J. Edward Rall Cultural Lecture
The J. Edward Rall Cultural Lecture is the annual capstone event of the NIH Director's Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series and features an extraordinary speaker of profound cultural significance. The series dates back decades but was renamed in December 2008 in honor of Joseph “Ed” Rall, who helped to define NIH’s modern intramural research program and, in the 1950s, to establish a stable academic-like community within a rapidly expanding government agency. Rall was a consummate scientist, a charismatic mentor and recruiter, and an engaging Renaissance man who profoundly influenced the style and substance of the NIH intramural research program. It was Rall who recommended in 1984 that NIH add a cultural lecture to its Director’s Lecture series, reflecting his broad interest in science and his desire to enrich the NIH scientific community. For more information on Ed Rall’s legacy, see video here.
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