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Volume 60
Number 10
November 2008


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BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG BUILDING: Oct. 24 marked the dedication of the Anne and Mike Armstrong Building, named for Mike Armstrong, chair of the boards of Johns Hopkins Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation and The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and his wife. The building not only is a new facility for medical students, but also ushers in Hopkins’ new Genes to Society curriculum [see Dome, September 2009]. To view interior and exterior photos of the building, go to

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MUSEUM QUALITY: Last month, a state-of-the-art CT scanner at Hopkins began scanning a portion of the vast Smithsonian skull collection. Funded by the National Institutes of Health as part of President Obama’s stimulus package, the high-resolution online digital anatomical library will provide scientists access to significant skull collections from around the world. As the number of skulls in the library increases, researchers will be able to study human aging and growth and development, which may be important in increasing knowledge of populations, particularly traits demonstrated by sex and ethnicity. The project is a collaboration between Hopkins, the Smithsonian, Stanford University and eHuman, a leading provider of educational digital human anatomy. Here, Hopkins radiologist Dara Kraitchman and W. Paul Brown of Stanford examine the skull of a 20-year-old woman from St. Louis who died in the 1930s from tuberculosis.



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