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Following an evaluation process, including review by an international Program Committee, the Board of Directors of the Chile MSI has selected a new MSI Institute.  The Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity (IEB), led by Principal Investigator Dr. Mary Kalin, had previously been an MSI Nucleus.

Engineers, oceanographers and chemists in eight African countries will benefit from three grants of US $800,000 each from a new science and education initiative. Amongst the recipients is the Southern Africa Biochemistry and Informatics for Natural Products initiative, headed by John Saka, a chemistry professor at the University of Malawi.

Funded in its initial phase by the World Bank and the US-based Packard Foundation, the Millennium Science Initiative seeks to support a small number of outstanding research institutes in selected countries around the world, where scientists can do research in their home countries and train the next generation of scientific leaders.

This month, the Regional Initiative in Science and Education or RISE, a program run by the Institute for Advanced Study, received its third and final grant from the Carnegie Corp. of New York. Since 2008, Carnegie has given RISE more than $15 million to train scientists and engineers in sub-Saharan Africa.

Building capacity in the basic sciences is critical to the future success of Africa, says Phillip Griffiths, TWAS Associate Fellow 2000. Article here.