The Johns Hopkins Gazette: October 28, 2002
Oct 28-
Nov 3

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Flu Shots -- Flu shots for Homewood staff and faculty will be given this week, Tuesday through Thursday, in Levering Hall. See Special Events in the Gazette Calendar for the schedule. Vaccines will also be given in the Office of Occupational Health Services, Room W-601, Wyman Park Building, throughout the month of November on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Occupational Health Services office, 6th floor, Wyman Building. For more information, call 410-516-0450.

Study Abroad -- The Global Health Promotion Research Program offers Hopkins undergraduates an opportunity to study abroad during the summer months in Sweden, Australia and South Africa. All travel expenses to and from the host country are paid by the program, and a variety of research topics are available.

The program consists of a summer internship for up to three months (June through August) in one of the countries and one of the fields of research. Information and applications are available at as well as from Ami Cox, 237 Mergenthaler.

The application package--application and two recommendation forms--must be in the Office of the Associate Dean for Research, 237 Mergenthaler, no later than Nov. 15, at 4 p.m.

For information about the application process, contact Ami Cox at For answers to specific questions about the logistics of the program, contact Barbara MacHale at

Pilot Project Grants -- The Johns Hopkins NIEHS Center in Urban Environmental Health is offering pilot project grants of up to $20,000 for April 1, 2003, through March 31, 2004, to stimulate new lines of research on such topics as the adverse health impact of hazardous environmental exposures on populations; how the interaction of socioeconomic status and environmental exposure contributes to health disparities; early biological effects of environmental agents in urban populations; community outreach and environmental health education; the molecular epidemiology, exposure assessment and mechanisms of action of agents found in the urban environment. Deadline for submission is Jan. 15, 2003.

Application guidelines are available in Room E7527 of the Bloomberg School of Public Health or can be requested by calling Kay Castleberry at 410-955-3720 or by e-mail to

Intersession Instructors Needed -- Instructors are needed for the 2003 Intersession mini-course program, Jan. 6 to 24. The courses will involve music, art and dance as well as other subjects. Interested individuals can pick up an application in the Student Development and Programming Office in the Mattin Center or call 410-516-2224. Applications are due Nov. 1.

Request for Proposals -- The Acheson J. Duncan Fund for the Advancement of Research in Statistics is requesting proposals for small grants to support research projects in statistics, probability and stochastic processes.

Faculty and students throughout Hopkins are eligible to apply for funding for collaborative projects with a member of the faculty in the Mathematical Sciences Department. Items funded might include, but are not limited to, travel to research conferences and workshops, computer equipment and software, matching funds for grant proposals, short-term visits of collaborators to Hopkins, interdepartmental seminars, partial support for research assistants and seed money for new research. Most grants from the fund will be smaller than $5,000.

Proposals should be brief, preferably no more than three single-sided pages, provide itemized expense estimates and be signed by each investigator. Proposals may be submitted at any time to the committee chair, John Wierman, Mathematical Sciences Department, 104 Whitehead Hall.

Provide Thanksgiving Dinner to Families in Need -- Help provide Thanksgiving dinners to families in need through the Vernon Rice Memorial Butterball Turkey Program. Donations of $15 will purchase a Butterball gift certificate to help identified families purchase a turkey or other food items for Thanksgiving.

To participate send a $15 check, made payable to JHU Butterball to the Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs, Evergreen House, 3rd floor. For more information, go to or contact Matt Smith at 410-516-0345.

Adopt a Family for the Holidays -- The Adopt-a-Family Program gives Johns Hopkins departments and individuals a chance to help provide families with gifts, clothing and food.

Apply to adopt a family or agency online at or by contacting Matthew Smith in the Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs at or 410-516-0345.

Gala to Benefit Breast Cancer Research -- The Hopkins Breast Center, along with two other cancer organizations, will hold a charity ball on Nov. 2, at the Radisson Lord Baltimore to raise money for breast cancer support and research.

The black-tie affair will include cocktails, dining and dancing to music by the Limited Edition. There will also be a raffle drawing for prizes such as spa and dinner gift certificates, trips, hotel rooms and other giveaways. Tickets are $125 per guest.

For more information, contact Laura Shockney at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins at 443-287-4862 or

Certificate in Nonprofit Studies -- The Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies is now accepting applications for its spring 2003 classes in the Certificate in Nonprofit Studies Program. This part-time program is designed to develop and enhance the knowledge and practical skills needed by nonprofit staff and volunteers to run a successful organization. The certificate can be applied to a Hopkins MBA. Classes begin in January. For more information, call 410-516-5389 or e-mail

Villa Spelman Graduate Student Fellowships -- Applications are invited from graduate students who want to participate in the Seminar in Italian Studies at the Charles S. Singleton Center for Italian Studies at the Villa Spelman, Florence, in the spring 2003 semester.

The Seminar in Italian Studies is a work-in-progress seminar for all scholars conducting research in Italy. This year, Alan Shapiro of the Department of Classics will convene the seminar. Students from all departments in the humanities are welcome to apply providing they can demonstrate a need to spend a period of residence in Italy for successful completion of the Ph.D. They should also have completed all requirements except for the dissertation by the time they arrive in Florence in January and are expected to remain until the end of June. Students will receive a fellowship and a travel allowance, but tuition is not covered.

Eligible students should apply to Mary McDonough in the Villa Spelman Office, 407 Gilman Hall, by Friday, Nov. 22. A one-page statement from the student describing the subject of his or her research should be provided. A brief letter of recommendation from the student's supervisor testifying to the completion, or plans for completion, of other requirements should also be included. The final piece of the application is a letter from the chair of the student's department, simply stating that the student has the permission of the chair to attend the seminar. Successful applicants will be notified as soon as possible.