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Tickling the NIH ivories

The grand piano in the National Institutes of Health's Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Center fills the facility with music

Lauren Urban
Visitors to the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, find themselves in the middle of an airy atrium at the hub of units and labs and above a cluster of tables and chairs where both scientists in lab coats and patients sit. Wander through the floors of the facility and you may hear music wafting from the Steinway grand piano at the center of that spacious atrium. It's very likely that those ivories are being tickled by one of NIH's own. In 2005, the director of the clinical center, John Gallin, and its architect Bob Frasca were discussing the layout of the new building over coffee when the idea of placing a piano at the heart of the facility was born. The idea spread to the researchers that would make the center their home, including linkurl:Tracey Rouault,;;http://mmp.nichd.nih.gov/personnel.html head of the section...

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