Clark gift supports new biomed
A new biomedical engineering center, to be built with a $10
million gift from trustee A. James Clark, will allow The Johns
Hopkins University's nationally prominent biomedical engineering
program to expand its focus, strike out in new research
directions and enhance its undergraduate teaching program.
Construction of the building, which Clark's
gift will help underwrite, is the first step in the planned
creation of the Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering Institute.
The institute will foster collaboration among Hopkins faculty,
both in the Department of
Biomedical Engineering and in related departments, and
between Hopkins and outside researchers.
Now hear this
If Hopkins undergraduate Serena J. Gondek had a mild case of
nerves before a speaking engagement last week in Minneapolis, it
was certainly understandable.
major had to describe her groundbreaking brain research to a
highly educated audience of physicians and other experts in
disorders of the nervous system.
Using electrodes implanted on the human cortex,
Gondek had located the part of the brain that appears to process
sounds while people sleep. This site, in the frontal lobe, may be
part of a vigilance system that rouses a mother when her baby
cries but lets the woman sleep when a truck rumbles by.
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