Tate Williams

The Week in Science Funding: Putting Personal Data to Use and a Climate Showdown

Tate Williams June 16, 2014

A digest of science and environment news, originally published on Inside Philanthropy. This week, putting Fitbit data to good use, and a political showdown that ended with a climate emergency fund. 

I blog about the latest in funding for research, science education, and the environment, as science editor at the news site Inside Philanthropy. Here I post the occasional roundup of highlights from that coverage. Inside Philanthropy is a subscription-based site, but visitors get a few freebies. Here’s what happened in the past week (or so).

Putting All That Fitbit Data to Good Use “Results from clinical research trials tend to be slow, narrow and lack a holistic view of how health issues fit into patients’ lives. With the rise of consumers quantifying their behavior with services like jogging apps, FitBits, calorie trackers and even logging activity on social media, researchers across disciplines have been anxious see what they can glean from the pool.”

Divestment Showdown Leads to Climate Disaster Fund “A year ago, climate funder and firebrand Tom Steyer had a public feud with a U.S. senator over who is making how much from fossil fuel investments. Steyer and wife Kat Taylor just made good on a resulting pledge by turning past oil industry profits into a relief fund for climate disaster.”

The Time Bush’s Treasury Secretary Funded Half a Nature Preserve “When Wendy Paulson first suggested to husband Henry Paulson, former U.S. Treasury Secretary, that they take on the preservation of Cannon’s Point, a 608-acre piece of land on St. Simons Island, he wasn’t convinced.”

Fitbit’s Ultra activity tracker by Ashstar01.

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