Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation Backs the Largest STEM Science Fair in the US Virgin Islands

Harvard Investor, Jeffrey Epstein, Funds the Largest Science Fair in the Caribbean
The Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation, under the umbrella of the Southern Trust Company, Inc. has funded the largest and most important student science fair in the US Virgin Islands. The fair, called the St. Thomas-St. John STEM Fair, was spearheaded by the Virgin Islands Department of Education and consisted of hundreds of grade school students from across the islands, to showcase their science projects for awards at the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center.
STEM stands for Science, Math, Engineering and Technology, and has become a known acronym for a rigorous science curriculum in schools. The Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation, was founded by St. Thomas resident, Jeffrey Epstein, who plays an active role in supporting science education across the US Virgin Islands. The foundation is also known for establishing the graduate Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard.
At the fair, the foundation supplied more than a hundred Microsoft Surface 2 computers, Touch keyboards and Nylon Sleeves for the Microsoft Surface. The foundation also provided funds to host the fair, travel and accommodation funding for the winners and their chaperones and accommodation support for the STEM summer camps.
“The STEM fairs provide an exciting and important incentive for students across the Virgin Islands to participate in science projects at school and at home,” Jeffrey Epstein remarked.
The STEM fair oversaw more than 165 projects; and the caliber was astounding. One 11 year old prize winner, Ricky James Jr. for example, showed how to power a calculator with a just a penny instead of batteries. Other projects included a solar powered speed boat and a juicer made from a garbage door motor and recycled dishwasher parts.
The top scorers in each category were presented with a STEM trophy, a plaque, a STEM certificate and an iPad. Science categories ranged from research, science demonstrations, math real world problem investigations, math real world models, video presentation, Powerpoint presentations, music technology, Web page design, desktop publishing and programming.
In addition to its work in the US Virgin Islands, the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation supports cutting edge science research across the United States and for establishing the Program of Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University in 2003.
 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation Helps Fund Astounding Rothko Restorations at Harvard.

The Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation and MIT Media Lab Help Restore Five Astounding Rothko's.


A set of large Rothko murals at Harvard are digitally and mathematically restored to their original splendor.


Online PR News – 28-July-2014 – Scientists at MIT Media Lab and Harvard University have restored five Rothko murals, stained over the years by light, smoke and cocktail debris. The unprecedented restoration method has an astonishingly accurate effect based on testimony from Rothko's own son, Rothko's other works and original photographs.
Critical funding for MIT Media Lab's innovation, came in part from the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation, which sponsors science research and established the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard with a $35 million dollar gift. Its founder, Jeffrey Epstein, is an avid supporter of MITs Media Lab and MIT AI founder, Marvin Minsky.

The five murals were painted by Rothko in 1962 for Harvards Graduate School of Designs dining room. Although Rothko insisted on fiberglass curtains to protect his work, excessive light flooded through the large windows and over the years, the murals were sloshed with cocktails, smoke and even graffiti. By the late 1970s, the murals were finally put into storage.

The innovative restoration was achieved with light projectors onto the paintings, restoring not the paintings themselves but capturing how they were originally viewed. The approach appeals to many art conservationists because the artists elusive hand is left untouched. Leading the effort was Ramesh Raskar, Head of MIT Media Labs Camera Culture research group. Raskars team developed software that recorded the murals original colors pixel by pixel. The original pixels came from digitally restored Ektachrome photos of the murals taken in 1964 and from a sixth mural that never made it to Harvards dining halls. The original pixels were compared to contemporary photos of the murals and with the use of algorithms, the software created compensatory pixels to bridge the gap. The compensatory image was then projected onto the murals revealing their original splendor fifty years ago.

The extraordinary exhibit is currently on display at Harvard until July 2015.
"Although light projection is not new in art conservation, MIT Media Labs ability to digitally and mathematically capture the difference between the faded paintings and the original sets an exciting precedent for art restoration around the world," Jeffrey Epstein noted.
 
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Recent Press from the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation:

Alzheimer's Disease is not the Leading Cause of Death

NEW YORK, March 24, 2014 /Reuters UK: The science philanthropist, Jeffrey Epstein, founder of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University, and prominent supporter of the Alzheimer's Association, has backed and highlighted a critical study showing that Alzheimer's is no longer the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, as stated by the Center for Disease Control, but the 3rd.

"The study is critical," Jeffrey Epstein asserted, whose foundation, the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation supports medical research worldwide. "The cause of Alzheimer's is still unknown, and a cure for Alzheimer's must be prioritized."

The study, conducted at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and published in the American Academy of Neurology, surveyed 2,566 patients age 65 and older, who were undergoing annual testing for dementia. Results showed that after an average of 8 years, 1,090 patients died. The average time from diagnosis to death was about 4 years and post mortem, Alzheimer's disease was identified in about 90% of those clinically diagnosed. The death rate was more than four times higher after a diagnosis of Alzheimer's in people age 75 to 84 and three times higher in people age 85 and older.

