Johns Hopkins Gazette | January 17, 2006
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University January 17, 2006 | Vol. 35 No. 17



Weight Watchers at Work

The next session of this 12-week weight reduction program will begin Monday, Jan. 30. Scheduled for 12:30 to 1 p.m. on the Homewood campus, the weekly meetings will help participants not only lose weight but keep it off. Cost for the session is $124 for JHU faculty and staff, $144 for others.

The Office of Benefits Administration, in conjunction with Occupational Health Services, is sponsoring the program. For more information, call 410-516-0450 or e-mail to


Spring ESL Courses

The Language Teaching Center's English as a Second Language program is now enrolling for the spring term to begin Jan. 30 on the Homewood campus. Open to all those interested in improving their English skills, the ESL classes meet in the evenings through May 5.

For information and to register, go to, e-mail or call 410-516-5431.


Women's Leadership Award

The Johns Hopkins University Women's Network is now accepting nominations for the sixth annual Women's Leadership Award, which will be presented at the 19th Annual Spring Luncheon on May 12.

Anyone may nominate a current faculty, staff or student member who has provided leadership to others at Hopkins. All nominations must be submitted via e-mail. Additional information can be found at

The nomination panel will use the following criteria to select the award's recipients: motivation of women in their work and community; development of leadership skills in others; mentoring of others in their work; increasing employee knowledge of critical issues facing an office, division or department of the university; and strengthening commitment of faculty, staff and students to the university.

An honoree will be chosen from each chapter (Applied Physics Laboratory, Bayview Medical Campus, Homewood, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and SAIS). Nominations are due March 1. All nominators and award recipients will be notified by March 15. For further information, contact Nora Koch at


Cancer Research Grants

The American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant program provides seed money for the initiation of promising new projects by independent junior investigators so they may obtain preliminary results that will enable them to compete successfully for national research grants. Grants are for one year and cannot exceed $20,000 (direct costs only); the grants are primarily for research supplies and technical services.

Senior investigators, postdoctoral fellows and junior investigators who have competitive national research grants or who have received prior support from the IRG are not eligible. Applications will be accepted only from full-time, tenure-track JHU faculty members at the ranks of instructor and assistant professor or equivalent who are within eight years of their first independent research or faculty appointment.

Relevance to the cancer problem is important and must be well-documented. Research areas can include basic research, clinical research, cancer control, health services, psychosocial and behavioral, preclinical (clinically relevant, e.g., applicable to prevention, diagnosis, etc.), epidemiological research or health policy and outcomes research.

Guidelines, details for proposal preparation and submission, and the required ACS IRG application form are available at Click on "JHU coordinated programs."

Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on March 1. Submit an original and 11 copies to Grace Bigelow, Research Projects Administration, Suite W400, Wyman Park Building. Awards will be announced in April with a July 1 start date.

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