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Post: 2018 State of Preschool Yearbook Released

Every year, the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) publishes a national report on state-funded preschool programs, tracking enrollment, spending, and policies that support quality learning. The 2018 State of Preschool Yearbook, released earlier this week and supported by the Foundation’s Education program, is the only report of its kind that helps educators, advocates, researchers, and policymakers understand how funding levels affect preschool access and program quality.

Post: Making Headlines: Grantees in the News, March 2019

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 2019.

Person: Tanner Smallwood

Tanner Smallwood is the technology associate at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2019, Tanner worked as a systems administrator at Team San Jose, a partnership unifying the San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau, hotels, arts, labor, and venues to help stimulate the local economy. Tanner has also helped host different events at… Continue Reading

Post: U.S. Census 2020: Ensuring Every Child Is Counted

In exactly one year from today, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin counting the number of people living in the United States. The data collected by the decennial census are used to determine the allocation of hundreds of billions of dollars in funding for federal, state, local, and tribal governments each year, establish a state’s number of congressional seats in the House of Representatives, and even influence where and how businesses run their organizations.

Post: 2019 Class of 51 Pegasi b Fellows Announced

The Heising-Simons Foundation is pleased to announce the 2019 recipients of the 51 Pegasi b Fellowship in planetary astronomy. Recipients are recognized for their outstanding research achievements, their creativity, and their great promise in tackling risky and novel ideas. Since its inception in 2016, the 51 Pegasi b Fellowship has supported early-career scientists at a… Continue Reading

Post: Intentionally Improving Processes for the 51 Pegasi b Fellowship

Today the Heising-Simons Foundation is thrilled to announce the latest cohort of 51 Pegasi b Fellows. These six fellows represent some of the best and brightest minds launching careers in planetary astronomy, and we are humbled to play a small part in helping develop their talents. At the same time, the Foundation’s Science program would… Continue Reading

Fellow: Xinting Yu, Ph.D. candidate

For Xinting Yu, the most exciting aspect about conducting a planetary science experiment is knowing that the outcome could be beyond our human imagination. In her determined quest for knowledge, Xinting has conducted extensive research to help explain sand formation on Titan—Saturn’s largest moon—by creating analogs of its organic particles in a lab and characterizing… Continue Reading

Fellow: Cheng Li, Ph.D.

When NASA’s Cassini spacecraft recorded the strongest storm ever detected in Saturn’s atmosphere, Cheng Li felt compelled to determine its cause. His deep curiosity led to choosing planetary astronomy as a career—and to generating insights that explain the 30-year periodicity of storms on the ringed planet. Cheng believes that planets are natural laboratories for studying… Continue Reading

Fellow: Jessica Spake, Ph.D. candidate

Upon learning about the detection of hundreds of planets around distant stars during a university lecture, Jessica Spake knew she wanted to dedicate her life to investigating other worlds. Her work centers on characterizing the atmospheres of giant, gaseous exoplanets passing in front of their stars. With a landmark discovery in 2018, Jessica identified helium… Continue Reading