Obama taps UVA alum Collins to run NIH
President Obama announced July 8 he's chosen famed geneticist, UVA alum, and Staunton native Dr. Francis Collins to be his director for the National Institutes of Health. "Dr. Collins is one of the top scientists in the world," the president said of Collins in a statement, "and his groundbreaking work has changed the very ways we consider our health and examine disease." Collins is most famous for decoding the human genome in 2000. Born in Staunton in 1950, Collins received his B.S. in chemistry from UVA in 1970. Collins joins Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano as the second UVA alum appointed by President Obama to head a federal department or agency.
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