Johns Hopkins Gazette: April 15, 1996

In Brief

Medical News

Young Investigators present research

     Johns Hopkins faculty, staff and students honored some of
Hopkins' best and brightest young researchers at the annual Young
Investigators' Day Awards ceremony on Thursday.

     "This is the most fun afternoon to be a Hopkins professor,"
says Young Investigators' Day chair Peter Agre, professor of
medicine and biological chemistry. "These young researchers are
representative of Hopkins' finest, and I'm sure they will go on
to distinguished careers in biomedical research. The runners-up
from previous years have also gone on to fame!"

     Eighteen award winners presented lectures or posters on
their research. Among them were: 

     Alex Huang, a Hopkins M.D./Ph.D. candidate and winner of a
Michael A. Shanoff Research Award, who described his research
into better ways to enlist the weapons of the immune system in
the war on cancer.

     Yuesheng Zhang, a Ph.D. candidate and a Shanoff Research
Award winner who talked about working to identify chemicals that
promote production of enzymes that can help the body more easily
remove carcinogens. 

     Michael Ehlers, an M.D./Ph.D. candidate and winner of a
David Israel Macht Prize, who discovered that a common molecule
in nerve cells can shut important cell "doors" that are involved
in the creation of memory and in disorders like stroke.

     Erik Schwiebert, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow and winner of
the W. Barry Wood Jr. Award, who displayed a poster on his
efforts to understand the function of the cystic fibrosis gene.
Schwiebert discovered a new function of the gene that may lead to
new treatments for cystic fibrosis.

     Marshall Glesby, M.D., a fellow in infectious diseases and
winner of the Helen B. Taussig Award, who displayed a poster on a
recent study of HIV-positive patients. Glesby found that flu
vaccine shots do not promote the production of HIV.

Other News

Faculty can tap into Web for funding opportunities

     The Office of Resource Administration Services recently
added to ReSource--its World Wide Web site at
--information on competitive
research award programs available to Hopkins that involve the
coordination efforts of its office and the Office of the Vice
Provost for Research. The service was added, said information
systems manager Steve Hinnenkamp, because of the university-wide
nature of the awards and/or because the number of applications
accepted is limited. To view this information, choose "Funding
Opportunities," scroll down to "Programs Coordinated by Research
Administration Services," then choose either "Federally Funded
Programs" or "Non-Federally Funded Programs."

     In either location, you will find a list of programs
grouped--for planning purposes--by internal due date. The summary
includes program name, any relevant document number, internal due
date and official submission date. Clicking on a program name
will take you to a brief description and contact information for
that program. The lists are continually updated to remain

     For program information, contact administrative programs
manager Elaine Simonds at (410) 516-8734, or by e-mail at

1996 Spring Fair takes distinctly alpine track 

     The weather may be warming up but the Homewood campus will
have a decidedly alpine feel as university undergraduates present
the 25th annual Spring Fair, April 19 through 21.

     This year's fair, titled "Yodel-Ay-He-Hu," will feature more
than 250 arts and crafts, food and nonprofit vendors during the
weekend event, which expects to draw as many as 150,000 people,
depending on the weather. The fair is run by a 300-member student
staff, which is chaired this year by Ross Liberman and Jay

     The musical group the Violent Femmes kick off the Spring
Fair with a concert at 8 p.m. at Shriver Hall on Thursday, April
18. The fair officially gets under way at noon on Friday, April
19, with an opening ceremony on the Shriver Hall steps. 

     Jake Johannsen headlines the Nighttime Comedy Festival,
beginning Friday at 8 p.m. in Levering Hall, and featuring five
college comedy troupes and four stand-up comedians. The Saturday
night music features The Toasters and Yo La Tango with supporting
groups Seade, Kelly Bell Band and Birdbrain. 

     The fair also will feature the Clarion Hotel Kids Section,
carnival rides, an antique car show, petting zoo, hot-air balloon
rides, a photography contest and the Sam Adams/98 Rock beer
garden and stage, featuring Honor Among Thieves and Laughing

     The Spring Fair was created to give students a chance to
repay Homewood's neighboring communities for their hospitality.
It also has become the major fund-raising event of the year for
the undergraduate student organizations, all of which are
represented by a booth at the fair.

     Admission to the fair is free during general fair hours:
Friday, April 19, noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. to
7 p.m., and Sunday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets for night
events are available at the door.

     For more information, call the Spring Fair office at (410)

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