$100 million pledged to fight
An anonymous donor has pledged $100 million to the
Bloomberg School of Public Health for a 10-year effort to
rid the world of malaria by developing a new vaccine and
The gift--the university's largest ever
for a single purpose--will establish the Johns Hopkins
Malaria Institute. The multidisciplinary center will combine
traditional approaches with new weapons such as genomics and
bioinformatics to take aim at a disease that kills an
estimated 1 million to 2 million people a year and leaves
hundreds of millions of others sick and destitute.
"Malaria has long been a global scourge
that drains the lives and finances of villages and whole
countries every year, afflicting nearly half a billion
people with acute disease," said Alfred Sommer, dean of the
Bloomberg School. "A child is killed by malaria every 30
seconds of every hour of every day of every year. The donor
has committed a fortune, not for personal reward but to win
a victory for mankind."
Donaldson to step down as SON
Sue K. Donaldson, dean of the School of Nursing for seven
years, announced last week she will step down at the end of
the academic year to return to research and teaching.
"This follows a plan carefully laid out at
the time of my appointment to transition back to my
scientific career when specific goals for the evolution and
growth of the school were achieved," Donaldson said.
"It has been a privilege and an honor to
serve as the dean of the School of Nursing and as part of
the administration of The Johns Hopkins University,"
Donaldson said. "The most significant measures of the School
of Nursing's quality are the caliber of the students and the
achievements of its graduates. They are, by any standard,
the finest in the world, and their excellence continues the
legacy of Hopkins Nursing."
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