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In December, the Foundation’s Board of Directors awarded grants to seven organizations in Southern California, totaling $2.5 million. Abstracts for these grants have been released. Congratulations to all our grantees this cycle!
In December, the Foundation’s Board of Directors awarded grants to nine Research institutions, totaling $10.3 million. Abstracts for these grants have been released. Congratulations to all our grantees this cycle!
Congratulations to Andrew Howard and his team and to the W.M. Keck Observatory on the first on sky measurements using the Keck Planet Finder!   To date, thousands of large exoplanets have been cataloged by observatories world-wide.  This newest instrument at the Observatory brings increased sensitivity that enables astronomers to search the Heavens for small Earth sized planets, those most promising for alien life.   The instrument measures tiny shift in the spectrum of light from stars that wobble as an exoplanet orbits around it.   This required remarkable innovations and engineering.  For more information visit:
Claremont McKenna College broke ground on the new Robert Day Sciences Center on Friday, September 30. Named in honor of Robert Day, the chairman of the W. M. Keck Foundation, this cutting edge facility was funded in part by a $40-million gift from the Foundation. The Center will be the home of CMC’s Kravis Department of Integrated Sciences and will serve 1,400 students. Construction of the building is due to be completed in 2024.
Congratulations to Scripps Research’s K. Barry Sharpless, PhD who was awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize in Chemistry! Dr. Sharpless won the prize for developing “click chemistry”.  The “click” refers to LEGO™-like construction of molecules using efficient chemical reactions.  This technique has transformed how scientists approach drug discovery, bioimaging, and materials science. In 1989, the W. M. Keck Foundation contributed $2.9 million to key research at what was then the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation by constructing a state of the art laboratory for Dr. Sharpless. Dr. Sharpless also shared the 2001 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on chirally catalyzed oxidation reactions. The W. M. Keck Foundation is proud to have provided early funding to awardees of nine Nobel Prizes.