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Caught on Film

Here’s another excuse to see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: a Hopkins connection. Famed archaeologist/adventurer Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls. In one scene, a large oil painting appears above a key doorway in the library of the university where Jones is a professor. The portrait—John Singer Sargent’s “The Four Doctors”—resides at the Johns Hopkins Welch library. Archivist Nancy McCall told Dome that George Lucas Productions contacted the Alan Chesney Medical Archives for permission to use the painting. Johns Hopkins Medicine dean/CEO Ed Miller gave the OK. Says McCall: “It’s just a shame that we didn’t base the licensing fee on a percentage of the film’s box office take [it just topped $250 million].” Heads up: Look for the portrait in a motorcycle chase scene.

“She’s a Winner”


Donna Vogel describes Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek as "witty, urbane and friendly."


The correct answer is: “Who is Donna Vogel?” Indeed, last month, the director of JHMI’s professional development office appeared on Jeopardy! and walked away $87,299 richer. Vogel, an M.D./Ph.D., credits her two sons, 18 and 23, for urging her to take an online test more than a year ago. She did well enough to be granted a regional in-person interview. “I never thought they’d pick me,” Vogel says, but last January, she got a call from Sony Studios and learned that she was among about 400 people (of 2,400) selected as a contestant. A month later, Vogel flew to California for two weeks’ worth of shows, taped over two days. A strong drama background paid off—Vogel says she was never nervous. And her 25 years in endocrinology and developmental biology proved useful in health categories. “My only concern,” she says, “was that I’d make an embarrassing blunder.” Only a few questions tripped her up—like one on pole vaulting. Still, she says she was “flabbergasted” by her four-game winnings. “I was in it just for the fun,” says Vogel, who plans to give the money she won to charity. Stay tuned: Next year, Vogel may qualify for the Tournament of Champions.



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