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NLM Supports Outreach Efforts to Diverse Communities

Betsy Humphreys, acting director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM); Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, director emeritus of the NLM; and Nainoa Thompson, master navigator of the Hokule'a.
Photo Courtesy of Bill Branson, NIH

In May, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) hosted two events that highlight how the Library promotes National Institutes of Health (NIH) outreach efforts to diverse communities.

Native Hawaiian Health

The Hokule'a is an iconic double-hulled canoe from Hawaii that is on a journey of 47,000 nautical miles around the world. It will stop at 85 ports in 26 countries, including landing in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, on May 15, 2016.

During that stop, Nainoa Thompson, master navigator of the Hokule'a, keynoted a special presentation on Native Hawaiian health at the NLM. Thompson told a packed audience in the Library's Lister Hill Auditorium about:

  • The rich history of deep sea voyaging, exploration, and oceanic way finding
  • The indigenous system of orientation and navigation at sea
  • Efforts to use these experiences to revitalize Native Hawaiian culture and health

He explained the symbiotic relationships between land, sea, sky, and people, and their cultural, ecological, and personal health.

Follow the journey of the Hokule'a at Hokulea — Polynesian Voyaging Society.

Science Pathfinders Day

Dr. Lynne Holden (upper right), president of Mentoring in Medicine, with scenes from Science Pathfinders Day.
Photo courtesy of Bill Branson, NIH

NIH was the site of the Third Annual Science Pathfinders Day. The event, sponsored by the NLM, the Friends of the NLM, and Mentoring in Medicine (MIM), seeks to promote diversity in the biomedical workforce. It brings hundreds of middle and high school students from the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area to the NIH campus to hear NIH scientists and researchers tell about the work they do and the scientific process.

MIM is a national nonprofit organization that has reached more than 50,000 parents, students, and educators since 2008 with in-class and after-school electives focused on bringing science to inner-city and rural public schools. Funded in part by the NLM, MIM has organized programs in New York; Washington, D.C.; Florida; Maryland; Montana; Michigan; and Georgia. To learn more about MIM, visit Mentoring in Medicine's website.

Glen P. Campbell, Chairman
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Summer 2016 Issue: Volume 11 Number 2 Page Inside Front Cover