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NIH Record  
Vol. LXVII, No. 12
  June 5, 2015
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‘The Power of One’
Weicker Celebrated Anew at NIH Building Dedication

Lowell P. Weicker, Jr., addresses crowd at building dedication on May 5.

Lowell P. Weicker, Jr., addresses crowd at building dedication on May 5.

Sometimes the power of one multiplies everything around it exponentially, for the good of all. Such was the career of the Connecticut congressman-turned-senator-turned-governor Lowell P. Weicker, Jr., who recently became the only person for whom two NIH buildings have been named.

As NIH director Dr. Francis Collins noted at the ceremony held May 5 under a tent in the parking lot of Bldg. 4, the event must have felt like déjà vu for those who had seen NIH dedicate Bldg. 36 to Weicker in May 1991. Although that building gave its life (and campus real estate) for the advance of neuroscience, the man in whose spirit the structure was named never left the hearts and minds of NIH.

A key lawmaker for more than 20 years, Weicker is known best in biomedical research circles “for the courageous stance he took on HIV/AIDS in the 1980s and for backing up that courage with the resources to make a real difference in our ability to understand the disease and extend the lives of those it struck,” Collins said. “Buildings come and buildings go, but reputations—and sometimes, solidly built historic buildings—actually endure; this one does. So for all these reasons, the pairing of the Lowell P. Weicker personality and impact on history with Bldg. 4 is a very good fit.”


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NIH’ers Leave Cars at Home for Bike to Work Day

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins welcomes BTWD participants.

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins welcomes BTWD participants.

Some NIH’ers actually enjoy their commute. And on May 15, hundreds of bike riders convened at 3 NIH-affiliated “pit stops” to celebrate Bike to Work Day.

A total of 617 cyclists registered for NIH’s observance of BTWD. At the pit stop in front of Bldg. 1, 338 registrants could pick up snacks, a free T-shirt, enter a raffle and maybe learn a new shortcut or two from a fellow rider. The NIH Bicycle Commuter Club (NIHBCC) organized the annual event.

The other two NIH-affiliated BTWD pit stops were Rockledge Drive at Rock Springs Business Park and Fallsgrove Village Center, near NCI Shady Grove in Rockville.


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