The Johns Hopkins Gazette: December 9, 2002
Dec 9-16

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Dehumidifier recall -- Whirlpool Corp. has announced a safety-related recall of about 1.4 millon Whirlpool, Comfort-Aire and Kenmore dehumidifiers. An unknown number of the dehumidifiers were sold to Johns Hopkins. Whirlpool has determined that the devices can overheat and catch fire.

Department and appliance stores nationwide sold the affected dehumidifiers from February 1997 through December 2001. The price was between $130 and $260.

The dehumidifiers included in the recall have serial numbers that begin with QG, QH, QJ, QK or QL. The serial and model number can be found on a label located on the wall behind the water bucket. The recall does not include rear water bucket dehumidifiers.

If your department or office owns any of these dehumidifiers, immediately switch off and unplug them, and alert anyone with access to the machines not to use them. Then, for further instructions, see or call Whirlpool at 866-640-7139.

Disney Club to Be Discontinued -- The Disney Club, which has offered discounts to JHU employees through the Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs, will close on Dec. 31, 2003. Current benefits will continue until the expiration dates on members' cards or Dec. 31, 2003, whichever comes first.

For information, go to or call 410-516-6060.

Sponsor a Child for the Holidays -- The JHHS Department of Community Services is collecting unwrapped new toys and money (in the form of checks made payable to JHHS Community Services) for families in East Baltimore. To select a child or family to sponsor, go to at http://www.communityservices or call 410-614-4976.

To make a financial contribution, send checks to JHHS Community Services, Suite 510, 550 N. Broadway, Baltimore, Md. 21205. Indicate "Holiday Gift Giving" on the check. Bring unwrapped gifts to JHHS Community Services, Suite 500, 550 Building, by Dec. 20. For information, call 410-614-4976.

Howard Hughes Summer Research Fellowship Program -- The 2003 Howard Hughes Summer Research Fellowship Program will award $3,000 stipends to approximately 30 undergraduates in the schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering to conduct laboratory research during the summer with a Hopkins faculty member of their choice.

The program, which includes seminars and social activities, will run from June 2 through Aug. 8, 2003. Students should submit applications and supporting materials--a letter of support from lab sponsor; letter of recommendation from a faculty member; transcript; statement of purpose; and proposal--to Ami Cox, 237 Mergenthaler, by 4 p.m., Feb. 14, 2003.

Applications and additional information are available in the Office of the Dean, 237 Mergenthaler and at

More IT Training Locations and Times Offered -- Weekend and evening schedules plus multiple training locations are now being offered through the Application Software/Information Technology training program. This will expand the benefit of staff remission to eligible faculty and staff and also reduce cancellations caused by low enrollment.

Full-time JHU faculty and staff are eligible for any course and are covered 100 percent by staff development remission. If space is available, noneligible JHU affiliates may attend any course by paying. Supervisor approval is required on all registration forms.

For information, contact Tina Cole at 443-997-4128 or To register, view complete course listings or read cancellation policies and procedures, go to