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Michele Lyons

Michele Lyons, curator of the NIH Stetten Museum, loves learning about what has and is happening at the NIH. She'd like people to understand that history is what we are making every day and to think about how we can document the present for the future.

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Archivist's Choice – Favorite Historical NIH Photos

Monday, September 18, 2017

For September's Office of NIH History blog entry, Archivist Barbara Harkins picked out a few of her favorite photos to highlight from the collection—a difficult task when limited to only eight! We hope you enjoy these images, and please let us know which ones are your favorites in the comments.

Summer Outside at the NIH

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

It’s the middle of summer and you should get outside! This month I'm sharing some landscape photos of the National Institutes of Health main campus from our History Office collection to inspire you to get outside to play, like this one of the playground at the Children’s Inn.

Medallions and Medicine

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Medallions and coins are both beautiful artwork and symbols of what achievements and people we value. These are some of the beautiful medallions and coins in the NIH History Office collection—and the stories that go with them.

NIH Women of the National Academy of Sciences, 1977-1998

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

What do Presidents Lincoln, Wilson, Eisenhower, and Bush have in common? They all supported the creation of a group of scientists, elected by their peers, to advise the government on matters of science and technology. In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re focusing on the women NIH scientists who’ve been elected to the National Academy of Sciences to serve their country with their expertise.

NIH Heart Surgery Artifacts – Aortic Valve Bypass Assembly

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Sometimes as a museum curator, I come across a box in the collection with a vague marking and full of bits and pieces of … something. One of the coolest things is finding out what that something was and who created it. This photo shows pieces from the NIH lab of Dr. Stanley Sarnoff, dating from 1954-1962.

Developing Methods to Study the Brain's Visual System in Action

Friday, January 6, 2017

How does the brain know that what we’re looking at is standing still or moving? Dr. Robert H. Wurtz developed methods for studying the visual system, a technique now widely used for the study of higher brain functions, to find the answer to that question.

Sliding Through Science History, Part 2

Friday, June 10, 2016

Are you beginning to think that slide rules look alike? If you could see the types and number of scales, you’d understand that each slide rule model is different. There are specialized scales for cubes, spheres, voltage, etc. Check out a few of the slide rules that made history with IRP investigators.

Sliding Through Science History

Thursday, May 26, 2016

What do Isaac Newton, Thomas Jefferson, Albert Einstein, and Apollo astronauts have in common? They all used slide rules! We're highlighting some of the slide rules in our collection used by scientists at the NIH in their quest to improve human health.

New NIH Museum Acquisitions: Benjamin to Buttons

Monday, May 2, 2016

It’s hard to imagine that just 26 years ago, getting email capability was a big achievement, because connectivity and computers go hand in hand. In 1990, the National Institutes of Health Utility Network (NUnet) connected all 36 NIH buildings on and off campus.

New NIH Museum Acquisitions: Computer Boards to Coloring Books

Friday, April 15, 2016

Have you ever had a PET scan? (That’s short for positron emission tomography.) This computer board, called a discriminator, was one of 64 in the Neuro-PET scanner designed and built at the NIH under the direction of Dr. Giovanni De Chiro.