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On December 31, 2008, Johns Hopkins concluded the Knowledge for the World campaign, raising more than $3.7 billion in support of student aid, faculty, research, programs, and facilities.
The campaign, which ran for eight and a half years, raised more money than all but one other campaign in U.S. higher education history and attracted contributions from more than 250,000 donors around the world. Gifts to the Knowledge for the World campaign helped establish the new Carey Business School and the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, endowed the deanship of the university's Whiting School of Engineering, added a new quadrangle to the Homewood campus, and provided millions of dollars in ongoing annual support for the work of the university and the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System.
University President Ron Daniels points to the participation number as indicative of both the strength and depth of support for Johns Hopkins. "Our alumni and friends have put Johns Hopkins in a position to make extraordinary discoveries and to apply our knowledge for the common good," Daniels says. "We are committed to using these generous investments in Johns Hopkins wisely and effectively." In the following pages, we explore the impact of the Knowledge for the World campaign and how the investments by Johns Hopkins alumni and friends in discovery, teaching, and innovation will enrich lives around the world for decades to come.
Discover more about how gifts to the Knowledge for the World campaign are ensuring a brighter future at www.jhu.edu/impact.
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Sometimes the most important question a scientist can ask is a childlike one: What if?
Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena, an entomologist at the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, wondered more specifically: What if we could create a new type of mosquito that could not transmit malaria to humans?
This kind of vision is the hallmark of the institute, which
was founded in 2001 with a gift of $100 million from
Michael R. Bloomberg, Engr '64, former chair of the
university's board of trustees and mayor of New York City.
Since then, scientists have worked to combat a disease that
threatens 40 percent of the world's population and kills more
than 1 million people every year. Malaria is caused by
parasites that reproduce inside humans and are passed from
person to person by female Anopheles mosquitoes.
Johns Hopkins researchers like Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena are
confronting pressing challenges — such as how to eradicate a
disease that kills more than 1 million people worldwide each
Photo by David Cowell
"When I helped establish the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research
Institute, I knew there would be no quick fix for malaria,"
says Bloomberg. "Basic research was needed to understand the
parasite. And the institute's world-renowned faculty have
delivered. Their insights are changing malaria science and
providing new hope in the battle against one of humanity's
most lethal diseases."
Since its founding, most of the institute's efforts have focused on traditional solutions like bed nets, insecticides, and antimalarial drugs. The institute set out to find new ways to fight this ancient disease. To this end, it serves as a gathering place for scientists from across Johns Hopkins, attacking the disease from every angle — from vaccines and treatment drugs to quicker diagnostic tests to building a "better" mosquito.
"Research is not about plowing the same row repeatedly or resting on your laurels," says Peter Agre, Med '74, director of the institute and a Nobel laureate in chemistry. "Research is about looking ahead for new ways to advance science with the goal of improving the well-being of humanity."
In 2002, Jacobs-Lorena and his colleagues gained worldwide acclaim for creating a mosquito that carried a gene that thwarted the development of the malaria parasite by 80 percent. More recently, they announced that after nine generations, when fed malaria-infected blood, their genetically engineered mosquito had out-survived the unaltered, malaria-friendly mosquitoes by more than two to one. The next challenge is finding a way to drive the gene into natural mosquito populations. "With the effort and financing being put forward," Jacobs-Lorena says, "I think we will start making much more rapid progress."
By thinking differently and researching doggedly, the
scientists at the institute have reason to be optimistic that
their already life-saving work will someday soon help save
Edith Salisbury, Bus '73, was only in her 50s when she suffered a major cerebral hemorrhage. She was taken immediately to the Johns Hopkins Hospital, but the outlook was grim, and the family was told to prepare for the worst.
Salisbury, "Bunny" to her friends, had led a healthy life and
with her husband, Charlie, was an active member of the
Baltimore community and busy raising two girls. But Salisbury
was near death, and there was little hope for her family to
cling to when she was placed in the hands of Daniele
The Salisbury family — from left, Edith G. (Bunny)
Salisbury, Katherine G. Salisbury, Ann Salisbury Staley, and
Charles H. Salisbury Jr., with Daniele Rigamonti,
center — created a professorship to support Rigamonti's
research after the neurosurgeon saved Edith's life.
Photo by Bob Stockfield
Rigamonti, a world-renowned neurosurgeon, made his way to
Johns Hopkins from Italy and quickly established himself as
a gifted professor, a groundbreaking researcher, and a man of
That day, he saved Salisbury's life. After months of rehabilitation, Salisbury left the hospital and returned home in good health. "I would not be alive today if Charlie had not gotten me to Johns Hopkins," Salisbury says. "Dr. Rigamonti and his colleagues saved my life, and by extension, saved my family."
