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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University September 20, 2004 | Vol. 34 No. 4
In Brief

SOM's Linzhao Cheng receives Presidential Early Career Award

Linzhao Cheng, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the Institute for Cell Engineering's Stem Cell Biology Program, has received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. He was one of 12 winners nominated by the National Institutes of Health and one of 57 winners overall.

The awards, which are the nation's highest honor for professionals at the outset of their independent research careers, were officially presented during a ceremony on Sept. 9 at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Eight federal departments and agencies annually nominate scientists and engineers whose work shows the greatest promise to benefit the nominating agency's mission. Participating agencies award these beginning researchers up to five years of funding to further their work in support of critical government missions.

According to the citation from the NIH, Cheng was nominated and chosen "for outstanding accomplishments in the field of stem cell research including pioneering research that is advancing our knowledge of human embryonic stem cell self-renewal and differentiation of blood cells."


New online system in place for job requisition, applicant tracking

A new online job requisition and applicant-tracking system called JHUjobs is now up and running, replacing STARS, which is no longer available. JHUjobs is located at the same Web site,, and, like STARS, allows for posting of personnel requisitions, searches for open positions and the submission of employment applications.

All applications must now be made through the Web site; they can no longer be submitted by e-mail, U.S. mail or fax. For more information, contact the appropriate divisional Human Resources office.


Urban policy competition offers $5,000 prize for student paper

The Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies invites applications for the 2004-2005 Abell Award in Urban Policy. The $5,000 prize is given annually to the Johns Hopkins student who writes the most compelling paper on a pressing problem facing the city of Baltimore.

The contest is open to all full-time students in any degree-granting program of Johns Hopkins University.

The deadline for submitting a paper is Jan. 18, 2005. The winner will be selected in a blind review by a panel of judges comprising opinion leaders from the Baltimore business and nonprofit communities and JHU faculty.

The contest, sponsored by the Baltimore-based Abell Foundation, is intended to encourage fresh thinking about the challenges facing Baltimore and provide an incentive for JHU students to focus their talents on the city's problems, both during their Johns Hopkins career and beyond.

For more information, go to the Abell Award Web site at

You may also contact IPS Director Sandra Newman at or 410-516-4614 to discuss ideas for a paper.


Dietetic internship program at Bayview receives accreditation

The 3-year-old dietetic internship program at Bayview Medical Center has received its 10-year initial accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education, the accrediting agency for the American Dietetic Association.

Dietetic internship programs that apply for accreditation from CADE must be post-baccalaureate programs and provide at least 900 hours of supervised practice experiences to be completed in a two-year period.

The internship program at Hopkins Bayview is the only Hopkins-based residency-training program for dietetic interns. Since its founding in 2001, the program has graduated three classes and doubled its enrollment.


Gifted students sought for CTY national academic talent search

From September through mid-November, families of gifted children in second through eighth grades in 19 states and the District of Columbia may enroll their children in a national academic talent search sponsored by Johns Hopkins' Center for Talented Youth.

Students already scoring at the 97th percentile or higher on nationally normed tests or at top levels on state tests are eligible to apply to the talent search. Participants take above-grade-level tests (such as the SAT for seventh- and eighth-graders) that further assess math and verbal reasoning skills.

"The results from these tests give families useful information for charting future educational plans for their children," said CTY's executive director, Lea Ybarra.

Participants receive certificates of achievement from CTY. Qualifying students are invited to awards ceremonies or to enroll in CTY's well-known summer and online courses. Applications may be obtained through a child's school, online at or by calling 410-516-0277.


Impact of nursing shortage on African-American communities

Nursing Dean Martha Hill has announced a Dean's Lecture to feature C. Alicia Georges of Lehman College of the City University of New York. Georges will present a talk titled "The Impact of the Nursing Shortage on Quality of Life in African-American Communities" at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at the school. George, who coordinates Lehman's RN sequence, is currently president of the National Black Nurses Foundation and serves on the board of the International Society on Hypertension in Blacks.


Shriver Hall Concert Series opens season with Mozart Piano Quartet

Shriver Hall Concert Series opens its 39th season on Sunday, Sept. 26, with the acclaimed Mozart Piano Quartet. The European group, formed in 1997, was quartet-in-residence at the International Festival for Romantic Music in Saxony-Anhalt from 1997 to 1999 and has made appearances at similar festivals throughout Europe and Australia. The MPQ has recorded music of Jenner, Brahms and Mozart on the CPO and Arte Nova labels.

For program information and ticket prices, see the Calendar, or go to


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