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National Library of Medicine Welcomes 500 Students to "Science Pathfinders" Event at the National Institutes of Health

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?

The answers to these and other questions were revealed at a lively all-day event, "Science Pathfinders at NLM/NIH," September 26, 2014, on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The VIP guests were more than 500 middle and high school students at public and private schools in Maryland and the District of Columbia, who heard presentations from top scientists and medical doctors on the latest advances in medical research.

This was the second in a series of symposia to be convened at NLM, in partnership with the Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM) and Mentoring In Medicine, a non-profit organization that works with students in disadvantaged areas, with a mission to diversify the biomedical workforce by mentoring and introducing underrepresented students to careers in science and health care.

Lynne Holden, MD, president of Mentoring in Medicine, explains the day's activities to the more than 500 student attendees.

NLM Director Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, gives opening remarks to the students.

Hassan Tetteh, MD, talks about his experiences as a cardiothoracic surgeon.

Yvonne Maddox, PhD, delivers the keynote speech.

Terry Yoo, PhD, uses the Hoberman sphere to illustrate the symmetry of some virus shapes.

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