Johns Hopkins Gazette | January 14, 2008
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University January 14, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 17



Request for SoM Postdoc Abstracts

The Johns Hopkins Post-Doctoral Association is soliciting abstract submissions from postdoctoral fellows throughout the School of Medicine for its Scientific Seminar Series.

The authors of the top 10 abstracts (as judged by the JHPDA executive council) will be invited to present their work between February and July. Awards totaling $1,000 will be distributed among the top three presenters, who will be judged on the basis of their presentation skills and scientific impact.

The format of the talks is 20 minutes, with five minutes for questions. Abstracts, 250 words or less, should include names of three faculty members qualified to judge the content of the work. Abstracts and talks should appeal to an interdisciplinary audience. Abstracts should be e-mailed to Minghui Xiang at or by Friday, Jan. 25.


Women's Leadership Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the eighth annual Women's Leadership Award, which will be presented at the Women's Network spring luncheon on May 9.

One honoree from each chapter — APL, Bayview, Homewood, JHMI and SAIS — will be selected, based on her leadership in motivating others in their work and community; developing leadership skills in others; mentoring; increasing employee knowledge of critical issues facing an office, division or department; or strengthening the commitment of faculty, staff and students to the university.

To make a nomination, complete the form at and submit it via e-mail to Nora Koch at by Friday, Feb. 29. Nominations that are incomplete or not submitted by e-mail will not be considered. For more information about the Women's Leadership Award or the nomination process, contact Nora Koch at 410-516-5078 or


Spring ESL Courses

Registration is beginning for courses in the Language Teaching Center's English as a Second Language program. The courses are open to all students, faculty and staff, and their families. Convenient evening courses include Oral Communication and Academic and Professional Writing.

Registered students will be given a placement test on Jan. 28. For more information, call 410-516-5431, go to or e-mail


Do You Have a Great Book Collection?

The Friends of the JHU Libraries is sponsoring a student book-collection contest, designed to recognize both a love of books and the shaping of a thoughtful and focused collection. All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a degree program at Johns Hopkins are eligible to enter. Cash prizes will be awarded. The entry deadline is Feb. 15.

For more information, or for more details on the contest, contact Blair Anton at 410-502-7571, by e-mail at or go to bookcollectcontest.html.


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