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NIH Record  
Vol. LXVII, No. 20
  September 25, 2015
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MIT’s Boyden Blows It Up to See It Better

MIT’s Dr. Ed Boyden kicks off the WALS season with a talk on Sept. 2 in Masur Auditorium.

MIT’s Dr. Ed Boyden kicks off the WALS season with a talk on Sept. 2 in Masur Auditorium.

You don’t hear the expression “ground truth” much in biology, which would often settle for “reproducibility,” at least in the short term, as a scientific goal. Ground truth is more the territory of physics, so it’s no surprise that the lead-off hitter in this season’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series was trained in that science.

MIT’s Dr. Ed Boyden studied physics and electrical engineering at both MIT and Stanford, where he collaborated with Dr. Karl Deisseroth in opening the field known as optogenetics. He has earned the right to stake out ground truths and shared generous portions of that search Sept. 2 in Masur Auditorium before as large a crowd as one could hope to get just a few days prior to Labor Day.

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins opened the talk, touting both the series—“the high intellectual point of our NIH week”—and the speaker: “Ed is an innovator of the highest order.”

Boyden, who holds six leadership posts at MIT, including teaching a course in “revolutionary ventures” that encourages entrepreneurship, directs a technology group determined to map the pathways from neurons to behavior, from the nanoscale to the macro.


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‘Total Worker Health’ Programs Can Increase Employee Well-Being

Safety and health programs that protect employees from work-related injury and illness along with wellness programs that promote environments supportive of healthy living can help employees reach their full potential. So said Dr. Anita Schill at the 2015 NIH Safety, Health and Wellness Day in Kirschstein Auditorium, Bldg. 45.

Known as Total Worker Health Programs (TWHP), these types of programs “integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness prevention efforts—all in the name of advancing worker well-being,” said Schill, a senior science advisor to the director of CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.


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