Author: Nondas Paschos

Translash Q&A with Imara Jones

My name is Imara Jones and I am the founder and CEO of Translash Media. Translash is a nonprofit media organization that uses the power of journalism and nonfiction narratives to help center trans people at a time of social backlash by telling trans stories as a tool to lower the ignorance about our community and consequently violence against our community.

Why I Work on Climate

After three decades as a climate advocate, I’m excited to have joined late last year the Heising-Simons Foundation as the director of the Climate and Clean Energy program. I am honored to lead a team of extraordinarily dedicated and passionate experts.

Virtual Book Event: David Dennis Jr. In Conversation With Tonya Mosley

Five years ago, the Heising-Simons Foundation started the American Mosaic Journalism Prize, awarded for excellence in long-form, narrative, or deep reporting on stories about underrepresented and/or misrepresented groups in the American landscape. The prize aims to recognize and support freelance journalists with an unrestricted cash award of $100,000 per recipient, call attention to the recipients’ great promise, and to give them the freedom to continue their work.

Leading with Trust in Local Grantmaking

In fall 2021, members of the Foundation’s Community and Opportunity (C&O) team took part in a Remote Learning Series offered by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) with a focus on community-driven funding. The goal of our participation in this pilot was to better support local grantee partners as they build the power of residents in San Jose, California to influence local policy and systems change.

Eight Early-Career Scientists Awarded 51 Pegasi b Fellowship

The Heising-Simons Foundation is pleased to announce this year’s 51 Pegasi b Fellowship(link) recipients. The eight early-career scientists were selected based on their outstanding research achievements, innovative research plans, and potential to impact the field of planetary astronomy. 

Preparing 100,000 STEM Teachers for American Classrooms: Q&A With 100Kin10

It’s no secret that U.S. students lag behind many developed nations in mathematical proficiency, and that our country could be doing a lot more to close that gap––for example, recognizing the critical role of early mathematics education in children’s long-term success, acknowledging the inequities in the current system, and seeking change by employing solutions that can improve educational practices on a large scale.

American Mosaic Journalism Prize Awarded to Julian Brave Noisecat and Ryan Christopher Jones

The Heising-Simons Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 American Mosaic Journalism Prize: Julian Brave NoiseCat and Ryan Christopher Jones. NoiseCat and Jones join a distinguished group of prize recipients, alongside past winners Jaeah Lee, Valeria Fernández, Abe Streep, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, Rebecca Nagle, Darcy Courteau, David Dennis Jr., and Michelle García.