CONWAY, Ark. (November 14,
2019) – Dr. Orin Levine, who leads Global Delivery Programs for the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation, will visit the Hendrix College campus Monday, Nov.
18, to interact with students, share about the work of the Foundation, and
discuss potential career paths with undergraduates.
Following a series of
student-focused meetings on campus, Dr. Levine will deliver a public talk at 4 p.m.
Monday afternoon in Worsham Student Performance Hall. It includes time for students to ask questions about his
career and learn about the work of the Gates Foundation in fighting disease
across the globe.
“Dr. Levine’s visit will
help students understand the many and varied career path options in the
sciences, not to mention the global impact of the Gates Foundation,” said Leigh
Lassiter-Counts ’01, director of the Office of Career Services at Hendrix.
“And, his visit ties in perfectly with the mission of the Hendrix College STEM
The College’s STEM Scholars
program is funded by a National Science Foundation S-STEM grant and provides
scholarships, support, and research opportunities to talented Pell-eligible
students as they prepare for careers as professional scientists.
“It’s truly an amazing
opportunity to have Dr. Levine visit Hendrix College,” said Dr. Laura MacDonald
’09 assistant professor of biology. “His work truly aligns with the mission we
have at Hendrix, which is to prepare students to be engaged citizens in ways
that transcend fields of study. I’m
thrilled that he will be able to visit with my class on epidemics and also
share his career progression with the Hendrix College STEM Scholars. The work
that he does is so interdisciplinary — he embodies what it means to be a
scientist solving global problems.”
An epidemiologist and a
former professor at the Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public
Health, Dr. Levine began his work with the Gates Foundation began in 2012. In
addition to leading Global Delivery Programs, he serves as the Gates Foundation’s
focal point for engagement with the Gavi Alliance, whose mission is saving
children’s lives by increasing access to immunization in poor countries.
Before joining the
foundation’s Global Development Program, Dr. Levine was a Professor of
International Health, and Executive Director of the International Vaccine
Access Center (IVAC) at the Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of
Public Health. He has also served as a Steering Committee Member of the Decade
of Vaccines Collaboration and Co-Chair of its Global Access Working Group, as
well as President, Committee on Global Health, American Society of Tropical
Medicine & Hygiene.
Dr. Levine graduated with a
Bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College and received a Ph.D. in epidemiology
from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
This opportunity is
presented by the Hendrix College Office of Career Services and the Department
of Biology and Health Sciences.
A private liberal arts
college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as
one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That
Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and
rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous
college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been
affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit www.hendrix.edu.