The Johns Hopkins Gazette: December 10, 2001
Dec 10-17

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Welch Library Holiday Schedule -- The Welch Library, Nursing Information Center, Lilienfeld Library and its satellite, and the Meyer Library will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and 31, and Jan. 1. Welch Library's electronic collection and services, as always, are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the Welch Web site at

General information on library hours for all Welch locations can also be found on the Welch Web site at

Holiday Gift Drive -- JHHS Community Services is collecting new toys and new clothing in all children's sizes for distribution during the holidays to those in need in the East Baltimore community. All items collected will be given to families who are clients at the Mayor's Crisis Center. Both departments and individuals are welcome to participate. Bring any items to Suite 500, 550 Building, on or before Dec. 14.

For more information, contact Terry Todesco at 410-614-4976 or e-mail

Help Others This Holiday Season -- By participating in the Adopt-a-Family/Agency Program, individuals or departments can help provide gifts, clothing and food to a family or charitable agency in need. This program runs in conjunction with the Baltimore City Department of Social Services and various nonprofit health and human welfare agencies.

Members of the Hopkins community can also provide Thanksgiving dinners to families in need. Donations of $15 will purchase a Butterball gift certificate to help an indigent family purchase a turkey or other food items for the holiday. Send a $15 check, made payable to JHU Butterball to Eden Blum, Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs, third floor, Evergreen House.

For more information on these programs, contact Eden Blum at 410-516-0345.

NASA Summer Academy 2002 -- Applications for the 10-week NASA Summer Academy at the Goddard Space Flight Center and Ames Research Center are now available online at

The goal of the NASA Summer Academy, which is for undergraduate and graduate students, is to help guide future leaders of the U.S. Aeronautics and Space Program. Through the internship program, participants from around the country working as research associates are shown how NASA's success results from the interaction of government, academia and the private sector.

Prescreening of candidates is made by the Space Grant Consortium in each state; final selection is made by a panel that includes consortium representatives, university faculty and aerospace experts. The panel will be looking for appropriate matches to research projects as well as individual characteristics.

Selection criteria include demonstrated enthusiasm and interest in space, leadership potential in research projects, honors, awards, grade point averages and overall quality of the application package, particularly the written essays.

To be eligible, students must be enrolled as a junior or senior undergraduate or first-year graduate student as of May 29, 2002, and have U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent residency as of May 20, 2002.

The deadline for applications to the Space Grant Consortium office at 203 Bloomberg Center, Homewood campus, is Thursday, Jan. 31. For more information, stop by the office or e-mail

Yoga and Muscle Conditioning Classes -- The Office of Benefits Administration in conjunction with Occupational Health Services, is offering the following classes for Hopkins faculty and staff.

Muscle conditioning and toning will be offered beginning Dec. 18, on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 12:15 to 1 p.m., on the Homewood campus. The cost is $20-$40 for the eight-week session.

Yoga classes will be held Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. An afternoon class will be held on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 9. The cost for the 10-week session will be $30-$50.

Seated massage are offered on the Homewood campus. A 15-minute massage is given by a certified massage therapist for a reasonable fee.

For more information call 410-516-0450.

Discovering Careers -- The Counseling Center is offering a three-session workshop on identifying career options by clarifying interests, strengths, skills and work values. The meetings will take place on Jan. 11, 15 and 18 from 10 a.m. to noon. To sign up, call 410-516-8278 or visit the Counseling Center.

Network Home Access for Sick Children and Teens -- The Johns Hopkins Children's Center is now providing patients recovering from serious or chronic illness with free access from their homes to STARBRIGHT World, a private, secure online computer network for children and teens, courtesy of AOL Time Warner. Children and teens can find out more about their condition in kid-friendly language or chat with peers undergoing similar treatments. For more information, contact Carolyn Parse of the Child Life Department, at 410-955-2694.