Author Archives: Circulating Now

March 01

Sitting by the Fireside: African American History, Women’s History, and Food

Circulating Now welcomes guest blogger, Psyche Williams-Forson, PhD. Dr. Williams-Forson is an associate professor and chair, Department of American Studies, University of Maryland-College Park and the guest curator of NLM’s exhibition, Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America. Leaving the month of February, when we celebrate Black History Month, and entering March, when […]

A woman examines the throat of a young girl. November 15

The Birth of the Physician Assistant

Circulating Now welcomes guest blogger Loren Miller, PhD. Dr. Miller is a curatorial assistant at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and guest curator of NLM’s exhibition, Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care. The physician assistant (PA) profession started as a uniquely American career that developed as a reaction to the changing […]

On the poster Peggy Fleming skating below the text I don't smoke cigarettes. August 18

Olympians Say “No” to Substance Abuse

by Erika Mills Every two years, the Olympics Games make heroes out of the world’s athletic elite. Champions win worldwide fame, admiration, and influence along with the medals and prize money. But any hero worth their salt knows that with great power, comes great responsibility. Popular athletes have huge sway over public opinion and consumer […]

Co-operate Eradicate Malaria April 25

Setting Our Sights on a World without Malaria

By Erika Mills Around 3.2 billion people—nearly half the world’s population—are at risk for malaria. In 2015, 214 million were infected and 438,000 died of the disease, mostly children in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and parts of the Americas. While there is still much to be done to eliminate the infection, we’ve made significant progress through […]

A photograph of a woman in a dark jacket and tie and a hat. June 03

Travels of a World War I Nurse

By Dan Caughey Photograph postcards, known as “real photo” postcards, were popular mementos to send to loved ones before and during World War I. There are dozens of examples in NLM’s collection of nursing postcards, which are highlighted in Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection, an exhibition that explores nursing history by examining depictions […]

Insulin now part of the plasmid is returned to the bacteria. December 09

Partners in Illuminating Science

Circulating Now welcomes guest blogger Aline Lin,  co-founder and principal of Link Studio, an interactive design and medical illustration company.  Aline worked with the Exhibition Program to bring our recent exhibition, From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry, to the web. Collaboration with the Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine […]

Students seated in front of the "A Voyage to Health" Exhibition banners listen to a man holding up a lai September 04

A Voyage to Health, a Connection to Communities

By Alicia Yanagihara When you think of the National Library of Medicine, what comes to mind? Is it a Polynesian canoe? That definitely wasn’t my first thought either, yet South Pacific seafaring traditions have a connection to the National Library of Medicine. When I found out I would be interning at NLM in the History […]