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Data Literacy|June 14, 2022

Save the Date! Foundations of Data Science for Students in Grades K-12: A Workshop

Individuals who can work with data are in high demand, but too few professionals are prepared to meet the need. Ultimately, the challenge reaches well down into the K-12 sphere -- our future data scientists are in today's elementary, middle, and high schools. This summer, there will be a two-day workshop to delve more deeply into the research around these issues.

Environmental Innovation|May 19, 2022

Integrating Permafrost Into Our Global Solution for Climate Change

The Woodwell Climate Research Center is launching an effort to better understand the contribution of thawing permafrost to global warming, and to help Arctic communities to cope with its effects. Permafrost thaw is a critical but often overlooked piece of the fight against climate change.

Data Literacy|May 19, 2022

California Students Need More High-Quality Advanced Math Options

Pamela Burdman, executive director of Just Equations, makes the case for providing California students with more high-quality advanced math options, including statistics, data science, or mathematical modeling.

K12 Education|May 17, 2022

Not Good for Learning

A new study by Harvard researchers shows how school closures have drastically widened economic and racial inequality in learning. Students who learned remotely for most of the 2020-21 school year lost the equivalent of about 50% of a typical school year's math learning, compared to a 20% loss for students who attended in-person school.

K12 Education|April 28, 2022

$100 Million to Cut the Time Tax

Code for America, a Valhalla grantee, is working to unwind the administrative burdens that prevent millions of families from getting the benefits they deserve.

Medical Research & Talent|April 6, 2022

UCSF Researcher Earns Scientific Breakthrough Award

This year’s Scientific Breakthrough Award, funded by the American Brain Foundation, has been awarded to Stephen Hauser, MD, for helping to understand the genetic basis, immune processes, and treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). The award recognizes the work of an individual or a team whose research has contributed to advances in the care of people living with MS or another neurological disease.

Data Literacy|March 15, 2022

To Keep Students in STEM fields, Let’s Weed Out the Weed-Out Math Classes

Pam Burdman, Executive Director of Just Equations, explains the importance of alternative math pathways to cultivate a diverse generation of STEM researchers and professionals.

Data Literacy|March 14, 2022

Op-Ed: How Can We Make More Students Fall in Love With Math?

Jo Boaler, the co-founder of Youcubed, explains the importance of preparing students for the rapidly growing career opportunities in machine learning, data analysis, and software engineering.

Environmental Innovation|March 9, 2022

How Air Pollution Across America Reflects Racist Redlining Policies From the 1930s

A new study explains how redlining, a discriminatory mortgage appraisal practice dating back to the 1930s, has led communities of color in the United States to be systematically exposed to higher levels of air pollution.

Valhalla Update|March 3, 2022

An Update From Valhalla Foundation

A brief update on recent developments at the Foundation.