January 12, 1999
Diversity Is Theme of Program Honoring Martin Luther King
U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services
Late Fall Heat Wave|
Lively Debate Warms ACD Meeting
By Rich McManus
Last month's meeting of the advisory committee to the NIH director
was a lot like the unusual weather the week it was conducted -- a
tad hotter than anyone expected. While it included, early in the
agenda, a winning synopsis of progress in the Human Genome
Project delivered by NHGRI director Dr. Francis Collins, who
reviewed the ambitious scope of the institute's new 5-year plan, the
next two topics -- plans for an "NIH Academy," including a
degree-granting graduate school, and a revisiting of last summer's
Institute of Medicine report on priority-setting at NIH -- provoked
passions around the table. Deliberations were further enlivened Dec.
3 by the presence of special invitees including Katherine Graham,
chair of the Washington Post executive committee.
NEI Exhibit Informs, Delights Visitors
What NIH program has visited 17 United States cities since 1993? What has attracted more than 3.1 million visitors? What is educational, fun and enjoyed by both children and adults?
Step to the head of the class if you said the National Eye Institute's traveling exhibit. This display, called VISION, continues to draw strong crowds in museums and other locations across the country.