Huge strides have been made in understanding the disease. For example, in a ground breaking study published in Nature and financed by the Alzheimer's Association and the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation amongst others, scientists from Rochester University and the University of Southern California showed how the gene ApoE4 can unleash an excess of the protein cyclophilin A into the cardiovascular system, causing inflammation in atherosclerosis and other conditions. The study also found that ApoE4 makes it more likely for cyclophilin A to accumulate in cells that help maintain the blood-brain barrier, reducing blood to the brain and allowing toxins to infiltrate.
"We are getting closer to understanding exactly how a genetic disposition can disrupt the brain," Jeffrey Epstein remarked.

Jeffrey Epstein is a former board member of the Mind, Brain and Behavior Committee at Harvard and plays an active role at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton.


SOURCE www.jeffreyepsteinscience.com

Jeffrey Epstein, Lawrence Krauss and Steven Pinker

 
 
 
Jeffrey Epstein, Lawrence Krauss and Steven Pinker

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation Funds Study that Isolates Tumor Growth

 
 
NEW YORK, / Mathematic studies at the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics (PED) at Harvard University, and funded by the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation, have shown that the most aggressive cells within tumors can be visually identified for elimination. These aggressive cells are the driver mutations that drive the tumor's growth. The study, which shows a topological map of what to look for when examining tumors, comes at a needed time in cancer research, for while tumor cells can be extracted from biopsy, it's very difficult to know which cells are actually causing the growth. And for inhibitor drugs to work, they have to target the most genetically aggressive cancer cells, amongst others.

The Program, or PED, studies the evolution of living systems with the use of mathematics. Much of their work focuses on the evolution of cancer and has significantly impacted treatment at universities across the country. Funding their work is an inscrutable New York private fund manager, called Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein established the PED in 2003 with a $30 million dollar gift to the university and his science foundation is one of the largest donors to individual scientists around the world including a list of luminaries such as Stephen Hawking and Nobel laureates, Gerard 't Hooft, David Gross and Frank Wilczek.

One of the great challenges of cancer is that tumors are genetically diverse, making it extremely difficult to tackle them with tailored inhibitor drugs. In 2010, the PED showed that even small solid tumors contain at least 40 to 100 genetic mutations within its structure, and that only 5 to 15 of those actually drive tumor growth. The findings highlighted the urgency for better genetic profiling of tumor masses beyond random excision, and the need to pinpoint the minority of tumor cell aggressors.

The PED's spatial modeling of how tumors grow however, now offers the first mathematically proven map of how to visually target the key aggressors within a tumor.

"Mathematics in medical research reveals patterns that are otherwise hidden and it's exhilarating when a mathematician can determine cellular behavior with the precision of an engineer," Jeffrey Epstein asserted.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation Helps Fund Restoration of Rothkos at Harvard


NEW YORK, July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientists at MIT Media Lab and Harvard University have restored five Rothko murals, stained over the years by light, smoke and cocktail debris. The unprecedented restoration method has an astonishingly accurate effect based on testimony from Rothko's own son, Rothko's other works and original photographs.
 
Critical funding for MIT Media Lab's innovation, came in part from the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation, which sponsors science research and established the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard with a $35 million dollar gift. Its founder, Jeffrey Epstein, is an avid supporter of MIT's Media Lab and MIT AI founder, Marvin Minsky.
 
The five murals were painted by Rothko in 1962 for Harvard's Graduate School of Design's dining room. Although Rothko insisted on fiberglass curtains to protect his work, excessive light flooded through the large windows and over the years, the murals were sloshed with cocktails, smoke and even graffiti. By the late 1970's, the murals were finally put into storage.
 
The innovative restoration was achieved with light projectors onto the paintings, restoring not the paintings themselves but capturing how they were originally viewed. The approach appeals to many art conservationists because the artist's elusive hand is left untouched. Leading the effort was Ramesh Raskar, Head of MIT Media Lab's Camera Culture research group. Raskar's team developed software that recorded the mural's original colors pixel by pixel. The original pixels came from digitally restored Ektachrome photos of the murals taken in 1964 and from a sixth mural that never made it to Harvard's dining halls. The original pixels were compared to contemporary photos of the murals and with the use of algorithms, the software created compensatory pixels to bridge the gap. The compensatory image was then projected onto the murals revealing their original splendor fifty years ago.

The extraordinary exhibit is currently on display at Harvard until July 2015.
 
"Although light projection is not new in art conservation, MIT Media Lab's ability to digitally and mathematically capture the difference between the faded paintings and the original sets an exciting precedent for art restoration around the world," Jeffrey Epstein noted.

SOURCE:
www.jeffreyepstein.org