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A common cause of death following traumatic head injury is subdural hematoma, when blood builds up between the brain and the covering over the brain beneath the skull. This condition, which is often the result of a fall and relatively common among older adults, causes headaches, seizures or even death, and conventional treatments involve invasive surgery, such as drilling a hole in or removing a part of the skull to drain the blood.

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Essi Rönkkö was exploring the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary’s resources on mummy portraits when she made a startling discovery: The seminary had in its collection a young girl mummy with an intact portrait. Rönkkö, curatorial associate for special projects at the Block Museum of Art, was researching mummy portraits, which feature a lifelike painting of the deceased person incorporated into the mummy wrappings and placed over the face.

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In summer 2005, between his freshman and sophomore years at Northwestern, Alexander Pancoe ’08 decided he could no longer tough it out after months of suffering from excruciating headaches. He went to Children’s Memorial Hospital (now the Ann & Robert H.

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Researchers found that a group of middle-aged women looked about three years younger after they followed a 20-week facial exercise program.

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The first genetic mutation that appears to protect against multiple aspects of biological aging, including Type 2 diabetes, has been discovered in a community of Amish living in rural Berne, Ind., according to Northwestern scientists. Indiana Amish kindred (immediate family and relatives) with the mutation live more than 10 percent longer and have lower fasting insulin levels than individuals without the mutation.

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My Northwestern Direction

From One Revolution to Another

As a scientist dedicated to research related to the molecular understanding of childhood leukemia, I am gratified that my scientific journey has brought me to Northwestern. Along my path, I have not only discovered promising ways of treating leukemia, I have also been fortunate to shed significant light on other forms of cancer.

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My Northwestern Direction

Partnerships Make Transformation Possible

Northwestern is an environment in which the power of open-minded partnership and links between fields are promoted at all levels of the University. On a personal level, it means that I have been encouraged to follow my own vision and seek out opportunities for intersection and impact in those areas that are well outside of core computer science.

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My Northwestern Direction

‘Toxic’ Artist Makes Paint from Sludge

The old masters painted with pigments derived from a variety of minerals, metals and plant-based dyes. I paint with iron oxide extracted from toxic sludge that seeps out of Appalachian coal mines and pollutes Ohio rivers.

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My Northwestern Direction

The Power of Difficult Conversations

People often say that doctors don’t communicate that well, especially when it comes to end-of-life care. Improving lives by improving communication is something I could only have accomplished with my experience at Northwestern — and for that I’m truly grateful.

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Our Common Northwestern Connection

Feeding the Earth’s population is a mission for some of the largest companies in the world, but success often stems from the very personal bonds we forge. In the fall of 2003 I was named chief executive officer of CF Industries, today the largest nitrogen fertilizer producer in North America.

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