The Johns Hopkins Gazette: May 12, 2003
May 12-19

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Minority- and Women-Owned Vendor Fair -- The university is an integral part of the economic life of Baltimore, and increasingly, the area's future commercial growth will depend on the strength of minority- and women-owned business enterprises.

It is in the community interest that Johns Hopkins supports these enterprises by providing opportunities for the vendors to offer their goods and services to the university. Everyone who makes purchasing decisions is encouraged to visit a vendor fair showcasing some of these businesses--including scientific, staffing, office and printing services--from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, in the Turner Concourse, East Baltimore.

Vascular Disease Screenings -- Johns Hopkins will offer free screenings for vascular disease on Saturday, May 17, as part of a national effort to detect abdominal aneurysms and plaque buildup in blood vessels of the neck and legs.

During the screenings, organized by the American Vascular Association, Johns Hopkins physicians and staff will use noninvasive imaging tests to detect disease. They also will measure the participants' blood pressure and record their heart rhythms. The screenings will be held from 8 a.m. to noon in room 7017 of the Outpatient Center, at 601 N. Caroline St.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 443-287-3542.

Electronic Thesis and Dissertations Pilot Project -- Graduate students in Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, SAIS and SPSBE who are finishing or have just finished the master's essay or doctoral dissertation are being sought for a pilot program. Using Web-based software, students submit a PDF version of their essay or dissertation to a server along with title, abstract, keyword and committee information.

Once the essay or dissertation has been approved by the Graduate Board, it will be made available for electronic browsing or searching via a federated database of ETDs and via search engines. The software allows users to specify the degree of availability for all or different parts of their essay or dissertation. ETDs offer greater availability of graduate research for scholars worldwide, the ability to use multimedia and hypermedia to create a richer presentation medium, lower costs of submission and handling and reduced storage space requirements by using electronic preservation.

For more information, contact Keith Kaneda at or Lee Watkins at; or visit the project home page at

Stem Cell Research Meeting -- The first meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research, jointly sponsored by the School of Medicine, is slated for June 8 to 11 in Washington, D.C.

The ISSCR was formed in 2002 as a venue for the exchange of ideas among investigators working on stem cells in many different organ systems and models. ISSCR seeks to provide information to the public and granting agencies regarding the biology and potential use of stem cells. The society also fosters discussion of the ethical concerns of stem cell use.

For more information, go to

Health Classes for Faculty and Staff -- The Office of Benefits Administration, in conjunction with Occupational Health Services, is offering the following classes. To register, call 410-516-0450.

Seated massage on the Homewood and Eastern campuses; $10 for 15 minutes.

Muscle toning and conditioning class, 12:15 to 1 p.m., Tuesday and/or Thursday at Homewood. The 10-week class begins May 20; $25/$45 (once/twice a week).

Weight Watchers at Work from noon to 12:45 p.m. for 14 Tuesdays beginning May 27; $148.