JHMI Office of Communications and Public Affairs

February 13, 1998
MEDIA CONTACT: Kristin Brunnworth
PHONE: (410) 955-4255
E-MAIL: kbrunnworth@gwgat1.jhmi.jhu.edu

Women's Board Lecture Features NASA Physician and Hopkins Inventor

The Women's Board of The Johns Hopkins Hospital is sponsoring the first annual New Frontiers Lecture, Monday, Feb. 23, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Tilghman Auditorium, 720 Rutland Avenue. Commander Laurel Clark, M.D., National Aeronautical Space Administration astronaut in training, and Robert Massof, M.D., professor of ophthalmology and neurosciences at Hopkins, will talk about physicians in space and the use of NASA technology help the visually impaired, respectively. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Currently, Commander Clark is completing training to qualify as a Space Shuttle mission specialist. She received her bachelor's and medical degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed postgraduate studies in pediatrics at Bethesda Naval Hospital. She has extensive training as a Navy undersea medical and diving officer, has dived with the Naval Special Warfare Unit Two Seals, and performed numerous medical evacuations from U.S. submarines. After six months of aeromedical training at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, Fla., she was designated as a Naval flight surgeon. She is married and has a 3-year-old son.

Massof is the founder and director of the Lions Vision Research and Rehabilitation Center at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute, a multidisciplinary facility devoted to low vision research, patient care and education. A fellow of the Optical Society of America, he holds four patents on instruments he has developed, and serves as a consultant to many government agencies and biomedical companies. Massof founded and directed a collaboration by The Johns Hopkins University, NASA and the Veteran's Administration to develop the Low Vision Enhancement System known as LVES ("Elvis"). This work has won him numerous awards, including the Popular Mechanics Design and Engineering Award and the EyeCare Technology Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Women's Board of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, established in 1927, manages the annual Best-Dressed Sale and other events throughout the year to raise funds for patient care. The board collects approximately $500,000 each year. This lecture represents the first of what the Women's Board hopes will become an annual tradition of lectures related to science education.

For more information, call Kristin Brunnworth at (410) 955-4255 or Gary Stephenson at (410) 955-5384.


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