Tuesday, September 25, 2007

$20 Million Closer

Notre Dame received a $20 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to combat malaria. Biology professor Frank Collins will direct the research iniatiative. Needless to say, this is among the largest grants in school history.

This is good news on a variety of levels. First and foremost, the grant will go a long way in ending suffering of millions of people. Secondly, it diverts funds from some of the other, less ethical, causes to which the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation often donates. Lastly, it reflects well on the University. Not in terms of academic rankings, but as the premier research -- but still Catholic -- university that Father Jenkins wants it to be. Make fun of the oddly-themed ads that play during the football games if you will, but if Notre Dame can "fight disease" and win the grants for major global development and health initiatives that are consonant with Catholicism, then she will be a lot further along in her mission.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dear Bill Gates and ND,

DDT is available to wipe out malaria and has been for many years, but Rachel Carson screwed up and got everyone so scared about DDT, that they stopped using altogether for decades. Millions have died that could have been saved. MILLIONS!! Fortunately, science is now seeing the light on this. Even WHO is backing the use of DDT (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6083944)

Let's resume the careful use of DDT and save the lives of our brothers and sisters on other continents.