Johns Hopkins Gazette | March 24, 2008
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 24, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 27



2008-2009 PURA Program

Applications for the 2008-2009 PURA program are now available online at Full-time freshmen, sophomores and juniors will have the opportunity to conduct original research, guided by a faculty sponsor, through the PURA program. The maximum amount of the awards is $3,000, which will be used to defray costs associated with the project, such as expendable supplies and related travel.

Students from all disciplines are encouraged to submit proposals; sponsors must be full-time faculty and can be from any division of the university. Applications are now being accepted in the Office of the Provost, 265 Garland Hall, Homewood campus. Summer 2008 proposals are due by noon on March 28; fall 2008 proposals are due by noon on April 21. For additional information and guidelines, see the PURA Web site.


Baltimore Research Day Abstracts

Over the last 25 years, a great deal of important research has been conducted in Baltimore, and on Friday, May 9, the Urban Health Institute's inaugural Baltimore Research Day will showcase and explore the impact of this research on health policies in the city and on the health status of its residents. Co-chairs Bernard Guyer, of the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Joshua Sharfstein, Baltimore City health commissioner, invite students, faculty, independent researchers and community groups throughout the city to participate and submit abstracts. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 4.

A complete list of research objectives, methods and results to be addressed in abstracts is available online (along with details for submission) through the UHI Web site

Among them are a description of the partners involved, the impact of the work and what would happen if the program was taken "to scale" in Baltimore. Abstracts should be no longer than two pages and can be submitted at any time prior to April 4. Only one abstract will be accepted per person, although participants may be second author on one submitted by another member of the department. Research projects are encouraged to bundle their findings into a single submission.

For answers to questions not addressed on the Web site, contact program director Amy Gawad at or 410-502-7473.


Learning to Use JScholarship

The JHU Libraries invite faculty to submit content to JScholarship, Johns Hopkins' digital archive that stores, preserves and allows for the sharing of materials. Benefits of contributing include fast, worldwide dissemination of published and unpublished work, increased indexing on Google and specialty academic search engines, and a secure place for a department to store and retrieve its collective work. The repository provides full-text searching, personalized e-mail and RSS feed notification capabilities.

Contributors may submit all published and unpublished material that is scholarly or educational, faculty-sponsored and ready for public viewing. Examples of such content include white or working papers, technical reports, conference slides and proceedings, article pre-prints and post-prints, data sets, multimedia, podcasts, animations and video lectures, dissertations and theses. Established departmental JScholarship "communities" and "sub-communities" will house the numerous collections. For more information, go to

To establish a community, contact Lori Rosman at or 410-614-1286, or David Reynolds, JScholarship project manager, at


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