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Post: 1400 Degrees Platform Launches To Elevate Women In Physics & Astronomy

Today, we are excited to announce the launch of the 1400 Degrees website, a robust directory highlighting the extraordinary achievements and contributions of women and marginalized gender identities to the fields of physics and astronomy. We know that only through diversity of thought, backgrounds, and lived experiences can we expect the kind of groundbreaking research… Continue Reading

Post: Grantees in the News, April 2021

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 March 2021.

Post: Board Chair Liz Simons Delivers Remarks on Her Justice Journey

I’d like to tell you a little story about a moment in time, years ago when I was a new teacher in Oakland, California, and I took my 5th/6thgrade class on a field trip to the old prison on Alcatraz Island. The children were wind-blown and exuberant from the ferry ride, and the island was stunning in the cold sunshine; we were tourists in this prison land from long ago.

Post: Constructing a 3D Map of the Universe with Unprecedented Detail

An extraordinary quest to construct a 3D map of the universe and explore the mysteries of dark energy is beginning today at Kitt Peak National Observatory. The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), an international science collaboration managed by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will capture and study the light from tens of millions of galaxies and other distant objects in the universe.

Post: Is the U.S. Ready to Take Bold and Equitable Climate Action?

In April, President Joe Biden convened the Leaders Summit on Climate where 40 world leaders gathered virtually to discuss actions needed to address climate change. At the summit, President Biden announced a new target for the U.S. to cut its economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions in half from 2005 levels by 2030.

Post: Heising-Simons Foundation Joins the Care for All with Respect and Equity (CARE) Fund

The COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying economic recession have revealed what many working families with young children and those of us in the early childhood education field have known for years: equitable access to high-quality early childhood education is not only important for the learning and development of young children, but it is also essential infrastructure for our economy.

Grant Highlight: The Mass Liberation Fund

The Mass Liberation Fund (MLF) is fiscally sponsored by Tides Foundation. MLF was launched in 2019 to bolster the growing movement to end mass incarceration and abolish the criminal legal system as we know it. This grant supports the work of MLF, including conducting capacity building efforts among directly-impacted organizers and grassroots non-profit organization leaders… Continue Reading