAID Research Thrives in Mali
Maddox Launches Diversity Seminar Series at CSR
NIH Holds Diversity Workshop, Taps Experts
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‘Why Are We Here?’
Casadevall Speaks on Origins of Microbial Virulence

Dr. Arturo Casadevall gives Kinyoun Lecture.
Dr. Arturo Casadevall gives Kinyoun Lecture.
What killed the dinosaurs? In his recent Joseph J. Kinyoun Memorial Lecture, Dr. Arturo Casadevall offered the possibility that the fall of the reptiles and rise of mammals were linked by differing susceptibility to fungal diseases.

Professor and chair of the department of microbiology and immunology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York, Casadevall argued that science can be fun.

“In biology, we don’t think any more,” he said. “In fact, we can’t think without data, and I think that’s one of the things that we have lost.”

His talk embodied fearless scientific thought in action. He explained how Darwin wouldn’t get published today, confronted the current state of scientific publication, posed fundamental questions usually not heard in scientific talks and redefined virulence.
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Reconnect to the ‘Why’
Former Navy SEAL Greitens Offers a New Meaning of ‘Frontline’

Dr. Eric Greitens, former SEAL, speaks at NIH.
Dr. Eric Greitens, former SEAL, speaks at NIH.
When Dr. Eric Greitens, former Rhodes scholar turned Navy SEAL, says “frontline,” it’s hard not to imagine a battlefield in Iraq or Afghanistan.

A military frontline is well understood by servicemen and women: it’s a place of pain, hardship and fear, a place where victories are won and friendships are formed.

But a frontline is not just a military term.

“Every person has a frontline,” Greitens said recently in Masur Auditorium, wherehe gave a talk in the Deputy Director for Management Seminar Series. A dynamic lecturer and role model, he spoke on “Inspired Leadership in Challenging Times,” launching this year’s DDM series in robust fashion.


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