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NLM Lecture Series

October 26, 2022

Ada Lovelace Computational Health Lecture

Sponsored by the NLM Intramural Research Program, the Ada Lovelace Computational Health Lecture Series recognizes the contributions of computer scientists in research on health and biomedicine. Celebrating Ada Lovelace, one of the first woman computer programmers, this lecture series celebrates the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

View a playlist of Ada Lovelace Computational Health Lectures.


Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lectureship

Sponsored jointly by NLM and the Medical Librarian Association (MLA) since 1983, the Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lectureship focuses on subjects related to biomedical communications. The lecture is presented every other year at NLM and in alternating years at MLA’s annual meeting.

View a playlist of Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lectures.


Lindberg-King Lecture

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Sponsored jointly by NLM and the Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM), the Lindberg-King Lecture honors the legacy and contributions of Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, former NLM Director, and Donald West King, MD, former NLM Deputy Director for Research and Education. Speakers from various academic and professional institutions are invited to speak on a range of topics, such as bioinformatics, precision medicine, computing, and library management.

View a playlist of Lindberg-King Lectures.


NLM History Talks

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Sponsored by the NLM History of Medicine Division (HMD), NLM History Talks promote awareness and use of NLM and related historical collections for research, education, and public service in biomedicine, the social sciences, and the humanities. The series also supports the commitment of the NLM to recognize the diversity of its collections—which span ten centuries, encompass a range of digital and physical formats, and originate from nearly every part of the globe—and to foreground the voices of people of color, women, and individuals of a variety of cultural and disciplinary backgrounds who value these collections and use them to advance their research, teaching, and learning.

View a playlist of NLM History Talks and read interviews with NLM History Talk speakers on HMD’s Circulating Now blog.

NLM History Talks also include the following annual lectures:


James H. Cassedy Memorial Lecture in the History of Medicine

For more than a decade, the NLM History of Medicine Division has hosted this annual lecture in honor and memory of the late Dr. James H. Cassedy (1919–2007), renowned historian of medicine, 50-year employee of NLM, editor of the printed Bibliography of the History of Medicine, and supporter of many essential research tools valued by generations of scholars. During his distinguished scholarly career, Dr. Cassedy received every major honor that the national professional society in his field, the American Association for the History of Medicine, could bestow. Read interviews with recent Cassedy lecturers on Circulating Now.

View a playlist of James H. Cassedy Memorial Lectures in the History of Medicine.


Michael E. DeBakey Lecture in the History of Medicine

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The annual Michael E. DeBakey Lecture in the History of Medicine is given by a recipient of the NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine, which supports research in the historical collections of NLM. The Fellowship was established in 2016 and is supported by The DeBakey Medical Foundation. Michael E. DeBakey (1908–2008) was a legendary American surgeon, educator, humanitarian, and medical statesman. During a career spanning 75 years, his work transformed cardiovascular surgery, raised medical education standards, and informed national health care policy. Read interviews with recent DeBakey lecturers on Circulating Now.

View a playlist of Michael E. DeBakey Lectures in the History of Medicine.


Science, Technology, and Society Lecture

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Sponsored by the NLM Office of Strategic Initiatives, the Science, Technology, and Society Lecture aims to raise awareness around the societal and ethical implications of biomedical research conduct and the use of advanced technologies. Each spring, NLM invites a leading voice working at the intersection of biomedicine, data science, ethics, and justice to present their research and how it relates to the mission and vision of both NLM and NIH. NLM sees such considerations as fundamental to advancing biomedical discovery and human health for the benefit of all.

View a playlist of Science, Technology, and Society Lectures. 


Last Reviewed: November 16, 2022