Michael DeBakey in surgical scrubs at Methodist Hospital, operating room in background

The Texas Tornado: NLM Commemorates Heart Surgeon DeBakey

Anyone who has ever had heart surgery owes a debt of gratitude to the late Dr. Michael DeBakey. Today, coronary bypass is considered a routine operation but heart disease wasn’t even treatable back when DeBakey graduated medical school. His work made cardiovascular surgery possible; his inventions and revolutionary procedures continue to save countless lives. A…

Four high school girls stand together wearing lab coats

Mentoring in Medicine Event Surprises and Motivates Students

The students’ gasps were audible when Dr. Lawrence Tabak, principal deputy director at NIH, shared how many times his medical school applications were rejected. Not once. Not twice. No. His 29 applications were all rejected. And yet, he persevered. Perseverance, motivation, curiosity, and the importance of mentors were just a few of the themes of…

Split screen images: Dr. Collins on the left, Kate Rubins of NASA on the right

NLM Supports Space Chat 2016

NIH went a bit intergalactic on October 18 when, from aboard the International Space Station (ISS), flight engineer and biologist Dr. Kate Rubins of NASA discussed research aboard the orbital laboratory—particularly the DNA sequencing experiments—during an in-flight conversation with NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins. The National Library of Medicine was glad to help contribute to its success.…

Light pink membranes encase T-cells, creating a flower-like structure

“Beauty of Science” at NLM

When NLM Director Patricia Flatley Brennan, PhD, called on NLM staff to unleash their creativity and provide art that captured the “Beauty of Science,” they answered with 23 submissions. Entries included 3D imaging of T-cells, a scarf woven with a double helix, scientific photographs, blown glass, a hand-carved wooden stamp of the Library’s front facade,…