The Maryland School of Dance spread holiday cheer to pediatric patient families on Dec. 13 by performing excerpts from The Nutcracker at the Children’s Inn at NIH. The concert was sponsored by The XA Project, a non-profit charity founded by Dr. Audie Atienza. He is a health scientist at NIH who created the organization to bring the joy and beauty of the arts to children facing serious medical conditions.
NSO Horn Quartet Plays at CRC
The Clinical Center hosted a Horn Quartet performance by National Symphony Orchestra members (from l) Scott Fearing, Chandra Cervantes, James Nickel and Abel Pereira on Dec. 8. The group performed a selection of holiday music. The event, cosponsored by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, represents the National Symphony Orchestra’s 13th visit to NIH as part of the NSO Sound Health initiative, which brings orchestral music to area hospitals and medical centers.
Gingerly Carrying the Gingerbread House
With the sort of delicacy one associates with patient arrivals, gingerbread houses were delivered to the front door of the Clinical Center on the morning of Dec. 7, which was the start of NIH’s 12th annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest. Several creations were borne lovingly on wheeled aluminum gurneys, some of which were carried, to prevent vibrations from damaging the houses (see above). Bearing precious cargo are (from l) Sarah Puryear (postbac), Nadeene Riddick (IRTA), Ellen White (postbac) and fellows Fan Wu and Kenta Matsuda of NIAID’s Laboratory of Molecular Microbiology in Bldg. 4. Their house (right) features many Minions. Visitors to the display were invited to vote for their favorite houses, either by paper ballot or on Facebook. The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health donated the gingerbread house kits. From there, imaginations soared. At left, from top, are some winners: 1st place, paper; 1st place Facebook, 3rd place paper; and 3rd place Facebook. Below are the winning entries.
Winners of the Gingerbread House Decorating Contest