Jessica Sieff | September 22, 2019
Mary Ann McDowell, associate professor of biological sciences and faculty of the Eck Institute for Global Health at the University of Notre Dame, has been named a 2019-20 Jefferson Science Fellow. The Jefferson Science Fellowship Program is designed to further build capacity for science, technology and engineering expertise with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Jefferson Science Fellows spend one year at the State Department or USAID for an on-site assignment in Washington, D.C., that may involve extended stays at U.S. foreign embassies and missions.
McDowell is the Jefferson Science Fellow with the USAID Global Health Bureau malaria division within the Office of Infectious Disease. The office manages the Global Health Bureau’s activities and engagement in infectious diseases, including tuberculosis, neglected tropical diseases, malaria and emerging threats/pandemic preparedness and response. The malaria division works closely with the governments of malaria-endemic countries and engages with global partners to strengthen endemic country capacity to control malaria. The USAID malaria division leads the President’s Malaria Initiative, an interagency initiative that works with endemic countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the Greater Mekong Subregion in Asia to reduce malaria deaths and morbidity, with the long-term goal of elimination.
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