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2020 Michelson 20MM Foundation Smart Justice Spark Grantees

2020 Michelson 20MM Foundation Smart Justice Spark Grantees

The Justice Spark awardees will address faculty turnover in prison-based higher education programs, make University of California bachelor's degrees available to incarcerated individuals, and further Fair Chance Hiring.     In October 2020, the Michelson...

Universities Should Prioritize IP Education as Vigorously as STEM

Universities Should Prioritize IP Education as Vigorously as STEM

Dr. Gary K. Michelson encourages universities to prioritize intellectual property (IP) education in the same way they prioritize science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).   As post-secondary institutions continue to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic,...

Leap Awards $90,000 to Diverse Pet Care Startups

Leap Awards $90,000 to Diverse Pet Care Startups

15 promising pet care startups collectively receive $90,000 in grant funding after graduating from the Leap Venture Academy Bootcamp.   Leap Venture Academy, a pet startup accelerator launched by Michelson Found Animal Foundation and Kinship (a division of Mars...

How a Request for Innovation Could Solve the Digital Divide

How a Request for Innovation Could Solve the Digital Divide

Crowdsourcing ideas and innovative solutions to provide high-speed internet access to all Californians.     Dr. Gary K. Michelson is calling on the State of California to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to generate, via crowdsourcing, ideas and innovative...

COVID-Safe Mobile Pet Grooming Startup Wins Leap Pitch Competition

COVID-Safe Mobile Pet Grooming Startup Wins Leap Pitch Competition

Judges select grooming startup The Bark Shoppe as the winner of the competition’s $15,000 grand prize.   The Bark Shoppe Is Building Community Through Its Business The Leap Pet Project Pitch Competition, which supports pet-focused startups, went virtual this...

Michelson 20MM Foundation Is Supporting Racial Equity Partners

Michelson 20MM Foundation Is Supporting Racial Equity Partners

The Michelson 20MM Foundation stands with protestors and affected communities as an ally in anti-racism efforts.   While millions of Americans sheltered in their homes in 2020, many thousands poured into the streets to protest systemic racism and call for justice...

Encouraging Invention Among Students – Jaseem Bhatti

Encouraging Invention Among Students – Jaseem Bhatti

Jaseem Bhatti, Michelson IP 2020 Essay Winner Inspired by the Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property, an initiative of the Michelson 20MM Foundation, college student Jaseem Bhatti says he invents to solve real-world problems. Bhatti is now devising a robot for...

USC Michelson Center Develops a COVID-19 Symptom Timeline

USC Michelson Center Develops a COVID-19 Symptom Timeline

Even though scientific knowledge about COVID-19 grows by the day, the mysteries of the disease’s progression remain a major hurdle in stemming the pandemic.   Researchers at the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience are helping unlock these secrets...

Connecting California Bridges the Digital Divide

Connecting California Bridges the Digital Divide

In summer 2020, Michelson 20MM Foundation launched Connecting California to help bridge these divides. Held virtually, the inaugural series assembled local and national leaders to discuss and devise solutions for enhancing digital equity.     Introducing...

Caring for Pets Affected by the Pandemic

Caring for Pets Affected by the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to strains on people’s physical, mental, and financial well-being—as well as their ability to take care of their pets.     In response, the Michelson Found Animals Foundation launched the Better Neighbor Project to tackle pet...