The Johns Hopkins Gazette: February 12, 2001
Feb 12-19

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Hazard Communication Training -- The Office of Health, Safety and Environment offers training programs to educate Hopkins personnel about maintaining safe work environments. Two programs are offered on a routine basis on the Homewood campus.

Hazard communication training helps employees find information associated with any material in their workplace. The training is required by federal and state law for all employees on a onetime basis. Employees hired in 1998, 1999 and 2000 received the training if they attended new employee orientation. All other employees should attend one of the hazard communication training sessions, scheduled to take place on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. in the Arellano Theater in Levering Union.

JHU employees who handle or are exposed to materials containing blood or body fluids as part of their normally assigned duties must attend a bloodborne pathogen training session once a year. This training is also mandated by federal and state law and Johns Hopkins University policy. The training is offered on the second Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. in Arellano Theater in Levering Union.

The next scheduled dates for the hazard communication and bloodborne pathogen safety training programs are Feb. 14, March 14, April 11 and May 9.

For more information, call the Office of Health, Safety and Environment at 410-516-8798.

Counseling Center Movie Night and Discussion -- The Counseling Center has scheduled a free movie--with popcorn--for Thurs., Feb. 22, from 3 to 6 p.m. The movie will be followed by an informal discussion of death or loss and how it affects everyone's lives.

The Counseling Center offers a support group for students who have experienced the loss of a close friend, parent, sibling or grandparent and would like to explore the impact of that loss.

There is also a group intended for female survivors of sexual assault and abuse. This group will meet Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

For information on any of the Counseling Center groups, call 410-516-8278.

Stop Smoking -- The Department of Occupational Health Services, in conjunction with Benefits Administration, is offering a "Stop Smoking" class from 1 to 2 p.m., on five consecutive Wednesdays beginning Feb. 14.

A $10 fee for the class will be refunded after completing the course. For information, call 410-516-0450.

Graduate Student Fellowships at the Villa Spelman -- Applications are invited from graduate students who want to participate in the Program in Social Theory and Historical Inquiry at the Charles S. Singleton Center for Italian Studies at the Villa Spelman, Florence, Italy, in the fall 2001 semester.

Louis Galambos will be convening the seminar on "Globalization: Theory, History and Prophecy in Europe and the United States." Students from all departments are welcome to apply, provided they can demonstrate the importance of this seminar for their work and the usefulness of spending a period of residence in Italy for successful completion of the Ph.D.

Students should have completed all requirements except the dissertation by the time they arrive in Florence in September. A limited number of fellowships will be awarded to students without other support. Some travel money is available. Tution is not covered.

Interested students should submit a letter of application along with a brief recommendation from a supervisor to Professors Galambos and Stephens. Applicants should indicate if the application is for a Villa Spelman fellowship and/or travel support, and whether they have funds from their own departments. The application deadline is March 9.

Howard Hughes Summer Research Fellowship -- The 2001 Howard Hughes Summer Research Fellowship Program will award approximately 30 undergraduates in the schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering with $3,000 stipends. Fellows will conduct laboratory research for nine weeks during the summer with a Hopkins faculty member of their choice. There will also be opportunities to participate in seminars and social activities.

Each student should submit a completed application and supporting materials--letter of support from a lab sponsor; letter of recommendation from a faculty member; transcript; and statement of purpose and proposal--by 5 p.m., Feb. 26.

Additional information and applications are available in the Office of the Dean, 237 Mergenthaler on the Homewood campus, or by logging on to

Post-baccalaureate Premed Program -- The university is offering a new post-baccalaureate premedical program through the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. The 14-month program gives college graduates the opportunity to take the required science courses for admission to medical school. Anyone who wishes to attend medical school but does not have the requisite courses can find information about the program on the Web site or by e-mailing The application deadline is April 1.