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Flatiron Institute

Flatiron Institute

“Academia has not found a way to provide a comfortable home for the computational sciences....” says Leslie Greengard, director of the Center for Computational Biology at the foundation's Flatiron Institute. The institute hopes to remedy that.

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Center For Computational Biology:
Biophysical Modeling

Chromosomes contain a blueprint for regulating all the cell’s proteins, but that blueprint is not simply lying open, waiting to be read. Rather, tiny ‘machines’ within the cell are constantly thumbing through the pages, moving DNA into useful combinations.

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Center For Computational
Astrophysics: GAIA Sprint

When gazing at far away galaxies, it can be hard to imagine the intimate interactions they once had with each other. But with data from the European Space Agency’s Gaia spacecraft, the history with the Milky Way is becoming clearer.

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Funding and Collaborations

Funding Early-Career
Scientists

“Early-career scientists represent the future of science in this country and the world,” Marian Carlson, director of Life Sciences, says. “If we don’t enable them to launch their careers successfully, we’ll just miss out on a generation of scientists.”

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Simons Society of Fellows

Junior fellow Keith Hawkins wants to walk into the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and project onto the dome a picture of the Milky Way that no one has seen before.

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Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Simons Observatory

With support from the Simons Foundation and the Heising-Simons Foundation, the Simons Observatory project aims to bring cosmic microwave background experiments to the next level.

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Simons Investigator:
Alexei Kitaev

Alexei Kitaev’s work has decisively influenced many areas of quantum and condensed-matter physics, and he is credited with kick-starting the field of topological quantum computation.

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Life Sciences

Gradients Cruise

From late April to early May, oceanographers onboard the research vessel Ka`imikai-O-Kanaloa, led by Ginger Armbrust and Angelicque White, worked to test Mick Follows’ ocean ecosystems model.

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Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain

Simons Collaboration on
the Global Brain

How do human beings have thoughts — or make decisions? The workings of the brain have traditionally been difficult to study, but the Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain undertakes to explore them with powerful new techniques.

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Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative

Sparking Autism Research

It is believed that between 500 and 1,000 genes underlie autism; uncovering them will require genetic information from a much larger group of families than ever previously assembled. To tackle this challenge, the Simons Foundation launched SPARK.

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Simons Variation in Individuals Project

To try to understand the different genetic versions of autism the Simons Variation in Individuals Project has greatly expanded its scope over the past two years.

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SFARI Research Roundup

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative currently funds more than 350 researchers who carry out groundbreaking autism research.

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Education & Outreach

Digital Gatherings: Spectrum and
Quanta Magazines

The two editorially independent magazines funded by the Simons Foundation cover different topics, but provide in-depth coverage that mainstream media currently does not, and both strive to foster lively exchange among readers.

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Science Sandbox: Unlocking
Scientific Thinking

The foundation’s new outreach initiative, Science Sandbox, provides grants and support to projects that seek to unlock scientific thinking in everyone.

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Math for America: MT2

Math for America works to make teaching a rewarding and respected career choice for the best minds in science and mathematics.

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