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Diane Baker

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!

Yes, Imagine

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During these tough times, music is a great convener and healer for everyone. I recently sat down at the piano to play this song, which is dedicated to my NIH family. The song is a variation on John Lennon’s classic tune, “Imagine,” with some new words from Carrie Wolinetz, NIH’s Associate Director for Science Policy. My wife Diane Baker is the videographer, her cell phone holding steady in our music room. When the COVID-19 outbreak is all over, the thing that we’ll remember the most is how everyone pulled together to make a difference in the world. That day will come. Yes, Imagine.


A Special Honor from Washingtonian Magazine

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Washingtonian Luncheon
What a thrill it was for me and my wife Diane Baker to join nine others in being named Washingtonians of the Year 2019. The award, now in its 48th year, is sponsored by Washingtonian Magazine and honors people whose “hard work, creativity, innovation, and commitment” help to make the Washington, D. C. area a great place to live. That certainly describes Diane, as well as our commitment as a couple to give back to the community. During the awards luncheon, the honorees gathered for a photo. Diane is in the front row wearing a gold sweater. The luncheon was held on January 15, 2020 at the Willard Hotel, Washington, D.C. Credit: NIH

Camp Fantastic 2019

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Camp Fantastic 2019
On August 15, I spent the evening at Camp Fantastic, Front Royal, VA, with my wife Diane Baker (front) and all these incredible kids. Camp Fantastic allows children undergoing cancer treatment to spend a week around the campfire and feel like regular kids again. So far, more than 2,000 children have benefited from this wonderful program. I should note that camp volunteers are asked to wear funny hats, which I gladly did. So did Steve Chanock (middle left), the camp’s medical director and a researcher at NIH’s National Cancer Institute. He’s the one in the corn cap. Credit: NIH.

Commencement 2019 at Sarah Lawrence College

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Commencement 2019 at Sarah Lawrence College
On May 23, Sarah Lawrence College held its Graduate Commencement 2019 under a large tent on the South Lawn of its Bronxville, NY campus. Sarah Lawrence alumna Diane Baker, a pioneer in genetic counseling whom I’m lucky to call my wife, and I gave the commencement address. Afterwards, I snapped this photo with Diane (center) and Sarah Lawrence president Cristle Collins Judd (right). Congratulations graduates!

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