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NIH Record  
Vol. LIX, No. 1
January 12, 2007
NIH’ers Unite to Help Fire Victims
NIAMS Relies on Administrative Support
New Fire Alarm System Leads Campus Security Upgrades
NIH Web Sites Win Customer Satisfaction
CC Staff Competes for Best Gingerbread House
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New Gateway Center to Debut Next Summer
  The new Gateway Center will open in summer ’07.
  The new Gateway Center will open in summer ’07.

Starting next summer, visitors to NIH will receive a new kind of welcome. With the Gateway Center—a 139,440-square-foot project now being built near the Medical Center Metro station—newcomers will find their own designated facility where they can park their cars and receive guest badges, directions, shuttle schedules, campus information and more.

The Gateway Center, going up on the south side of the South Dr. entrance to campus from Rockville Pike, will replace the current, temporary method of filtering non-patient entrants through a security screening area housed in trailers near Metro. “What you have right now is a temporary situation and I believe that for people unfamiliar with NIH it could be very confusing,” said Shahriar Saleh, a project officer in the Office of Research Facilities and manager of Gateway Center construction. He explained that the project took seed in 2003, when NIH determined that a “more formal, permanent” station would help visitors get oriented to the large campus. A study was conducted and the area near the Metro station was deemed the most appropriate locale.

Practicing ‘Medicine for the Soul’
Lecture Looks at Medicine, Healers Portrayed on Stage

To develop an enviable bedside manner, doctors might consider attending the theater. Historically, some of the most compassionate, effective models of medical care are seen in fiction on stage, according to recent National Library of Medicine lecturer Dr. Angela Belli.

“The human body under stress has been a source of speculation for dramatists since the first plays were presented before an engaged public,” she said, noting that Sophocles, in 409 B.C., offered one of the earliest portrayals of a warm and fuzzy physician in Philoctetes. A professor of English at St. John’s University in New York City, Belli discussed “The Art of Medicine on Stage: An Historical Perspective,” at a seminar hosted by NLM’s History of Medicine Division. “In an age when the powers of the human healer were restricted by a paucity of knowledge,” she said, “often the intervention of a god was the sole means of bringing about healing, at least on the stage. For Philoctetes the healing process begins with the power of love and compassion.”