Johns Hopkins Gazette | October 20, 2003
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 20, 2003 | Vol. 33 No. 8


Homewood Flu Vaccinations

Flu vaccinations will be given free of charge to faculty and staff on the Homewood campus in the Sherwood Room at Levering. The schedule is from 10 a.m. to noon, Oct. 28 and 30; 7 to 9 a.m., Oct. 29; and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28, 29 and 30. After Oct. 30, vaccines will be administered through November in the Office of Occupational Health Resources, W-601 Wyman Park, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For more information, call Occupational Health Services, 410-516-0450.


Volunteer to Read

JHHS Community Services is sponsoring a morning reading event at Bernard Harris Elementary School in East Baltimore at 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 31. Employees and JHU students are encouraged to volunteer to read to a class of students in grades 3 through 5. No prior experience is necessary. To register, call Ellen Brown, 410-614-2430.


Jewish Volunteers Needed

Ash-kenazi Jewish individuals going to the Phipps Clinic for a flu shot are asked to take a moment to contribute to an important scientific endeavor.

At a booth near the flu shot tables, Jews ages 40 or older whose ancestors emigrated from eastern Europe can contribute DNA samples for the use of investigators conducting studies on the genetic underpinnings of several complex diseases. Participation is anonymous, and advance registration is not required. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, Oct. 27 to 31, Phipps Building, third floor, East Baltimore campus.

For more information, contact Mary Thornquist, 410-955-0641.


Adopt-a-Family and Adopt-an-Agency Programs

The Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs sponsors a program to provide families and individuals with gifts, clothing and food that they might not otherwise receive or be able to afford. Families that need to be adopted are identified by the Baltimore City Department of Social Services.

Several local nonprofit health and human welfare agencies may also be adopted. Among the agencies are shelters for women and children who have been abused, shelters for people who are homeless, residential programs for people combating drug addiction and residences for people with severe disabilities.

Departments, groups or individuals interested in participating in the program for the holidays can complete adoption requests online at (click on Adopt-a-Family/Agency). For more information, contact Matt Smith at or 410-516-0345.


Provide Thanksgiving Dinner to Families in Need

A $15 donation to the Vernon Rice Memorial Butterball Turkey Program will purchase a gift certificate for a family in need. The certificates will be forwarded directly to the identified families to help them buy a turkey or other food items for the holiday season. To participate, send a check, made payable to JHU Butterball, to JHU Butterball, Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs, Evergreen House, 3rd floor, 4545 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21210-2693.

For delivery in time for Thanksgiving, checks must be received no later than Nov. 14. More information can be found on the Web at or by contacting Matt Smith at 410-516-0345 or


Spring Seminar at Villa Spelman

Graduate students may apply now to participate in the spring semester Seminar in Italian Studies at the Singleton Center for Italian Studies at the Villa Spelman in Florence.

Nancy Struever, professor emerita in the Humanities Center, will convene the seminar, which is open to students from all departments in the humanities and the social sciences who can demonstrate a need to spend a period of residence in Italy for successful completion of the Ph.D. They should also have completed all requirements except for the dissertation by January, when they arrive in Florence; students are expected to remain at the villa until the end of June. Several students will receive a Singleton fellowship and travel allowance, but tuition is not covered by Villa Spelman. Other students may receive fellowship and travel support from their home departments.

Eligible students should submit applications to Mary McDonough in the Villa Spelman Office, 407 Gilman Hall, by Friday, Nov. 7. The application should contain three pieces: a one-page statement from the student describing the subject of his or her research; a brief letter of recommendation from the student's supervisor testifying to the completion, or plans for completion, of other requirements; and a letter from the chair of the student's department, stating that the student has the permission of the chair to attend the seminar, and specifying whether the department will provide fellowship and travel support. Successful applicants will be notified as soon as possible.

Mary McDonough may be reached at


Children's Center Radiothon

The annual MIX 106.5 Johns Hopkins Children's Center Radiothon is scheduled for Feb. 26-29, 2004. Volunteers are needed to help stuff envelopes, enter data for credit card payments and do any back-office activities needed to make the Radiothon a success.

Last year, volunteers helped process almost 2,700 credit card payments to support the Radiothon's fund-raising activities. Volunteers will be asked to work a minimum of two hours at Eastern High School, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday through Sunday.

To volunteer, contact Kaliopi Grund at 443-997-3215, or Priscilla Sampson at 443-997-8120,


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