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Program Associate, Education

Person: Sarah Lerner

Sarah Lerner is a program associate for the Education program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2017, Sarah served as executive assistant to the founder and CEO of Innovation: Africa, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing innovative solar and water technology to rural African villages. Her prior experiences include the management of… Continue Reading

Post: Physics Today: Foundation Director on the Draw of Science Philanthropy

“Sleuthing for potentially brilliant research ideas to fund turns out to be a fun cultural shift after a decades-long lab career.” In its regular question-and-answer series with leaders in the world of physics, Physics Today, the magazine of the American Institute of Physics, spent time with Cyndi Atherton, program director for science at the Heising-Simons… Continue Reading

Person: Lupita Segura

Lupita Segura is the finance and grants associate at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked for 14 years as the administrative finance assistant for the Midpen Media Center, a non-profit public access station in Palo Alto. She has a Bachelor’s degree in television production from San Francisco State University.

Post: Making Headlines: Grantees in the News

The Heising-Simons Foundation is proud to regularly see many of 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 over the past month.

Fellow: Jason Dittmann, Ph.D.

Jason Dittmann believes that forming a deep understanding of new worlds requires that we first understand their host stars. Through his work, Jason overcomes barriers to understanding nearby stars to better characterize their physical attributes and detect the new worlds orbiting them. His research focuses on small and cool stars, which are the most abundant… Continue Reading

Post: Preventing Firearm Violence

Dr. Wintemute is a UC Davis emergency room physician who has been researching gun violence for the past three decades. He leads the University of California Firearm Violence Prevention Research Center (FVRC), the only state-funded research center of its kind in the United States. The Foundation’s Local and Emerging Opportunities program has supported the U.C. Davis Violence Prevention Research Program (VPRP), where FVRC is located.

Post: Discovery Opens New Paths for Astronomy

Among the thousands of scientists involved in the discovery of the merger of two neutron stars is a team led by astronomer Ryan Foley at UC Santa Cruz. With support from the Heising-Simons Foundation, Foley’s team captured the first images of the event in a galaxy 130 million light-years away utilizing the 1-meter Swope Telescope at the Carnegie Institution’s Las Campanas Observatory in Chile.

Post: Making Headlines: Grantees in the News

The Heising-Simons Foundation is proud to regularly see many of 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 over the past month.

Post: Study Finds Latinos Highly Engaged with Climate Change Issue

Self-identified Latinos in the United States are more convinced that global warming is happening and that it is caused by human activity, according to a national study conducted by grantee the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. Latinos are also more worried about climate change, more supportive of climate change policies, and more willing to demand political action than non-Latinos.