Johns Hopkins Gazette | October 3, 2005
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 3, 2005 | Vol. 35 No. 5



JHMI Choral Society Programs

All singers are invited to join the JHMI Choral Society's weekly rehearsals, 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. on Tuesdays in Hurd Hall, East Baltimore. Auditions for soloists for performances of the Messiah, on Dec. 1 and 4, are scheduled during rehearsal hours on Oct. 11.

The Choral Society also needs orchestral musicians for both the Messiah and its sing-along concerts. The Messiah orchestra specifically calls for violins, violas, cellos, bass, bassoon, oboes, trumpets and timpani. The sing-along concerts can accommodate all instruments.

To participate, contact the Choral Society director, Jonathan Moyer, at, or call the Office of Cultural Affairs, 410-955-3363.


Statistics Research Funding

The Acheson J. Duncan Fund for the Advancement of Research in Statistics requests proposals for small grants to support research projects in statistics, probability and stochastic processes. The fund was created in 1997 by an endowment established by professor emeritus Acheson Duncan at the time of his death. Duncan was a pioneer in research and application of quality control and industrial statistics.

Faculty and students throughout the university are eligible to apply for funding for collaborative projects with a member of the faculty in the Applied Mathematics and Statistics Department. Items funded might include 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 will be less 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 committee chair John C. Wierman, Applied Mathematics and Statistics Department, 302 Whitehead Hall.


Course for Research Coordinators

RCTP: Fundamentals for the Research Coordinator provides a comprehensive overview of the core competencies needed to administer and direct human subject research projects.

Topics include IRB, recruiting, data management, informed consent and study administration. A three-day course will meet Oct. 5 to 7 at the School of Nursing, and an online course will be offered from Oct. 21 to Dec. 16. Participants must take the free course Introduction to Online Learning prior to the start of the Fundamentals online course. For information, call 443-287-4746, e-mail or go to

Recreation Center Fitness Programs The O'Connor Recreation Center offers a variety of exercise and fitness training programs. A personal fitness trainer leads free walking groups from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday; the group walks in the neighborhood in good weather and on the indoor track during inclement weather for a brisk but low-impact workout.

Individual sessions with fitness trainers, which must be scheduled in advance, cost $20 per hour. New this fall are pilates and yoga training sessions, where a certified instructor gives one-on-one mind-body sessions tailored to an individual's schedule, physical condition and goals. Sessions are $20 per hour.

Step aerobics, yoga, muscle conditioning, kickboxing and more are offered in drop-in classes. Passes for unlimited access to these classes are $60 per semester. The schedule can be found at FitClassFall%2705.sched.pdf.

To sign up or buy a pass, go to the Office of Recreation, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Anne Irwin at 410-516-4413 or


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