The Johns Hopkins Gazette: June 25, 2001

June 25, 2001
VOL. 30, NO. 38

Improved computer memory gets a step closer
Obituary: Robert Heyssel, chief architect of today's JHHS
Why do employees leave Hopkins? HR to gather exit info
Hopkins to participate in first major digital mammography
Update on investigation into research volunteer death
BSPH staff recognition
Job Opportunities
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Meet the digital amoeba
As an undergraduate biomedical engineering major, Jane H. Kim developed a two-dimensional computer model that simulates the inner workings of a tiny amoeba that behaves like a human white blood cell. Her electronic model is aiding biologists who believe these microscopic animals hold the key to creating new treatments for diseases ranging from asthma and psoriasis to cancer.
   Kim presented her model at the International Symposium on Computational Cell Biology, held recently in Lenox, Mass. The 22-year-old student, who just graduated, is remaining at Hopkins over the summer to continue refining the project. Full story...

Top genetic researchers to convene
There is perhaps no more exciting, and controversial, topic in science these days than genetics. In deciphering the human genome, scientists are uncovering the basic set of inherited instructions for the development and functioning of human beings, the understanding of which has profound implications for medicine.
   Realizing the need to harness genetics and genomics for the treatment of human disease, the School of Medicine in 1999 announced the formation of the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine. Now in its first full year of existence, the institute will host its inaugural symposium, intended to highlight recent genetic discoveries and their impact on the future of medicine. The symposium, titled "Human Genetics and Genomics," will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on June 29 in the Wood Basic Science Building, JHMI campus. Full story...

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