Six Topics in Science that Scored Big in 2014

Science philanthropy had a bit of a moment in 2014, with some major news stories, plus a growing sense that wealthy donors are gaining influence in an area historically fueled by public funds.

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How Does a "Transformative" Gift for Research Happen? Not Overnight

The recent $50 million gift to establish Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory’s new research center is being called a “transformative” sum that will allow expanded work in quantitative biology. But it didn't happen overnight. The gift is the culmination of years of work the lab has done in the field, as well as ongoing funding from Jim and Marilyn Simons. 

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A Major Science Funder Just Did a Cannonball into Ocean Research

The Simons Foundation, one of the country’s largest science research funders, has a mission of promoting a deeper understanding of the world. About four kilometers deep, to be exact, since the foundation just launched a huge new initiative to advance knowledge of the ocean's microbial ecosystems. 

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21 Math and Science Scholars Celebrate Christmas in July, Compliments of the Simons Foundation

The Simons Foundation released its list of "Simons Investigator" grant recipients today. Investigators qualify for an annual stipend of $100,000 and an additional $32,000 that goes to their university. The fellows and their departments come under review after five years; they can potentially rack up as much as $1.32 million if they qualify.

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