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.
Looking back at the year in science philanthropy, there were a lot of big stories, but none as pervasive as the influx of cash going to work that leverages large amounts of data. We look at the highlights.
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.
When individual molecules or organisms interact on large scales, whether a swarm of locusts or patterns appearing in fluid, bizarre and amazing things can happen, in ways that we don’t understand all that well. It’s a fitting problem for one of the Simons Foundation’s grants encouraging collaboration in mathematics.
The New York Times ran a lengthy feature over the weekend about the growth of private philanthropy in basic science research, both how it's picking up the slack for government cuts and the consequences of relying on philanthropists instead of public funds. We've rounded up the key points and our own resources about some of the main funders discussed.
Manjul Bhargava had already gained fame in the mathematics world as a number theorist and the second-youngest person to earn the rank of full professor at Princeton University. But his stock rose again when he was named to a heavyweight list of academics who earned one of the Simons Foundation's first round of awards as part of a new program meant to support theoretical scientists.
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.