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NIH Record  
Vol. LX, No. 5
March 07, 2008
Program Trains Next Generation of Administrators
Upgrades Under Way for Bldg. 31’s C Wing
Mother, Daughter Donate Cells, Years Apart
NIH’er Scores Big with D.C. Basketball
Seeds for Earth Day 2008 Sown
NIH Recycling Program Updates
Computer Training Spring 2008 Term Now in Session
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Very Good Services, More Needed
NIH Child Care Program Assessed

A new assessment shows the NIH Child Care Services Program is successful in several ways, but could greatly benefit from more slots for kids in child care centers to alleviate an unusually long waiting list. To stay competitive, NIH should also have more family-friendly benefits like backup child care and paid time off or short-term disability for maternity leave, the research suggested.

Dr. Michael Kirsch, vice president of the company that conducted the assessment, IMPAQ International, offered these and other findings at a recent NIH child care board meeting here.

History Office Welcomes New Director
  Dr. Robert Martensen

In Dr. Robert Martensen’s life there are rivers within rivers, a confluence of the humanities—art, philosophy, history— with the practice of medicine. Now far from triage and trauma resuscitation, he’s reflecting on the experience of illness and his years in the ER, which is where, he says, “the rubber meets the road.”

By the time Martensen came to Bethesda to head the Office of NIH History in October 2007, he had not only earned degrees from Harvard (B.A.), Dartmouth (M.D.), and the University of California, San Francisco (Ph.D.), but also he had practiced emergency medicine for 25 years; held several university appointments, including chair of medical humanities and philosophy of medicine; and received a Guggenheim fellowship to support a book, The Brain Takes Shape: An Early History (Oxford; 2004).