One of the world’s largest collections of medical films and videos is at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), which has been collecting and preserving them—and making them available to researchers—since the 1950s.
An Interview with Renée Fleming and Francis Collins
BY JOANNA CROSS, NIMH
What happens when you get a world-renowned scientist and a famous opera singer in the same room? A spontaneous rendition of “The Times They Are a-Changin’” and the establishment of an important collaboration.
Speech and Music May Have Shaped Human Brain Circuits for Hearing
BY CHRISTOPHER THOMAS, NINDS
In the eternal search for understanding what makes us human, scientists found that our brains are more sensitive to pitch, the “higher” and “lower” (or “deeper”) sounds caused by differences in wavelength, than our evolutionary relative the macaque monkey.
The mini symposium honored the work of NIH’s newest NAS members: two elected in 2018, Clare Waterman (NHLBI) and Michael Gottesman (NCI-CCR), and two elected in 2019, Elaine Ostrander (NHGRI) and Michael Lenardo (NIAID).
Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series Presentation in April 2019
BY HUSSAIN ATHER
To create dynamic, precise images of cells, scientists have had to refine their microscopy methods to study them. Physicist Eric Betzig, a co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy,” delivered the lecture “The Secret Lives of Cells” on April 24, 2019.
Read about discoveries made by NIH intramural researchers: immune system can slow degenerative eye disease; scientists develop a “mini-brain” model of prion disease; studies about obesity and weight gain; increase in aggressive uterine cancers; and more.
The lush colors of crabapple and cherry blossoms bursting into bloom in New York City’s Riverside Park inspired artist Jon Friedman to create this painting, “Crescendo,” in the 1990s. The piece, on loan to NIH, now resides in a sunlit stairwell in Building 49 on the NIH Bethesda campus.
One of the First NIH Researchers to Study Bioengineering
BY LAURA MANELLA, NIDCD
Richard Chadwickpioneered bioengineering technologies that have allowed researchers to study delicate tissues—such as those in the inner ear—without touching or damaging them. Chadwick, who was chief of the Section on Auditory Mechanics in NIDCD, retired in April 2019 after having spent 39 years at NIH. He continues to serve NIH as a scientist emeritus and is also the new scientist-emeritus editor for the NIH Catalyst.
Highlighting the Work of Our Unique NIH Staff Scientists
BY KATHRYN MCKAY, NLM
Valerie Schneider dives deep—whether it’s into the ocean or her work. Ironically, if it weren’t for a fish, this developmental biologist and deep-sea diver might not have rediscovered her love of genetics and landed a career as a staff scientist at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine.
Both intramural and extramural NIH scientists are using the special environment of space to gather new insights into human health. Symptoms of accelerated aging and many health conditions, such as immune-system changes and bone and muscle loss, occur more rapidly in space due to the effects of microgravity.
NEWS FROM AND ABOUT THE SCIENTIFIC INTEREST GROUPS
New SIG: Myeloid Malignancy Interest Group’s Inaugural Symposium
The new Myeloid Malignancy Scientific Interest Group celebrated its launch with an inaugural symposium on April 22, 2019. Myeloid malignancies, such as myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML), are rare, often highly fatal, cancers of the blood cells. The goal of this SIG is to intensify collaborations across the NIH communities and contribute to the ongoing growing momentum and interest in addressing these diseases and developing better treatments.
Want to Improve Your Scientific Writing Skills? There’s Training for That!
BY CRAIG MYRUM, NIA
The primary responsibilities of most NIH trainees include running experiments and analyzing data. But effectively reporting scientific findings is arguably an even more important task. Without adequate skills in writing, scientists are less likely to get grants or have their work published.