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An Exciting New Year Ahead

Thanks to your support, the Academy celebrates another year of making science possible, now and into the future.

Published December 17, 2012

An Exciting New Year Ahead

"It takes years, decades, to build the capability to have a society that depends on science and technology. You need to generate the scientists and engineers, starting in school—elementary school, middle school—you have to fund the research that those scientists go on to do—the fundamental research. You have to generate the engineers that can turn those scientific breakthroughs into products and services." —Sally Ride

With your support, we at the New York Academy of Sciences are working harder than ever to ensure that the next generation is well-equipped to not only stand on the shoulders of giants, but make their own breakthroughs. Here are just a few ways the Academy is cultivating scientific talent all along the educational and career pipeline, from New York City's middle school students to scientists working in the field:

  • The expansion of the Afterschool STEM Mentoring Program: Recognizing a worthy-and effective-endeavor when it sees one, the National Science Foundation recently awarded the Academy and the State University of New York a $2.95 million grant to scale the Program throughout New York State. The Academy is also working with the Girl Scouts to target girls specifically and take the Program nationwide.
  • The launch of the NeXXt Scholars Program, a partnership between the Academy and the U.S. Department of State to recruit and support women from nations with predominantly Muslim populations to pursue world-class STEM undergraduate educations at women's colleges in the U.S. This program complements and expands the work we've been doing since 2003 with the Science Alliance, which offers career mentoring and support to more than 8,000 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
  • The second The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science to uncover more sustainable and effective packaging for powdered micronutrient supplements, an essential weapon for combating malnutrition. The Academy is also working with last year's winners implement their ideas to address folic-acid deficiencies in women of child-bearing age in the developing world.
  • And, of course, our ongoing suite of programming through meetings, publications, and events for scientists and the public, which grows stronger every year and brings together a vibrant community united by the power of science to transform our world for the better.

Thanks to the increasing reach of our programs, each dollar we receive now goes further than ever towards creating scientific solutions, building scientific communities, and increasing the public's understanding and appreciation of science. Please consider including the Academy in your year-end charitable giving-your support makes all that we do possible.

We thank you for your consideration and wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season.

With warmest wishes,
Ellis Rubinstein
President & CEO

To make a charitable gift to the Academy, donate online or contact Erica Nofi, Associate Director, Development at

About the New York Academy of Sciences
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