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Anticipating the Future of Science: A Look Back and a Look Ahead [via UCSD Research Affairs]

The University of California San Diego recently hosted a day-long symposium celebrating the philanthropic funding of early-career faculty in their research endeavors. Foundations from across the country attended the event, which was specifically created to acknowledge the special relationship the university has with the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA). Created in 1912, RCSA provides…

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Responding to Covid-19 — A Once-in-a-Century Pandemic? by Bill Gates [via The New England Journal of Medicine]

In any crisis, leaders have two equally important responsibilities: solve the immediate problem and keep it from happening again. The Covid-19 pandemic is a case in point. We need to save lives now while also improving the way we respond to outbreaks in general. The first point is more pressing, but the second has crucial…

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Freedom, Creativity, and Innovation: The Packard Fellowship Case Study

Learn how David Packard, co-founder of the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, launched the Packard Fellowship program. Download the Packard Fellowship case study. Packard and his colleagues created a new type of fellowship aimed at early-career researchers. This model has stood the test of time like few other philanthropic initiatives, and to this day, three decades since…

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UT Southwestern scientists discover potential vulnerabilities in new coronavirus [via News Medical]

UT Southwestern Medical Center data scientists analyzing genetic sequences of the COVID-19 coronavirus have identified potential vulnerabilities that could help in vaccine development and further study of the infectious disease now spreading worldwide. Specifically, the researchers point to areas where the viral genome encodes T cell and B cell antigens that could stimulate a response from…

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Press Release: Shirley Tilghman, Ph.D. announced new Senior Science Advisor at Science Philanthropy Alliance [Alliance News]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Palo Alto, California – The Science Philanthropy Alliance has appointed Shirley Tilghman as senior science advisor. Shirley Tilghman, Ph.D. brings with her a long career as a molecular biologist and University administrator. A champion of the importance of scientific discovery and its positive impact on the quality of life and wellbeing for people around…

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Science Institutions for a Complex, Fast-Paced World [via Issues in Science and Technology]

The story of Vannevar Bush and his 1945 report, Science, the Endless Frontier, has attained in a mere 75 years something of the status—at least among those of us concerned with American science and technology policy—of Moses delivering the tablets from Mount Sinai. The narrative elements are almost mythically compelling: how Bush mobilized the academic…

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Press Release: Valerie Conn announced new President of Science Philanthropy Alliance [Alliance News]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Palo Alto, CA - The Science Philanthropy Alliance has named Valerie Conn as new president. As president, Valerie continues to bring her 30 years of experience working with philanthropists and scientists to build the community of private funders to discovery science research. In her various roles at the Science Philanthropy Alliance (vice…

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Nobelists urge Trump to require free access to taxpayer-funded publications [via Berkeley News]

Led by UC Berkeley’s Randy Schekman, 21 Nobel laureates from the United States have sent an open letter to President Donald Trump urging him to follow through on a rumored plan to make all federally funded research studies free for the public to read immediately upon publication. Currently, most journals require a subscription to read their…

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A Calling for Moonshot Philanthropy [via The Moonshot Catalog]

Let’s start with some billionaire math. Some 2000 ultra-wealthy households in the United States each hold more than $500 million in assets. This deepest-pocketed demographic controls about $3.7 trillion dollars. In 2017, these wealthiest of Americans donated about $45 billion to charity, translating into an annual charitable giving rate of about 1.2% of their assets. Meanwhile,…

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