With the grant, the university will launch a targeted effort to recruit scientist-scholars whose work is aligned with a strategic vision of the institution's greatest needs, including the areas of climate change and epidemic disease. Within the next three years, the university expects to hire more than a dozen junior- to senior-level faculty in science, medicine, technology, engineering, and mathematics, enabling it to expand research in those areas and better prepare students as future leaders.
To deliver on Duke's commitment to fostering multidisciplinary connections, the new scientist-scholars will work with colleagues in the university's Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Pratt School of Engineering, and School of Medicine. "Our shared purpose is to improve the overall quality of the sciences across Duke," said A. Eugene Washington, chancellor for health affairs and president and CEO of the Duke University Health System. "Recruiting the best and most promising scientists will propel us to even higher levels of scientific discovery and education and will translate into improved health for communities in North Carolina and beyond."
"Our goal is to continue to build these intellectual bonds between Duke Health and the university, creating entirely new constellations of faculty, ideas, and applications that will take us to higher levels of insight and excellence," said Mary E. Klotman, dean of the Duke School of Medicine. "We will be looking for exceptional candidates who are asking the most interesting questions in key areas of fundamental science, and who share Duke's commitment to pursuing innovative, impactful research."