Johns Hopkins Gazette | October 18, 2004
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 18, 2004 | Vol. 34 No. 8



Intersession Instructors Needed

The Intersession Personal Enrichment Program is looking for instructors in music, art, dance and many other areas. Applications are available in the Student Development and Programming office, 210 Mattin Center, or by calling 410-516-2224. Applications are due Nov. 1.


Certificate in Nonprofit Studies

The Johns Hopkins University now offers its Certificate in Nonprofit Studies Program on both the Washington, D.C. and Homewood campuses. Spring 2005 applications are now being accepted. This part-time program is designed to develop the knowledge and practical skills needed by nonprofit staff and volunteers to run a successful organization.

The certificate in nonprofit studies may be applied to a JHU MBA with a nonprofit concentration. Through the Johns Hopkins School of Professional Studies in Business and Education, students may earn credit for certificate courses. Spring classes begin in January of 2005.

For more information, call 410-516-5389 or e-mail


Neurovirology Conference

The Stanley Neurovirology Laboratory in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the School of Medicine are sponsoring a two-day conference titled "Gene-Environmental Interactions in Human Brain Diseases."

The meeting, moderated by Robert Yolken and Christopher Ross, will focus on the role of genes, infectious agents and other environmental factors on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and autism.

The conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 8, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9, in the Tilghman Room, Turner Building, East Baltimore campus. Pre-registration is suggested since seating is limited. For information, contact Ann Cusic at


Baltimore Writers Conference

The Advanced Academic Programs Master of Arts in Writing Program is co-sponsoring an all-day writers conference Saturday, Nov. 13, on the Towson University campus. For a list of speakers and registration details, go to


Welch Medical Library Workshops

Three free Welch Medical Library workshops are scheduled for late October. The EMBASE workshop covers all aspects of clinical medicine, biotechnology, health affairs, psychiatry and forensic medicine. EMBASE is known for international coverage of pharmaceutical-related research. Participants will learn how to search this database using the interface. The workshop is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 26.

"Searching for Psychosocial Information" shows participants how to search for psychological, sociological, behavioral and mental health literature and where to locate information on tests and measurement instruments. This lecture, scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. on Oct. 26, will provide an overview of PsycINFO, CINAHL, Sociological Abstracts, and Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI).

"Data Resources for Public Health," from 9 to noon on Oct. 28, focuses on natality data, how it is acquired, how it has changed over time and how it is used, as well as an overview of related surveys and data such as linked births/infant death and the National Maternal and Infant Health Survey. From the natality data, participants will learn how to extract information on teen pregnancies, birth rates and fertility rates.

All three workshops will be held in Lab 1 of the 2024 Monument Street building. To sign up, fax the registration form found at to 410-614-3810.


Pilot Project Grants

The Johns Hopkins NIEHS Center in Urban Environmental Health is offering one-year pilot project grants of up to $20,000 for the period April 1, 2005, through March 31, 2006.

The grants are intended 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 in the urban environment.

The deadline for submission is Jan. 14. Full details and application materials can be found on the center's Web site at PilotProject.html or by contacting Kay Castleberry at 410-955-3720 or by e-mail to


Internships Abroad

Summer internships in Sweden, Australia, South Africa and South Korea are open to Arts and Sciences undergraduates. Students may work on a variety of research topics for up to three months; all travel expenses to and from the host country will be paid by the Global Health Research Promotion Program. The application package, which includes two recommendations, must be in the Office of the Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Education, 237 Mergenthaler, no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21. Applications and recommendation forms are available in 237 Mergenthaler and online at

For answers to specific questions about the program, contact Andrea Telford at For more information about the application process, contact Ami Cox at


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