Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, has announced a $15 million gift from alumnus and trustee emeritus Robert Hung Ngai Ho ('56) to establish the Robert Hung Ngai Ho Mind, Brain, and Behavior Initiative.
Though details have not been finalized, the initiative will bring together faculty in the psychological and brain sciences, neuroscience, biology, philosophy, linguistics, and several language programs. Funds from the gift also will support a renovation and planned expansion of Olin Hall, which will house the new initiative. Additional funding for the initiative will be announced at a later date.
Ho earned a bachelor's degree in history from Colgate and a master's in journalism at Columbia University. Previous gifts to Colgate from Ho and his family have created an endowed professorship in Asian studies, funded the China Study Group, provided support for a strategic plan that included the construction of the Robert H.N. Ho Science Center, and funded the Ho Tung Visualization Laboratory.
"It is my great belief that, much like the science center, the Robert Hung Ngai Ho Mind, Brain, and Behavior Initiative will promote creativity across disciplines and become a point of distinction for Colgate," said Colgate University president Brian W. Casey. "Again, I offer my profound gratitude, on behalf of the university, to Mr. Ho and his family."