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NIH Record  
Vol. LXVII, No. 4
  February 13, 2015
NIH Scholar Makes Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ List of Leaders
MSQ in 26th Year of Entertaining at NIH
Global Health Expert Garcia To Give Neva Lecture, Feb. 25
Briggs Honored for Fighting Kidney Disease
Mider Lecture Features NCI’s Mackall, Feb. 25
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Who’s the Boss?
HHS Secretary Burwell Visits NIH for Town Hall, Science Briefings

HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell
HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell

Our boss at HHS is a 2-year-old taking a bath in a blue bucket, and—particularly for NIH—a 66-year-old being treated at the Clinical Center for a rare kidney cancer. Every day, in everything we do, we should identify and focus on the boss, urged NIH’s boss of 7 months, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, who visited the agency Jan. 28 for an intense 2˝ hours of tours, research updates, a town hall meeting and a roundtable discussion. In addition, Burwell found time to chat briefly with several of NIH’s senior scientific leaders as well as meet a patient.

“Our mission at HHS is to make sure people have the building blocks of healthy and productive lives,” Burwell said, addressing the Masur Auditorium assembly. “Here at NIH, you all are an anchor of that work every single day…Every day your research—and the work you’re doing clinically with that research, the whole stage and spectrum of the work that’s being done here—is fundamental and core to the building blocks of healthy and productive lives.”


‘Been a Good Ride’
R&W President Schools Ends Long Career

Randy Schools
Randy Schools
There are two kinds of healing in the world, one mediated by medicine and the other by caring. Randy Schools, who has run the NIH Recreation & Welfare Association for the past 38 years—reinventing the organization’s role and reach—has excelled in the latter. And although he retired on Jan. 30, his philanthropic ties to NIH are too rich and varied to sever.

He came to NIH in 1977, having just survived a near-fatal bout with myocarditis. He leaves because, at age 70 and having just survived a long hospital stay with sepsis, he can no longer be everything to everybody, and everywhere at once.

“I feel like I’ve gone down a little bit,” is all he’ll say about his own health.