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July 24, 2008 |
Dr. Victor A. McKusick, the Johns Hopkins University physician who is widely regarded as the father of medical genetics, died Tuesday at his home in Baltimore. He was 86 and died of complications from cancer. McKusick was a pioneer in linking diseases to specific genes and began the first database of gene functions, a repository that now includes more than 18,000 human genes.
April 29, 2008 |
WASHINGTON -- There are 40,000 "Choose Civility" magnets around suburban Howard County, Md., and more on the way. Some adorn cars; others sit on office desks as reminders. "Please Drive Gently" bumper stickers have started to appear on the vehicles of some drivers in suburban Montgomery County. Believe it or not, some people are trying to make the world a little nicer. "People are longing for civility," said Valerie Gross, executive director of the Howard County Library. That is the longing that overwhelmed Johns Hopkins University professor Pier Massimo Forni, who got this quiet civility movement started.
March 27, 2008 |
Taking aim at one of the last bastions of live-animal training for medical students, a physicians' group that champions animal rights renewed its call Wednesday for Johns Hopkins University to stop using live pigs to teach operating-room techniques. Calling the practice inhumane and unnecessary, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine noted that Hopkins is one of just two top-tier medical schools still convening live-animal labs.
November 26, 2007 |
IT'S been 20 years since Max Apple's last work of fiction and more than a decade since his memoir of life with his grandfather, "Roommates," became a national hit, spawning the movie of the same name starring Peter Falk. In the intervening years, Apple has kept a relatively low profile; his short fiction periodically shows up in magazines and journals, and he teaches writing at the University of Pennsylvania.
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September 17, 2007 |
Dr. Martin D. Abeloff, an international authority on the treatment of breast cancer and chief oncologist and director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University for the last 15 years, died of leukemia Friday at the center in Baltimore. He was 65. Abeloff specialized in solid-tumor research, treatment of lung and breast cancer, and the transfer of research findings from the laboratory to the clinic.
August 29, 2007 |
Nearly 6,000 books, photographs and letters by and about H.L. Mencken have been acquired by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore from the estate of an accountant with a penchant for the curmudgeonly journalist. George H. Thompson began collecting Mencken-related material in 1962 and continued until his death last year, said Cynthia Requardt, a curator at the Sheridan Libraries.