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Post: Board Chair Liz Simons Delivers Remarks on Intersectionality

Liz Simons, Chair of the Board of the Heising-Simons Foundation, delivered a slightly revised version of the following remarks at The Giving Pledge Virtual Learning Series, “Equity and Intersectionality: What Do Philanthropists Need to Know?” on December 7, 2021.

Grant Highlight: Stanford University Physics Department

The physics department at Stanford University provides instruction and conducts research on topics including astrophysics, cosmology, particle physics, atomic and laser physics, and condensed matter physics. The Satellites Around Galactic Analogs (SAGA) Survey is an ambitious spectroscopic survey designed to better understand our Milky Way Galaxy by placing its satellite galaxy population into a broader… Continue Reading

Grant Highlight: University of Washington Department of Physics

The Department of Physics, in the University of Washington’s College of Arts & Sciences, educates students at all levels from general education, through preparation for teaching and scientific careers to doctoral and post-doctoral education. The Department of Physics’ research includes searches for new particles and forces, connections between quantum information and gravity, and studies of… Continue Reading

Grant Highlight: Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya

Born in Atlanta to Thai and Indonesian immigrants, Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya studied neuroscience at Columbia University and worked at an Alzheimer’s research lab before becoming a full-time artist, educator, and advocate based in Brooklyn, NY. Her explorations of feminism, science, and community have reclaimed space in museums and galleries, at protests and rallies, on buildings, highway… Continue Reading

Person: Gabriele Betancourt-Martinez

Gabriele Betancourt-Martinez is a program officer for the Science program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2021, Gabriele performed research in X-ray instrumentation and laboratory astrophysics as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie in Toulouse, France. Previously, she was a NASA Space Technology Research Fellow… Continue Reading

Person: Rachel Tuggy

Rachel Tuggy is a program associate for the Science program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2021, Rachel was a project lead at Digital NEST, a nonprofit in the Central Coast that builds young people’s professional confidence through workshops and resources. Previously, Rachel was a fellow of the Everett Program, a… Continue Reading

Person: Roland Hwang

Roland Hwang is the director of the Climate and Clean Energy program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2021, Roland was the director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Climate & Clean Energy Program. He has also worked for seven years at the Union of Concerned Scientists directing their Transportation program. He… Continue Reading