Behind the Gift to the University of Buffalo for Materials Research

The next breakthroughs in consumer electronics, biotechnology, and even sustainable energy often begin with new materials. The hunt for the compounds that will make the next solar panel or iPhone is advancing along with computing power, and one University at Buffalo alumnus wants to help his alma mater speed things up.
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Harvard Ropes in Big Wall Street Alumni Gift With Fascinating New Research Project

Not every rich grad wants to stick their name on a building. A great many are interested in meaty and even off-beat research initiatives. That can be especially true for brainy types who've made their money on Wall Street or in tech. Which helps explain why Harvard alumni power couple Bill and Karen Ackman just gave $17 million to Harvard to study human behavior.
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Hedge Fund Wizard Building a Legacy at UVA Early On

Forget the conventional wisdom the alums don't give big until they are getting on in years. Jaffray Woodriff, a fortysomething investment whiz, has made a big impact in a short time at the University of Virginia with a five-year run of grants totaling more than $30 million.

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