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Unique research beyond our core investments

Special Projects

Exploring opportunities for short-term investments in a range of fields.

The Science Program explores additional areas where we can drive significant scientific advances beyond our major core investments described above.

Approximately 15 percent of our portfolio is dedicated to grants that support unique and promising research opportunities in a broad range of scientific disciplines. Examples of projects and portfolios that the Program has supported through this funding include:

Recent Grants

$300,000.00 Nov 2014 NOVA Black Hole Special Program WGBH Educational Foundation
$170,900.00 Nov 2014 Our Radioactive Ocean: Lessons from Fukushima Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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Courtesy of Bob Paz, chip that contains optofluidic microscope

Team

Vicki Chandler, Ph.D., Chief Program Officer, Science

Vicki spearheads the foundation’s Science Program. She studied biochemistry for her undergraduate and doctoral degrees at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of …

Jon Kaye, Ph.D., Program Director, Marine Microbiology Initiative

Jon leads the foundation’s Marine Microbiology Initiative with the goal of supporting development of new paradigms and technologies to understand marine microbial communities and their influence…

Aanika Carroll, Program Associate, Science

Aanika provides strategic, research and operational support for the Science Learning portfolio. She also supports the Caltech and Thirty-Meter Telescope commitments. Previously, she helped launch the…

Janet Coffey, Ph.D., Program Officer, Science Learning

Janet oversees the Science Learning portfolio of grants at the foundation.  Previously, Janet was a College of Education faculty member at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research i…

Samantha Forde, Ph.D, Program Officer, Marine Microbiology Initiative

As part of foundation’s Marine Microbiology Initiative, Samantha works to increase our understanding of microbial ecology and evolution through a combination of strategic planning, grant develop…

Anna Gallagher, Program Associate

Anna provides strategic planning, grant development and programmatic support for the Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems Initiative. Before joining the foundation, Anna was a chemist in the Water…

Ernie Glover, Ph.D., Program Officer, EPiQS

Ernie is a Science program officer with wide-ranging interests across the physical sciences. Trained as a physicist, he is part of the foundation’s Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems (EPiQS)…

Gary Greenburg Ph.D., Program Officer, Science

As a Science Program officer, Gary focuses on advanced biological imaging technologies, cell and molecular biology, and biological research at the interface of physics, chemistry and engineering. Prev…

Lloyd Lee, Program Associate

Lloyd supports the foundation’s Special Projects in Science and the Plant Science Collaboration with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He assists with the full life cycle of grant developmen…

Chris Mentzel, Program Director, Data-Driven Discovery Initiative

Chris leads the foundation’s Data-Driven Discovery Initiative, a $60 million effort within the Science Program to enable data scientists to turn the scientific data deluge into opportunities to …

Julia Metzner, Program Manager, Science

Julia’s work focuses on enabling effective and integrated program strategy and operations and enhancing connections between the Science Program and other parts of the foundation. Previously, Jul…

Dusan Pejakovic, Ph.D., Program Officer, Science

Dusan helped launch the foundation’s Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems Initiative, whose aim is to promote the discovery and understanding of materials in which strong interactions between c…