Making Headlines: Grantees in the News, April 2020

The Heising-Simons Foundation is proud to regularly see its grantee partners featured in media outlets across the country, providing an expert voice on a timely issue or being highlighted for their accomplishments and hard work. Here are some news items that have featured our grantees in April 2020.

Report for America is Sending 225 Journalists Into Local Newsrooms Around the Country
Poynter, April 23, 2020
In its biggest expansion since 2017, Report for America (RFA) is placing 225 journalists in 162 local newsrooms for up to two years. “The problems with local news are business model problems,” said Steve Waldman, RFA’s co-founder and president. “There is no shortage of great journalists who want to do the work.” RFA is supported by the Foundation’s Community and Opportunity program.

Predicting the Future of Greenland’s Melting Ice Sheet
EOS.org, April 23, 2020
This article synthesizes the latest research and challenges “in understanding and forecasting the future of Greenland’s ice sheet–draining glaciers.” The review was co-authored by Leigh Stearns, associate professor of geology at the University of Kansas. Dr. Stearns’ research is supported by the Foundation’s Science program.

The Killer in Your Closet
Psychology Today, April 21, 2020
Co-written by the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program (VPRP), this article reflects on the dangerous environment that coronavirus prevention measures may have on gun owners. VPRP is supported by the Foundation’s Community and Opportunity program. 

The Woman Who Might Find Us Another Earth
The New York Times, April 19, 2020
This immersive audio story delves into the life and work of Sara Seager, a planetary scientist and astrophysicist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, including her search for exoplanets that show signs of life. Seager’s research is supported by the Foundation’s Science program.

Santa Clara County Launches Hotline to Help People With Questions About Coronavirus Relief
San Jose Mercury News, April 9, 2020
“Our outreach and legal teams have been responding to thousands of calls in just the last three weeks from people who are scared and worried and folks who are confused by the process of applying for resources that are critical to supporting their families,” said Jessica Vollmer at Working Partnerships USA. The organization is part of an effort to launch a new hotline in Santa Clara County to help people apply for social services in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Working Partnerships USA is supported by the Foundation’s Community and Opportunity program.

California Eases Child Care Regulations for Critical Workers
CalMatters, April 6, 2020
Child Care Law Center and Yale Study Center are quoted in this article summarizing the impacts of California easing child care regulations for essential workers, including prioritizing them for care and subsidies. Child Care Law Center and Yale Study Center are supported by the Foundation’s Education program.

Be Prepared: Key Lessons From the Coronavirus Pandemic and Climate Change
Grist, April 3, 2020
In the wake of the United States’ response to COVID-19, a report on climate change adaptation by the World Resources Institute gains new relevance and urgency. WRI is supported by the Foundation’s Climate and Clean Energy program.

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