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Behind the Scenes, Animal Caretakers and Technical Staff Contribute to High-Quality Research

Employee examining mouse cage.

By Frank Blanchard, Staff Writer; photos by Frank Blanchard and Richard Frederickson, Staff Photographer

Each day at 6 a.m. the lights pop on inside 18 buildings on the NCI at Frederick campus, illuminating the residential quarters for thousands of research mice. For the mice, it’s the end of their nocturnal day.  For their caretakers, however, the day has just begun.

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Puzzler Solution: Just Making an Observation

Woman and man holding a framed picture.

Congratulations to the Poster Puzzler winner!

John Gallagher, research technician, Biological Testing Branch - In Vivo Evaluation, Leidos Biomedical Research, is pictured (right) with Andrea Frydl, public affairs specialist, NCI Office of Scientific Operations.

Editor’s Note: It looks like we stumped you. None of the puzzler guesses were correct, but our winner was the closest to getting it right. He guessed it was a sanitary sewer clean-out pipe, and that’s what the photo looks like, according to our source at Facilities Maintenance and Engineering. Please continue reading for the correct puzzler solution. 

By Ashley DeVine, Staff Writer

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Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address: “A Few Appropriate Remarks”

President Lincoln

Illustration commissioned by Local of 1 of the Amalgamated Lithographers of America, 1961. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress

By Ken Michaels, Guest Writer

Editor’s note: Because Presidents’ Day is celebrated in February, we are honoring one of our nation’s greatest presidents and most skillful communicators.

In a recent article in the Poster, I mentioned that the words “I have a dream” are not to be found in the manuscript that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. took to the lectern on Aug. 28, 1963, during the celebrated March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom demonstration. When he sensed that his prepared speech was missing the mark, he resorted to the “dream” speech, which he had given several times previously, albeit not on the national stage. The result was the speech now considered the greatest American speech of the 20th century.

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A Really Great Speech That Almost Wasn’t

Portrait of Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.

By Ken Michaels, Guest Writer

As the anniversary of the birth of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. approaches, I’m reminded of two other, equally noteworthy, events that have special meaning to aficionados of excellence in speechifying. And they are especially significant to those in our geographical area; both occurred within 50 miles of Frederick, Md.                                    

The first event occurred on Aug. 28, 1963, when King delivered a speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the celebrated March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom demonstration. The other event was 100 years earlier, on Nov. 19, 1863.

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