Alumni, parents, friends, faculty, and fans are introducing the
new funds and ideas that set NYU apart.
The Ines Mandl Research Foundation
The Ines Mandl Research Foundation (IMRF) is dedicated to providing research funding in the fight against connective tissue disease. It is the legacy of Ines Mandl (TANDON ’47, ’49), who was the first woman to graduate from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn—today’s NYU Tandon School of Engineering—with a PhD in chemistry in 1949. IMRF has committed funding to a preclinical study on a cartilage repair formulation under the direction of Mary Cowman of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and Thorsten Kirsch of the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Cowman and Kirsch’s cartilage repair formulation has the potential to lower the incidence of joint damage due to osteoarthritis and poor repair of soft tissue injuries. They anticipate patients will experience short-term benefits of reduced pain and improved joint functionality after repair as well as long-term benefits of reduced risk of post-traumatic osteoarthritis development.
Korean Alumni Association
The NYU Korean Alumni Association, which has a tradition of supporting the university’s student scholarship, made a $20,000 gift to the Pan-Asia Scholarship Fund. “The Korean Alumni Association is home to nearly 4,000 alumni from all NYU schools. They graduated from the 1930s to the 2010s. Throughout the year, we gather together for various alumni events from the summer reunion to the year-end gala,” says Suk Keun Yoon (STERN ’84), the association’s president. “I am very honored that this collective gift can further strengthen our relationship with the university and support our future NYU alumni who need help.”
Howard and Rory Meyers
NYU Trustee Howard Meyers (STERN ’64) and his family made a $7 million gift to the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing that will provide select four-year undergraduate nursing students (to be known as Meyers Scholars) with scholarships for tuition and room and board to learn and work with medical students at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island, formerly NYU Winthrop Hospital.
Meyers Scholars will have clinical placements during their third year alongside medical students at the NYU Long Island School of Medicine using an innovative model of interprofessional education. The Meyers Scholars will also have opportunities to learn through a variety of clinical experiences at NYU Langone Health hospitals in their fourth year.
As a result of this pilot program, nursing and medical students will learn how each other’s profession is educated and how to clinically work across clinical disciplines. The leadership teams at NYU Langone Health, the NYU Long Island School of Medicine, and NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island enthusiastically support this pilot with the understanding that health professionals must learn from multiple perspectives and communicate as teams in order to tackle the complex challenges of healthcare.
The fresh start of a new medical school (NYU Long Island School of Medicine), and the ability to offer full scholarships to a select group of Meyers nursing students committed to an interprofessional experience at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island, will create a foundational environment for innovation in learning and practice. Meyers Scholars and medical students who participate in this experience will be ambassadors throughout their careers for the continuation of interprofessional collaboration, both in medical and nursing schools and in clinical practice.
Led by cofounders and trustees Thais Lopez Vogel and David S. Vogel (CIMS ’98), VoLo Foundation is committed to educating the public and supporting science-based, data-driven research to create a sustainable and secure planet. Continuing the tremendous generosity of the Vogel family, their most recent pledge will support a doctoral fellow at the NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences’ Center for Atmosphere Ocean Science. The VoLo Fellow will work alongside faculty member Laure Zanna to sharpen the understanding of coastal sea level change along the Gulf of Mexico and US East Coast. “Understanding sea level change is critical to climate-focused solutions,” says David S. Vogel. “My family and I consider it an honor to give to this important initiative. With the growing awareness of the threat from rising seas, these findings will benefit researchers for years to come. To support this work at my and my parents’ alma mater creates generational impact. Thais and I are proud to partner with NYU to make it happen.”