McDonnell Foundation Announces $15 Million in New Grants

McDonnell Foundation Announces $15 Million in New Grants

The St. Louis-based James S. McDonnell Foundation has announced grants totaling $15 million in support of its 21st Century Science Initiative.

The initiative funds research in three areas: Understanding Teacher Change and Teachers as Learners in K-12 Classrooms, which provides support for multidisciplinary research focused on improving understanding of how teachers learn to communicate in the classroom; Understanding Dynamic and Multi-Scale Systems, which includes the JSMF Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards; and Special Initiatives, which supports projects closely related to current JSMF programmatic interests.

Grant recipients include the University of Pennsylvania ($2.5 million over five years in support of Facilitating Digital Discourse: Teachers as Learners in a Digital Age); the University of Colorado, Boulder ($2.5 million over five years in support of Developing a Model of Teacher Learning to Support Computationally Rich Communication in Science Classrooms); and the University of Washington ($2.5 million over five years) in support of Preparing Teachers to Facilitate Asset-Based Science and Literacy Discourse in Dual and Multilingual Elementary Classrooms.

Recipients of postdoctoral fellowships include Katelyn Gostic (University of Chicago); Marysa Laguë (University of California, Berkeley); Laura Maiorino (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); Haripriya Vaidehi Narayanan (University of California, Los Angeles); Marco Pangallo (Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy); and Predrag Popovic (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, France). The foundation also awarded $558,000 over four years through its Special Initiatives area to the University of Missouri to establish a Postdoctoral Science and Technology Policy Fellowship.

"The foundation continues to fulfill James S. McDonnell's vision of serving society by supporting the quest for new knowledge and its responsible application," said JSMF president Susan M. Fitzpatrick. "These new grants are pushing forward the foundation’s agenda to improve education and to continually hone the ability of science to contribute solutions to important complex problems."

For a complete list of 21st Century Science Initiative awards, see the James S. McDonnell Foundation website.