The Johns Hopkins Gazette: February 4, 2002
Feb 4-11

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Hopkins Toastmasters -- Individuals who want to polish their speaking skills before a seminar or scientific presentation or prepare for formal or extemporaneous speeches should join Toastmasters. Hopkins Toastmasters meets on the second Monday and fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m., in room W4013 Bloomberg School of Public Health. The group will meet on the following dates:

Feb. 11 and Feb. 26
March 11 and March 26
April 8 and April 23
May 13 and May 28

Toastmasters is open to the entire Hopkins community, but participation is limited to dues-paying members. To join, call Ron Brasefield at 443-997-6391.

Provost's Undergraduate Research Awards -- The 2001 Provost's Undergraduate Research Awards will provide a number of grants to current freshmen, sophomores and juniors in the schools of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Nursing, and in the Peabody Conservatory.

The money may be used to pay the costs of the winner's research or creative projects. Winners may choose to receive up to $1,500 of the total award as a cash stipend or to receive academic credit for their work.

Applications are available from the office of Theodore Poehler, vice provost for research, at 275 Garland Hall on the Homewood campus, or by phone at 410-516-0146. Completed applications for summer projects must be submitted by noon on March 9 and by April 6 for fall semester proposals.

American Red Cross Blood Drive -- The Johns Hopkins Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, has scheduled a blood drive for Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 12 and 13, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Homewood campus.

To schedule an appointment to give blood, go to or call 410-516-0138. For questions about eligibility to give blood, call the Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.

Howard Hughes Summer Research Fellowships -- The 2002 Howard Hughes Summer Research Fellowship Program will award approximately 30 undergraduates in the schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering with $3,000 stipends. Fellows will conduct laboratory research for 10 weeks during the summer with a Hopkins faculty member of their choice. They will also have opportunities to participate in seminars and social activities. The program will run from June 3 through Aug. 9.

Each student should submit to Ami Cox, 237 Mergenthaler, Homewood campus, a completed application and supporting materials--letter of support from a lab sponsor; letter of recommendation from a faculty member; transcript; and statement of purpose and proposal--by 4 p.m., Feb. 15.

Additional information and applications are available in the Office of the Dean, 237 Mergenthaler, or by logging on to

Weight Watchers at Work -- The Office of Benefits Administration, in conjunction with the Department of Occupational Health Services, is offering a Weight Watchers at Work class that will begin at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Homewood. The cost to faculty and staff is $90 for the 10-week program.

For more information or to register, call 410-516-0450 by Feb. 12.