Each year, two Lasker Awards go to leading medical researchers, with a third category that’s more of a wild card. This year it went to a veteran biochemist for his powerful work in STEM education.
Jeffrey Dean is one of the unsung heroes of Google’s success, and kind of a living legend in the tech community. He and his wife’s nascent philanthropy is targeting the stark lack of diversity in his field.
Philanthropy serving rural areas is lacking, and one thing that could really use some help is STEM education. One corporate foundation in Illinois just launched a pilot program to address the problem.
The James Dyson Award is a cool platform for elevating inventive young minds. But Dyson’s giving extends to other STEM efforts, like a new university facility that’s more like a makerspace than a classroom.
Boeing’s home state of Washington has a strong science and tech workforce, and the company wants to keep it that way. A combined $30 million donation from the company and the family behind it seeks to boost education through the Museum of Flight.
The W.M. Keck Foundation is not what you’d consider an environmental funder, but Portland State University’s green architecture and design program is right in the foundation’s wheelhouse of hands-on undergrad research.
The annual James Dyson Award is now inviting 2015 entries from college students and recent grads who are inventing creative solutions to the world’s many problems. Winning can bring lots of attention.
The largest foundation run by the Dow family has been cutting serious checks this year for STEM education. They seem to be driving a specific, targeted strategy to build Michigan’s STEM workforce.