GIVING | At an awards ceremony this morning, the Washington Business Journal announced the region’s top 10 corporate philanthropists of 2011, and we’re proud to see many WRAG members on the list (WBJ, 5/11):
1. Clark Enterprises, Inc. ($12.19m)
2. Wells Fargo ($12.03)
3. CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield ($7.34m)
5. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States ($5.8 m)
6. Northrup Grumman ($5.6m)
9. Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. ($3.49m)
Congratulations are also due to David and Katherine Bradley – founders of the CityBridge Foundation – who were named Philanthropists of the Year! The WBJ has interviews with both about their philanthropy, interests, and inspirations. (WBJ, 5/11 – subscription)
HIV/AIDS | A panel of experts has recommended that the FDA approve a drug (Truvada) to help prevent HIV infection in high-risk populations (WaPo, 5/11):
Truvada is already FDA-approved for the treatment of HIV. That means physicians are free to prescribe it “off label” for prevention; reports indicate that some already do. But a new FDA approval will free the company that makes the drug, Gilead Sciences, to market Truvada for prevention, too.
- Our region’s eighth grade students are really awful at science, but so is the rest of the country. The results of the 2011 Nation’s Report Card from the Department of Education show that the District has the worst science proficiency in the entire country (7%), while Maryland (32%) and Virginia (40%) are slightly above the national average of 31%. (Examiner, 5/11)
- Ford Foundation Gives $50-Million to Push for Longer School Days (Chronicle, 5/12)
HOUSING | Listen: On the Kojo Nnamdi yesterday, local experts talked about the declining stock of affordable rentals in the region. (WAMU, 5/10)
TRANSIT | Metro’s sluggish service has saved the agency $20m in operating costs, but that won’t stop this summer’s fare hikes. (Examiner, 5/10) Inefficiency saves money? Hmmm…
It’s going to be a really nice weekend. If you aren’t busy, you otter check out the Zoo’s newest residents.
I’m excited to see Tim Burton’s new movie Dark Shadows…and The Avengers again.
See you all on Monday!