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New Deputy Director Jerry Sheehan’s Journey to NLM

How did a guy with an electrical engineering degree from MIT wind up at the National Library of Medicine? ♢ The question has two answers ♢ The short answer, said NLM’s new deputy director Jerry Sheehan, is that “NLM is the place to be if you’re interested in information technology and information dissemination, and want to put…

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…