The Johns Hopkins Gazette: December 16, 2002
Dec 16-
Jan 6

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Applications for Young Investigators' Awards -- Applications for the School of Medicine's annual Young Investigators' Day awards are due Jan. 9, at 3 p.m. Send applications to room 716 in the Hunterian Building.

Graduate students, medical students and fellows in the basic science and clinical departments, as well as house staff at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, are eligible. Individuals who graduate or left Hopkins prior to Sept. 1, 2002, are not eligible. All award recipients must attend the Young Investigators' Day celebration April 10, 2003.

To obtain an application and instructions, look for posters scattered through the East Baltimore campus, or pick up a packet from the School of Medicine's Registrar's Office in 119 SOM Administration, the office of Se-Jin Lee, 607 PCTB, or the office of Christine Moss, 716 Hunterian. For more information, call 410-614-0198.

Dehumidifier Recall -- Whirlpool Corp. has announced a safety-related recall of about 1.4 million 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. For further instructions, go to or call Whirlpool at 866-640-7139.

Occupational Health Classes -- A "Stop Smoking" class for JHU faculty and staff will be held on seven consecutive Tuesdays beginning on Jan. 7, from noon to 1 p.m. on the Homewood campus. For more information and to register, call the Department of Occupational Health Services at 410-516-0450.

Other health courses sponsored by Occupational Health Services and co-sponsored by the Office of Benefits Administration are being offered to Hopkins faculty and staff. Yoga classes will be held on the Homewood campus from noon to 1 p.m., Monday and Wednesday, beginning Jan. 6. The cost for the eight-week session is $30 (once a week) or $50 (twice a week). Muscle conditioning and toning classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 12:15 to 1 p.m. on the Homewood campus. Cost for the eight-week session is $20 or $40 for classes once or twice a week.

Seated massages will continue to be offered on both Homewood and East Baltimore campuses. The massages, given by a certified massage therapist, are $10.

Male Mentors Needed -- The Take Charge! Youth Violence Prevention Project is looking for male Johns Hopkins employees, students and volunteers interested in in-home mentoring. Each mentor will be trained in the project's youth violence prevention curriculum and will then meet with a youth for six sessions at his convenience to implement the curriculum. Upon completion of the sessions, the mentor will receive a stipend of $240. For more information, call Peggy Miller at 410-614-6415, or e-mail

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

Grants for Spinal Cord Injury Research -- The Maryland Board of Spinal Cord Injury Research is making funds available for grants aimed at restoring neurological function in individuals with spinal cord injuries. Research facilities in Maryland are eligible. Outcomes of supported research are expected to develop or contribute to developing new therapies for returning neurological function in individuals with spinal cord injuries.

Proposals from established investigators, researchers new to the field, junior researchers and those in disciplines that have not traditionally focused on spinal cord injury are welcome. Independent investigators and ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply as principal investigators. There are no restrictions on citizenship. Each grant recipient is eligible for up to $300,000 of direct and indirect costs for up to three years, based on merit and board approval. The maximum award is $150,000 per fiscal year. Applications are due June 2, 2003.

For more information, contact Audrey Regan, Office of Injury Prevention and Health Assessment, 201 West Preston Street, Room 300, Baltimore, MD 21201, by calling 410-767-5782 or sending an e-mail to