Tate Williams

The Week in Science Funding: Snakes, Diabetes and Marine Microbes

Tate Williams June 23, 2014
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A digest of science and environment news, originally published on Inside Philanthropy. This week, a research heavyweight delves into ocean ecosystems, and two funders send a flurry of awards to 48 researchers and 54 green projects. 

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).


Where Burroughs Wellcome Fund is Sending $21M in Awards “The biological products of snakes may hold potential for diabetics. And a better understanding of how the placebo effect manifests would make drug development trials far less expensive. These are just two of the topics that earned 48 researchers the latest competitive grants from Burroughs Wellcome Fund.”

A Major Science Funder Just Did a Cannonball into Ocean Research “Tiny microbes form the most basic biological building blocks of the ocean biome, forming the basis of the food web, producing about half of the planet’s oxygen, and offering insights into the conditions that started life on Earth. But scientists have limited understanding of how microorganisms in the ocean behave on a large scale…”

The Moore Program Officer Now Advising Washington “[Vicki Chandler] was just named one of six new appointees to the 25-member National Science Board, which sets policy for the National Science Foundation and advises Congress and the president on science and engineering. Chandler will be the only representative from a private foundation on the board…”

The Winners So Far in Wells Fargo’s Adventure in Green Giving “This covers projects like wetlands restoration in Seattle, river cleanup in Austin, and urban waterfront restoration in Delaware. Other urban projects include the renovation of an abandoned commercial facility for hydroponics agriculture in St. Louis, and the construction of a one-acre community garden site in New Mexico.”

Image: NASA satellite photograph of the Hawaiian islands of Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Kahoolawe. Multiangle Imaging Spectro-Radiometer (MISR) image of five Hawaiian Islands was acquired by the instrument’s vertical- viewing (nadir) camera.

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