Re: [asa] Francis Collins confirmed as director of NIH

From: Rich Blinne <>
Date: Sat Aug 08 2009 - 14:52:36 EDT

On Aug 7, 2009, at 3:59 PM, Terry M. Gray wrote:

> Dare we say "Non-controversial"
> TG

In a Senate who cannot agree what color the sky is, Dr. Collins was
approved unanimously. The following was a statement made by Senator
Harkin (D-Iowa) when Dr. Collins was nominated:

July 8, 2009
Harkin Statement On The President's Intent To Nominate Dr. Francis
Collins As Head Of NIH

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) released the following
remarks today in reaction to President Obama’s announcement that he
will nominate Dr. Francis Collins as director of the National
Institutes of Health (NIH).

“In selecting Dr. Francis Collins to lead the National Institutes of
Health, President Obama has made an inspired choice. Dr. Collins is a
brilliant scientist – his leadership on the Human Genome Project
ushered us into a new era of scientific understanding. But what has
been less appreciated is his administrative ability. In fact, when
the Human Genome Project began in 1990, people predicted that it would
take 15 years at a cost of $3 billion to complete the work. Thanks to
Dr. Collins’ leadership and management, it took just 13 years and cost
$2.7 billion to complete.”

“Dr. Collins’ ability to communicate complex ideas and policies to
Congress and the public will serve us all well. In all the years I’ve
known him, I’ve never ended a conversation with him without feeling
smarter and more hopeful for the future.”

“I applaud President Obama for choosing Dr. Collins, and I predict the
Senate will confirm him.”

Rich Blinne

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