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June 18th, 2020

The Blavatnik Family Foundation is supporting the fight against COVID-19 locally, nationally and around the world. [...]

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July 27th, 2021

The Warner Music Group / Blavatnik Family Foundation Social Justice Fund (WMG/BFF SJF) today announced the appointment of Lorelei Williams as its first Executive Director. Based in New York, Williams will serve as an employee of Moore Impact, the Fund’s fiscal sponsor, and report to the organization’s President, Yvonne Moore. Williams will work closely with the Fund’s Board to bring to life its vision of building more equitable communities and creating real change in the lives of historically underserved and marginalized populations through investing in organizations at the forefront of this work. “We’re thrilled to have Lorelei join us to help lead our grantmaking strategy, which is focused on three guiding pillars – education, criminal justice reform, and culture and the performing arts,” said Mark Baker, WMG/BFF SJF Board member and SVP, Public Policy & Government Affairs, WMG. [...]

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July 20th, 2021

The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences announced today a neuroscientist, inorganic chemist and an electrical engineer as the laureates of the 2021 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists. Each will receive $250,000, the largest unrestricted scientific prize for America’s most innovative young faculty-rank scientists and engineers. “These remarkable scientists and engineers are expanding our world through their groundbreaking research,” said Len Blavatnik, founder and chairman of Access Industries, head of the Blavatnik Family Foundation and member of the President’s Council of the New York Academy of Sciences. “Their discoveries are improving the human experience and the future will be made better by their work and innovations.” [...]

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July 15th, 2021

Studying animals in the lab is, by definition, an exercise in scientific frustration. Flap all you want, but you won’t be able to track and observe foraging fruit bats in the wild. Now, a breakthrough device invented to solve that very problem – to study fruit bats (and those of other gastronomic predilections) in the wild – has earned Prof. Yossi Yovel of Tel Aviv University a prestigious prize. The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel recognize the most promising academic staff in the country, the organization explains. Yovel was selected as the 2021 recipient in the category of Life Sciences. Yovel’s achievement enables scientists to study even quite small animals, like bats, in their natural environment, known as “freely behaving animals.” It is a marvel of miniaturization: a sensor attached to the bat’s furry little back, weighing no more than 1.5 to 2 grams, but capable of incorporating a vast range of tools. [...]

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Warner Music Group, Blavatnik Family Foundation Announce $100 Million Fund to Support the Music Community and Groups Promoting Social Justice
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