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Making Headlines: Grantees in the News, September 2019

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 September 2019.

Congratulations, You Survived Black Hole Week
New York Times, September 27, 2019
This article highlights recent stories of scientific discoveries about black holes, including UCLA Galactic Center Group’s discovery of unprecedented bright flares in a supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. UCLA Galactic Center Group is supported by the Foundation’s Science program.

Can Math Be Joyful?
Forbes, September 19, 2019
This article is written by Talia Milgrom-Elcott, co-founder and executive director at 100Kin10, a national network of top academic institutions, nonprofits, and others focused on training and retaining 100,000 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers by 2021. 100Kin10 is supported by the Foundation’s Education program.

The Oil Industry Vs. the Electric Car
Politico, September 16, 2019
This in-depth look at the state-level regulatory battles between the oil industry and the electric vehicle movement includes a quote by the Union of Concerned Scientists, supported by the Foundation’s Climate and Clean Energy program.

Robot Detector to Map Cosmos for Clues to Dark Energy
Science Magazine, September 11, 2019
To help scientists understand the nature of dark energy, the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) has been retrofitted “with a robotic system to map an unprecedented 35 million galaxies and how they clump across space and time.” DESI is supported by the Foundation’s Science program.

Online Harassment is the Largest Safety Concern for Female Journalists, New Study Finds
CNN, September 8, 2019
A new survey by grantee Committee to Protect Journalists shows that technology and social media pose new threats to female journalists’ sense of safety and freedom in the United States and Canada. Committee to Protect Journalists is supported by the Foundation’s Community and Opportunity program.

Gas Plants Will Get Crushed by Wind, Solar by 2035, Study Says
Bloomberg, September 9, 2019
The subject of this article is a new Rocky Mountain Institute report that predicts that natural gas-fired power plants will be more expensive than wind and solar farms by 2035. Rocky Mountain Institute is supported by the Foundation’s Climate and Clean Energy program.

How Atlanta’s Mayor Turned her Famous Father’s Arrest Into a Passion for Criminal Justice Reform
Yahoo News, September 7, 2019
Marilynn B. Winn, executive director of Women on the Rise, is interviewed as part of a profile about Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, one of the nation’s leading justice reform advocates. Women on the Rise is a grassroots organization in Georgia that’s led by formerly incarcerated women. Women on the Rise is supported by the Foundation’s Human Rights program.

He Was in Prison 27 Years. Now He Runs a Magazine to Give People Behind Bars ‘Hope.’
NBC News, September 7, 2019
This news piece centers around The Marshall Project’s “News Inside,” a new print publication about incarcerated lives that is distributed in prisons and jails across 19 states. The Marshall Project is supported by the Foundation’s Human Rights program.

Seven Reasons for Hope from Climate Town Hall
CNN, September 5, 2019
This opinion piece covering CNN’s Climate Town Hall was co-authored by Green For All National Director Michelle Romero, and Green For All Co-Founder Van Jones. Green For All is supported by the Foundation’s Climate and Clean Energy program.