The Johns Hopkins Gazette: February 18, 2002
Feb 18-25

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Fitness Class -- The Department of Occupational Health Services is offering fitness classes for Johns Hopkins faculty and staff. Classes in muscle conditioning and toning begin Feb. 19 and continue through April 11, from 12:15 to 1 p.m., in the Great Hall at Levering.

Cost for the eight-week sessions is $20 for one class and $40 for two classes. To register call 410-516-0450.

Japanese Translator Needed -- A translator is needed the week of May 13 to 18 to accompany a group of Japanese nurses and physicians in classes and on field trips outside of Hopkins. The translator must be fluent in both English and Japanese. Knowledge of medical informatics terminology is a plus.

Translators should be available all days from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunch with the group will be provided daily along with transportation to all scheduled events. This is a paid position.

For more information, contact program administrator Lois Gould at 410-614-1978 or

Sudler Prize in the Arts -- Graduating seniors at Homewood and fourth-year medical students are invited to compete for the 2002 Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts. The chief criterion for the $1,500 Sudler Prize is excellence in one of the arts: music, theater, dance, writing, filmmaking or visual arts.

Students interested in competing should submit the folowing materials no later than Friday, March 1: a completed application form, at least two examples of the student’s work and a letter of recommendation from a Hopkins faculty member. Homewood students should submit materials to Julia Morgan, Office of the President, 242 Garland Hall; medical students, to Dean Franklin Herlong at the School of Medicine.

The Sudler Arts Prize Committee is composed of faculty and administrators from the Homewood campus, the Peabody Institute and the School of Medicine. At its meeting on March 25, the committee will review and discuss all materials submitted and make a recommendation to the president. The winner, whose name appears in the commencement program, will receive the award at a private ceremony in early May.

The Sudler Arts Prize Committee simultaneously considers candidates for the President’s Commendation for Achievement in the Arts, a service award honoring a graduating senior who has contributed extensively to the arts in the Homewood community.

To request an application form or for more information, contact Julia Morgan at 410-516-4697 or 410-516-8132.

Graduate Student Fellowships at the Villa Spelman -- Applications are being invited from graduate students to participate in the Program in Social Theory and Historical Inquiry at the Charles S. Singleton Center for Italian Studies at the Villa Spelman in the fall semester of 2002.

Professor Raymond Westbrook will convene the seminar on the subject of “The Origins of Law,” and students from all departments are welcome to apply providing 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 doctorate. Students should have completed all requirements except for 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. Tuition is not covered.

Interested students should submit a letter of application, along with a brief recommendation from a supervisor, to Prof. Raymond Westbrook, Near Eastern Studies, 128 Gilman; and to Prof. Stephens, director, Villa Spelman, 268 Mergenthaler. Indicate whether you are applying for a Villa fellowship and/or travel support or have funds from your own department.

The application deadline is March 7.

Statistics Research Funding -- The Acheson J. Duncan Fund for the Advancement of Research in Statistics requests proposals for small grants to support research projects in statistics, probability and stochastic processes.

Johns Hopkins faculty and students are eligible to apply for funding for collaborative projects with a member of the faculty in the Mathematical Sciences Department. Items funded might include, but are not limited to, travel to research conferences and workshops, computer equipment and software, matching funds for grant proposals, short-term visits of collaborators to Hopkins, interdepartmental seminars, partial support for research assistants, and seed money for new research. Most grants from the fund will be smaller than $5,000.

Proposals should be brief, preferably no more than three single-sided pages; provide itemized expense estimates; and be signed by each investigator. Proposals may be submitted to the committee chair (John C. Wierman, Mathematical Sciences Department, 104 Whitehead Hall) at any time.

Provost’s Undergraduate Research Awards -- The 2002 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.

Free Workshop for Data Users -- Hopkins data users are invited to attend a free workshop, “Using the Current Population Survey,” on Thurs., March 14, in the Milton S. Eisenhower Library on the Homewood campus. The Current Population Survey is one of the largest and most well-recognized surveys in the United States.

Attendees will learn about the survey from experts at the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau, and from Robert Moffitt, winner of the NIH MERIT Award. Attendees will participate in exercises downloading and/or extracting data and creating tables. Lunch is included. Advance registration is required. The workshop is limited to 36 participants. A registration form with workshop times and location is available at:

For more information, contact Sharon Morris at 410-516-8360 or