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Post: The Foundation’s Updated Climate and Clean Energy Program Strategy

The devastating impacts of climate change have hit home recently. Powerful hurricanes ravaged Puerto Rico and parts of Texas and Florida last year. Wildfires rage across the Western U.S. And many parts of the world have been hit even harder. The Foundation recently refreshed its Climate and Clean Energy program strategy, recognizing the importance of efforts to prevent even worse climate change impacts in the future, and the urgency of curbing pollution and accelerating the transition to clean energy.

Post: Making Headlines: Grantees in the News, August 2018

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 August 2018.

Post: Making Headlines: Grantees in the News, July 2018

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 July 2018. The Earth Machine Science Magazine, July 26,… Continue Reading

Post: Northwest Passage Project: Exploring a Changing Arctic

On August 23, a group of scientists, students, education, and film professionals will sail into the Northwest Passage of the Canadian Arctic for the Northwest Passage Project, an innovative scientific and educational expedition that will explore and collect data about this polar region.

Page: Physics and Astronomy Leadership Council

Central to the Foundation’s commitment to increase the number of women in physics and astronomy in the US academy is its Physics and Astronomy Leadership Council. Founded in 2017, this distinguished group of eight women in varying career stages throughout the country provides strong leadership, insights, and feedback for the Foundation’s Science program. Each member… Continue Reading

Post: 2018 Center for the Study of Child Care Employment Workforce Index Released

A well-prepared, well-compensated, and supported workforce is an essential component of high-quality early childhood education. For this reason, the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) recently released the 2018 Early Childhood Workforce Index (ECWI), a tool to understand: (a) what policies address workforce preparation, compensation, and support; and (b) how the status of these policies changes over time.

Person: Vanessa Fumia

Vanessa Fumia is a grants officer at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2018, Vanessa worked at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the United Nations Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies from University of Miami and a master’s degree in political management from George Washington University.

Post: Supporting Immigrants Affected by Domestic Zero-Tolerance Policy

America is a nation enriched by immigrants, many of whom traveled a difficult path to come to the United States. Many were forced to leave friends and family members behind. Such separations are tragic. The trauma they inflict scar those affected as well as the generations that follow. Usually, such rending is the product of war or upheaval somewhere else in the world. But today, separations are the product of U.S. government policy.