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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.

Post: Analyzing Gun Violence Narratives in California News

Gun violence is a leading cause of premature death in California and across the country. And although newspapers cover gun violence extensively, a new report shows they rarely focus on root causes or possible solutions. In its report “More Than Mass Shootings: Gun Violence Narratives in California News,” the Berkeley Media Studies Group explores coverage of the three most common types of gun violence—suicide, domestic violence, and violence in the community, such as homicides and mass shootings—in California newspapers from October 2016 to October 2017.

Post: Making Headlines: Grantees in the News

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 over the past month.

Post: New Grant to DREME Network to Advance Early Childhood Math Education

The Heising-Simons Foundation’s Education program is pleased to announce a $5.75 million grant to Development and Research in Early Math Education, also known as the DREME Network. This brings the Foundation’s total investment in the DREME Network to more than $14 million since its launch in 2014.

Page: Guidelines and Application

Guidelines and Application The fellowship provides an opportunity for recent doctoral scientists to develop innovative instrumentation or to conduct novel theoretical and observational research in planetary astronomy. Planetary astronomy brings together research efforts of two fields—planetary science and astronomy—to characterize planetary systems. The fellowship supports postdoctoral fellows to advance our fundamental understanding of exoplanets, solar system… Continue Reading

Person: James Bullard

James Bullard is the director of technology at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2018, James worked as a solution architect for Exponent Partners, developing Salesforce-based solutions for nonprofits. His professional background also includes managing information systems at FairTrade USA, KQED, and the Sierra Club. In addition to his career in technology, James… Continue Reading