Tate Williams

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Asian Longhorned Beetle Trackers Hunt for Hitchhikers

Originally published in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Dec. 22, 2014. UXBRIDGE — In a wooded residential area off Route 122, a team of foresters and entomologists took turns looking through a scope at a small hole in the bark of [...]

January 4, 2015 Science & Environment

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
Barry Diller, Diane von Furstenberg

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

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

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
People's Climate March New York

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

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

An Ambitious Plan to Make Cities Stronger

Originally published at Inside Philanthropy, July 30, 2014. The Rockefeller Foundation believes there are some core traits cities can enhance to be prepared for looming disaster, and it’s in the process of investing $100 million directly into city governments to build [...]

August 4, 2014 Science & Environment

This Week in Science Funding: Schizophrenia and Reclaiming Rat Island

A digest of science and environment news, originally published on Inside Philanthropy. This week, eradication of rats on tropical islands, a war on animal abuse, and a historic boost to mental health research. I blog about the latest in funding for research, science [...]

August 4, 2014 Science & Environment

A Database for Disaster

Originally published at Inside Philanthropy, July 21, 2014. The Rockefeller Foundation is one of the most active funders working in the field of “resilience,” the capacity of communities to survive and adapt amid rapid change. One ongoing project it just [...]

July 21, 2014 Science & Environment, Uncategorized