A digest of science and environment news, originally published on Inside Philanthropy. This round, Google and more Google! Donors pick sides on climate change. Also the winners of the preeminent mathematics prize.
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).
Another Big Oil & Gas Research Gift in the Heartland – “The enthusiasm of universities to set up such industry-driven centers and new facilities is a little troubling, although to be expected in states where the oil and gas plays such a substantial part in the regional economy. It’s also a clear sign that the boom in domestic drilling is here to stay.”
Google’s New Prize Moves the Tech Giant Further into Energy – “Remember that Google has always been about scaling up its influence, and about disruption. All these signs point to the fact that the company is heading toward being a major player in how we get power, potentially as a new kind of energy company…”
Simons is Making its Mark on Mathematics with Fields Medal – “The 2014 awards were announced recently and, of the four winners, two of them are grantees of the Simons Foundation—Manjul Bhargava and Maryam Mirzakhani. Mirzakhani is also the first woman to ever win the prize.”
Google’s Quiet, Multimillion Dollar Academic Research Program – “Google draws attention for the occasional huge chunk of funding it unleashes on a cause. But there’s a quieter, steady stream of research funding pouring out of the Googleplex.”
The Republican Metals Magnate Fighting Climate Change Through the Courts – “If you’re skeptical of a climate change grant from a guy who also cuts six-figure checks to Karl Rove’s American Crossroads PAC, open your mind, brother.”