Impressed by news reports of President Bollingers review of journalism education, Vivian Wu Yen, a Taiwanese industrialist who once taught journalism, has committed $2 million to establish the Madame Vivian Wu Yen Journalism Innovation Fund at the Graduate School of Journalism. The Fund, to be used at the deans discretion, will support innovation throughout the school. Madame Wu is a graduate of the School of International and Public Affairs.
The East Asian Institute at the School of International and Public Affairs has been named after the Weatherhead Foundation, in recognition of the foundations long-standing commitment to East Asian studies at Columbia. The value of the Weatherhead endowment now stands at more than $18 million, enabling the institute to expand its thriving programs in research and education about modern and contemporary East Asia.
The Institute of War and Peace Studies has been named in honor of industrialist and diplomat Arnold A. Saltzman 36CC. The Saltzman Institute will continue to be based in the School of International and Public Affairs. The University has also established two Saltzman professorships, the first held by the institutes director, Richard K. Betts.
A gift of $8 million from Bernard Spitzer 47ENG, a civil engineer and real estate developer, will support stem-cell research to develop new treatments for Parkinsons disease and other neurological disorders. The gift establishes the Bernard and Anne Spitzer Fund for Cell and Genetic Therapy at Columbia University.
A gift of $6 million from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation and its president, Dawn Greene, to the Mailman School of Public Health, will enable the Jerome L. and Dawn Greene Infectious Disease Laboratory to respond to viral outbreaks. The gift also endows the Jerome L. and Dawn Greene Professorship in Epidemiology, to which W. Ian Lipkin, MD, the laboratorys director, has been appointed. The late Jerome L. Greene 83HON graduated from the College in 1926, and the law school in 1928.