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NIH Record  
Vol. LXVII, No. 9
  April 24, 2015
 Features
NLM Symposium Welcomes Multiple Nirenberg Gifts
NIH Scientists Featured in PBS Cancer Documentary
Alzheimer’s Summit Seeks to Transform Drug Discovery, Prevention
Two To Give NCCIH Straus Lecture
Reid Gives NCI Lecture on Molecular Diagnostics, May 7
NIH Minority Health Promotion Day, Apr. 30
Watkins To Give 2015 Kreshover Lecture
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‘Help NIH Be NIH’
Senators Visit, Double Down on Commitment to Biomedical Research

The two U.S. senators from Maryland may be on a mission—to prove once again that biomedical research has no better friends representing NIH in the nation’s upper law-making chamber. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), vice chair of the Senate appropriations committee, and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) both visited the agency in the same week, each pledging unwavering support—backed by sponsored legislation—for increased and stable funding for NIH.

Mikulski called for a 10 percent increase in NIH’s budget during a Mar. 31 visit to the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences intramural research facility in Rockville.

Abundant backing. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (l) Sen. Ben Cardin (r) pledge additional support for NIH.
Abundant backing. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (l) and Sen. Ben Cardin (r) pledge additional support for NIH.

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Women Scientists Added to Online Reference
NIH Marks Women’s History Month with All-Day Wikipedia Edit

NIMHD’s Cherie Duvall Jones participates in a wiki edit at NIH.

NIMHD’s Cherie Duvall Jones participates in a wiki edit at NIH.

NIH celebrated Women’s History Month by adding women scientists to the pages of Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia that has become the go-to reference for millions of Internet users. A real-time all-day edit-a-thon in Wilson Hall on Mar. 13 featured a corps of expert wiki editors—called “Wikipedians”—from the Washington, D.C., area and New York City who offered technical training, tips and tricks.

“Today, we are joining a federal effort to improve knowledge about women in science through creation and enhancement of information on Wikipedia that will lead to inspiring young people, encouraging scientists and providing information for educators that there have been more female contributors to science since Marie Curie—and some of them are still active and some of those have even won the Nobel Prize,” said event organizer Dr. Marin Allen, deputy director of NIH’s Office of Communications and Public Liaison, in opening remarks. OCPL teamed up with the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the National Library of Medicine’s National Center for Biotechnology Information to host the event.
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