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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 26, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 27
In Brief


Chinese Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong to speak at SAIS

Zhou Wenzhong, the Chinese ambassador to the United States, will speak at SAIS on Wednesday, March 28.

In his talk, titled "U.S.-China Relations in the Context of Peaceful Development," Zhou will address the U.S.-China relationship in the context of China's internal efforts to promote harmony and external efforts to promote peaceful development.

His remarks take place following the recent session of the National People's Congress in Beijing and U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's trip to China. In addition, a new U.S. Congress has turned its attentions toward the bilateral relationship in the midst of a mounting presidential campaign.

The session will be held at 5:15 p.m. in the Nitze Building's Kenney Auditorium. Non-SAIS affiliates should RSVP to the SAIS China Studies Program at or 202-663-5816.


SoM Postdoctoral Association launches lecture series on Friday

The School of Medicine Postdoctoral Association is organizing a series of lectures by postdoctoral fellows who wish to share their knowledge and expertise with colleagues in the hope of fostering collaborative relationships. The inaugural session will be held at noon on Friday, April 6, in the West Lecture Hall, East Baltimore campus. The speakers will be Amina Qutub and Tracy Vannorsdall.

Shabana Shabbeer, co-president of the Postdoctoral Association, said that these lectures also will serve as practice for individual presentations for the purpose of job interviews and will provide an opportunity to enhance public speaking skills.

"We hope to engage basic science postdoctoral fellows, clinical residents and faculty in the School of Medicine as audience participants," she said. "Thus, both speakers and audience members will benefit from the exposure to a diverse range of topics, thereby sharpening their scientific knowledge and skills base."

The organization's goal is to host these events on a bimonthly basis. Lunch will be provided to enhance camaraderie.

For more information, go to the PDA Web site at or contact Shabbeer at


Sweet! CSC Chocolate Festival fund-raiser returns this week

On Friday, March 30, the Johns Hopkins Center for Social Concern will present the third annual Spring Chocolate Festival. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Glass Pavilion on the Homewood campus. The event is coordinated by the CSC Student Advocacy Board as a fund-raiser for public schools and community services in Baltimore City.

The $5 admission fee entitles attendees to five samples of gourmet chocolate from vendors — including Godiva, Lindt, Whole Foods and many more — who also will offer chocolate and sweets for sale. Truffles, cake, brownies and other chocolate treats will be available, along with chocolate games and activities, and prizes of free theater tickets and gift certificates from Baltimore merchants. Last year's event attracted more than 500 attendees. For more information, contact the Center for Social Concern at 410-516-4777.


Scrabble event to raise funds for city literacy, ESOL programs

Baltimore Scrabble lovers will be shaking their tile bags and checking their dictionaries for a good cause on Friday, March 30: the Greater Homewood Adult Literacy & ESOL Program, the beneficiary of the sixth annual Scrabble Fund-raiser for Literacy.

Competitive- and social-level games begin at 6 p.m. at Calvert School, 4300 N. Charles St. Entry is $30; $20 for students with ID and seniors. All proceeds benefit the organization and help adult education in Baltimore City. Winners will receive prizes from local retailers and restaurants. Food and refreshments will be served, and free parking is available. To register, make a donation or get information about the Greater Homewood Adult Literacy & ESOL Program, call 410-261-3520.

Recent U.S. Census data shows that Baltimore has one of the lowest rates of high school graduation in the country, ranked 226 out of 231 municipalities. The Greater Homewood Adult Literacy & ESOL Program works on the local level to fight a national problem by providing adults with professionally trained and supervised tutors and instructors, who are committed to increasing literacy and assisting individuals to achieve personal, educational and job-related goals.


Women of Whiting presents talk on negotiation in the workplace

On Wednesday, March 28, Women of Whiting will present an evening with Sara Laschever, co-author of Women Don't Ask: Negotiation & the Gender Divide, who will discuss the high cost of avoiding negotiation. Attendees will learn how to decrease their anxiety about the process of negotiation and anticipate roadblocks, and techniques to allow them to move ahead and be better negotiators.

At a time when the workplace is becoming more gender-balanced, women's salaries, in comparison to men's, have stagnated at 73 percent. According to Laschever, it is important for women to learn how to better argue for themselves, and for both genders to better understand each other's communication strategies.

The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. in room 272 of the Bloomberg Center, Homewood campus. Light refreshments will be served prior to the talk, and a reception and book signing will follow. To reserve a place, e-mail


Local TV program steps behind the scenes at Children's Center

TV viewers can tune in to WMAR ABC2 at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 1, for an inspiring look at patients at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center and the people who are working to make them well. From the lab to the operating room to the bedside, viewers will be given a firsthand look at how doctors, nurses and staff are turning today's discoveries into tomorrow's cures.

WMAR ABC2 has donated this hour of commercial-free programming.


Foreign policy form features New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson

SAIS will hold a forum titled "Foreign Policy: A Governor's View" on Wednesday, March 28. Hosted by the SAIS Center on Politics and Foreign Relations, The Financial Times and the Johns Hopkins University Center for the Study of American Government, the forum will feature Bill Richardson, Democratic governor of New Mexico and potential 2008 presidential candidate; Ed Luce, Washington bureau chief of The Financial Times; and Robert Guttman, CPFR director. Admittance to the event, scheduled for 7:45 a.m. in the Nitze Building's Kenney Auditorium, is by invitation only.


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