Anne Altemus

An Evolving Job: Focus on Anne Altemus

When Anne Altemus was a teenager, a medical illustrator came to her high school and talked about her career. Altemus missed the presentation, but her friends were there. They had advice for her: This is really cool. You should do this. Altemus agreed. Even though she had no idea what it would be like be…

Donald Bliss

From Doodling to a Career: Focus on Donald Bliss

When Donald Bliss was growing up, he was constantly drawing and doodling. “In high school, my biology teacher, Clark Harris, gave me bonus points for my illustrations in my lab reports,” said Bliss, the videographics lead in NLM’s Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications’ Audiovisual Program Development Branch. “And sometimes, I’d even go from…

Jeff Day

Communicating Science: Focus on Jeff Day

Dr. Jeff Day says it was his art that gave him the “extra oomph” that set him apart from other medical school applicants. And ironically, Day says it was medical school that paved the way for him to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a cartoonist. Art on the side In high school, Day was…

Kristen Browne

Bridging the Gap: Focus on Kristen Browne

Oh sure, she drew pictures of Ninja turtles when she was growing up, but art was never Kristen Browne’s thing. Biochemistry was. As a biochemist, she ran a lab, did research, and published papers. But one day, the Vancouver native and University of British Columbia graduate was online and came across a graduate program in…