skip navigation
NIH Record  
Vol. LXVI, No. 7
  March 28, 2014
History Professor’s Inspiring Talk Celebrates Black History Month
Ultraviolet Light-Emitting Robot Helps Minimize Spread of Germs in CC
Antibiotic Overuse in Childhood May Increase Risk of Obesity
Researchers Shine Light on Potential Approach for Treating Alcoholism
NINR Establishes Office of End-of-Life, Palliative Care Research
printer friendly version
Disarming Laughter
Dalai Lama Visits NIH, Lectures in Natcher

His Holiness the Dalai Lama (r) and NIH director Dr. Francis Collins
His Holiness the Dalai Lama (r) and NIH director Dr. Francis Collins
A crowd of about 1,000 NIH’ers filled Kirschstein Auditorium on Mar. 7 to hear His Holiness the Dalai Lama give the annual J. Edward Rall Cultural Lecture. But it was the Dalai Lama’s laughter—a sudden, prolonged, heartfelt and guttural chortle—that disarmed the room.

The laugh came frequently, too—a sort of instructive laughter-in-italics that implied permission to laugh along. It was the laughter of the barbershop, the kitchen, the loading dock—worksite laughter that bonds colleagues and widens the plank all sentient creatures walk.

“Indeed I am extremely happy to visit this famous institution,” said the Dalai Lama, seated on stage with NIH director Dr. Francis Collins on his right and an interpreter, infrequently consulted, on his left. “I feel honored…What I have learned,” he said, pointing to his head, “is [that] the controller is here. I want to know more how it works.”

‘The Sweet o’ the Year’
NIH Prepares Campus for Spring

Shakespeare called this season “the sweet o’ the year.”

Nothing like a real winter to make you appreciate a real spring—and the folks who monitor and maintain our grounds.

Studies show that attentiveness to one’s surroundings can improve concentration and a sense of connectedness. Here’s something to contemplate as the Office of Research Facilities prepares NIH for spring.

“This is a unique campus,” says ORF project officer Canute “Ken” Hunter as he eases his pickup out of Bldg. 22 onto Center Dr. During winter, the U-shaped building stores heavy trucks and front loaders plus 300 tons of sand and salt.

With his colleague Fred Greene, Hunter oversees 4 contracts with crews for snow removal, landscape, pavement maintenance and garage/street sweeping both at the main campus and the NIH Animal Center (NIHAC)-Poolesville.