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Author: Nondas Paschos

New EPA Rules Put the United States on the Road to Decarbonized Transportation

Since 1970, April 22 has been known as Earth Day. This annual event, initially a call to clean up a polluted environment, is now focused on the existential threat to humankind: climate change.

Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument Creates Largest 3D Map of Universe

In May 2021, the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) situated on the four-meter Mayall Telescope on Kitt Peak, Arizona, begun capturing and studying the light from tens of millions of galaxies and other objects in the universe. The results from a full year of observations, released earlier this month, are mind-blowing: DESI has created the …

Families Lead California Initiative Awards $4 Million to Strengthen Diverse Parent Leaders

The Heising-Simons Foundation’s Education program has awarded $4 million over two years to support of 11 community-based organizations working to strengthen the pipeline of diverse parent leaders in California. This marks the second round of funding for these 11 organizations, which are part of Families Lead California, an initiative that builds parent leaders’ power to influence policy to reflect the priorities of families with children ages 0-8 in the Golden State.

Eight Scientists Awarded 51 Pegasi b Fellowship in Planetary Astronomy

Eight early-career scientists have been awarded the 51 Pegasi b Fellowship, a three-year postdoctoral fellowship that provides recipients with resources, freedom, and flexibility to conduct theoretical, observational, and experimental research in planetary astronomy.

Podcast: Sushma Raman on Leading Social Justice and Philanthropic Initiatives

What types of skills are necessary to lead social justice and philanthropic initiatives? What does it mean to plan and design a career path in the social impact sector, and how can leaders best manage change and challenges? On March 12 at 9 AM EST, Sushma Raman, President and CEO of Heising-Simons Foundation, will be sharing insights and tips on these questions during a live conversation with Craig Zelizer for the Social Change Career Podcast.

One Year Into My Role as President and CEO

Dear Colleagues and Friends, “My work as a journalist seeks to connect silenced histories to our present day,” says Dara T. Mathis, one of two recipients of the Heising-Simons Foundation’s 2024 American Mosaic Journalism Prize. The Prize is awarded to freelance journalists for excellence in long-form, narrative, or deep reporting about underrepresented communities in the …

Dr. Jochen Marschall Appointed Science Program Director

We are pleased to share that Dr. Jochen (Joe) Marschall, currently serving as interim Science program director, has been appointed as Science program director at the Heising-Simons Foundation.

Gas Giants and Their Influence on the Cosmos and Careers

In a time when astronomers have discovered thousands of exoplanets with a huge diversity of properties, Dr. Marta Bryan is all about gas giants—analogs to Jupiter and Saturn.

Human Rights Day: A Funder’s Perspective On the Crisis at the U.S.-Mexico Border

The Heising-Simons Foundation’s Human Rights program has contributed an essay to Article 3’s digital anthology, “The Next 25: A Collection of Essays on the Future of Human Rights,” outlining its grantmaking approach to the humanitarian crisis at the US-Mexico Border. The essay is reproduced in full below. An Intersectional Approach to the Crisis at the …