A botanical garden-led drive to digitally catalog all 350,000+ known plant species has been chugging along for a few years. Now two funders fixated on sharing knowledge are bought in for almost $2 million. But is that enough?
Data science is showing potential to unpack some of the toughest problems in several fields of research. Cheaper and stronger sensors, storage and computing means we have new power to make sense of all the information we're collecting, almost constantly. Few funders are as focused on making it happen as the Alfred A. Sloan Foundation.
Data science is scorching hot right now, in headlines, board rooms, university plans, and yes, philanthropy. At least five schools have scored multi-million-dollar grants for data science initiatives just in the past year. Here’s where the funding is going.
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation just announced its latest round of research fellowships, which grant each awardee a nice chunk of cash as well as the honor of holding the esteemed title. So who exactly wins these things? Here’s a closer look at the new class.
Think for a minute, but not too much longer than that, about the fact that even in the most spotless living room, kitchen, hospital or office, there is a complex ecosystem of microbes. Molds, mildews, bacteria, fungi, swarming on every surface. And yet, there is a surprisingly small body of research about the microbial world of the indoors. The Sloan Foundation’s youngest science research program is trying to remedy that, by bolstering the emerging field of Microbiology of Built Environments.
Scientists have a solid understanding of the route carbon takes through our atmosphere and Earth's crust, as well as its importance as a building block of life. But how much carbon exists in the Earth's interior? The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation hopes its support for a team at the University of California-Davis will help answer questions like this.
The Sloan Foundation has dedicated $1.5 million over two years for the project, which is led by chemistry professor Giulia Galli. The grant came as part of the Sloan Foundation's Deep Carbon Observatory, a program that supports basic scientific research aimed at expanding our understanding of carbon and the role it plays in the deep reaches of Earth.