Story mischaracterized Emory, Saudi collaboration
Our world with no borders to pandemics requires that scientists work together forming bonds of collegiality and building bridges of mutual public health benefit, not walls of separation. Mischaracterizing the relationships between Emory University and academics in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia while purporting a false understanding that brings out the worst in people to negatively influence the best, the AJC story "Over 20% of foreign money at 2 Ga. universities is from Saudi Arabia" (News, July 29) mischaracterized relationships, used an out-of-context picture and an inflammatory, misleading title. This is the wrong way forward. Emotionally charged disagreements among countries must not influence the peaceful bridge-building among scientists that leads to health-for-all. Working together productively for 9 years in an extraordinarily successful global public health effort, the King Abdullah Fellowship Program has graduated 60 and their contributions speak to the measurable advancements in love, mutual respect, and science built at Emory.