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Page: Family and Community Math

Evidence suggests that kindergarten-level math skills are the strongest correlate of later grade academic achievement––regardless of race, gender, or family socioeconomic status. Research also indicates that racial and socioeconomic factors relate to students’ math achievement scores, and that some of these demographically-linked differences appear even before children enter kindergarten. The long-term goal of the Family… Continue Reading

Post: How to Tell Matter From Antimatter — Minute Physics Video

In our universe, fundamental processes involving electromagnetism, gravity, and nuclear force do not distinguish between left and right. It’s led to something called The Ozma Problem, a problem of how to convey left from right if we were ever to communicate with life on another planet.

Person: Myra Levy

Myra Levy is the senior accountant at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2020, Myra worked for more than 30 years in accounting for nonprofit organizations in San Francisco, including the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, Friends of the River, the Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center, and United Religions Initiative. She… Continue Reading

Post: Making Headlines: Grantees in the News, January 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 January 2020.

Post: American Mosaic Journalism Prize Awarded to Rebecca Nagle and Darcy Courteau

Two years ago, we announced the creation of The American Mosaic Journalism Prize. This unrestricted cash prize of $100,000 per recipient is awarded to freelance journalists for excellence in long-form, narrative, or deep reporting about underrepresented and/or misrepresented groups in the American landscape. We created the prize as part of our work that supports journalism as an essential arm of U.S. democracy—recognizing journalism’s critical ability to expose audiences to new perspectives and foster greater understanding. Today, we are pleased to announce the newest recipients of this prize: Rebecca Nagle and Darcy Courteau.

Post: Polar Extremes: Uncovering the Dramatic Changes at the Ends of the Earth

This Wednesday, February 5, in a two-hour special from NOVA, “renowned paleontologist Kirk Johnson takes us on an epic adventure through time at the polar extremes of our planet.” With support from the Heising-Simons Foundation, this program will uncover the history and dramatic changes at the ends of the Earth, and what this means about the climate.

Page: Darcy Courteau

Darcy Courteau 2020 Recipient “Darcy Courteau’s immersive reporting beams with authenticity and compassion, in particular as she relays a woman’s traumatic attempts to immigrate to the United States and live with her U.S.-born husband and children. Ms. Courteau’s commitment to following this story over time and by any means necessary results in an intricate narrative… Continue Reading