Surprise Visit from the President
President Barack Obama visited the NIH on December 2, 2014, to thank NIH for its continuing work on the Ebola virus. “One of the things that has always marked us as exceptional is our leadership in science and education research,” he said in an address to a packed Masur Auditorium. “Here at NIH, you have always been at the forefront of groundbreaking innovations.” He also visited two of NIAID’s Vaccine Research Center labs—Mario Roederer’s and Nancy Sullivan’s—that led the successful Ebola vaccine trial (see Intramural Research Briefs in this issue). From left: NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, President Obama, and Nancy Sullivan.