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NIDR Commemorative Exhibit
Opens at Smithsonian's History Museum

By Julie Jacob

A new exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History attracted a full house -- 3,000 visitors -- on a recent Sunday evening. The exhibit, titled "About Faces: The Postwar Boom in Craniofacial Research," is a joint project of the museum and the National Institute of Dental Research in commemoration of NIDR's upcoming 50th anniversary.

Children conduct an experiment in DNA extraction led by NIDR director Dr. Harold Slavkin at the museum's Hands on Science Center.

The Sunday night guests were there for a party as well as a look at the exhibit. The American Dental Association, which held its annual meeting in Washington last month, sponsored a reception Oct. 19 to showcase the new exhibit and kick off NIDR's anniversary celebration.

The About Faces exhibit highlights advances in medical research that have changed the appearance of the human face over the past 50 years. It also includes a Virtual Anatomy Kiosk that allows visitors to explore three-dimensional images of the head and facial organs by rotating and even "slicing through" the images on screen. These images are based on data from the National Library of Medicine's Visible Human Project. About Faces will run through Jan. 18, 1998.

Slavkin and Dr. Lillian Shum (not shown) of NIAMS spent a recent Saturday serving as guest scientists at the center, introducing museum visitors to genetics, one of the areas of scientific research highlighted in the exhibit.

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