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NIH Scientists to Share Advances in Medical Research with Maryland and DC Middle and High School Science Students

National Library of Medicine to Welcome 600 Students to “Science Pathfinders” Event on NIH Campus, September 26th

What does 3-D printing have to do with health and medicine?  How do forensic scientists use DNA to genetically “fingerprint” and identify crime and disaster victims?  How can a high school science student start a career at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)?  The answers to these and other questions will be heard at an upcoming symposium, “Science Pathfinders at NLM/NIH,” Friday, September 26, 2014, in the Natcher Auditorium (Building 45) on the NIH campus, Bethesda, Maryland, from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM.  This is the second in a series of symposia to be convened by the NIH’s National Library of Medicine, in partnership with the Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM) and Mentoring In Medicine.  It will be attended by more than 600 middle and high school students invited from Maryland and the District of Columbia.

“Developments and advances are occurring at an incredible speed—all with the promise of enhancing human health and improving the quality of life,” noted Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, director of the National Library of Medicine.  He added, “I believe that the presentations students will hear at this event will spark even greater interest, and I predict an exciting and fulfilling future for those that pursue a career in science and medicine.”

“I am delighted to bring this program to the Washington DC area.  We look forward to capturing the imagination of our young people and offering the inspiration and motivation for them to become scientists and engineers, said Lynne Holden, MD, President and Executive Director of Mentoring In Medicine.

The “Pathways” symposium will bring together top scientists and medical doctors to discuss and demonstrate some of the latest advances in medical research. Students will be able to ask questions of the speakers following their individual presentations, and also explore an exhibition currently on display at the Library, Native Voices:  Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness.  They will learn about careers in science and medicine at the NIH and the NLM, and explore some of the online resources of the world’s largest biomedical library.

About the National Library of Medicine
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is the world's largest library of the health sciences and a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Located on the Bethesda, Maryland, campus of the NIH, the Library is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (except federal holidays), and its vast online resources are available free to the world at www.nlm.nih.gov. Admission to all onsite NLM exhibitions is free. For more information, go to: www.nlm.nih.gov/about/visitor.html.

About the Friends of the National Library of Medicine
The Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM) organization was formed in 1986 as a nonprofit organization to promote, publicize, and support the Library. FNLM is a coalition of individuals, medical associations and societies, hospitals, health science libraries, corporations, and foundations, dedicated to increasing public awareness and use of the NLM, as well as to support its many programs in research, education, and public service.

About Mentoring In Medicine
Mentoring In Medicine (MIM) is a non-profit organization that works with students in disadvantaged areas from third grade through graduate school with a mission to diversify the biomedical workforce by mentoring and exposing underrepresented students to careers in science and health care.

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