Office of the Ombudsman

Confidential - Neutral - Independent - Informal



Dear Colleagues,

The NIH Office of the Ombudsman would like to invite you to attend the inaugural NIH Gadlin Lecture.  The inaugural Gadlin Lecture will be given by renowned animal behaviorist Dr. Frans B. M. de Waal.

Topic:                   “Animal Emotions and Empathy

Date:                     Thursday, May 10, 2018

Time:                     2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location:             Lipsett Amphitheater, Clinical Center, NIH Main Campus

The Gadlin Lecture Series was created in honor of the first NIH Ombudsman, Howard Gadlin, who retired in 2015.   The Gadlin Lecture Series will be an annual NIH cultural event honoring Dr. Gadlin’s commitment to scholarship, creative problem-solving, and conciliation and cooperation in a competitive environment.  Dr. Gadlin is a past Chair of the Interagency ADR Working Group and a past president of both UCOA and The Ombudsman Association (precursor to the International Ombudsman Association).

Dr. Frans B. M. de WaalDr. Frans B. M. de Waal is known for his work on the behavior and social intelligence of primates.  He draws upon research on empathy in primates to make connections to potential areas of study for human behavior.  His scientific work has been published in hundreds of peer-reviewed journals, and he is also the best-selling author of the books Chimpanzee Politics (1982) and Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? (2016).  Dr. de Waal is the C.H. Candler Professor in Psychology at Emory University, and Director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Center. He has been elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.  In 2007 Time Magazine selected him as one of the Worlds’ 100 Most Influential People Today. 

Because there is limited seating to this event an RSVP is required if you are not a member of the NIH community (e.g., NIH employee, fellow, PI, special volunteer, etc.).  Those wishing to attend the lecture who are not members of the NIH community are required to submit a RSVP by May 8, 2018.   To RSVP please visit  Upon receiving your RSVP we will provide you with maps and detailed directions to Lipsett Amphitheater on the NIH campus.




J. Kathleen Moore, Ph.D

Director and Ombudsman

Office of the NIH Ombudsman

Center for Cooperative Resolution