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We engage underperforming high school students confronting significant barriers outside of the classroom by providing each one with a team or family of committed volunteers, increasing student access to community resources. In doing so, we bring about student academic advancement and personal growth into self-motivated, resilient and responsible citizens.
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We are the Hopkins Marathon Team (HMT), a university-wide student organisation dedicated to promoting fitness and health on campus through running. A common misconception seems to be that we're 100% comprised of "intense" runners, but let me stress that you do not have to be a marathon runner to run with us! Students, staff, post-docs and faculty are all welcome!
Training days are Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm and Saturday mornings at 7:00 am. Tuesdays are intended as a forum to encourage physical activity on campus. Mileage, pace and competition are all secondary. Think of it as a running "happy hour", time for you to get your weekly exercise in and a great opportunity to meet runners from all around campus. Saturdays are reserved for weekly group long runs, with escalating mileage as according to our marathon training plans.
Studies have shown that setting big goals are one of the most effective methods for beginners to make a long-term commitment to endurance sports. Throughout the country, organized training groups that prepare for a goal race have proven themselves successful at motivating beginners and veterans alike to take-up a sport and continue to pursue it.
Now in our 3rd year, we offer marathon training culminating in a spring marathon (we plan to run the Shamrock Marathon in VA Beach in March). We have trained alongside members that successfully transformed from absolute beginner to regular marathoner in one season. Our goal is to instill in each individual a dedication to health through sports despite our busy lifestyles. Join us!
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MEP promotes entrepreneurship education as a bridge between research and clinical practice. Our organization started in 2004 with the mission of advancing global public health education in Tanzania, China and India. In the last three years, we have grown to support simple medical devices, invented by students, through the process of prototype development, clinical trials, and, in the future, commercialization. We have launched two Johns Hopkins-recognized courses. In the first course, students complete evaluations of medical devices through clinical observations at Johns Hopkins Hospital and hospitals throughout Mumbai, Pune, Valsad and Dervan India. In the fall course, students will spend several weeks working in interdisciplinary teams to develop executive summary for a medical device. In these two courses students learn about the scientific foundation, global health context, and business ecosystem for these devices. Through this work, MEP facilitates and fosters interdisciplinary education, entrepreneurship and medical innovation.
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Short blurb what the group is about: The Johns Hopkins Business and Consulting Club (JHBCC) aims to introduce graduate students, medical students, staff, physicians, scientists and post-doctoral fellows of Johns Hopkins University to the world of business and consulting. JHBCC shares current trends and best practices in the consulting industry and helps members develop business knowledge and skills through seminars, case studies and business journal clubs. JHBCC also hosts an annual case competition and networking events where recruiters, entrepreneurs, business school faculty and consultants from elite firms provide career/case coaching and mentorship to our members.
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By: Rose Perry
The annual conference of the International Anaplastology Association was an
uplifting experience. I am interested in pursuing a career in facial prosthetics, and I
became a student member of the organization in order to start learning more about
current developments in the field. This year’s meeting took place in downtown
One of my instructors is a professional member of the organization, and he
presented at the conference. I was fortunate enough to co-present with him during
a workshop demonstration of a process called photogrammetry. I was also able to
speak with several students currently in training, as well as a few professionals to
ask for advice.
The conference was so incredible, featuring a speaker from the National Cancer
Society, a plastic surgeon doing research on adipose stem cells, students, and other
prosthetics professionals from around the world. Attendees from Belgium, France,
India, the Czech Republic, Brazil, Australia and all over the United States took part.
I learned a lot about technological possibilities in prosthetics by speaking to vendors
specializing in silicone production, mixing machines, 3D printing, laser scanning,
and magnetic bone implants. The information I gathered has helped me in my
decision for a thesis topic for the coming school year.
Thank you very much to the GSA for supporting my trip.
By: Chris Douville
I would like to thank the GSA for providing me with a travel grant. Without the
additional funding, I would not have been able to attend and present my poster to
the Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) in Boston, which is the primary
conference for computational biologists. My first paper-CRAVAT: cancer related
analysis of variants toolkit introduced a free and publically available webserver that
analyzes and annotates somatic and germline mutations identified in sequencing
studies. Since the initial publication, we have received additional funding from the
NIH to improve the current webserver. The webserver now offers significantly
more annotations, accepts more types of mutations, and processes files much
faster than the previous version. ISMB offered a great platform for me to share the
improvements with the computational biology community. I was able to talk to
existing users and attract many new researchers to CRAVAT. I am very grateful to
the GSA for giving me this opportunity. Thanks!
