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The Pen Is Mightier…

If the U.S. really wants to “win hearts and minds” in its struggle against Taliban influences, it must first take the time to truly understand the Afghan people, says Bashir Zikria ’58.

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The Pen Is Mightier…

Peru’s Public Health Czar

When Ernesto Bustamante ’78 took the helm as chief of the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Peru last July, his first order of business was to prepare the nation for the possible arrival of Ebola virus disease.

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Peru’s Public Health Czar

Ebola’s Enemy

Peter Kilmarx led efforts in Sierra Leone to vanquish the epidemic. “Together we will beat this. With every wave, we gained another meter,” he wrote in a Facebook post.

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Ebola’s Enemy

Forever Hopkins

Deep ties to their alma mater inspired David and Susan Epstein’s desire to give back.

Deep ties to their alma mater inspired David and Susan Epstein’s desire to give back.

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Forever Hopkins

In Memoriam

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Vernon Mountcastle

Dr. ‘Aha!’

Vernon Mountcastle ’42 lived for what he called “Aha!” experiences. These occurred when he made a neuroscience discovery and reveled in the knowledge that, albeit briefly, he was the only person on the planet who knew what he’d just found out.
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Levi Watkins Jr.

Barrier Breaker

Levi Watkins Jr., a pioneer in both cardiac surgery and civil rights who implanted the first automatic heart defibrillator in a patient and was instrumental in recruiting minority students to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, significantly enhancing the institution’s diversity, died on April 10 in The Johns Hopkins Hospital of complications from a stroke. He was 70.
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