Tag: fellowship

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Brilliant Plan to Save Classical Music and Journalism–At the Same Time!

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Baltimore Symphony November 20, 2008

Journalism and classical music: two beloved, long-standing institutions that are having a hard time making it in today’s world. But put them together, and you get an ingenious plan that benefits both sides.

Two Notre Dame Grads, Baltimore County Residents Get Fulbrights

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For the first time in the school’s history, Notre Dame (ours, not that not-so-good-at-lacrosse school in Indiana, natch) will send two graduates abroad on Fulbright fellowships this fall. Read on, and prepare to be impressed.

Brianna January of Essex was awarded a fellowship to teach English in Mexico. Some might use that as an excuse to goof off for the summer, but January’s taking the opposite tack; next week she leaves for Guatemala, where she’ll be conducting research under the auspices of a Davis Project for Peace Scholarship.

(In case you’re not familiar with it — and I wasn’t! — the Project for Peace is a new-ish fund established by rich lady/philanthropist Kathryn Davis, who celebrated her 100th birthday in 2007 by deciding to fund a bunch of $10,000 “projects for peace” designed and implemented by undergraduate students. Last year, January received her first Project for Peace scholarship, for an inter-generational arts project in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Lima. Notre Dame has received at least one scholarship every year since the program was founded.)

Lauren McCusker, resident of Sparrows Point, will head to South Korea in early July on her Fulbright. McCusker also has experience working internationally, albeit on different continents than January:  she was a member of the university’s School Sisters program last year, for which she taught English in Mako, Hungary.

You might want to write these names down, Baltimore — we have a feeling they might be up to great things in the future.

The First JHU-Clinton Fellows Head Off to Change the World

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Mr. Gates isn’t the only Bill investing in the future of public health; a certain former president has gotten into the act, and he’s joining forces with Johns Hopkins to find solution-oriented approaches to expand access to care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis.

Former president Bill Clinton founded the Clinton Health Access Initiative back in 2002, but this year is the first that CHAI has offered fellowships to Johns Hopkins undergrads and grad students, in part because the university has a well-regarded School of Public Health and an undergraduate major in the discipline.

The inaugural fellows, Lauren Brown and Emily Chien, will set out on a semester-long placement at one of CHAI’s overseas sites. Lauren Brown, who’ll be working in Lesotho, got her bachelor’s in public health last week, while Chien (who’ll be posted in Uganda) has a few more degrees under her belt:  a master’s from Bloomberg, an MBA from Hopkins’ Carey Business School, and an undergrad degree in biology from UCLA. Both women will be working with programs that are implementing a new technology that is supposed to measure HIV patients’ CD4 counts without having to send blood samples to (distant, costly) labs. If this new technology works as expected, people in rural areas will gain access to more nuanced treatment, thus reducing mortality.

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