Doctors told her husband: Never forget you are living with a miracle.
Over the years, the Salisburys quietly made gifts in support of Rigamonti's innovative research, which has advanced the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of vascular diseases that affect the brain and spinal cord. They dreamed of doing more, and in 2007, together with their daughters, made a commitment to establish the Salisbury Family Professorship in Neurosurgery with Rigamonti named the inaugural recipient.
"I witnessed firsthand the care and the skills of this department," Charlie Salisbury says. "I made a promise to myself to do something significant."
The Salisburys' commitment will help Rigamonti further his
pioneering work in several crucial areas, including reversing
dementia caused by hydrocephalus and understanding the
genetics behind cerebral vascular malformations. For Charlie
and Bunny, the professorship is not a gift but an investment
in Johns Hopkins neurosurgery-one that will allow Rigamonti
to touch many more lives just as he touched theirs.
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New First Lady, compiled and edited by Barbara A. Seals
and Peggy Brooks-Bertram, SPH '72, '79 (DrPH) (State of New
York Press, 2009)
As a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama from 2003 to 2006, Chris
Meyer, SAIS '08, saw firsthand the devastating effects of
deforestation on the country's eastern Darien Province.
Subsistence farmers used slash-and-burn techniques to create
grazing land for cattle, in the process hurting both the
region's economy and its environment. But the farmers, caught
in a vicious cycle, were unable to make a living off their
land without destroying it. Meyer left Panama resolved to do
something to help, a resolution that led him to the Paul H. Nitze School of
Advanced International Studies to study international
relations and development.
|"Scholarship money is necessary for SAIS to be able to compete and to continue to be the best, so it reflects a key priority of the institution," says Pamela Flaherty, pictured here with her husband, Peter. "We are both grateful for the education we received at SAIS. We have many close friends from that time at SAIS. ... So for us, it was the obvious way to give back."||
Pamela and Peter Flaherty had also resolved to make a
difference. As SAIS alumni and Johns Hopkins leaders (Pamela,
SAIS '68, is chair of the Johns Hopkins University Board of
Trustees, and Peter, SAIS '68, serves as chair of the SAIS
Advisory Council), the Flahertys understood the important
role of fellowships in attracting and supporting future
international leaders. And so they created a fellowship,
giving promising students like Meyer, the 2007 recipient, the
opportunity to build skills and acquire the knowledge
necessary to carry out bold ideas and innovative projects.
"My goal in life is to do some work that benefits society,"
Meyer says. "SAIS prepared me by giving me a very good base
in development theory and gave me the tools I needed to
design contracts and negotiations and to build the
relationships I needed to have success."
Chris Meyer, left, whose Johns Hopkins education was
supported by a fellowship established by Pamela and Peter
Flaherty, is tackling deforestation in Panama: "My goal in
life is to do some work that benefits society."
Photo by Kent Vanderberg
In 2006, Meyer co-founded Planting Empowerment, an organization creating a new sustainable forestry model in Darien. Meyer's group leases land for 25 years, essentially paying farmers to plant local tree species, which provides monthly income to farmers and keeps their acres from being deforested, reducing erosion and enriching the soil. At the end of the lease period, the trees will be harvested, and the cycle will begin again. The end result: economically and environmentally sustainable timber plantations that will eventually be managed by local residents. Farmers who were once forced to slash and burn or sell their land to survive can now feed their families, send their children to school, and learn to operate plantations that will be profitable for many years to come.
Planting Empowerment has already planted more than 22,000
trees. For Meyer, this is just the beginning: "Every month
the trees are shooting up another foot," he says. "If we're
able to make this a success, we're going to have more
business than we know what to do with."
The best place to apply a world-class education is often right in your own backyard.
This has been common knowledge-and common practice-at the
University School of Nursing for decades. With help from
the France-Merrick Foundation, it's now part of the
"East Baltimore has tremendous needs, and the project
reflects our interest in supporting the area and in
encouraging students to become community-service oriented,"
says Robert Schaefer, executive director of the
France-Merrick Foundation, the organization whose gifts have
helped fund an innovative program at the School of Nursing
that enables undergraduate students to volunteer around the
Photo by Bill Denison
The school has developed an undergraduate elective course
called Community Outreach to Underserved Populations in Urban
Baltimore. Students who have completed the course can
volunteer at one of more than 20 community-based
organizations. The France-Merrick Foundation helps fund these
community programs and clinics across the city and provides
scholarships for undergraduate students interested in careers
in community nursing.
In Baltimore, where one in four people lives in poverty, nursing students can learn to apply their skills while considering health problems within the context of communities. And they can improve the lives of people who might not otherwise have access to health care.
