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Category: Science

Space, Hope, and Charity: The Remarkable Journey of Astrophysicist Charity Woodrum

Space, Hope, and Charity is a new documentary film based on the life of Charity Woodrum, a Ph.D. candidate in astrophysics and NSF Graduate Research Fellow at Steward Observatory, University of Arizona. The Heising-Simons Foundation supported the filming and post-production of the documentary film with a grant from the Science program.

51 Pegasi b Fellow’s Project Selected for Funding by NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts

Dr. Melodie Kao, a 51 Pegasi b Fellow at University of California, Santa Cruz, has been selected for funding by the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program as part of the Great Observatory for Long Wavelengths (GO-LoW) concept team, led by Dr. Mary Knapp of MIT Haystack Observatory.

Advancing Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine

Despite considerable investments to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) fields, substantial barriers still produce inequitable opportunities and outcomes.

51 Pegasi b Fellow Leads Study on Planet Found Spiraling to its Doom

Shreyas Vissapragada, a 51 Pegasi b Fellow and planetary astrophysicist at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian, is the lead author of a new study on exoplanet Kepler-1658b, which is spiraling towards its host star and will eventually be obliterated.

51 Pegasi b Fellowship: Building Community

The 51 Pegasi b Fellowship supports early-career planetary astronomers for up to four years. The Foundation strives to create community among the fellows by providing opportunities for professional development, collaboration, and networking. One such opportunity is the annual 51 Pegasi b summit that brings together current fellows, fellow alumni, university faculty members, observatory staff, and …

Foundation Advisory Board Member And NASA’s NuSTAR

Heising-Simons Foundation Science Advisory Board Member, Dr. Fiona Harrison— the Benjamin M. Rosen Professor of Physics, Kent and Joyce Kresa Leadership Chair, Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy at California Institute of Technology—is also renowned for being principal investigator for NASA’s NuSTAR (Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array) mission.

NuSTAR Celebrates 10 Years in Space

Principal Investigator (PI) and Scientific Advisory Board member at NASA’s NuSTAR program, Fiona Harrison, helped celebrate 10-years in space with an exciting video detailing the program’s accomplishments over the years. The flagship mission has made numerous discoveries of extreme cosmic objects including black holes, supernova remnants, pulsars, and the Sun to name a few.

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. 

Introducing Gabriele Betancourt-Martinez as Program Officer for Science

We are excited to announce the addition of our newest member to the Heising-Simons Foundation’s Science program!