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About Marilyn Simons

Byline BIO: Marilyn Simons co-founded the Simons Foundation in 1994 with her husband, James Simons, and served as its president until June 2021. The foundation funds research and educational programs in mathematics, physics, and life sciences globally. In 2013 she was awarded the Carnegie Medal for Philanthropy. In 2022 Marilyn and Jim will become co-presidents of Friends of IHES. Learn more at FriendsOfIHES.IHES.fr.

Broadcast BIO: Science impacts every facet of our lives, from the pictures we take of our kids on our smartphones to progress in renewable energies that could save the planet. Our guest today is Marilyn Simons, a philanthropist whose efforts have made possible many scientific advancements. Marilyn, why have you chosen to focus on math and science in your philanthropic work?

Full BIO: Marilyn Simons co-founded the Simons Foundation in 1994 with her husband, James Simons, and served as its president until June 2021. The foundation funds research and educational programs in mathematics, physics, and life sciences globally. In 2022 Marilyn and Jim will become co-presidents of Friends of IHES.

Over the course of two decades, the Simons Foundation has given more than 25m€ in gifts to the Institute des Hautes Études Scientifiques, including funding the institute’s conference center and providing for the endowment, including the Simons Foundation Biology Fund. The Simons recently pledged an additional 25m€ to support the institute over the next ten years.

Having spent three decades volunteering for nonprofit organizations, Marilyn serves as a board member for many scientific institutions, including the American National Museum of Mathematics.

Marilyn Simons received a B.A. and Ph.D. in economics from SUNY, Stony Brook. In 2013 she was awarded the Carnegie Medal for Philanthropy. Learn more at FriendsOfIHES.IHES.fr.

About Gioia De Cari

Byline BIO: Gioia De Cari is an actress, singer, playwright, and “recovering mathematician” who addresses math and science in her creative work. Her award-winning one-woman play “Truth Values” looks at her experiences as a professional woman in the male-dominated STEM fields. Gioia has recorded two albums as a classical vocalist, “Quiet Songs” and “Eve’s Diary.” With her husband, guitarist John Olson, she has founded the Science Music Commissioning Project, which seeks to illuminate the human side of science through song. Learn more at FriendsOfIHES.IHES.fr.

Broadcast BIO: Historically the STEM fields have been largely male-dominated. In her play “Truth Values,” actress, singer, and self-described “recovering mathematician” Gioia De Cari examines her experiences as one of few women working in science and math. Gioia, can you tell us about Friends of IHES and what drew you to become involved with the organization?

Full BIO: Gioia De Cari is an actress, singer, playwright, and “recovering mathematician” who addresses math and science in her creative work. Her award-winning one-woman play “Truth Values” looks at her experiences as a professional woman in the male-dominated STEM fields.

“Truth Values” has been presented with more than 75 expert panel discussions. Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation sponsored a companion educational program to the play, Truth Values Community.

Gioia has recorded two albums as a classical vocalist, “Quiet Songs” and “Eve’s Diary.” With her husband, guitarist John Olson, she has founded the Science Music Commissioning Project, which seeks to illuminate the human side of science through song.

Gioia studied acting and playwriting with teachers Wynn Handman and Milan Stitt, respectively. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley before earning a Master of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, and The Dramatists Guild of America. Learn more at FriendsOfIHES.IHES.fr.

About Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHES)

Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHES) is a private research center and foundation in the public interest that is dedicated to mathematics, theoretical physics, and all related disciplines. Located near Paris, the Institute has a restricted number of permanent professors in mathematics and theoretical physics. Each year, it welcomes around 200 visitors from all over the world for research visits. Learn more at IHES.fr.
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