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The Children’s Inn Turns 30

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The Children’s Inn at NIH just celebrated its 30th anniversary. In just three decades, The Children’s Inn has given more than 15,000 children, young adults, and their families a second home while at NIH participating in research studies. To mark this wonderful milestone, I recorded the song, “Somewhere Past the Pandemic. Enjoy!

In Praise of Harmony

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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.


Honored to Receive Templeton Prize

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Last May, it was such an honor to learn that I’d been selected the 2020 Templeton Prize Laureate. The virtual ceremony was held last night at the National Academy of Sciences. But back in August, folks with the Templeton Prize recorded this brief video in which they asked me to reflect on the pandemic and the quest to find a cure. I enjoyed seeing the video, and I hope you do, too. The Templeton Prize honors people whose career achievements advance Sir John Templeton’s philanthropic vision: applying the power of science to explore the deepest questions of the universe and humankind’s place and purpose within it. Sir Templeton was an investor and philanthropist who died in 2008.

A Novel, 3D-Printed Virus

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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


My Virtual Greeting to X-STEM All Access Conference

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The USA Science & Engineering Festival just held its X-STEM All Access conference, though this year in a virtual format. It was my pleasure to videotape some brief remarks for the conference, and I offer them here to share the excitement and encourage young people to consider careers in the sciences. The opportunities that await in the biomedical sciences in particular are unprecedented, and there are lots of great jobs to be had. X-STEM All Access is an interactive online experience for kids. Through a series of daily livestream events, students will hear from an exclusive group of visionaries about careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. My videotaped remarks were shown on May 18, 2020.


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