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Director’s Album – Photos

My Gratitude to the NIH Police

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On September 10, I expressed my gratitude to the men and women of the NIH Police for their service during the pandemic and their heightened efforts over these many months to keep everyone safe on campus. Many officers gathered in NIH’s Wilson Hall for this appreciation event, and I addressed them remotely with my wife Diane Baker by my side. Colleen McGowan (bottom left), director of NIH’s Office of Research Services, emceed the event. Also joining in remotely was Sergeant Alvin Maker (bottom right), NIH’s Community Policing Coordinator. To NIH’s men and women in blue, thank you!

Thanking NIH’s Call Center and Contact Investigation Teams

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Screen shot of Zoom Meeting

Introduced by the leader of NIH’s Occupational Medical Service, Dr. Heike Bailin, and with my wife Diane Baker at my side, I recently met with the NIH Call Center and Contact Investigation teams to express my gratitude for the vital role they play in keeping our community safe from COVID-19. This screenshot of our virtual meeting on August 11 shows some of the more than 100 people that make up these important teams. At the same event, I also thanked the Positive Results and Return to Work teams for providing compassionate, knowledgeable guidance to NIH staff facing uncertainty and stress at home and at work. Credit: NIH

A Gala Event for Down Syndrome

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Global Down Syndrome Foundation teleconference with faces of participants
What a nice evening it was attending this year’s virtual AcceptAbility Gala, hosted by the Global Down Syndrome Foundation (GLOBAL) I was part of a panel that answered questions posed by “self-advocates,” folks with Down syndrome and/or their siblings. The questions generated a wide-ranging discussion and gave me the chance to highlight the excellent research now underway through NIH’s INCLUDE Project. GLOBAL, part of a network of affiliate organizations that work to improve the lives of people with Down syndrome, held the gala on July 21.

Expressing My Gratitude for a Job Well Done

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On July 21, I also had the opportunity to express my gratitude to the outstanding team at NIH’s Central Utility Plant (CUP). The CUP provides steam, chilled water, compressed air, and approximately 30 percent of the electricity to NIH’s Bethesda campus, serving an excess of 12 million gross square feet of facilities. That makes CUP one of the largest and most technologically advanced district energy plants in the US. While there, I visited the CUP control room, shown above. Very impressive. Thanks once again to Farhad Memarzadeh and everyone at CUP for helping to keep the NIH campus operating smoothly during this difficult time. Credit: NIH

A Thumbs Up for New NIH Research Center

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I enjoyed touring the future home of the Center for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias (CARD), now under construction on the NIH campus. The tour was led by Mitch Taragin, the CARD Project Officer, and he and I gathered afterwards with some of the dedicated construction workers for this group photo and a big thumbs up. That’s me front and center in the mask and hardhat. The 24,000-square-foot building is expected to open its doors in Spring 2022. The new NIH center will accelerate the translation of scientific findings on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias into real-world applications. The center is supported by NIH’s National Institute on Aging (NIA) and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). My visit took place on July 21, 2021. Credit: NIH

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