For some nursing students, this means volunteering just a few blocks away from the School of Nursing's Wolfe Street building at Tench Tilghman Elementary, where many of the children suffer from asthma and poor nutrition. Others work at an East Baltimore AIDS clinic, providing HIV testing and post-test counseling. Still others work at a shelter for abused women and at a high-rise building for elderly people. "East Baltimore has tremendous needs, and the project reflects our interest in supporting the area and in encouraging students to be community-service oriented," says Robert Schaefer, France-Merrick's executive director.
For the students, it's a chance to put their education into practice before they even graduate. "I always wanted to do international health, but this opened my eyes to what was needed right here," says Kaitlin Haws, Nurs '06. Haws volunteered with Baltimore City's Women, Infants, and Children's nutritional program, advising clients on making good nutritional choices for themselves and their children.
"I especially wanted to work with women because women are the
ones who make decisions about health care — not just
for themselves, but for their families," she says. "If we can
empower these women, then their families can have far
Mohamad Allaf, Engr '96, Med '00, '01 (PGF), HS '06, an assistant professor of urology at Johns Hopkins, in January successfully removed a donor kidney through a small incision in the back of the donor's vagina, leaving a much smaller incision than that of a standard procedure. Then, in February, Allaf was joined by Robert Montgomery, Med '95 (PGF), chief transplant surgeon at Johns Hopkins, Andrew Singer, Med '07 (PGF), and Dorry Segev, Med '96, '98 (PGF), '07 (PGF), on the surgical team participating in the first-ever multicenter, 12-patient kidney transplant. The domino procedure exchanged kidneys between incompatible donor-recipient pairs, allowing each recipient to receive a compatible organ. Although the six-way domino procedure has been performed at Johns Hopkins before, this is the first attempt at matching donors in three separate cities — Baltimore, St. Louis, and Oklahoma City.
Michael D. Griffin, A&S '71, Engr '83 (MS), a former NASA administrator, has received the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement. A strong advocate for education, Griffin holds six postgraduate degrees and has served as an adjunct professor and lecturer at three different universities. He is also the lead author for more than two dozen technical papers and has written the definitive textbook on space vehicle design.
Michael Steele, A&S '81, was elected as the first African-American chair of the Republican National Committee on January 20. Steele, the former lieutenant governor of Maryland and former state party chair, is leading a new public relations strategy aimed at reconnecting young, Hispanic, and black voters to the Republican Party.
Support from alumni and friends during the Knowledge for the World campaign helped change the face of Johns Hopkins. Literally. Nearly a fifth of contributions went toward renovation and new construction projects. From new academic buildings in Bologna, Italy, and Nanjing, China, and renovations at Peabody to the virtual overhaul of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the sights and sounds of construction crews were a near constant over the last eight and a half years at Johns Hopkins' campuses around the world.
In East Baltimore, the largest academic medical center construction project in U.S. history is under way, with the new clinical towers — the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cardiovascular and Critical Care Tower and the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center at Johns Hopkins — scheduled to open in 2011. The S. Anne and C. Michael Armstrong Medical Education Building will open next fall, providing a new home for the School of Medicine and a launching pad for Genes to Society, the school's new curriculum built on the insights of the Human Genome Project, molecular biology, and genetic biology. And patient care and research were strengthened through generous gifts supporting several new buildings.
"The extraordinary donors to the Knowledge for the World
campaign have immeasurably strengthened our abilities on
every front," says Edward Miller, Baker Dean of the Medical
Faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. "They are creating
new world-class space for patient care, research, and
education. They have helped us to recruit incomparable teams
of physicians, researchers, and teachers. They have supported
research that will make a huge difference in people's lives
for many decades to come. We are immensely grateful."
The two-year Decker Quadrangle project developed the last
contiguous sizeable tract of land on the Homewood campus,
marking the beginning of a physical renewal of the
Photo by Will Kirk
The revitalization of the Homewood campus included the restoration of an aging icon, Gilman Hall, and the construction of the Decker Quadrangle — which includes Mason Hall, the new visitors and admissions center, and the Computational Science and Engineering Building. Student life also received a much-appreciated jolt of energy with the new Charles Commons residence hall and the Smokler Center for Jewish Life.
Across Johns Hopkins, from patient care rooms equipped with
technology that allow clinicians to test and diagnose on-site
to classrooms equipped with instant access to the right tools
and resources for faculty and students, every lab, practice
space, and classroom has been built as a tool as much as a
workspace. Archimedes spoke of needing only a lever and a
place to stand to move the world. In a sense, all this
building and renovation is providing Johns Hopkins and the
world with both.
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