Biz systems en route to
One year ago this month, the university and health system
asked whether or not the Johns Hopkins enterprise could
benefit from, and realistically tackle, a massive and
unprecedented overhaul of its business administration
systems. Hardly a let's-do-it-over-a-weekend sort of
endeavor, the project was more akin to transforming a
sleepy New England town into Silicon Valley.
A Herculean task? No doubt. Doable? Yes.
In fact, to quote a shiny-domed captain of a starship named
Enterprise, the official answer from senior JHU and JHHS
administration in regard to proceeding with the proposed
overhaul was a unanimous and resounding "Make it so."
SPH gets $40 million Gates
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced last week a
$40 million commitment to the Johns Hopkins University
Bloomberg School of Public Health to build capacity for
population and reproductive health programs in the
developing world, where unintended pregnancies and unsafe
childbearing are a major cause of illness and death.
The grant will significantly increase
funding for the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for
Population and Reproductive Health, which trains leaders of
reproductive health programs in developing countries;
conducts reproductive health research; and transfers
program technology, models and practices.
JHU appoints first associate provost for
Christian Newcomer, a prominent veterinarian and specialist
in laboratory animal medicine, has been appointed The Johns
Hopkins University's first associate provost for animal
research and resources, responsible for universitywide
planning and other issues relating to research using animal
Newcomer, who joined Johns Hopkins on May
21, had previously served for two years as director of the
Veterinary Resources Program at the National Institutes of
Health. He will help the university prepare for future
changes in the availability of animals, animal care
standards or the way in which animal research is
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