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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University May 27, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 36
In Brief


JHM team takes hammers in hand for Habitat for Humanity

Blackberries and cell phones were replaced on Friday with hammers and saws when Johns Hopkins Medicine's top leadership team helped put finishing touches on a formerly empty and dilapidated East Baltimore row house. As part of the Habitat for Humanity program, the restored house will become home to a low-income family.

In addition to hands-on volunteers for the project, Johns Hopkins provided financial support through the sale of slate tiles from the iconic dome on the East Baltimore campus.

Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity has rehabilitated 127 houses in Baltimore City.


Twenty-five Hopkins 4K for Cancer bike riders begin journey

Nineteen students from Johns Hopkins and six friends from other schools kicked off on Sunday the seventh annual fund-raising cross-country bicycle journey known as Hopkins 4K for Cancer. A ceremony at the Inner Harbor included send-offs by representatives of Mayor Dixon's Office; the American Cancer Society; WellPoint, a health care plan that is also the major sponsor of the ride; and Jean G. Ford, a pulmonary physician whose clinical interests are in the prevention and diagnosis of lung cancer. Ford directs community programs and community-based research at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.

After ceremoniously dipping their bikes' back tires in the water, the students embarked on their 4,000-mile trip. The journey will end July 26 by the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, where the students will dip their front tires in the water.

To date, this year's fund-raising effort has netted more than $100,000 for the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge, a residence for out-of-town cancer patients seeking treatment at Baltimore hospitals.


David Lampton of SAIS publishes new book on China

David M. Lampton, the George and Sadie Hyman Professor of Chinese Studies, director of the China Studies Program and dean of faculty at SAIS, has published a book taking the measure of what is arguably the most important geopolitical change in today's world: the growth of China's power.

The Three Faces of Chinese Power: Might, Money and Minds was published by University of California Press.

In the only book on the subject to be based on extensive interviews with elite political leaders, diplomats and others in China, the United States and countries on China's periphery, Lampton investigates the military, economic and intellectual dimensions of the country's growing influence. His account provides a fresh perspective from which to assess China — how its strengths are changing, where vulnerabilities and uncertainties lie and how the rest of the world should view it.

Lampton provides a historical framework by discussing how the Chinese have thought about state power for more than 2,500 years, and asks how they are thinking about the future use of power through instruments such as their space program. He also provides broad suggestions for policy toward China in light of the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing and elections in the United States.


'Traditional Beverages' to be held at Homewood Museum

Homewood Museum will again strike the perfect balance between libations and learning when its 12th annual Evening of Traditional Beverages offers "Vino Veneto" at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 6, on the museum's lawn (rain location: Glass Pavilion).

Dedicated to the wines of northeastern Italy's Veneto region, the event celebrates the fifth centenary of architect Andrea Palladio (1508-2008), whose country villas inspired Homewood's design.

Wine enthusiast Bill Corace will discuss winemaking in the Veneto, the vine-covered region of Italy between Verona and Venice that produces more varieties of wine than any other in Italy. Guests will enjoy a sampling of four of the region's most important wines — Prosecco, Soave, Valpolicella and Amarone — and hors d'oeuvres provided by Donna's. Andy Bienstock, program director of WYPR-FM, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Admission is $20 for Homewood members and $25 for nonmembers. Due to the popularity of the event, reservations are required; call 410-516-5589.


'The Gazette' begins its biweekly summer schedule

With this issue, The Gazette begins its biweekly summer schedule; the paper will be published on June 9, June 23, July 7, July 21, Aug. 4 and Aug. 18. The weekly schedule will resume on Sept. 2, the first week of the academic year. Calendar items and classifieds should be submitted by noon on Monday one week before publication by e-mail to, by fax to 443-287-9920 or online at



Two errors appeared in last week's issue.

In the story about commencement, the name of an honorary degree recipient was misspelled. He is engineer/inventor Robert E. Fischell, not Frishell.

Provost Kristina Johnson's information session on Framework for the Future strategic planning RFPs will be from noon to 1:15 p.m. today, May 27, in 213 Hodson Hall, Homewood. The location was inadvertently omitted.


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