The Johns Hopkins Gazette: March 3, 2003
Mar 3-10

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Recall of Scuba Regulators -- Oceanic USA of San Leandro, Calif., is recalling 24,700 Oceanic CDX first-stage regulators used for scuba diving. Some of these regulators may have been purchased by Johns Hopkins. Extreme vibration can occur within these regulators, which can cause an air leakage underwater. Divers using the regulators could run out of air and drown.

Oceanic CDX first-stage regulators subject to the recall have serial numbers 9200001 to 9205622, 9800013 to 9801711, 0200002 to 0213294, 0D0001 to 0D3046, or 9D0001 to 9D3273. The serial number is stamped into the side of the body of the regulator. The regulators have the name "OCEANIC" written on the rubber boot of the first stage. These CDX regulators were sold with the following second-stage regulators: Alpha 7, Delta 3, Gamma 2 and Zeta. Authorized Oceanic dealers sold these regulator sets worldwide from May 1999 through October 2002 for between $330 and $640, depending on the second stage.

Consumers should stop using the recalled regulators immediately and take them to any authorized Oceanic dealer for a free repair. For more information, call Oceanic toll-free at 866-723-2642 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. P.T., Monday-Friday; go to or write to or Oceanic USA, 2002 Davis St., San Leandro, CA 94577.

Informational Meeting for Villa Spelman -- An informational meeting for JHU undergraduates interested in studying abroad at the Villa Spelman in Florence, Italy, will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, in 111 Mergenthaler, Homewood. Those who are unable to attend can write to Mary McDonough at for more information.

Type for Life -- Type for Life, the fourth annual student-organized marrow registration drive, will take place March 10 to 14. The event provides convenient registration with the National Marrow Donor Program. Registration takes about 15 minutes and involves completing a short health questionnaire and having a finger-stick to obtain a small amount of blood for a simple blood test called a tissue type. Once your tissue type is known it can be entered into the NMDP's database, which is searched daily by patients needing a marrow transplant to live.

Typing will take place at the following locations and times: March 10, School of Medicine, 113 PCTB, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; March 11, JHH, Broadway Corridor, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; March 12, School of Nursing, Carpenter Room, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; March 13, School of Public Health, Anna Baetjer Room, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; March 14, JHH, Broadway Corridor, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Questions are welcome at, 410-502-7716 or visit Those typed last year may update contact information at 410-955-7195. Registration requires the address and phone number of two alternate contacts not living with you.

Relay for Life Planned for April -- The 2003 University Relay for Life, an all-night team relay to raise money to increase cancer awareness, is scheduled for Friday, April 25, through Saturday, April 26.

During the relay, which is organized by several area universities, team members will camp out and enjoy friends, food, music, educational activities and ceremonies to honor both cancer survivors and those who have lost their lives to the disease. In past years, many Johns Hopkins teams have worn costumes, created matching T-shirts or carried banners. The event features a ceremony at which participants light hundreds of luminaria to honor loved ones.

To form or join a team, contact Kristen Kyriazis at or 410-516-3582; Ashlee Moskwa at or 410-516-3030; or Ausia Iqbal at or 410-516-3690.

Volunteers Needed for Fort McHenry Spring Cleaning -- Faculty, staff, retirees and students and their families are invited to join a group of Baltimore area volunteers on Saturday, April 26, to refurbish Historic Fort McHenry. Originally scheduled for October 2002 but canceled because of heavy rain, the rescheduled project will kick off National Volunteer Week, April 27 through May 3.

The planned spring cleaning will focus on weeding and grouting sand-bedded brick walks throughout the Historic Fort and Outer Battery areas, weeding and removing debris from the Historic Boundary Fence, cleaning and painting park benches at Armistead Plaza and the picnic area, and cleaning up the beach area at the tidal wetlands. Children are welcome to participate with one-on-one adult supervision.

The university is participating in the project as a member of the Corporate Volunteer Council of Central Maryland, a coalition of businesses and organizations that promotes employee volunteerism to benefit the community. CVCCM generally plans two major volunteer projects per year, one in the spring and one in the fall.

Those interested in volunteering should contact Lesley Giles in the Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs at 410-516-0373 or by April 21.