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Fall 2011 Update

NIDDK Scientific Director Dr. Ira Levin (center) is honored by NIDDK Director Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers (at podium) at a celebration in honor of Levin's retirement after 48 years of government service.Director's Note

When I began working as a fellow at the National Institutes of Health, I’d recently finished my medical residency. I planned to stay a few years and then move on to an academic institution to continue my research. However, I found so many opportunities at NIH, from the potential to do clinical, translational, and basic research to the vast human resources – talented and diverse researchers and staff whom I was able to work with and learn from. With such abundant opportunities to grow as a researcher and to serve the public, I never left. 

I’m one among many. Dr. Ira Levin, the NIDDK scientific director, is the model of what an NIH career can be. Ira retired in July after nearly 48 years at NIH. He began as a guest researcher in 1963 and went on to publish hundreds of scientific papers, breaking new ground again and again in his field of spectroscopy and earning awards and the admiration of his colleagues along the way. He also led the intramural program with modesty and unpretentiousness. Through tight budgets and difficult decisions, he was the epitome of grace under pressure. More »​​​​​

Commendations and Commencements

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Calendar

November 3
NKDEP Coordinating Panel Meeting
Natcher Conference Center,  
NIH Building 45
Bethesda campus

November 14-15
Meeting on Measurement of Urinary Symptoms  
(MOMUS)  
Natcher Conference Center - Main Auditorium,  
NIH Building 45  
Bethesda campus

November 29
NIDDK Administrative Speaker Series:  
Dr. Andrew Narva, director of the National Kidney  
Disease Education Program  
10-11 a.m., Lipsett Amphitheater,  
NIH Building 10  
Bethesda campus

January 24  
NIDDK Administrative Speaker Series:  
Dr. Francesco Celi, NIDDK Diabetes, Endocrinology,  
and Obesity Branch  
10-11 a.m., Lipsett Amphitheater,  
NIH Building 10  
Bethesda campus

February 22
NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series  
NIDDK researcher Dr. Wei Yang  
Genome Integrity and Cancer Prevention: Molecular  
Mechanisms of DNA Repair  
3 p.m., Masur Auditorium,  
NIH Building 10  
Bethesda campus

March 13
NIDDK Administrative Speaker Series:  
Dr. Richard Farishian, director of the NIDDK Office  
of Science Program and Policy Analysis  
10-11 a.m., Lipsett Amphitheater,  
NIH Building 10  
Bethesda campus

March 26
Hepatitis E in the United States - An NIH Research Workshop  
Lister Hill Auditorium,  
NIH Building 38A  
Bethesda campus

May 22
NIDDK Administrative Speaker Series:  
Dr. Jay Hoofnagle, director of the NIDDK Liver  
Disease Research Branch  
10-11 a.m., Lipsett Amphitheater,  
NIH Building 10  
Bethesda campus

For a list of meetings visit our Calendar of Events.

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