Behind a Huge Math Prize, a Push for Breakthroughs By Linking Up Multiple Fields

Behind a Huge Math Prize, a Push for Breakthroughs By Linking Up Multiple Fields

Simons’ Math+X investigator program is all about collaboration between high-level mathematics and other fields. The 2016 awardee’s ideas have impacted photo sharing, spotting phony art, even fossil hunting.

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The New Recruits in Moore’s Huge Data Program

Since last year, the Moore Foundation has been at the forefront of large funders supporting advances in data science. Its latest burst of funding goes to 14 researchers, with an emphasis on open source approaches. 

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The Funder That Wants to Put all that Fitbit Data to Work

Stores of personal health data accumulating through use of wearable tech, mobile apps and social media stand to offer a scope and versatility researchers rarely see in clinical studies. A major health care funder just made a $1.9 million grant to put such data into action.

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The Former Tech Attorney Funding Data Crunching at Dartmouth

A philanthropist and longtime attorney for Microsoft gave $10 million to amp up Dartmouth College’s computer science program, specifically to apply complex computing and data to other fields like neuroscience, the environment, and even social sciences and humanities. Chalk another one up for big data. 

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How Sloan’s Data Science Program is Trying to Make Sense of it All

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.

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The Data Science Philanthropy Craze

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.

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The Hedge Fund Wizard Betting Big on Big Data Research

Jaffray Woodriff knows a thing or two about data. The investment whiz based in Charlottesville, Virginia, used his homegrown predictive models of investment data to build a $4 billion-plus managed futures firm. Paying tribute to his golden goose, the investor just made a $10 million gift to advance the emerging field of data science.

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