The Johns Hopkins Gazette: January 29, 2001
Jan 29-
Feb 5

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

NASA Summer Academy -- The NASA Summer Academy 2001 applications for Goddard Space Flight Center and Ames Research Laboratory are now available online at:

The NASA Academy is a unique 10-week summer institute of higher learning. The goal of the academy is to help guide future leaders of the U.S. Aeronautics and Space Program by giving undergraduate and graduate student participants a glimpse of how the whole system works through a summer internship program.

Final selection of academy summer research associates is made by a panel of scientists, engineers and Space Grant representatives complemented by university faculty members and a select group of aerospace experts. The panel will be looking for appropriate matches to the research projects, as well as a variety of unique individual characteristics and selection criteria, including demonstrated enthusiasm and interest in space, leadership potential in research projects and overall quality, i.e., honors, awards, GPA, etc.

To be eligible students must be enrolled as a junior, senior or early-level graduate student as of May 29, 2001; have at least a B average; major in engineering, sciences (physics, chemistry or biology), math, computer science or other areas of interest to the space program; be U.S. citizens or permanent residents as of May 20, 2001. Applications are due at the Maryland Space Grant Consortium Office by Fri., Feb. 2.

For information about the NASA Summer Academy 2001, send e-mail to or visit the Space Grant Consortium Office, 203 Bloomberg on the Homewood campus.

Career Exploration Workshops -- The Counseling Center is offering two career exploration workshops, beginning in January. Titled "The First Step: Discovering Careers That Fit," these workshops will each consist of three sessions.

The next series will be held Feb. 5, 12 and 19, from 2 to 4 p.m.

For information, contact Bill Bercaw, Alicia Clarke or Rosa Kim at 410-516-8278 or visit the Counseling Center in Merryman Hall and ask about the "First Step" workshops.

Other Counseling Center Groups -- A support group for graduate women from Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Peabody and the School of Nursing will meet Friday afternoons. This small group provides an opportunity for women from various departments to share perspectives, discuss struggles of graduate school and receive and offer support. For more information, call Anita Sharma or Sara Maggitti at the Counseling Center, 410-516-8278.

The Counseling Center also offers a support group for any student who has experienced the loss of a close friend, parent, sibling or grandparent and would like to explore the impact of that loss. For information, contact Sara Maggitti or Rosa Kim at 410-516-8278.

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.

For anyone who wishes to attend medical school but who does not have the requisite courses, visit or e-mail for more information on the program. The application deadline is April 1.

Weight Watchers -- The Department of Occupational Health Services, in conjunction with Benefits Administration, is offering a "Weight Watchers at Work" class which will begin Tues., Feb. 13, at either noon or 1 p.m. The class will last for 10 weeks. The cost for the 10-week session is $90. For information, call 410-516-0450, by Feb. 5.

Provost's Undergraduate Research Awards -- The 2001 Provost's Undergraduate Research Awards will provide a number of grants to current freshmen, sophomores and juniors in the schools of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Nursing, and in the Peabody Conservatory.

The money may be used to pay the costs of the winner's research or creative projects. Winners may choose to receive up to $1,500 of the total award as a cash stipend or to receive academic credit for their work.

Applications are available from the office of Theodore Poehler, vice provost for research, at 275 Garland Hall on the Homewood campus, or by phone at 410-516-0146. Completed applications for summer projects must be submitted by noon on March 9 and by April 6 for fall semester proposals.

Alternatives to Animal Testing -- The Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing is soliciting projects that will focus on investigating and developing alternative methods to the use of whole animals for safety/hazard evaluation, risk assessment and efficacy. In vitro approaches to evaluate cellular and target organ toxicity are encouraged. CAAT does not currently fund projects relating to carcinogenicity or mutagenicity.

To apply, complete a preproposal form, following the instructions on the form, and return no later than March 15. The preproposal should be mailed to CAAT Grants Coordinator, Suite 840, 111 Market Place, Baltimore, MD 21202-6709. Preproposals may also be submitted online through the following Web sites: or

No other materials are required for this stage of the application process. Only abstracts using the appropriate format will be reviewed. Appropriate applications will be invited to submit a complete grant application package. All responses will be forwarded by e-mail or U.S. mail. No telephone responses will be given.

Evergreen House Offers Training Program -- Evergreen House is offering a five-week training program for volunteers interested in becoming guides. The university's historic property showcases a unique synthesis of Victorian, Neoclassical and Art Deco interior design; a private theater; and impressive collections of Japanese and Chinese art, post-Impressionist paintings, rare books, Tiffany glass and Dutch and Italian furniture.

In addition to giving tours, guides have the opportunity to travel to other historic homes and participate in special events.

Training sessions will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays from Feb. 27 through April 3. For more information, contact Cindy Kelly at 410-516-0341.