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Candid photo of Kim Pelis, smiling outdoors


Dr. Kim Pelis Named ONHM Director

Dr. Pelis has worked at the NIH for more than 15 years, primarily in the Office of the Director, where she was lead speech writer on the NIH Director's Presentations Team and an editor for the NIH Director's Blog.  Kim joins the ONHM with experience in both academic and public history.  She earned her Ph.D. in the history of medicine from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Prior to coming to the NIH, Kim was an assistant professor of medical history at the Uniformed Services University, across the street from the NIH, from 1998 to 2005. 


Wishing for cooler weather?

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Inspired by Had enough of the heat? Now that we’re approaching the end of the summer, we decided to find some of the hottest and coldest objects in our collection. Our search turned up this handmade heat sensor. At the time, there wasn’t a commercially available sensor sensitive enough to detect small, brief moments of heat in cells and tissues. Dr. Ichiji Tasaki, who studied nerve fiber function at the National Institute of Mental Health, had to custom-make this device using Piezo film, a flexible, lightweight plastic that can be molded into custom shapes to measures the amplitude, frequency, and direction of cell excitation. His research with this machine was featured in the 1999 paper “Evidence for Phase Transition in Nerve Fibers, Cells, and Synapses” where he praised this homemade device for “detecting small and brief heat production in biological tissues.”we’re looking forward to the colder months and snowy landscapes like this one of Building 31, captured by NIH photographer Jerry Hecht. An expert at capturing campus life at its most beautiful and dramatic, Hecht joined NIH as a photographer in 1959. He later worked with the Office of the Director and the National Institute of Mental Health on audiovisual projects like television and film. His images can be found in the Jerry Hecht collection in the Archives of the Office of NIH History and Stetten Museum.


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This object image is part of the Office of NIH History and Stetten Museum collection.