Our colleagues at the National Library of Medicine have this photograph of Victor McKusick in their archives, and recently referred The Jackson Laboratory to us to discuss the Lab’s use of the image as a poster to promote next year’s Maine State Science Fair. A copy of the poster will be sent to every high school in Maine.
Dr. Victor McKusick was an American internist and medical geneticist, and Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. He was a proponent of the mapping of the human genome due to its use for studying congenital diseases. He was photographed by Karsh during his tenure at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Here’s what Jackson Lab told us:
The Maine State Science Fair is a state-wide STEM research exposition and competition, affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Over 300 Maine students attend the MSSF to present their projects in life sciences, engineering, computer sciences, environmental sciences, and other STEM fields. The MSSF awards over $1 million in college tuition scholarships and provides a venue for students to share their love of science.
It is our hope that Maine high school students will view the poster and will learn about a scientist important to the field of medical genetics and from their home state of Maine.
The Jackson Laboratory, founded in 1929, is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit biomedical research institution based in Bar Harbor, Maine, with a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center, a facility in Sacramento, Calif., and a genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Conn. Learn more about them.