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J. Edward Rall Cultural Lecture

Meeting Actor James Brolin

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Francis Collins and James Brolin

Actor James Brolin was on campus on May 15, 2018 for the J. Edward Rall Cultural Lecture. I enjoyed the opportunity to say hello to him.


Talking With Barbra Streisand

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Francis Collins and Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand came to NIH on May 15, 2018 to deliver the annual J. Edward Rall Cultural Lecture. I got to sit down with her as the lecture moderator and discuss women’s heart health as well as the tremendous importance of including women in research studies.


Talking Music and Science with Yo-Yo Ma

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It’s not every day that an amateur guitar picker gets to play a duet with an internationally renowned classical cellist. But that was my thrill this week as I joined Yo-Yo Ma in a creative interpretation of the traditional song, “How Can I Keep from Singing?” Our short jam session capped off Mr. Ma’s appearance as this year’s J. Edward Rall Cultural Lecture.

The event, which counts The Dalai Lama, Maya Angelou, and Atul Gawande among its distinguished alumni, this year took the form of a conversation on the intersection of music and science—and earned a standing ovation from a packed house of researchers, patients, and staff here on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, MD.