Johns Hopkins Gazette | February 20, 2006
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 20, 2006 | Vol. 35 No. 22



Join Bigs in School

Johns Hopkins is hoping to begin a successful partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Maryland and the nearby Margaret Brent Elementary School. Volunteers will spend one hour every Tuesday during lunch to mentor an elementary age student who is in need of an adult friend.Volunteers play games, help with schoolwork, spend time and, most important, have fun with a child. Employees from all levels and areas of the university are encouraged to pursue this volunteer opportunity.

For more information, contact Melissa Mort, site program specialist at Big Brothers Big Sisters, at 443-286-8590 or


Elementary School Mentors Needed

Do you have a few hours a week to mentor a child? JHHS Community Services is teaming with Collington Square Elementary School in East Baltimore to recruit 40 Hopkins faculty, employees and students to join its after-school program and be a one-on-one mentor to children in grades 2-7.

The program is specifically for children who received failing grades, or who have one or more parents who are incarcerated. Mentors can volunteer any amount of time that they can spare (at least once per week) and can choose their own schedule, 3:30 to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday. To volunteer or get more information, contact Carolyn Chance at 410-614-2430 or


Statistics Research Funding Request for Proposals

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 Hopkins are eligible to apply for funding for collaborative projects with a member of the faculty in the Applied Mathematics and Statistics Department. Most grants will be less than $5,000. Among the items eligible to be funded are 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.

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 Wierman, Applied Mathematics and Statistics Department, 302 Whitehead Hall.


Career Fair 2006

The Public Health Career Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 3, in the Bloomberg School's Feinstone Hall and Room W2008. The fair is open to all undergraduate and graduate students looking for full-time, internship, consultancy and fellowship positions in corporate, government and nonprofit sectors. Among the 40 employers scheduled to attend are American Association for the Advancement of Science, Booz Allen Hamilton, Family Health International, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health (Social and Behavioral Research Branch) and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation.

The Bloomberg School's Career Services Office is sponsoring the event. For more information, go to for_students/PH_Marketplace/index.html or call 410-955-3034.


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).

Guidelines, details for proposal preparation and submission, and the required ACS IRG application form are available at and 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.

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