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Post: New Report on How Wholesale Electricity Markets Impact Wind Production

The Great Plains Institute (GPI) recently released a report concluding that the launch of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) electricity market in 2005 resulted in an increase of wind plant capacity factors. Using publicly available data, GPI built an econometric model to estimate the real-time effect on wind plant generation. Per the model, the market resulted in… Continue Reading

Post: Guest Post: Making Math Count More For Latino Children

If demographics are destiny, my family was headed for educational failure. All the signs pointed to struggle. Low-income? Check. Parents without education beyond high school? Check. A primary language other than English? Check. And parents who didn’t read to their children? Check.

Job: Program Director, Human Rights

Position Summary The Director, Human Rights manages the Foundation’s Human Rights grantmaking, with an emphasis on criminal justice reform and undocumented communities. The Director is responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of human rights grantmaking strategies and activities. The Director manages the Human Rights team, and serves as an essential member of the Foundation’s… Continue Reading

Job: Program Associate for Education

The Heising-Simons Foundation The Heising-Simons Foundation is a family foundation that works to advance sustainable solutions in climate and clean energy, enable groundbreaking research in science, enhance the education of the nation’s youngest learners, and support human rights for all people. Its board consists of founders Mark Heising and Liz Simons, and their daughter Caitlin… Continue Reading

Page: 51 Pegasi b Fellowship

The 51 Pegasi b Fellowship provides exceptional postdoctoral scientists with the opportunity to conduct theoretical, observational, and experimental research in planetary astronomy. The Heising-Simons Foundation announces the inaugural class of 51 Pegasi b Fellows, named for the first exoplanet discovered orbiting a Sun-like star. The growing field of planetary astronomy studies celestial objects both within… Continue Reading

Post: Introducing the 51 Pegasi b Fellowship

The Heising-Simons Foundation is pleased to announce the inaugural cohort of 51 Pegasi b Fellows. Named after the first exoplanet discovered in 1995, the 51 Pegasi b Fellowship recognizes exceptional postdoctoral scientists with great potential to advance scientific research in the field of planetary astronomy. This relatively new field bridges planetary science and astronomy to further… Continue Reading

Person: Mandi Corona

Mandi Corona is the Office Services Coordinator at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2016, she worked at City Year Los Angeles tutoring inner city middle school students in core curriculum classrooms. Mandi also worked for four years as an events coordinator at The Harker School. She is passionate about philanthropy and… Continue Reading

Job: Program Director, Education

Position Summary The Director, Education manages the Foundation’s Education grantmaking, which aims to prepare children from birth through age 8 for school and life. The Director is responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of Education grantmaking strategies and activities. The Director manages the Education team and serves as an essential member of the Foundation’s… Continue Reading

Fellow: Jason Dittmann, Ph.D.

Jason Dittmann believes that forming a deep understanding of new worlds requires that we first understand their host stars. Through his work, Jason overcomes barriers to understanding nearby stars to better characterize their physical attributes and detect the new worlds orbiting them. His research focuses on small and cool stars, which are the most abundant… Continue Reading