A high school girl wearing safety goggles smiles broadly.

School May Be Out for Summer, but Science Is Always In

Just before the end of the school year, hundreds of middle and high school students from the Washington, DC area gathered at NIH for the National Library of Medicine’s third annual Science Pathfinders Day. Through demonstrations, hands-on activities, and speeches, students got to experience what it might be like to work in a lab, a…

A double-hulled voyaging canoe rests on the still waters of the Potomac River

Hōkūleʽa Sails Worldwide with Healing Messages

“Every journey begins with a dream, a vision that can unite others,” said Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and Pwo (expert) navigator of the Hōkūleʽa. “When people come around a set of shared values, they can achieve extraordinary things.” Thompson recounted the dream of the double-hulled voyaging canoe Hōkūleʽa, from its original…

MLA Conference attendees ride the escalator past a sign welcoming them to Toronto.

Medical Library Association Meets and Tweets

Meeting in Toronto, more than 1,100 medical librarians, including more than 35 from NLM, gathered in May for the Medical Library Association’s 116th annual meeting and exhibition. The joint meeting with the Canadian Health Libraries Association and the International Clinical Librarian Conference attracted librarians from around the world. Meeting highlights included the John P. McGovern…

Mosquito evolve from eggs, to larva to pupae to adults.

Zika Virus: Fight the Bite

Lots of people are wondering what they can do to prevent Zika. High school students can help. Infectious disease expert Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner presented “Zika Virus: Fight the Bite” to high school students participating in a distance learning program at NLM this spring. Dr. Macgregor-Skinner urged students to “communicate, collaborate and connect” by using cellphone cameras…

Dr. Jonna Mazet

Diseases Jumping from Animals to Humans: Leiter Lecture Up for Viewing

At the annual Joseph Leiter Memorial Lecture held earlier this month, guest speaker Jonna Mazet, DVM, MPVM, PhD, talked about her specialty—diseases that jump from animals to humans. “Most of the infectious diseases that we see today like Ebola, MERS, even Zika originated from an animal host,” she told the audience. “How can we stop…