By: Alvin P. Makohon-Moore
Travel opportunities are coveted by the typical graduate student. Every year, I
create a list of three to four major conferences that I would like to attend. Inevitably, my
travel intentions are thwarted by reality, specifically bench work and data crunching.
Maybe this is a good thing, since too much travel would cut into the time that should be
spent on my thesis work.
But, understanding the bigger picture in research requires stepping away
from the data and experiments, at least occasionally. In this way, the AACR
special conference in Pancreatic Cancer was a great opportunity for me. With the
encouragement of my PI, and help from the GSA travel award, I was able to attend this
conference in New Orleans, LA.
I had never travelled so far into the South before and this was my first pancreatic
cancer conference. In the end, both the conference and the city proved surprising.
In my opinion, smaller conferences are ideal. The schedule is straightforward
because there is only one hall and one lecture at a time, so no worries about choosing
which presentation to attend. The subject of each conference is specific and nearly all of
the talks are relevant to a particular field of research. For me, this structure is great for
learning about topics that I typically neglect.
In my case, my mentor, Dr. Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue, and our lab studies
metastasis and pancreatic cancer. My thesis aims to better understand the genetics and
evolution of metastasis: this focus regularly dictates which seminars I attend and the
For me then, this Special Conference in Pancreatic Cancer was a crash
course in many less-familiar topics. The development and metabolism sessions were
particularly enlightening (although if I had to pick a favorite, the tumor heterogeneity
session would win...I should add here that my PI was a conference co-chair, so I will
admit to some bias!).
This was not my first scientific conference, but it was my first time presenting
a poster, at least outside of Johns Hopkins. I enjoyed discussing my project, and was
surprised at how much genuine interest there was overall. There was no shortage of
feedback, both positive and critical. The best part was discussing my project with other
graduate students who would stop by my poster: interestingly, it was these interactions
that were the most conceptual and enthusiastic in content.
Overall, the conference was rewarding. Even more of a surprise, however,
was the city of New Orleans (a.k.a. NOLA). I now realize that my Midwestern origin
precluded any cultural understanding of the Deep South. Luckily, another lab member
had a friend who was local: he and his wife were kind enough to take us around the
city in the little spare time we had. I would have been lost otherwise, and it is always an
exceptional experience to have someone knowledgeable and enthusiastic show you
around. I think this is key to truly understanding any city (say, Baltimore).
I experienced a craw-dad boil, Bourbon Street, and authentic New Orleans
music (arguably the first time I have ever heard true jazz). I also saw the mythical
Mississippi in all its glory, followed by a beignet at Café Du Monde. Even with all that,
we barely scratched the surface of what New Orleans is about. I look forward to the next
opportunity that brings me back there.
This conference was fulfilling in many ways. I gained a great deal of knowledge
and enjoyed discussing science with everyone there. I had the chance to learn
something new and present my work. New Orleans, LA is a great city to which I will
return (the top of my to-do list for next time is a swamp tour).
I am very appreciative of the GSA travel award that facilitated my trip: without it, I
would not have had this great experience or the chance to write about it.
By: Alisa Mo
As a recipient of the GSA travel award, I went to the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference in China
on “Epigenetics, Chromatin, and Transcription” from May 5-9, 2014. It was a wonderful experience! The
conference was held in Suzhou, a town about two hours away from Shanghai. The conference facility
was specially built by Cold Spring Harbor for the primary purpose of holding international conferences
and bringing scientists together from all over the world to discuss science with Chinese colleagues.
The main highlight of the conference was, of course, the science. A broad range of topics was
covered including new crystal structures of chromatin modification proteins, dynamics of transcriptional
surveillance, novel methods to assess chromosome organization, and DNA methylation across plants
and animals. Wonderful talks were given by both junior and senior scientists, and there were two poster
sessions. The talks and poster sessions were extremely well-attended; if you arrived “just on time” to
the talks, you would have to find a seat on the auditorium floor. I had the opportunity to share my work
with several professors in my field and find possible opportunities for future collaboration.
