On September 24, I was named the 2020 Templeton Prize laureate as part of a virtual ceremony held at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. It was quite a humbling experience to appear on the stage to receive a prize awarded previously to legendary figures such as Mother Teresa, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and the Dalai Lama. Here is my acceptance address titled, “In Praise of Harmony.” I share the address in the continued hope that we may all find greater harmony in life.
In the blog post “3D Printing the Novel Coronavirus,” I mentioned receiving my very own 3D-printed model of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVD-19. I shared this impressive model, created by the NIH 3D Print Exchange, with viewers during our third virtual NIH Town Hall meeting. The one-hour meeting was held on May 21, 2020 for employees, contractors, fellows, and trainees now sheltering at home to discuss the multi-phased return to the NIH workplace that will begin in June. Credit: NIH
Appointed the 16th Director of NIH by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate. He was sworn in on August 17, 2009. On June 6, 2017. President Donald Trump announced his selection of Dr. Collins to continue to serve as the NIH Director.