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Post: Taking on Gender Disparities in Physics and Astronomy

Inside Philanthropy explores the “disturbing decline” of female physics and astronomy students who are on the path from students to professionals in those fields, and what the Heising-Simons Foundation is doing to try “to turn around some of these troubling stats in laboratories and academic departments.” The goal of the Foundation’s women in physics and… Continue Reading

Post: On the Fair Treatment of Women in Science

The Heising-Simons Foundation’s Science program is committed to addressing gender imbalances and inequities in the fields of physics and astronomy, both in colleges and in academic and research careers in the United States.

One of our closest thought partners in this work has been UC Berkley’s Chancellor Emeritus and Silverman professor of physics Robert Birgeneau, who recently co-wrote a letter about this subject in the September 2017 Science magazine issue.

Post: Interactive Data Tool: 10 Characteristics of Preschool-Age Children

With support from the Heising-Simons Foundation’s Education program, Urban Institute has developed an interactive tool that shows national, state, and local characteristics of 3- to 5-year-olds, including whether the children are enrolled in preschool, whether their families are low income, or whether their parents are immigrants. With key data points on immigration status, language spoken at home, and parental English proficiency, this tool paints a more dynamic picture of the linguistic and cultural diversity of the preschool-age population.

Post: Letter from the President: September 2017

When we describe the Foundation, we often use the phrase, “Unlocking knowledge, opportunity, and possibilities.” It reflects our fundamentally optimistic view of the world, and our belief in the potential for improvement in the human condition.

Post: Statement Regarding DACA

Today, the Heising-Simons Foundation joined 14 other California foundations in a joint CEO statement denouncing President Trump’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. We object to the President’s shameful decision in the strongest terms— and we stand in support of, and in solidarity with, the many nonprofit organizations we fund throughout the country that work to support these young people.

Post: Making Headlines: Grantees in the News

At the Heising-Simons Foundation, we are proud to regularly see many of our 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: Volcanic Emissions… Continue Reading

Journalism Prize: Winner #2

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Journalism Prize: Winner #1

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Post: News Regarding Money Bail Reform in California

California Governor Jerry Brown and Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye have joined legislative leaders to support looking at reforms in California’s money bail system in 2018. In a statement, Gov. Brown said, “I believe that inequities exist in California’s bail system and I look forward to working this fall on ways to reform the system in… Continue Reading

Page: Women in Physics and Astronomy

The goal of the Foundation’s women in physics and astronomy grantmaking is to increase the percentage of women in these fields, both in colleges and in academic and research careers in the United States. Although women make up almost 50 percent of physics students in high school, they comprise only 10 percent of full professors… Continue Reading