Johns Hopkins Gazette | February 16, 2004
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 16, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 22



Literacy Tutors Wanted

Volunteers are needed to tutor adults in reading and writing at the Greater Homewood Adult Literacy Program. Training is provided. Flexible hours. For details, call 410-261-3524.


Public Health Career Fair

A Public Health Career Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 5, in the School of Public Health's gallery and court area. Open to undergraduate and graduate students, the fair is for full-time, internship, consultancy and fellowship positions.

Approximately 40 employers from corporate, government and nonprofit sectors are expected. Current registrants include Columbia University Medical Center, Catholic Relief Services, Delmarva Foundation, International Rescue Committee, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MAMSI Health Plans, Merck and Company, NYU Medical Center, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


CAAT Grants

The Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing is soliciting projects in the areas of refinement, developmental toxicology and immunotoxicology. The refinement grants, which have a maximum of $25,000 per year, should focus on the issues of alleviating pain and/or distress in laboratory protocols. Developmental toxicology grants will be up to $50,000 per year for either in vitro studies involving embryonic stem cells or studies involving species such as c. elegans or zebrafish; whole-animal, mammalian studies are not appropriate. Immunotoxicology grants, with a maximum of $50,000 per year, should focus on basic mechanisms as they relate to toxicity.

To apply, complete the preproposal form at

The submission must reach CAAT no later than April 9 and may be sent by mail to CAAT Grants Coordinator, 111 Market Place, Suite 840, Baltimore, MD 21202-6709; by fax to 410-223-1603; or by e-mail to

Only abstracts using the appropriate format will be reviewed. Applicants whose proposals meet the goals of the program will be invited to submit a complete grant application package. All responses will be forwarded by e-mail or U.S. mail.


Center for a Livable Future Pre-doctoral Fellowship Program

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future announces the second year of funding for its Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program. The program supports pre-doctoral students (Ph.D., Sc.D., Dr.P.H.) in any JHU division (or those applying to a doctoral program at the time of this application) who are committed to discovery or application of knowledge about the environmental, economic, social and health impacts of industrial animal production practices in this country or abroad.

Students are eligible for support during any stage of their graduate program. Each fellow will receive a grant of up to $50,000 that can be used for tuition, stipend and/or research expenses, depending on individual needs. The grants may be renewed in subsequent years. Awards for 2004-2005 academic year will be announced May 1.

Candidates will be considered based on their academic abilities and commitment to the goals of the fellowship. Interdisciplinary approaches are particularly encouraged.

Suitable topics include investigations in the following areas related to and impacted by industrial animal production: environmental issues; public health consequences, particularly on understudied populations; international aspects of food production and trade; animal waste composition and safe disposal; effects of animal feed formulations on health and food safety; occupational health effects; food safety and security issues; and policy development to support sustainable, equitable food production systems.

For information, go to or call 410-502-7578. Applications must be sent by March 15 to Polly Walker, associate director, at Center for a Livable Future, 615 N. Wolfe St., W8503, Baltimore, MD 21205; faxed to 410-502-7579; or e-mailed to


Digital Library Services Trial

The Digital Library Services Department at the Welch Medical Library is asking users to participate in the selection process of higher-end electronic resources that potentially could be licensed for access by Hopkins.

To test a database of your choice, go to

Participants will find links on E-Journals, E-Books and E-Databases. Once a selection is made, a survey will appear. It is important to provide all requested information so that comments and recommendations can be recorded.


Statistics Research Funding RFP

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. The fund was created in 1997 by an endowment established at the time of his death by professor emeritus Acheson Duncan, a pioneer in research and application of quality control and industrial statistics.

Faculty and students throughout JHU are eligible to apply for funding for collaborative projects with a member of the faculty in Applied Mathematics and Statistics. Items funded might include travel to research conferences, computer equipment, matching funds for grant proposals, short-term visits of collaborators to Johns Hopkins, interdepartmental seminars, partial support for research assistants and seed money for new research. Most grants will be less than $5,000.

Proposals should be three single-sided pages or less, provide itemized expense estimates and be signed by each investigator. Proposals may be submitted at any time to committee chair John C. Wierman, Applied Mathematics and Statistics Department, 104 Whitehead Hall, Homewood campus.


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