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The MIT Media Lab today announced the creation of the Laboratory for Social Machines (LSM), funded by a five-year, $10 million commitment from Twitter. As part of the new program, Twitter will also provide full access to its real-time, public stream of tweets, as well as the archive of every tweet dating back to the [...]

The first confirmed case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States could fuel what had previously been a restrained charitable response to an outbreak of the virus overseas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that a patient in Dallas, Tex., began showing symptoms five days after arriving on a flight from West Africa. “It [...]

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine alumnus Huntington “Skip” Sheldon, M.D., has committed $15 million to the school of medicine’s Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences(IBBS). Sheldon, who completed his medical education and residency at Johns Hopkins, went on to teach pathology at McGill University for 25 years. He is a longtime benefactor of the university who [...]

Turkish entrepreneur Murat Ülker donated $24 million to the School of Public Health to create the Sabri Ülker Center for Nutrient, Genetic, and Metabolic Research, the school announced this week. The gift follows a $350 million donation to HSPH by Hong Kongese billionaire and alumnus Gerald L. Chan, which was unveiled earlier this month. The Sabri Ülker Center will [...]

Grady Health System has received $30 million from the Marcus Foundation to help expand its hospital’s emergency department and its stroke and neuroscience center. It’s the second huge gift to Grady from the foundation, created by Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus. Grady said Monday that $20 million of the donation would go toward building its [...]

Traffic fatalities are one of the world’s leading causes of preventable death and, unless urgent action is taken, will become the seventh leading cause of death by 2030. To combat this trend, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced today a new phase of the foundation’s Global Road Safety initiative, which aims to reduce fatalities and injuries from road [...]

U.S. and Canadian donors boosted their giving to nonprofit health care institutions to historically high levels of more than $10.7 billion, increasing annual donations by more than $380 million during the 2013 fiscal year, the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) reports today. “These hopeful figures demonstrate the generosity of thousands of donors in the United [...]

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has received a $3.5 million gift, the largest in its history, from businessman and philanthropist Tom Golisano to support construction of an innovative new Golisano Center for Community Health. The Center will provide comprehensive integrated health care services to adults with special needs and their families, breaking down barriers to [...]

Dozens of the state’s top students will benefit from the generosity of long-time benefactor Dana Hamel, whose $10 million gift will provide scholarship support for Granite State students at the University of New Hampshire. “This gift will make an enormous difference in the lives of so many of our students,” said UNH President Mark Huddleston. [...]

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