Celebrating 10 Top Stories from 2018
December 21, 2018
As we prepare to welcome 2019, the Berman Institute is grateful for a wonderful 2018 and to all the generous supporters who helped make the year so successful. Join us in looking back at 10 of the Berman Institute’s many highlights in 2018.
- Through a transformational $15 million gift, Dr. Alexander Levi and his wife Vicki established the Ruth R. Faden Endowment for Education in Bioethics.
- Berman Institute faculty produced groundbreaking work and advanced scholarly understanding of bioethics, publishing almost 200 journal articles, books, and chapters.
- Johns Hopkins University President Ron Daniels announced that the Berman Institute will expand both physically and in the scope of its work as a major part of a new multidisciplinary building to be named for Henrietta Lacks.
- The PREVENT Working Group, led by Berman faculty Ruth Faden and Carleigh Krubiner, received international attention for the release of its new Guidance document: “Pregnant Women & Vaccines Against Emerging Epidemic Threats: Ethics Guidance for Preparedness, Research, and Response.”
- Berman Institute faculty offered bioethics insight and analysis to journalists from a wide range of media outlets including NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, National Geographic and dozens more.
- The JHU Exploration of Practical Ethics program awarded $350,000 in grants to seven new projects that go beyond the traditional purview of bioethics to explore critically important ethical issues that require multi-disciplinary expertise and take in areas like Artificial Intelligence, robotics, food production, and humanitarian aid.
- Through its yearlong seminar series, a monthly discussion series about ethics in clinical practice, and endowed lectures and symposia, the Berman Institute engaged wide-ranging audiences in thoughtful discussion of contemporary bioethics issues.
- Our PhD students received national recognition and support for their emerging scholarship, including Michael DiStefano receiving the 2018 American Society for Bioethics & Humanities Student Paper Award.
- The Berman Institute launched a redesigned new website, improving its look and function and enhancing understanding of the Institute’s mission and bioethics in general, all while increasing the visibility of our programs.
- The Masters in Bioethics Program awarded degrees to a graduating class of eight students and finalized a joint MBE/JD degree offering with the University of Maryland School of Law.
On behalf of the Berman Institute’s faculty, students and staff, thank you for making 2018 such a memorable year. We look forward to more great stories in 2019!