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NIH Record  
Vol. LX, No. 6
March 21, 2008
Levitin Reveals Your Brain on Music
NIH Celebrates Earth Day 2008
NIH Battles Global Epidemic of Non-Communicable Diseases
Nobel Laureate Smithies Connects with Students
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Marks Institute’s 45th Year
NICHD Renamed for Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Advocate For Institute’s Founding
  Eunice Kennedy Shriver speaks at Mar. 3 ceremony in her honor.
  Eunice Kennedy Shriver speaks at Mar. 3 ceremony in her honor.

They came from two coasts, both houses of Congress and both sides of the aisle. Among the guests were senators, congressmen, a former vice presidential candidate and the governor and first lady of California. All came in tribute to Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

Shriver, 86, a lifelong champion of people with intellectual disabilities, was the driving force behind the establishment of NICHD 45 years ago. Her foresight brought about an institute that seeks to secure children’s health and to delineate the biological mechanisms underpinning human development, from conception through adult life.

Strategies from Past To Fix Future
Politics Help with Health Gaps?
  Dr. Samuel Roberts
  Dr. Samuel Roberts

Let’s go back to the future, said Dr. Samuel Roberts of Columbia University. By revisiting strategies from the 1950s, 60s and 70s, we may be able to close some of the nation’s most stubborn gaps in health. But first we must toss out the “sound-bite” way of viewing black history.

During February, he said, African-American History Month celebrations rightly focus on the sit-ins, marches and speeches usually associated with the Civil Rights Movement. But what often gets glossed over in the “obligatory references to I Have a Dream and We Shall Overcome” is the power of citizen protests. “We tend at times to empty them of meaning,” Roberts said. A deeper look at history shows tangible improvements are won with determined and well-reasoned outrage, not with the chants and slogans that become popular battle cries later.