On July 1, 1965, Alan Schechter drove his light blue VW bug to the NIH for his very first day on the job. The car didn’t last long on Maryland’s roads, but the driver is showing little sign of wear. “The fact he is still here 50 years later is a testimony to him,” Bob Adelstein told the crowd that had gathered for a symposium he helped organize to honor Schechter.
NIDDK scientist Alan Schechter. who's been at NIH for 50 years, has trained a number of postdocs who have gone on to have successful careers. Here's a few of them and what they had to say about their beloved mentor.
How the Brain Recognizes Faces and Their Expressions of Emotions
BY MANJU BHASKAR, NINDS
“Face recognition is a remarkable ability, given the tens of thousands of different faces one can recognize, automatically and effortlessly, sometimes even many years after a single encounter,” said National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) neuroscientist Leslie Ungerleider. Her research has helped to identify how different regions of the brain work together to identify faces as well as to read facial expressions of emotion.
The young teenage girl “just wanted to get better and look normal,” recalled NIH dental clinical research fellow Andrea Burke. The girl’s face was asymmetrical, with one eye higher than the other, and the underlying bones were deformed. “It was difficult for her to be around her peers.”
Intramural research highlights: Promising news for Zika vaccine; genetic mutation leads to loss of motor function; new potential treatment for Gaucher and Parkinson diseases; high concentrations of acetaminophen associated with decreased male fertility; new principle in chemotherapy resistance; new medication shows promise against liver fibrosis; how cell-signaling molecules regulate the mammary genome; and new standardized guidelines for brown-fat research.
Experts Advise Graduate Students Not to Try to Lead Too Soon
BY LAURA STEPHENSON CARTER
“I never intended to be running an academic hospital and research institute like Sloan Kettering,” said Craig Thompson, who has been the president and CEO of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York since 2010. Thompson was one of several professionals sharing leadership secrets with NIH graduate students during the Lasker Lessons in Leadership Program.
George F. Koob, recognized as one of the founders of the field of addiction research, became a Knight of the French Legion of Honor in recognition of his leadership in developing scientific collaborations between France and the United States.
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