Another highlight of the conference was the chance to meet graduate students and post-docs
from all over the world. It was fascinating to learn about the structure of universities, PhD degrees, and
government funding in Europe, Australia, and Asia. It was also fun to commiserate about the challenges
of publishing papers, graduating, or finding a job, all of which are shared struggles among our colleagues
By: Dorhyun Johng
With support from the GSA Travel Award, I had a fantastic opportunity to attend the 105th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), which was held from April 5 to April 9 in San Diego, California. The meeting was an extremely educational and collaborative event where over 18,000 attendees ranging from researchers to patient advocates came to one place from around the world to share their work and perspectives on “targeting cures” for cancer. The meeting offered thousands of talks and posters on a variety of topics including new concepts in cancer research and basic/translational/clinical research. One of the memorable expert talks I attended was NextGen Cancer Research by Dr. Stephen Friend from Sage Bionetworks. It was interesting to hear an expert’s perspective on how data-driven cancer research can become more effective by adapting new methods of data sharing and new ways of crediting scientists’ work. That one talk alone broadened my view of research – that IT is now an indispensible part of the field of cancer research linking the bench and the bedside.
The meeting was housed in the San Diego Convention Center and at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina located by the San Diego Bay. The early walks along the bay lined with palm trees to the Convention Center refreshed me every morning, invigorating my participation in the meeting. Although the size of the meeting was enormous, it was fairly easy to navigate through the meeting using a mobile app, which allows you to search for talks of your interest. The app provided the time and location of the presentations as well as a personal calendar. The scene at the meeting was spectacular with thousands of people finding their ways to their destinations in a Convention Center the size of an airport, many of them carrying the AACR messenger bags. The overwhelmingly vast meeting surprisingly provided a relaxing environment. Throughout the day, I could spot people taking a break in the balcony area of the Convention Center, soaking in the sun and enjoying the breeze.
As a graduate student working in Dr. William Isaacs’ lab, I was elected to give a 10-minute talk at a mini-symposium themed Gene Regulation and Transcription Factors for my work on the mechanisms of the HOXB13 G84E mutation in prostate cancer development. My thesis work is a follow-up study for our lab’s recent genetic discovery that the G84E mutation in the HOXB13 transcription factor is associated with prostate cancer risk. After getting my first podium talk at a large conference out of the way, I feel that I will be more comfortable to give a talk in front of a big audience. 4 other researchers shared their work in the symposium chaired by Dr. Martin Horstmann from University of Hamburg and Dr. Waldemar Priebe from MD Anderson. I had a chance to hear some of the presenters’ work on transcription factors such as ETV1 in prostate cancer and also to familiarize myself with other experimental approaches I can take to study my gene of interest.
In addition to the talks, there was a plethora of poster sessions and vendor exhibits. The number of posters presented over several days was a bit mind-boggling despite their positional organization by topic, given the sheer quantity of posters, the topics the posters covered and the massive hall where the poster session was held. But again, the mobile app greatly improves picking and choosing the posters to visit. I recommend planning the visit to the poster session so that one starts from one end of the hall and ends at the other end of the hall. After I visited some posters, I went around grabbing goodies and food from different vendor booths and chatting with the vendors who scanned my badge. AACR later emailed me the list of the booths I visited using the information from scanning. The vendors included not only big pharmaceutical companies, but also many start-up companies (one company was offering custom antibodies for $99) and research institutes that were recruiting new post-doctoral fellows. I also ran into my old coworkers from Boston that I had not seen for years ,who are now in different parts of the US – this made the AACR an opportune event for networking.
The AACR Annual Meeting was by far the most educating and entertaining conference I have attended. I would love to attend the next annual meeting in Philadelphia, PA. I am again grateful for the GSA Travel Award. Lastly, for those who will go to San Diego for a conference, many restaurants and bars are located in the Gaslamp Quarter. My lab mates and I ate a lot of Mexican food when we were out there, and I got to drink something called Corona-rita, a margarita drink with a mini bottle of Corona stuck upside down. I recommend Puesto for Mexican food at Seaport Village for people who may be staying in the San Diego bay area for a conference!
Brady Urological Institute members at the AACR Annual Meeting (Dr. Steven Mooney, James Verdone, me and James Hernandez)