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Bloomberg Gives $150 Million to Help Universities Diversify STEM Doctorates

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Billionaire Michael Bloomberg.

STEM Ph.D. programs dont reflect the broad diversity of our country, Michael Bloomberg said.

Credit: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

Michael Bloomberg is donating a total of $150 million to Johns Hopkins University and six other institutions of higher learning to increase racial diversity among students seeking Ph.D.s in science, technology, engineering and math.

The effort was announced Tuesday in a joint statement from Bloomberg Philanthropies and Johns Hopkins University, Mr. Bloomberg's alma mater and the recipient of most of the money.

Funding will also go to a handful of historically Black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions: Howard University, Morehouse College, Morgan State University, Prairie View A&M University, Spelman College and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

The initiative is being named in honor of Vivien Thomas, a Black surgical laboratory supervisor who is best known for his work to develop a lifesaving cardiac surgery technique to treat "blue baby syndrome," or infant methemoglobinemia, which occurs when there is not enough oxygen in the blood.

From The New York Times
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