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

Person: Lanzo Small

Lanzo K. Small, Jr., is the office assistant at the Heising-Simons Foundation’s office in Los Altos. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2020, Lanzo worked in the food service management and banking industries. In 2012, Lanzo became the first African-American male to sit on the Lincoln Unified School District’s Board of Trustees as a student… Continue Reading

Post: Responding to COVID-19

Like many others, we take very seriously the concerns around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). To do our part to reduce the threat and spread of the virus, we have asked all of our employees to telecommute temporarily, and we will conduct all meetings via phone or video conference, rather than have our staff or visitors come to our offices or travel to other locations.

Post: Science News

Grantee partner Science News was founded as an independent nonprofit in 1921 by newspaper magnate E.W. Scripps and zoologist W.E. Ritter, who wanted to improve the quality and accuracy of science journalism. It covers news on science, medicine and technology, and you may find the latest stories here.

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