Tate Williams

Science & Environment

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A New Golden Age of Mega Telescope Projects

Originally published on Inside Philanthropy, Dec. 18, 2014. Large, ground-based telescopes have allowed researchers to observe far-off planets and better grasp the nature of the universe. Private philanthropy has propped up these powerful stargazers throughout history, including a new wave [...]

January 4, 2015 Science & Environment
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Six Topics in Science That Scored Big in 2014

Originally published on Inside Philanthropy, Dec. 31, 2014. Science philanthropy had a bit of a moment in 2014, with some major news stories, plus a growing sense that wealthy donors are gaining influence in an area fueled by public funds. [...]

January 4, 2015 Science & Environment
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Washed Away

Beneath the water lie memories of vibrant villages. | Originally published in The Magazine, September 11, 2014. [...]

December 3, 2014 Portfolio, Science & Environment, Uncategorized
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Diller Island: Private Park Funding Gone Overboard

Originally published at Inside Philanthropy, November 19, 2014. Consider for a moment that a billionaire is planning to literally reshape the shoreline of Manhattan by funding a floating island park, just a short walk from his office. Maybe, just maybe, [...]

December 3, 2014 Science & Environment
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Terminally Ill Simpsons Co-Creator is Saving Animals. By Buying Them.

Originally published at Inside Philanthropy, October 24, 2014.  TV legend Sam Simon’s life has taken a tragic, but also heartwarming and kind of fascinating turn. Faced with terminal cancer, he’s giving his money away, in part by buying up captive [...]

November 3, 2014 Science & Environment
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Funding the Fight to Save the Louisiana Coast

Originally published at Inside Philanthropy, October 21, 2014. One researcher called the state’s shrinking coast the “worst environmental and socioeconomic disaster in North America.” The price tag to mitigate the damage is larger than philanthropy can afford, but some funders [...]

November 3, 2014 Science & Environment
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What de Blasio’s New York Means for City Parks

Originally published at Inside Philanthropy, October 9, 2014. The massive public-private partnership of the High Line is one of Mike Bloomberg’s signature achievements. His successor has yet to even visit the park, turning instead to neglected neighborhood green spaces. Are [...]

October 19, 2014 Science & Environment
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Falling Dominoes: Why More Large Foundations Will Divest From Fossil Fuels

With even the Rockefeller family turning away from fossil fuels, large foundations will need take a stand. | Opinion piece originally published at Inside Philanthropy, September 23, 2014. [...]

September 28, 2014 Portfolio, Science & Environment
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The New Golden Age of Urban Parks Philanthropy (And Its Controversies)

Originally published at Inside Philanthropy, September 19, 2014. Private funding is pouring into parks lately, and not everyone is happy about it. Regardless, cities are putting together creative projects with massive backing from wealthy donors, and it’s not all happening [...]

September 28, 2014 Science & Environment
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The ‘Fishing Expedition’ for Weird, World-Changing Materials

Originally published at Inside Philanthropy, August 19, 2014. “Weird” is my own, non-technical descriptor for new quantum materials, which the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is hoping 12 researchers can cook up over the next five years. While the grantees [...]

September 3, 2014 Science & Environment