The Johns Hopkins Gazette: February 10, 2003
Feb 10-17

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Looking for Tutors -- The JHMI International Society is looking for volunteer English tutors. Interested individuals should call 410-955-3370.

Make Appointments for Homewood Blood Drive -- To offset a continuing regional shortage, Hopkins students, faculty, staff, retirees and neighborhood residents can make appointments now to donate blood on the Homewood campus on Wednesday, Feb. 12, and Thursday, Feb. 13, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. in Levering's Glass Pavilion. Make appointments at least four days before the drive to ensure adequate staffing. Walk-in donors are welcome, however. To make an appointment on the Web, or to volunteer at the drive, go to or send an e-mail to or call 410-516-0138.

In response to donor requests, the American Red Cross has introduced electronic donor records to replace cumbersome paper health history forms. Once personal information is entered in the Red Cross database, the donor will be asked at each drive to update the information rather than to fill out a new form. Also, iron tests will now be performed early in the screening process because the majority of deferrals are for low iron.

Potential donors should familiarize themselves with current eligibility guidelines, including travel guidelines, before signing up for an appointment. Guidelines can be found on the Web site, and specific questions can be answered by the American Red Cross at 800-GIVE-LIFE. Those who are not currently eligible to donate blood can still participate by volunteering at the drive. Volunteers are needed throughout the day, especially between 7:30 and 10 a.m.

Howard Hughes Summer Research Fellowship Program -- The 2003 Howard Hughes Summer Research Fellowship Program will award $3,000 stipends to approximately 30 undergraduates in the schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering to conduct laboratory research during the summer with a Hopkins faculty member of their choice.

The program, which includes seminars and social activities, will run from June 2 through Aug. 8. Students should submit applications and supporting materials (a letter from lab sponsor, recommendation from a faculty member, transcript, statement of purpose and proposal) to Ami Cox, 237 Mergenthaler, by 4 p.m., Feb. 14.

Applications and additional information are available in the Office of the Dean, 237 Mergenthaler, and at

Call for CAAT Grants Program Proposals -- The Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing is soliciting projects in two areas. The first of these is refinement, with a maximum grant amount of $25,000 per year. These grants should focus specifically on the issues of alleviating pain and/or distress in laboratory protocols. These studies should focus on the development of better methods for pain assessment, alleviation, elimination and/or prevention of pain in animal experiments.

The second project area is developmental toxicology, with a maximum grant amount of $40,000 per year. The center is interested in grants focusing on either developmental neurotoxicology or developmental immunotoxicology. Studies can be either in vitro or involving species such as C. elegans or zebrafish. Whole-animal mammalian studies in the developmental toxicology studies are not appropriate.

To apply, complete the preproposal form at

Submissions must be returned no later than March 15. The form may be returned to CAAT Grants Coordinator, 111 Market Place, Suite 840, Baltimore, MD 21202-6709; by fax to 410-223-1603; or by e-mail to

No other materials are required for this stage of the application process. Only abstracts using the appropriate format will be reviewed. Applicants whose proposals meet the goals of the CAAT Grants Program will be invited to submit a complete grant application package. All responses will be forwarded by e-mail or U.S. mail.